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Where to Learn German?

Happily, there are a wide range of language preparatory programs to help you get ready, according to your goals, expectations, and budget.

To pass a DSH2 Examination

If passing a DSH2 exam is a requirement for your degree program, then your first choice should be the DkfA.

  • Deutschkurse bei der Universität München e.V. (DkfA)
    DkfA offers intensive German courses at all levels all year round—even during vacation. During the semester, DkfA also offers grammar courses and courses in German academic writing for exchange students. There is a price reduction for Erasmus and LMUexchange students. You can find dates and prices on the DkfA website.

    Please note: If you intend to study for a degree and you show proof of C1 level knowledge of German but have not yet passed the required DSH2 (or an equivalent), you may still apply at the International Office. Together with the notification of admission (Zulassungsbescheid), you will be invited to participate in a DSH2 examination (fees apply), offered four times per year by DkfA.

Other recommended language schools

  • Online German with DUO uni-deutsch.de
    This interactive learning program will help you improve your language skills before leaving home. Phase I of this e-learning program is offered at several levels and takes approximately two months to complete. You can take the course online from home. You’ll have access to and regular correspondence with a tutor (primarily via email) and can communicate with fellow students in a virtual classroom. You can continue with Phase II upon arrival in Munich and even take Phase III to further sharpen your skills after you return home.
  • Internationaler Universitätsclub München (IUCM)
    IUCM offers an intensive German course in March and September for exchange students who are at the beginner or intermediate level in German. This course helps you learn German and prepare to study at LMU with content focused on academic life. A price reduction is available for Erasmus and LMUexchange students. On request, the IUCM can arrange short-term accommodation for your participation in the language preparation course.
  • Please also view the following websites:

Language Tandem

A language tandem is when two people with different native languages support each other in language learning. Here are some resources for finding a German-speaking language tandem partner:

  • SprachDuo Munich
  • TandemPartners.org
  • Goethe Institut Munich
  • You’re also welcome to add a notice that you’re looking for a language partner to the bulletin boards in our multimedia language lab (Schellingstr 3, Front Building, 4th Floor, Room 420a, posting area in the front left side of the hallway) or in the International Office.

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