Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support

IMPORTANT: The European Commission's OLS service contract expires in June 2021. OLS will therefore only be available in its current form until June 2021. A subsequent tool will be announced.

One of the principal goals of Erasmus+ is to promote the development of foreign language skills. Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support was developed for this purpose and features online language tests and online language courses.

Online language tests

Before and after your exchange, you must complete an online language test in the language of tuition in order to assess your language level. Native speakers are exempt from the online language test.

Please note: The results of the OLS test will not affect your exchange semester placement and Paderborn University will not share this information with the partner university.

However, you should take the result of the language test into careful consideration in your own planning. Does your current language level meet the requirements of the partner university? If this is not the case, please make use of OLS language courses and/or other language course offers (Centre for Language Studies, the partner university etc.).

Online language courses

In addition to online language tests, OLS also offers free online language courses.

After completing the online level assessment test, you will be granted access to an online language course. Please ensure that you log into OLS at least once a month otherwise your access will be revoked.

OLS is tailored to your needs. It is entirely up to you which course content you use and how much time you devote to learning.

The online language courses are continually updated and improved with new course content - check OLS regularly for new and interesting learning options!

Available languages in OLS

Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Estonian, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Irish, Croatian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Finnish, Swedish


Erasmus+ OLS

The official Online Linguistic Support website with further information on online tests and language courses.