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A book reading in auditorium G Show image information
Demonstration during a lecture in the “Audimax” Show image information
Studying in the O building Show image information
The foyer with the Service Center Show image information

A book reading in auditorium G

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Demonstration during a lecture in the “Audimax”

Studying in the O building

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

The foyer with the Service Center

Holiday & semester courses

Exchange students from partner universities can choose between different types of language courses. Please make sure to arrive in Paderborn at least one week before the beginning of courses to allow time for organisational matters and formalities.

Pre-semester Crash Course

Exchange students can attend the Crash Course, an intensive 4-week-language course which begins before the lecture period (semester) starts. This course is offered in September/October for the winter term and March/April for the summer term.
The course comprises 80 teaching units in total. You can earn 5 ECTS for completing the Crash Course. This course accomodates beginners as well as advanced learners. We offer classes on three to five different levels and a placement test ensures that you're assigned to the appropriate level.
We highly recommend your participation in the crash Course. It is an opportunity to get to know other exchange students before the lecture period begins and to make friends right from the start. All nominated exchange students receive an email invitation for the crash course in mid August / mid February.
This course is free of charge for exchange students!!!

Semester Course – during the Lecture Period

You can take part in a German Language Course which takes place two hours a day, four days a week in addition to your regular lectures. The course takes place in the afternoon, Monday to Thursday 4pm to 6pm*, so that it’s easy to manage participation in the German Language Course and your regular lectures. This course costs 100 €* for exchange students from partner universities and you can earn 8 ECTS.

*subject to changes

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