Centre for Language Studies (ZfS)

The Centre for Language Studies (ZfS) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is the central contact point for all Paderborn University students and staff interested in language learning. We offer semester-time courses for students from all faculties in up to 20 languages and intensive courses during the semester break. We boast a media centre with 18 workstations and a wide variety of learning materials, as well as a wealth of other opportunities for learning languages (tandem programme, advice on language learning, strategy workshops, pronunciation training and much more). We are also an accredited UNIcert©, TOEFL, and DELE test centre.

Information on language courses, preparation for Latin/Ancient Greek proficiency examinations, the tandem programme and other language-learning opportunities with the Centre for Language Studies.

Information on various certificates and proof of language skills for applying for a semester abroad.


Sommersemester 2023

Here, you can find an overview of our courses for winter semester 2023/24 .

Information on the media centre (“Mediathek”), our team, training for language teachers and much more.

A-Z index, contact information, FAQs and much more.


Current dates, events, registration deadlines, and much more!

Visit us on Facebook...

Like us on Facebook!

Here, you will regularly find the latest news.

... and on Instagram

Follow us on Instagram!


Head of Centre/Centre Manager:
Dr. Sigrid Behrent
Room: I3.319
Tel: +49 (0) 5251.60-2857

Inge Schubert
Raum: I3.317
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Media centre (Mediathek):
Room: I3.401
Tel: +49 (0)5251 60-5648
E-mail: zfs@upb.de


Opening hours during the semester:

Monday 11:00 - 16:00                                 
Tuesday 11:30 - 18:00 
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00 

Please check under “News” for any unscheduled changes to these times (due to illness etc.).

Opening hours secretary's office:

Mon. 8:30-12:00                                                    
Tue. 8:30-11:00
Wed.-Fr. 8:30-12:00