The Centre for Language Studies (ZfS) of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is the central point of contact for all students and staff of Paderborn University who are interested in languages and for prospective students who want to acquire the German language skills required for their studies and take the DSH exam.

We offer preparatory and semester language courses for students of all faculties in over 20 languages, a self-study centre with 18 workstations and a variety of learning materials as well as numerous other offers for language learning and multilingualism (tandem learning, language learning advice, writing advice, strategy workshops, pronunciation training and much more). We are also an accredited examination centre for UNIcert®, TOEFL and DELE.

„Language courses for future students, students of all faculties and staff - from A for Arabic to G for German and U for Ukrainian”

Paderborn University


Merger: German courses and ZfS

The "German courses" and "ZfS" fields are merging. This will bring together courses in a total of 22 languages under one roof.

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New programme

Here you can find the current ZfS course programme (all languages except German) for the winter semester 2023/2024

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News about the DSH courses

Interested in preparing for the DSH exam?

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Registration phase SoSe 24

Registration (via PAUL) is required for all courses. The 1st registration runs from 19.02 - 15.03.24. In the 2nd phase from 02.04 - 12.04.24 you can register for remaining places. Please note the different registration deadlines for the German classes!

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Registration for language courses with placement tests

Placement test for the languages English, Spanish, French, Polish, Russian: Students who have not yet attended a course at the ZfS register for the placement test in the 1st registration phase. After admission, you can register for the corresponding course in a shortened 2nd registration phase (02.04-04.04.).

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Participation certificate

If you need a certificate, please send an e-mail to Marion Quiel, stating your name, matriculation number, the semester in which you took the course and the exact course title (including the name of the group).

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Language courses

Language courses for students

Study-related courses in a total of 22 languages at various levels

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DSH courses

Courses to prepare for the DSH (German language examination for university entrance)

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Language courses for employees

Courses for employees in German, English and Spanish (other languages on request) - Registration via Internal Training and Development (HR Development, Dec. 4.5)

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Further offers

Writing counselling German

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Language learning counselling

Tandem learning


Language café

Media library



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Proof of Hebrew

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Proof of Latin

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Proof of Ancient Greek

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About us

We are a dynamic team of full-time teaching staff, research assistants, secretarial staff, teaching assistants and student assistants who are committed to quality assurance and optimising our services. If you would like to become part of the team, please see our calls for proposals under News.

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Dr. Sigrid Behrent

Zentrum für Sprachlehre

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Marion Quiel

Zentrum für Sprachlehre

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Olga Dohmann

German as a second language, German as a foreign language and multilingualism

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Unanswered questions?

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions

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