German Language courses aim at easing access and integration into life in Germany. The Graduate Academy regularly offers German courses for beginners. The German language courses are held in small groups of 16 persons (doctoral candidates and Post-Docs) maximum. The German language courses ("A1 - Beginners" and "A2 - Advanced Beginners") consist of three entities that need to be completed:

  • Intensive Course I: Duration: 3 weeks, 2.5 hours a day, no homework
  • Semester Course: 2x per week, 1.5 hours each, homework
  • Intensive Course II: Duration: 1 week, 2.5 hours per day, no homework

It is not possible to participate in single entities only (e.g., only the Intensive Course I). There is also a wide range of German courses offered by other institutions in Jena. An overview can be found in the table below.

English courses offer plenty of opportunities to practise academic writing, conversation and pronunciation. Basic language knowledge is required in order to participate in the courses.

All current workshops of this category are available on the qualifications portal of FSU Jena.

Other offers of German Courses in Jena

There is a wide range of German courses offered in Jena. The specific target groups and tuition fees vary and have to be enquired respectively. The language center of the FSU (Sprachenzentrum) offers language courses at all levels. Further information can be found in Friedolin.

The following chart provides an overview on institutions offering German language courses for international young academics.The declaration of the proficiency levels (A1 to C2) corresponds to the Language levels of the Common European Framework of Reference. If you are not sure of your German skills, please take the Goethe Online-Test or the Cornelsen Placement Test to determine your level of proficiency.



Course Level

Further information

Language Center of FSU Jena
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8
07743 Jena
Susanne Junker
Tel. +49 3641 9401807
A1-C2 Additionally there is the offer for multimedial language learning
Volkshochschule Jena
Grietgasse 17a
07743 Jena
Margit Walter
Tel. +49 3641 498200
Beutenberg Campus Jena e.V.
Hans-Knöll-Str. 1
07745 Jena
Dr. Christiane Meyer
Tel. +49 3641 930480
JenDaF e.V.
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8
07743 Jena
International Office
Tel. +49 3641 931166
B2/C1 Only preliminary courses for DSH (i.e. B2/C1)
IQ Thüringen & Thüringer
Volkshochschulverband e.V.

Saalbahnhofstraße 27
07743 Jena
Swetlana W. Dominnik-Bindi
Tel.: 03641 53 42 322
Intensive German course with final language proficiency test telc B2 oder C1
IIK e.V.
Grietgasse 11
07743 Jena
Anshelika Muchina
Tel. +49 3641 489219

Language tandems of International Room
Haus auf der Mauer
Johannisplatz 26
07743 Jena
Ilze Polakova
Tel. +49 3641 930996
E-Mail: sprachkurse.intro@

* not officially declared, but comparable to the language levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (details and other course offers on enquiry)