Incoming exchange students without previous knowledge or little knowledge of German (levels A and B) have the possibility to visit a free German language class directly prior to the commencement of their exchange semester. During the semester, continued courses are offered by the University of Lucerne for reduced fees.

Pre-Semester German Short Course

Content and Aim

This course is intended to prepare students for their studies in Lucerne. Within levels A and B, courses will be divided according to class level and on the number of participants. The course covers the four core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for everyday life in Lucerne. The focus lies on communicative skills and vocabulary.

Everyday situations will be covered; for instance, introducing yourself and others, living and working in Lucerne, numbers, money and time expressions, leisure activities, food and shopping, etc.

As well as classroom based sessions, participants will also get to practise their skills in every-day situations and get to know Lucerne and the Swiss way of life.

Dates/Duration

The course takes place in the week prior to the start of the semester from Monday - Thursday.

Credits

For this course, no credits are awarded.

Materials

Free handouts will be distributed during the course. No further material is needed.

Costs

The course is free of charge and is funded by the University of Lucerne.

Application

Incoming exchange students will receive an official invitation to participate in the course along with further information on the application procedure directly from the Mobility Coordinator upon being accepted for an exchange semester at the University of Lucerne.

German Language Course, Level A 1

Eligibility

Attendance at the pre-Semester Intensive Language Course 'German Short Course' is highly recommended since this A1 level course builds on the language already learnt during the short course. Students who did not attend the pre-Semester course may need to complete some catch-up assignments in order to be successfully integrated into the course.

Content and Aim

This course further intensifies language acquisition and helps students to systematically learn sentence structure, syntax and German vocabulary. The course covers the four core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for everyday life in Lucerne with a focus placed on communicative skills and vocabulary.

By the end of the course students should have reached level A1 in German (as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR) and may also opt to take the external exam ‘Goethe-Zertifikat A1’ exam.

Dates/ Duration, Spring Semester 2019 (February - May 2019)

2 weekly sessions of 1.5 hrs; classroom based instruction and interactive communication exercises

Credits

For this course, 2 ECTS can are awarded.

Materials

Books and/or materials will be provided by the instructors, costs need to be borne by the students.

Costs

The course fee is CHF 250 per semester

Application

Please use the following application form and send it to mobilityremove-this.@remove-this.unilu.ch

German Language Course, Level A 2

Content and Aim

This course further intensifies language acquisition and helps students to work on their sentence structure, syntax and German vocabulary; a main focus is placed on communicative skills and vocabulary.

By the end of the course students should have reached level A2 in German (as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR) and may also opt to take the external exam ‘Goethe-Zertifikat A2’ exam.

Dates/ Duration, Spring Semester 2019 (February - May 2019)

This course consists of an intensive study week from Monday 11th - Friday 15th February 2019, 14.15 h - 17.30 h, room 4.B01, and 1 weekly session of 1.5 hrs (Thursday, 17.15 - 18.45 h, room 3.B57, start: 21.02.2019); classroom based instruction and interactive communication exercises

Credits

For this course, 2 ECTS are awarded.

Materials

Books and/or materials will be provided by the instructors, costs need to be borne by the students.

Costs

The course fee is CHF 250 per semester

Application

Please use the following application form and send it to mobilityremove-this.@remove-this.unilu.ch

German as a foreign language, Level B2/C1

The University of Lucerne offers a German language course for non-German-mother-tongue students  to give them the language skills they need for their degree. The course is particularly aimed at students from Ticino and the Romandie. Providing places are available, exchange students and other foreign students with a prior knowledge of German are also welcome.  

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