Language courses

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There are several possibilities to learn the German language in Germany. Many language schools and exchange services offer special services to international students, often in cooperation with universities or international university clubs. Courses aimed at preparing international students for a period of study in Germany are available, for instance, at the following institutes in Munich:

1. Universities:

2. Other language schools

Language courses in Rosenheim and Freising:

1. Universities


German courses for international students at the University of Applied Sciences Munich

The Department 13 General and Interdisciplinary Studies at the HM University of Applied Sciences offers a four-week German intensive course for improving German language skills and preparing for the DSH exam (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang). At the end of the course, participants can take the DSH exam.

Contact details:
Gerda Walter
Faculty 13 – General Studies University of Applied Sciences Munich
Dachauer Straße 100a
80636 München
phone: +49 (0)89/1265-4307
email: dsh(at)

Deutschkurse bei der Universität München e.V. (LMU)

“Deutschkurse bei der Universität München e.V.” offer language courses as well as the required exams for studying in Germany, in close cooperation with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.

Courses are offered throughout the year (even during semester breaks). The intensive course comprises six levels. Each level takes 8 weeks (comprised of 148 lessons in the case of the day course, 90 lessons in the case of the evening course). After completing two levels, you always take an intermediate exam. After completing all six levels, either the DSH exam (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber – German language test for international university applicants for being admitted to university; nine examination dates per year) or the TestDaF exam (six examination dates per year) can be taken. Anyone possessing a high school graduation (equivalent to the German Abitur) can take part in the intensive courses and the diverse special courses.

Additionally, “Deutschkurse bei der Universität München e.V.”, in cooperation with the LMU International Office, offers special courses which can be completed alongside your studies. It is also a possibility to receive ECTS credits.

Contact details:
Deutschkurse bei der Universität München e.V.
Agnesstraße 27
80798 München
phone: +49(0)89/244 10 49-0
email: info(at)

German as a Foreign Language at TUM Language Center

During the semester, the Language Center offers free courses at all levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This offer can only be used by enrolled students, exchange students as well as employees and guest scholars of the TUM.  During the semester break, courses are offered for a fee. Please have a look online at the individual course pages about the exact procedures and possible costs.

The Language Center doesn’t offer any TestDaF exams and thus also no courses to prepare for the DSH or TestDaF exam.

Contact details:
Language Center
TU München
Arcisstr. 21
80333 München
phone: +49 89 289-25457
fax: +49 89 289-22363
email: sprachenzentrum(at)

German as a foreign language at the International University SDI München

The International University SDI München offers several in-person and online courses for international students at various course levels as well as international summer courses. Here you can take the following exams: TestDaF and telc C1 Hochschule.

Student refugees can participate in free-of-charge courses (DAAD programme Integra).

International University SDI München
German as a foreign language
Baierbrunner Straße 28
81379 München
phone: +49 89 288102-0
email: daf(at)

2. Other language schools

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Goethe-Institut: Learn German in Germany

The 12 Goethe-Institutes in Germany offer a wide range of courses and examinations in German as a Foreign Language. Courses are available at all levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. All include in-class tuition, independent studying in the media center as well as a varied cultural and recreational programme.

Contact details:
Goethe-Institut e. V.
Dachauer Straße 122
80637 München
phone: +49 89 15921-0
email: info(at)

German courses in Munich

The Goethe-Institut Munich is located right in the city centre between Sendlinger Tor and Karlsplatz/Stachus.

Goethe-Institut Sonnenstraße 25
80331 München
phone: +49 89 551903-0
fax: +49 89 551903-35
email: muenchen(at)

Münchner Volkshochschule – German as a foreign/second language

The Münchner Volkshochschule offers a diverse programme including standard (2-4 times a week) and intensive (5 times a week) courses in German (levels A1 to C2+).

More information about the various courses can be found here.

New beginners, intermediate and advanced courses begin each month and lead to various examinations (Goethe German Certificate A1, B1, B2, C1, German for Business Certificate B2, TestDaF, KDS, GDS)

There are various courses held in the mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Intensive courses are offered in August and September during the holidays.

Particular focus is placed on preparation for the university admission examinations (DSH or TestDaF), the Central Advanced Tests at the Goethe-Institut (ZOP), the Small German Diploma (KDS), the Big German Language Diploma (GDS) as well as the test in German for Business(PWD).

Contact details:
Münchner Volkshochschule
Rosenheimer Str. 5
Postfach 80 11 64
81611 München
phone: +49 89 48006-6169
email: daf(at)

TANDEM München e.V.
international language school
(TestDaF Centre)

Kurfürstenplatz 5
80796 München
phone: +49 89 2803-70
fax: +49 89 2803-71
email: info(at)

Sprachschule Aktiv München
international language school

Heßstr. 90
80797 München
phone: +49 89 200624-35 /-36
fax: +49 89 200624-54
email: info(at)

DUO: Deutsch-Uni Online
new online language courses for German and international students

In cooperation with the LMU Munich, the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung” (GAST) developed a new e-learning portal. “Deutsch-Uni Online” [DUO], is intended to help international university applicants to prepare for their studies in Germany in terms of language and culture. Additionally, also foreign language modules are available for German students who are planning to go abroad, for instance English, French and Chinese. DUO is a non-profit service. More information is available online:

A few of these websites are offered by commercial or private providers. As far as we know, however, there is no charge for receiving information. The Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern does not benefit from providing these links; it cannot, however, assume any liability.

The Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern does not assume any liability for third-party content, such as direct or indirect links to other providers.