Although Jacobs University is international in its orientation and has chosen English as the primary language of instruction and campus communication, all foreign undergraduate (UG) students who are not already proficient in German are required to learn the language of their host country (all other non-UG students are also invited to do so!). Learning German or improving language skills already acquired is not only an additional qualification to round off your résumé, but it is the (only) way to gain a deeper insight into German culture, to take part in it through the media, and to communicate with Germans on and off campus. Speaking and understanding German also makes everyday life easier, more enjoyable, and much more interesting!
German Certificates – Recommendations
TestDaF Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache
Jacobs University is a test center for TestDaF examinations. The TestDaF is a language test for foreign learners of German who plan to study in Germany or who require recognised certification of their language skills. The TestDaF examination is centrally developed and rated by the TestDaF Institute based in Bochum. The test covers your level of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing and speaking. It has several levels and is recognized by all German universities.
If you would like to get more detailed information on the test, which you can take here at Jacobs University, visit the official website of the TestDaF Institut. Information in English is available here and the next exam dates may be found here.
Jacobs University offers a special TestDaF preparation course. This course is offered for free to Jacobs students and gives them preparation necessary to take the standardized examination “Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache” to assess and certify their level of German. Please note that students must pay a required fee if they wish to take the actual certifying exam (non-exam takers are also welcome in the course free of charge).