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TestDaF Exam Preparation

Course Type:Language Course & Specialised Course


Target Group:Medium and Upper Levels (B2-C2). Everyone who wishes to advance his/her language competence to exam level.

German language skills level B2 or higher. Minimum age: 18.

Important Information: 

Studying at a German university requires proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language. Either the DSH or TestDaF exam is required to be taken if corresponding certificates (i.e. Deutsches Sprachdiplom "German Language Diploma" or the "ZOP" of the Goethe Institute) have not been obtained.

This course consists of 28 hours per week:
20 hours of language course in the morning from 9:00am to 12:30pm and 
8 hours of specialised course in the afternoon from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

With regular attendance and a successfully passed final exam, you will receive ECTS credits for this course.

You may choose from the culture programme in the afternoon and evening according to your interests. 

The TestDaF exam may be taken by a maximum of eleven students on 13.10.2022 at the test center at the University of Bayreuth.


Course fee 759 € + registration fee 100 € + accommodation 

TestDaF exam fee approx. 175 €
Application online www.testdaf.de from 18.08.-15.09.2022

We also offer preparation courses for later exam dates. Please find further information on the website of the IIK Bayreuth.

Intercultural Language Course

The language course in the morning equips you with the necessary linguistic and regional background knowledge for the in-depth specialised course. 

Within each level, all courses deal with the following regional topics with varying degrees of difficulty:

  • Germany Through Foreign Eyes
  • Everyday Life in Germany
  • Regional Variety
  • Cultural Variety
  • Germany in the World

"German as a foreign language" consists not only of vocabulary and correct sentence structure. Germans also structure their conversations in a particular way and adhere to a culture-specific set of values. This adherence to culture in communication is a particular focus. Therefore a connection between foreign language and foreign understanding is formed.

Before the start of the summer university, you will be allocated to the course which is most suitable for you by means of an assessment. You strengthen your German language skills through dealing with stylistics, idiomology, and vocabulary relevant to the issue. Aspects of German literature, culture, and society will be analysed and discussed. You can also give your own presentation if you wish.  

Specialised Course: TestDaF Exam Preparation

In the afternoons, you will systematically practice all four parts of the TestDaF exam (reading comprehension and scientific structures, listening comprehension, text production, and oral expression). In collabotation with your teacher you will develop effective strategies to manage each part of the exam. Mock exams will familiarise you with the exam format, simultaneously testing your acquired knowledge.

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