German as a Foreign Language

Folkwang University offers German language courses before and during the semester for all foreign students. The field of competence “German as a Foreign Language” refers to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

FACULTY 1 (Music) | Institute for Popular Music

Within the BA /MA courses of study of faculty 1 applicants have to verify proof of language level A1 according to CEFR with enrolment. Intended language level is B1. Applicants who do not have any knowledge of the German language are offered a five week compact course level A1 (200 hours) according to CEFR before the beginning of the semester. Within two semesters after enrolment students have to verify proof of the target language level B1 according to CEFR.

FACULTY 2 (Academic Studies)

Within the courses of study of GyGe and GHR/Ge with the subject Music (one subject-courses of study) of faculty 2, applicants have to verify proof of language level B2 according to CEFR with enrolment. Applicants who cannot verify proof of language level B2 according to CEFR are offered a five week compact course level B2 (200 hours) before the beginning of the semester. Within two semesters after enrolment students have to establish proof of language level C2 according to CEFR. For two-subject courses of study students have to verify proof of “Die Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang” (DSH-exam on the level of DSH3). This examination is not carried out by the Folkwang University of the Arts.

Within all other courses of studies of faculty 2 applicants have to verify proof of language level B2 according to CEFR with enrolment. The target language level is C2. Applicants who cannot verify proof of language level B2 according to CEFR are offered a five week compact course level B2 (200 hours) before the beginning of the semester. Within two semesters students have to verify proof of language level C2 according to CEFR.

FACULTY 3 (Performing Arts)

a) Singing

1.)    Within the courses of study Bachelor of Music "Singing/Music theatre” of faculty 3 applicants have to verify proof of language level A1 according to CEFR with enrolment. The target language level is B2 followed by an obligatory “oral skills” language course level B2. Applicants who do not have any knowledge of the German language are offered a five week compact course level A1 (200 hours) before the beginning of the semester. Within four semesters after enrolment students have to verify proof of language level B2.2 as well as of the “oral skills” language course level B2.

2.)    Within the courses of study Master of Music “Voice Performance” of faculty 3 applicants have to verify proof of language level A2 according to CEFR with enrolment. the target language level is B2 followed by an obligatory “oral skills” language course level B2. Applicants who cannot verify proof of language level A2 are offered a five week compact course level A2 (200 hours) before the beginning of the semester. Within three semesters after enrolment students have to verify proof of language level B2.2 as well as of the “oral skills” language course level B2.

b) Acting / Directing / Physical Theatre/Musical

Within the courses of study Artist Diploma “Acting”, Artist Diploma “Directing/Acting”, "Physical Theatre" as well as within the courses of study Bachelor of Arts “Musical” of faculty 3 applicants have to verify proof of language level B2 according to CEFR with enrolment. Applicants who cannot verify proof of language level B2 are offered a five week compact course level B2 (200 hours) before the beginning of the semester. Within two semesters after enrolment students have to verify proof of language level C2 according to CEFR.

c) Dance

1.) Within the course of study Bachelor of Arts “Dance” of faculty 3 students have to verify proof of language level A2 according to CEFR within two years after enrolment. Verification of any language level before enrolment is not required. Potential existing knowledge of the German language will be verified through an assessment test within the frame of the entrance exam or can be verified through a written certification.

2.) Within the courses of study Master of Arts “Dance Pedagogy” as well as within the courses of study Master of Arts “Dance Composition” of faculty 3 applicants have to verify proof of language level A2 according to CEFR with enrolment, this means that language level A2 is required in order to enrol at Folkwang University and cannot be acquired during the courses of study.

FACULTY 4 (Design)

Within the courses of study of faculty 4 applicants have to verify proof of language level B2 with enrolment. Applicants who cannot verify proof of language level B2 according to CEFR are offered a five week compact course level B2 (200 hours) before the beginning of the semester. Within two semesters students have to verify proof of language level C2 according to CEFR.

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