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German 1

Learn how to speak and understand German from beginner level and discover the diversity of cultures in the German-speaking world. You can take German 1 as a short course, or as part of the Certificate of Higher Education in Culture and Language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) or a BA degree.

We offer German language courses from beginner to advanced levels:

This 29-week course is for complete beginners with no previous experience of German and leads to CEFR A2 (Elementary)/GCSE level*. You will learn foundational vocabulary and some basic grammatical structures, enabling you to have everyday conversations and to read and write at a basic level. You will also learn about the cultures of the German-speaking countries as you learn the language. Classes are interactive and taught by native or near-native speakers.

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please note: this is only an approximate equivalence.

Some classes can fill up quickly and you are encouraged to enrol as early as possible.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the class you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. There is usually no formal selection process for this course.

First class: Thu 08-Oct-20 6pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code AREL065S4AAA
Availability Availability limited

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