German courses and foreign languages

for international students at LMU

Studying at LMU requires sufficient competence in German, for which evidence must be provided. Additional language skills are also increasingly important.

LMU Munich and affiliated institutions offer preparation courses that provide the required evidence of competence in German. We also offer German courses related to your field of study, specialist, and foreign language courses. Find out more here:

Preparatory and study-based German courses

1. Preparatory German language courses

Intensive language courses (with the chance to take DSH and/or TestDaF)

  • Dates: All year
  • Level: All levels (A1 – C1)
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Cost: Day course: 750 euros (148 teaching hours), evening course 485 euros (90 teaching hours) (discount for students attending universities in Munich according to current price list)
  • ECTS credits: Day course: 9 / evening course: 6
  • Further information

Intensive language course with supporting cultural program (without DSH / TestDaF)

  • Dates: September and March
  • Level: Various levels
  • Duration: 4 weeks (90 teaching hours)
  • Cost: 420 euros
  • Additional information: Placement in student housing possible
  • ECTS credits: 6
  • Further information

2. Study-based German courses during the semester

General study-based German courses

Evening course (4 x week)

  • Level: Various levels
  • Duration: 2 months (90 teaching hours)
  • Cost: 485 euros
  • ECTS credits: 6
  • Further information

Evening course (2 x week)

  • Levels: Various levels
  • Duration: 52 teaching hours
  • Cost: 160 euros
  • ECTS credits: Up to 6
  • Further information

Scientific German

In the scientific German courses you will practice study-based language skills. You will practice core linguistic elements of scientific communication (for example; summarizing, paraphrasing, citing, arguing), and the main text and discourse types.

Evening courses (German as a scientific language)

Language courses for doctoral and postdoctoral students

International doctoral and postdoctoral students from all disciplines who are either studying or are visiting researchers at LMU may participate in these courses. Both general language courses and scientific German courses are offered.

Evening courses (German for university and everyday life)

  • Level: A1 – C2
  • Duration: 30 teaching hours
  • Cost: 135 euros (cost sharing)
  • ECTS credits: 3
  • Further Information

3. Language preparation online

The online program "German-Uni Online," developed at LMU, consists of the following modules: Basic German (from A1), Preparation for Study (B1), Study Organization (B1), Study Practice (B2), Exam Preparation TestDaF (B2), and Specialist German (from C1). It can be arranged flexibly with tutorial support or as a pure self-study program, as well as a combination of classroom and online instruction.

German-Uni Online (DUO)

Recommended German course providers

The following German course providers are recommended by the "Advisory Board on Quality Assurance for Study-preparatory and Study-related German Education at LMU":

Study-based foreign and specialist language courses

In addition to German classes, the LMU Munich Language Center also offers a broad range of courses in multiple languages for students from all faculties.

The Center organizes a comprehensive range of language courses for all faculty members designed to support them with language specific to their studies or offer vocational qualifications. The program includes conversation courses and specialized language courses in over 40 languages. A multimedia language laboratory is available for intensive use by students not only in formal tuition, but also during the daily four hours of self-study.