Wilhelm von Humboldt was decades ahead of his time when he stated that languages are the key to the world. In times of ever-expanding globalization and internationalization, languages are getting more and more valuable.
German as a Foreign Language (DaF)
- Beginners can attend courses at Hamburg’s adult education center (Volkshochschule, VHS) in cooperation with Universität Hamburg (levels A1–A2.1).
- More advanced lerners find courses at the University Language Center (SZ) (from level B1 onwards).
- PHGS offers German courses for doctoral researchers at PHGS, IMPRS-UFAST, CUI and EMBL (levels A1-B2).
- We also recommend the Goethe Institute where language courses can be booked directly (fees apply!)
- Both Deutsche Welle and BBC Languages offer free online German courses for different levels.
- A language tandem with a German-speaker who would like to learn your mother tongue may also be an option. Uni Hamburg offers tandem matching.
- The University Language Centre (SZ) offers English, Spanish, French and other courses, including special courses for doctoral candidates.
- The PHGS also offers English courses for doctoral candidates.
- On the Hamburger Kursportal you can find various online courses (fees apply).
- English soft-skills courses can be attended at MIN Graduate Center.
- A language tandem with a someone who knows your target language and would like to learn your mother tongue may also be an option. Uni Hamburg offers tandem matching.