Information about the course programme (for the Online Course in 2021)

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Online Course 2021

Core elements of the International Summer School are the german classes, the academic lectures and seminars, the seminar for german teachers (DAF Fortbildung) and the varied cultural programme around the course.

The course is not only about language proficiency, but also about strengthening your oral communication skills and immersing into german academic fields, german communication and culture.

Course days: 18 course days

Total hours: incl. afternoon program approx. 85-90 hours (à 45 minutes)

Hours per week: incl. afternoon program approx. 20-24 hours (à 45 minutes)

Times (german time, GMT+2)

Morning lessons: 09:15 – 12:30: German classes

Afternoon lessons: 14:15 – 15:45: academic programme or conversation

Evening programme: from approx. 19:00: social programme

ECTS-credits: up to 5 ECTS points

Number of participants: 90-100, each group approx. 15 persons (In 2021: 9-12 participants)

Target group: Students and graduates of all subjects, teachers of German as a Foreign Language, friends of german language and culture

Course offerings:

  • german language courses for basic, middle and high levels (generally in the mornings 9-12:30h)
  • academic lectures and seminars (for high levels) (approx. at 6 afternoons 14-16h)
  • conversation classes (for basic and middle levels) (approx. at 6 afternoons 14-16h)
  • coached project classes with different subjects (e.g. creative writing, history of Trier, favorite places)
  • certificate "Didactics and Methodology of German as a Foreign Language" (for high levels)

Course completion: Final exams and graded certificate (CEFR/GER). After successful participation in the classes and the exams you will receive a graded certificate with 5 ECTS points.

The Placement Test

The placement test on the first day of the course (Tuesday) serves to determine your language skills. It covers the parts writing and linguistic structures, as well as reading comprehension and listening comprehension. Based on the results of the placement test, you will be placed in a course group.


Sample Brochure



Here you find a sample of our course brochure. It only gives an indication, and should not to be interpreted as an absolute reference. Our course programme is similar each year, but differs primarily in the content of the seminars and lectures.


Language Levels - Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR/GER)

The different levels of the CEFR

The basic levels are:

  • A: Basic user
  • B: Independent user
  • C: Proficient user

These are then broken down into six language levels.

A: Basic user

A1 – Breakthrough: Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 – Waystage: Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B: Independent user

B1 – Threshold: Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 – Vantage: Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C: Proficient user

C1 – Effective Operational Proficiency: Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 – Mastery: Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.


Conversation classes (up to level B1)

For the lower levels we offer conversation courses on 6 afternoons. The participants mainly practice listening and speaking. Contents are, for example, getting to know and using common means of speech, pronunciation as well as speaking in everyday situations.


Additional certificate for teachers: German as a foreign language

Further education classes are offered for German teachers and advanced students of German Studies. In these classes, current didactic methods and pedagogical concepts in the field of German as a Foreign Language will be discussed as well as concepts of grammar instruction and vocabulary work, comprehension and understanding of texts, media didactics, e-learning in German as a Foreign Language lessons, intercultural didactics and new teaching materials.

Completion: In order to obtain this additional certificate, participants need to attend the advanced level german class (C1/C2), as well as the additional seminars and lectures (approx. 40 hours).
Upon completion of this additional programme, a additional certificate will be awarded ("Zertifikat Didaktik und Methodik Deutsch als Fremdsprache", 3  ECTS points).

Academic lecture and seminar programme (level B2-C1)

An interdisciplinary lecture and seminar programme is provided by the faculties of Language and Literature, Politics and History, Social Science and Economy, Geography, Pedagogy and Media Sciences.






Final examination and certificate

Final exam
Participants of the course have the opportunity to take a final examination corresponding to the course level. Participation in the final examination and thus the acquisition of the qualified certificate of achievement is free of charge.

A certificate is issued on the result of the examination. The certificate shows the course level, number of hours and grade. In addition to the grade, which corresponds to the grading system of German universities, 5 ECTS points are awarded for successful participation in the language courses. The ECTS credit corresponds to the Common European Framework of Reference for Higher Education. (CEFR)

An additional certificate for 3 ECTS is awarded for successful participation (only for C1 level) in the introductory seminar "Teaching and Learning German as a Foreign Language" and the accompanying academic programme.


Cultural programme

In 2021, we will try to offer as much of the framework program as possible in digital form!

Among other things, the cultural programme contains:

  • An excursion on the Mosel River (with visit to a traditional wine museum)
  • Excursions to Luxembourg and France (including guided tours)
  • Trier and its Roman heritage: city tours, museum visits
  • Concerts, hikes, international dinner and student life in Trier

On all these events, you will be accompanied by our tutors.

Information about the city of Trier:

Links about Luxembourg & Euroregion SaarLorLux:, 


subject to changes and possible errors