How to Learn German Before Applying to German Universities


An event on How to Learn German Before Applying to German university was organised on Friday, 10 May 2024

  • Introduction to the webinar and the importance of learning German: The session emphasized the relevance of learning the German language for students planning to study in German universities. The speaker highlighted that knowing German can greatly enhance both academic and social experiences in Germany.
  • Overview of German language levels: German language proficiency is categorized into six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Each level delineates a specific competency in language skills.
  • Learning expectations for each level: For beginners, A1 involves basic phrases and common expressions, while A2 covers basic conversations. B1 and B2 expand on more complex grammar and conversation skills. C1 and C2 levels indicate near-native fluency, necessary for academic and professional environments.
  • Practical advice on language learning: The speaker encouraged a methodical approach to learning German, starting from foundational levels and progressing to advanced stages. Emphasis was placed on regular practice, utilizing various resources including language apps like Duolingo, educational platforms, and immersion through media such as German films and books.
  • Cultural integration: Proficiency in German not only aids in academic pursuits but also in cultural assimilation, making everyday interactions in Germany more manageable and enriching.
  • Preparation for university applications: Understanding German can provide a competitive edge in applications to prestigious German universities, where certain programs might require proof of language proficiency.
  • Q&A session: The webinar concluded with a question and answer session where attendees could ask specific queries about language learning strategies, application processes for German universities, and resources for improving German language skills.

Feel free to ask your queries below:

How long does it take to achieve A1 proficiency?

Typically, A1 level can be reached with about 30 hours of structured learning, depending on the learner’s aptitude.

Can I use language learning apps like Duolingo to improve my German?

Yes, apps like Duolingo are useful for beginners to get acquainted with basic vocabulary and grammar. However, they should be complemented with structured courses and practice for effective learning.