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Intercultural Courses for International Students

International School: Additional Courses on Offer for International Students

The International Office’s range of studies is conducted in cooperation with the Foreign Language Centre and addresses international students at Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences. It is equally suited for students in an exchange, single-degree or double-degree programme and usually free of cost. The range of courses is supposed to add comprehensive intercultural, linguistic and country-specific contents to the academic studies in the single faculties, thereby contributing to a reflected, inclusive and successful study visit in Germany. The study programme is completed with a certificate on the successfully passed courses and is usually rated with credit points, in addition. The respective syllabi contain details on the specific achievements to be performed. The course of studies is divided into four study areas, which complement one another and pursue individual targets themselves: (1) Language and Communication: German, (2) Language and Communication: English, (3) Introduction to German Studies, (4) Introduction to European Studies as well as (5) International Electives.

(1) Language and Communication: German

In the study area “Language and Communication: German” we offer general German language courses and applied lectures. Intensive German language prep-courses during the semester break enable all foreign students to study in German. The prep-courses and the intensive course “Deutsch Interaktiv und Interkulturell” involve a small personal financial contribution. The free German language courses during the semester address all foreign students wishing to develop or broaden their German skills during their stay in Germany. There is a placement test at the beginning of the semester to classify students according to the ECFR levels A1 to C1. Additionally, incoming students are kindly invited to register for the courses of the Centre for Key Skills (in German language) here. The range of courses for the summer term 2019 is as follows:


(2) Language and Communication: English

In the study area “Language and Communication” we offer applied English language courses that are complemented by lectures on intercultural sensitisation. The courses on “Business English” prepare the students for demanding professional activities in an international context and are also offered within several skill levels. The complementary courses on interculturality aim at an enlightened and reflected foreign experience with intercultural awareness. Additionally, we offer tailored courses on academic writing and reading in an international context. The range of courses for the summer term 2019 is as follows:

  • “Academic Writing” (Prof. Dr Shegebayev, 20.05.19-20.06.19, 4 WLH, 2 ECTS)
  • Academic Reading” (Mr Rausch, 2 WLH, 3 ECTS)
  • “Business English (pre-intermediate)” (Ms Müller, 2 WLH, 3 ECTS)
  • “Business English (upper-intermediate/advanced)” (Ms Müller, 4 WLH, 5 ECTS)
  • “Intercultural Business Communication” (Ms Bagchi, 6 WLH, 6 ECTS)
  • Personal Branding” (Ms Wassink, 2 WLH, 3 ECTS)


(3) Introduction to German Studies


The study area “Introduction to German Studies” is supposed to facilitate the students’ orientation in the host country, to sensitise them to cultural and country-specific characteristics in Germany as well as to impart knowledge on Germany’s higher education system. Students are highly recommended to join the introductory workshop in English. Furthermore, the International Office offers field trips to various destinations in order for the students to gather country-specific experience outside the study location. It should be noted that these trips are not compensated with credit points and involve a small personal financial contribution. The offer for the summer term 2019 is as follows:

  • “Introduction to German Studies and Studying in Germany” (Dr Hornung, 06.04.19-07.04.19, 27.04.19-28.04.19, 3 ECTS)
  • “Applied German Studies: Berlin” (Mr Rausch, field trip, 10.05.19-12.05.19)


(4) Introduction to European Studies


The study area “Introduction to International Relations and European Studies” addresses students from outside Europe as well as all other students interested in the socio-scientific analysis of international relations. There is a specific introduction in every semester, which is also suitable for beginners. The offer for the summer term 2019 is as follows:

  • “Introduction to European Studies” (Dr Hornung, 5 two-WLH, 3 ECTS)


(5) International Electives

The range of courses within the area “International Electives” is supplemented by courses on changing subjects in English. Those events cover comprehensive international aspects relevant to students from all fields. The offer for the summer term 2019 is as follows: