Registration

How does registration work?

You can register online through our website. You can find the link for registration on our website during the lead-up to every registration period. Please note that the link is only available in the registration phase and is deactivated afterwards.

 

When can I register for a course?

The registration phase is immediately before the course period. You can find the exact dates for each period in advance on our website.

 

What do I need in order to be able to register?

You will need a

-valid student ID or a TU-Alumni certificate or an employement certificate from a university in Berlin

-a certificate from a previous course, if you've taken one with us before

-a bank account from which to make the payment.

 

I do not study at the TU Berlin. Can I take part in a course?

Our courses are open for students from all over the world, TUB alumni and employees of the universities and colleges of Berlin.

 

Who are the reduced prices for?

The reduced prices are only for students.

 

Do the courses fill up quickly?

This can vary. We recommend that you sign up as soon as possible, as registration takes place on a first-come-first-served basis. Beginner-level courses for the more in-demand languages like German, Spanish, French or Japanese can get full very quickly.

 

When is my place secured?

Your place is only secured once you received an email from us confirming that you have paid the course fee.

 

Withdrawal

It turns out that I can’t take part in the course after all. Can I get a refund?

Withdrawal from a course is only possible up until the end of the registration period. A 15 EUR service fee will be charged.

Once the course period has begun, withdrawal is no longer possible.

Exception: If you are sick throughout the entire course period and you submit a medical certificate, we will do our best to find a solution for you (possibly another course in another course period).

 

Enrollment

Do I need an appointment to take a placement test?
Yes. You can get an appointment through the registration website. You have to click on the language you want to learn and you will be contacted by the teachers via email.

 

When can I do the placement test?

You can do the placement test any time in the registration period. We recommended that you do the placement test as soon as possible as registration takes place on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

Who has to do a placement test?

You have to do the placement test if

a) you have some knowledge in the given language but have never taken part in an SKB course before; or

b) your last SKB course was more than 2 semesters ago.

 

Who DOES NOT have to take a placement test?

You do not need a placement test if

a) your last SKB course was not more than 2 semesters ago and you want to sign up for a follow-up course now; or

b) you want to register for a beginner's course. 

 

I have a certificate from another school/institution. Do I still need to take a placement test?

Yes, in this case you still need to take a test. Each institute has its own methods of teaching and testing, and we therefore cannot tell from your certificate which of our courses would be most appropriate for you.

 

Further questions regarding courses

The course I booked was cancelled. What now?

You will receive an email from us with your options: you can switch to another course or you can get a voucher for a course in the next course period or you can get a refund.

A refund can unfortunately take a few weeks.

 

I signed up for a course which starts soon, but I have not gotten an email from the teacher.

Sometimes emails are treated as spam – please check your spam folder. If that is not the case, there is a possibility that the teacher has not sent the email about the course yet. If you have not received any email by the day before the course starts, please contact us.

 

Is it possible to get credit points from the SKB courses for my university studies?

We can give you a certificate of participation after successfully completing a course, but unfortunately we are not allowed to give credit points. You will have to ask the examination office of your university or college whether they will assign you credit for a course at the SKB. Hitherto this has only been possible in exceptional cases.

 

Do I have to buy a book for my course?

It depends on the teacher. You can check if a book is needed for your course in the notes below the course offer. In most cases our teachers work with printed materials.

 

Who are the teachers?

All of our teachers are native speakers and many of them are still students.

For the languages spoken in more than one country (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, English etc.) we cannot guarantee a teacher from a particular country, but please check the notes below the course offer to find out which dialect will be taught.

 

Is there an exam at the end of the course?
No, but if you complete the course successfully, you will receive a certificate of participation.

 

Can I switch to another course?
Please talk to the teacher if you think that the level of the course is not suitable for you. In this case we will try to find a course which fits your level. 

 

What do I do if I did not receive a certificate of participation or I lost it?

We can give you a new certificate until 4 semesters after the completed course. In this case please contact us.