I'm not a student at the TU Berlin. Can I still participate in a course?
Are you a student at a university (worldwide), a TU alumn@ or an employee of one of Berlin's universities and colleges? Then you can attend our courses.
Do the classes fill up fast?
This varies greatly. However, especially for beginner courses in languages that are in high demand, such as German, Turkish, Spanish, English, French, Japanese, it is advisable to register on the first days of enrolment, if possible, if you want to be sure of getting a spot.
When is my place booked?
Your place in a course is not booked until you have paid the course fee.
How much do the language courses cost?
You can find our prices under Prices and conditions.
How does registration to and payment for courses work?
We offer language courses twice a semester: Semester-long courses during the winter and summer semesters and (semi-)intensive courses during the winter and summer semester breaks. You can register for a course about 2-3 weeks before it starts. This registration period is also called enrollment at SKB.
To register for a course, you must pay the course fee with a bank transfer. We will provide you with the account information when you register. Unfortunately, no other payment methods are possible at the moment.
Important: The registration is only complete when your payment has arrived on our TU bank account. A reservation for a spot in a language course without payment isn't possible!
Can I withdraw from a course I've booked?
Falls du dich bereits für einen Kurs angemeldet und bezahlt hast, dich dann aber entscheidest, doch nicht mehr teilzunehmen, hast du die Möglichkeit vom Kurs zurückzutreten.
Ein Rücktritt ist aber nur innerhalb der Anmeldezeit (= Einschreibunsperiode) möglich. Das heißt, du musst uns deinen Rücktrittswunsch schriftlich (per E-Mail oder Storno-Button im User-Account) bis spätestens zum letzten Tag der Einschreibungsperiode mitteilen. Du bekommst dann die von dir gezahlte Kursgebühr abzüglich einer Verwaltungsgebühr in Höhe von 15,- Euro zurückerstattet.
Is the course material included in the course fee?
Each SKB teacher decides individually which material they will use in their course. If a certain book or material is used in the course, it could be that you have to buy this for the course. If the course requires additional material, it is always mentioned in the course description. You will already know which extra costs might arise when you register.
How big are the language classes?
Our courses have between 4 and a maximum of 14 participants.
What happens if a course cannot take place?
Our courses have a minimum number of participants, usually four or five people. To teach a course with less participants would entail an unsustainable financial loss. This means that if fewer people than the minimum register for a course, unfortunately the course can't take place.
The teacher then tries to find alternatives, for example by combining two similar course levels in one course. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. If a course cannot take place, we will inform you in good time and of course refund your complete course fee.
If, for example, a course does not take place or only takes place partially due to illness of the teacher, we will also refund the fee for the cancelled course dates.
Who has to take a placement test?
You must take a placement test if
a) you already have knowledge of the respective language and have not yet attended a course at SKB or
b) your last SKB course was more than two semesters ago.
Who does NOT have to take a placement test?
You do not need a placement test if you have
a) have successfully completed an SKB course no longer than two semesters ago with a certificate of attendance and now wish to enroll in the follow-up course,
b) you would like to register for a "Beginner without previous knowledge" (A1.1) course.
I have a language certificates from another institution. Do I still have to take a placement test?
Yes, you have to take a test. Language certificates from other institutions do not help us, because our level classification does not always correspond to those of other institutes. Also, it is important to us that we really place you in the right course for you.
Further questions about our courses
What language are the courses in?
The higher level courses (A2/B1 and above) are usually in the target language (for example, in Spanish in a Spanish course). The teaching language in courses with lower levels (A1/A2) is usually German. By arrangement with the individual lecturers, courses can also be held in English. Please contact us before you enroll.
The theaching language in the lower level German courses (A1/A2) is usually English, while in the higher level courses (A2/B1 and above) it is German.
Can I have an SKB course recognised as ECTS points/WS in the compulsory elective area or free elective area?
Although we can confirm your successful participation in one of our courses, we are not authorized to award credit points. It is up to your university to decide whether you can get an SKB course recognised in your course of studies after presenting the confirmation of participation. You will have to ask your institute or the responsible examination office. So far, recognition has only been granted in exceptional cases.
Is there an exam at the end of the course?
No, but we can confirm successful participation with a certificate.
Can I change course?
Please always talk to the instructor if you think the course level is not right for you. If we have misclassified you, we will try to find another course for you.