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 alumni or an employee of one of Berlin's universities and higher education institutes? 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 our language courses cost?
You can find our prices under Fees and conditions.
When does registration take place and how can I pay?
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. About 2-3 weeks before a course block starts, there is a registration period, during which you can enroll.
To register for a course, you must pay the course fee via 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?
If you have already registered and paid for a course, but then decide not to participate, you have the possibility to withdraw from the course.
However, a withdrawal is only possible within the registration period. This means that you have to inform us of your wish to withdraw in writing (via e-mail or cancellation button in your user account) by the last day of the registration period at the latest. We will then refund you the course fee you paid minus an administrative fee of 15,- Euro.
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 needed in the course, it could be that you will have to buy this for the course. If and which material is requires for a course, is always mentioned in the course description. So you will already know which extra costs might arise before registering.
How big are the language classes?
Our courses have between a minimum of 4-5 and a maximum of 14 participants.
What happens if not enough people enroll for a course?
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.
If this is the case, 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.
Also if a teacher gets ill and a course does not take place or only takes place partially, we will refund you all the cancelled lesson units.
Who has to take a placement test?
You have to take a placement test if you already have knowledge of the respective language, but no certificate of attendance of an SKB course and no level certificate accepted by the SKB. Certificates of participation in SKB courses are accepted as proof of level if they were issued no more than two semesters ago. A few language groups accept level certificates from other universities/language schools. You can find out which ones below.
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 "Beginners without previous knowledge" (A1.1) course.
c) you have a level certificate from another university / language school that is accepted by SKB. You will find out which certificates are accepted in the next question.
I have a language certificates from another institution. Do I still have to take a placement test?
The following language groups accept the following certificates from other institutions:
German: Goethe certificate, certificates from other Berlin universities, Telc certificate and certificates from the language schools Kapitel Zwei, die deutSCHule, Humboldt-Institut and speakeasy.
Greek: "Greek Language Diploma
Italian: CELI, PLIDA, Laboling, Volkshochschulen and university language centers.
Korean: TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korea)
For the other languages, only SKB certificates are accepted.
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 teaching 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.
Bekomme ich eine Rechnung für die bezahlte Kursgebühr?
Rechnungen werden nur auf Anfrage erstellt.