Registration for the Foreign Language Courses

How can I register for a language course?

The registration for the language courses proceeds via an application form and not via Jogustine. This form has to be filled out and sent to the secretary’s office at the ISSK – either by posting it in the post box next to the entrance (Conrad building, Binger Straße 14-16) or by sending it by fax (+49-(0)6131-3937444) or E-Mail ( ).

When can I register for a language course?

For all language courses on level A1, you can register as soon as the course schedule is released on Jogustine. Please note the deadline for the A1 course registration (beginners without or with little knowledge of the language), which ends one week before the placement tests.In order to register for the language courses as of A2, please note the following information:If you have not yet passed a language course at the ISSK and you have to do a linguistic placement test in advance, you can register (in person) only after this test. You will get the application form during the test.

If you have already passed a course at the ISSK and you want to attend the next one, you can also apply for it as soon as the course schedule is released on Jogustine.

Who has to take the placement test?

If you have prior knowledge in the languages English, French, Spanish and Italian, a linguistic placement test is necessary.

If you have prior knowledge of another language, the coordinator or the course instructor of this language can decide about the admission to the course in a personal conversation.

How does the placement test look like?

The test consists of single-choice-questions or of C-questions (a sequence of short gap texts). How the test is carried out exactly will be explained by the test supervisors. The texts deal with general topics - subject-specific vocabulary will not be part of them. Your result will be noted on your application form which you will be given.

The placement test is carried out on a computer and will take 25 minutes. After the time has expired, the test ends automatically. Since you have to get registered prior to the test and you will get a short introduction of the procedure, you should plan enough time. If there are large crowds, waiting time has to be expected. 

When does the placement test take place?

The placement test takes place in the induction week, that is the week before the actual classes begin on Tuesday and Wednesday. Normally, this is in the mid of April or the mid of October. The specific dates can be deduced under “Downloads” on the right.

 Do I have to register for the placement test?

No, there is no need to register. You only need to have an active ZDV-account and a matriculation number. Please bring your matriculation number/student card to the test.

Can I prepare for the test?

Yes, you can familiarize yourself with the format of the C-test. The electronic demo-version is accessible for everyone (see right column with links). Follow the instructions for your personal C-test. Your result will be displayed immediately afterwards.

 Consultation after the placement test

After the test, your result will be noted on your application form by a test supervisor. With this form you will have to consult the responsible teachers for the respective languages (in rooms P200 or P202), who will give you advice regarding your choice of the course and your language proficiency level.

Please have the time schedule of your main subjects at hand, if possible.

How do I know if I am accepted to the course of my choice?

The results of your placement will be announced on Friday afternoon of the same week. You will receive mail via Jogustine about the course you have been accepted to. The number of available places varies from course to course. Those who do not receive mail are not accepted to a course, unfortunately.

I cannot attend the first session – what now?

In this case, please contact the teacher or the respective coordinator of your language as soon as possible. Otherwise you will lose your claim for the course.