German Courses

HSBI offers preparatory German courses at levels B2 and C1 as part of the DAAD project GlobalFIT and the programme “NRWege ins Studium.”

The courses are conceived for international and displaced prospective students who intend to take up studies at HSBI and prepare for the German job market after completion of the German courses.

Dates for the winter semester 2024/25

  • B2.1: 2 Sep 2024–31 Oct 2024
  • B2.2: 18 Nov 2024–31 Jan 2025
  • C1.1: 2 Sep 2024–31 Oct 2024
  • C1.2: 18 Nov 2024–31 Jan 2025

Christmas break: 18 Dec 2024–1 Jan 2025

Information on the preparatory German courses

Application period

  • For the winter semester: until 30 June
  • For the summer semester: until 15 December

To the application form


  • University entrance qualification for studies in Germany
  • German skills at least at B1 level


Application documents (German or English)

  • Complete CV in table format
  • Proof of educational background
    • School-leaving certificate (German or English)
    • Proof of university entrance examination (if applicable)
    • Proof of previous studies (transcript of records, university degree certificate; if applicable)
  • Certificates of German skills
  • Residence status
  • Passport copy
  • Copy of a proof of name change (if applicable)



The cost of the classes are financed through the GlobalFIT project and the “NRWege ins Studium” programme. Participants have to bear the costs for examinations themselves.
In addition, participants have to register at HSBI and pay the regular semester contribution.


We answer frequently asked questions on our German courses and the online application process here.


Information on the German courses 

Course contents and objectives
  • Preparing you for the telc C1 language exam for university studies
  • Starting your studies after you have passed the telc C1 exam
  • Preparing you for studies in Germany in general and for intercultural differences



  • Acquisition of German skills (in preparation for studies in Germany, levels B2 and C1)
  • General preparation for studies (test lectures, presentation of study programmes, intercultural training, financing studies, introduction to MS Word, etc.)
Course details
  • The courses start in early March,  mid-May, early September and mid-November and last 8–9 weeks each.
  • Classes take place in a blended format (online and on campus) with 30 teaching units per week.
  • Classes take place daily from Monday to Friday, usually in the mornings. Assignments, self-study units and digital tests have to be completed in addition.
  • Textbooks can be borrowed from the library free of charge.
  • For the online classes, you need a laptop or computer, a camera and a microphone – you cannot participate via smartphone.
  • On-campus classes take place in Bielefeld.
  • Each course level can be repeated once.
Rules for participating in the German courses
  • Participants have to be present in at least 80% of the classes, participate actively, complete their assignments regularly and take part in digital tests in order to receive a certificate of participation.
  • For online courses, the camera must be switched on.


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