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Courses

In the UNIVERSEH programme at the Heinrich-Heine-University students may take the following courses:

Language Cafés

The UNIVERSEH Online Language Café offers an opportunity to practice French, Swedish, Polish, German or English with native speakers in a relaxed setting, no matter if you are a beginner or a more advanced learner.

The Language Café takes place every other Wednesday from 18:00 to 19:30.

19.10.2022 11.01.2023
02.11.2022 25.01.2023
16.11.2022 08.02.2023
30.11.2022 22.02.2023
14.12.2022  

 

Each session will be 1.5 hours in length.

The cafés will start with some welcoming words eventually followed by some ice-breaker-quizzes in English. After that the students will be put into small groups and can practice their target languages (English, French, Swedish, Polish, or German) with each other under the guidance of a Language Tutor. The grouping will be based on the registration process. The Language Cafes will be conducted via the online platform ZOOM. Since we cannot offer you a coffee you will have to prepare your own beverage of choice!! You will be sent an invitation/a link the day before each session and can join the session about 10 minutes before it starts.

All UNIVERSEH-students from our inter-university alliance who are interested in learning and practicing German, French, Swedish or English are welcome to join. The registration takes place through our registration forms. Students enrolled at the HHU Düsseldorf can register via the online course catalogue HIS-LSF.

The Language Cafés will be conducted via an online platform. Since we cannot offer you a coffee you will have to prepare your own beverage of choice. Maybe also grab a snack.

You will be sent an invitation in due time and can join the session about 10 minutes before it starts.

Trilingual Course – Let´s talk about l´espace

This trilingual online course aims to optimise communication skills and increase confidence to read, discuss and present in English and French.

In keeping with the spirit of the UNIVERSEH alliance, each session of this trilingual course, co-taught by two native teachers, looks at the extent to which the space industry reflects humanity’s needs and goals in respect to environmental and social sustainability, as well as innovation and entrepreneurism. Participants will thus familiarise themselves with a transdisciplinary approach by dealing with themes that hardly ever appear within their respective curricula. Unlike a traditional language course, this course does not focus on the systematic acquisition of grammar but aims to highlight the parallels that can exist between different languages in order to improve the participants' language learning strategies and foster the emergence of a translanguaging awareness.

The Trilingual Course runs throughout the regular semester at the HHU (from October to February, or from April to July).

Winter Semester 2022/23 Course Offering:

every thursday, 8:00 to 10:00

HHU Students* can earn 2 ECTS points for participating in the course.

*Students who are enrolled at partner universities cannot be guaranteed that they will earn ECTS points that will be recognized by their home university, as grant agreements between our institutions are still pending.

All UNIVERSEH-students from our alliance are welcome. The registration takes place through our registration forms. Students enrolled at the HHU Düsseldorf can register via the online course catalogue HIS-LSF.

The Trilingual Course will be conducted digitally via video conferences and online learning platforms.

Intensive Language Courses

We offer intensive beginner language courses for German and French for students to acquire an A1-level language proficiency. English Intensive C1 courses are also part of the UNIVERSEH-Online-Language offer at the Language Center of the HHU.

The intensive language classes are offered in the winter (February/March) and summer semester (September) prior to the start of classes. The courses are offered online as intensive courses (60 hours for French A1 and 30 hours for German A1.1).

Winter Semester 2022/23 Course Offerings:

Intensive English C.1.1
 
from 06.03.2023 to 17.03.2023
Synchronous: Monday + Thursday, 18:00 to 20:15 + asynchronous part
Intensive English C.1.2 from 20.03.2023 to 31.03.2023
Synchronous: Monday + Thursday, 18:00 to 20:15 + asynchronous part
Intensive French A1 from 06.03.2023 to 24.03.2023
weekday, 10:00 to 13:00
Intensive German A1.2 from 20.02.2023 to 03.03.2023
Synchronus: weekday 9:30 to 11:00 + asynchronous part

Please note that the intensive language courses offered this winter term are currently listed in HIS-LSF for the WiSe 2022/23, for all HHU students interested in registering for the intensive language courses!

 

HHU Students* can earn 4 ECTS points after completing the Intensive French course and passing a final examination, and 2 ECTS points for each German and English course.

The teaching is based on a multimodal approach including the use of a regular textbook, a learning app and training videos.

These courses combine traditional online teaching (synchronous) with asynchronous self-directed learning lessons.

*Students who are enrolled at partner universities cannot be guaranteed that they will earn ECTS points that will be recognized by their home university, as grant agreements between our institutions are still pending.

All UNIVERSEH-students from our alliance are welcome to register for our intensive language courses. The registration takes place through our registration forms. Students enrolled at the HHU Düsseldorf can register via the online course catalogue HIS-LSF.

The intensive language courses will be conducted digitally via video conferences and online learning platforms.

Intercultural Workshops and Guided Tour through Düsseldorf

The UNIVERSEH project aims to promote mobility and foster cross-cultural exchanges between our partner universities. Students can improve their intercultural skills, opening doors to the European job market, which is a major component of the UNIVERSEH-project.

Winter Semester 2022/23 Workshop Offerings:

Intercultural Workshop
Fit for France
Saturday, 14.04.2023, 10:00 to 15:00
Intercultural Workshop
Fit for Poland
Saturday, 10.12.2022, 10:00 to 15:00
Intercultural Workshop
Fit for Sweden
Saturday, 05.11.2022, 10:00 to 15:00
History of Düsseldorf with Guided Tour
(on-site, in-person)
Saturday, 28.10.2022, 10:00 to 13:00
Saturday, 14.11.2022, 10:00 to 13:00
or
Friday, 10.03.2023, 10:00 to 13:00
Friday, 17.03.2023, 10:00 to 13:00

 

Discover Düsseldorf through a guided tour (on-site / German and English):

The first step toward cross-cultural understanding is to be aware of one´s own cultural background and environment. In this seminar, all HHU-students will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about Düsseldorf and its history. Each course consists of 2 sessions of 4-hours guided tour though Düsseldorf’s city centre during which theoretical and practical aspects of Düsseldorf’s urban development are discussed. The course (two sessions each) will be offered twice in this Wintersemester: in autumn 2022 or spring 2023.

Cross-cultural Workshops (online):

The aim of these three interactive training sessions is to raise student´s awareness about the challenges of interculturality. UNIVERSEH students will benefit from the expertise of professional intercultural trainers who will provide a comprehensive intercultural competence training and share their experience about the business rules or communication patterns of the UNIVERSEH partner countries. Every workshop can be attended separately and will be delivered as virtual training session.

The History of Düsseldorf course is aimed at all registered HHU students (from all faculties of the university). Students must have German language skills of at least B2.

The intercultural workshops are open to all students studying in the UNIVERSEH alliance and will be held in German or English according to the audience.

The History of Düsseldorf course will be offered in-person (pending pandemic numbers) for all students enrolled at the HHU Düsseldorf. They can register via the online course catalogue HIS-LSF.

All UNIVERSEH-students from our inter-university alliance who are interested in participating in the online intercultural workshops are welcome to register. The registration takes place through our registration forms. Students enrolled at the HHU Düsseldorf can register via the online course catalogue HIS-LSF.

Language and Identity Seminar

Nearly 60% of the world population speaks at least two or more languages. We will reflect on our own plurilingualism and get to know tools that help us in the self-evaluation of our own language skills.

The Language and Identity Seminar will take place at the beginning of each winter and summer term. The seminar includes various group- and partner-activities and consists of 4 contact hours (synchronous).

Winter Semester 2022/23 Seminar Offering:

04.11.2022, 9:00 to 12:00

 

HHU Students* cannot earn any ECTS points for the seminar but a certificate of participation will be issued at the end.

The seminar will require a (short) preparation in advance and will also be an opportunity for individual reflections afterwards.

UNIVERSEH-students from our inter-university alliance who are interested in participating in the Language and Identity Seminar are welcome to register! The registration takes place through our registration forms!
Students enrolled at the HHU Düsseldorf can register via the online course catalogue HIS-LSF.

The Language and Identity seminar will be conducted digitally via video conferences and online learning platforms.

Preparation Courses for International Language Tests

We additionally offer test preparation courses for acquiring language certificates in English, DaF, French, Swedish and Polish. Costs for the exams will be covered for all participating students enrolled at the HHU, thanks to the generous support of the DAAD and BMBF!

The test preparation classes are offered in the winter and summer semesters, usually held on the weekend, just before to the language test dates.

Winter Semester 2022/23 Course Offerings:

IELTS B2 14.10. and 21.10.2022, 14:00 to 18:00
IELTS C1 04.11., 06.11. and 11.11.2022, 14:00 to 18:00
DELF B1 14.01. and 15.01.2022, 9:00 to 13:00
DELF B2 26.11. and 27.11.2022, 9:00 to 13:00
DALF C1 14.01. and 15.02.2023, 10:00 to 14:00
TestDaF B2/C1 22.10. and 23.10.2022, 10:00 to 15:00
TestDaF B2/C1 28.01. and 29.01.2023, 10:00 to 15:00
Test Polish as a Foreign Language B1 22.10. and 23.10.2022, 10:00 to 15:00
Test Polish as a Foreign Language B2 29.10 and 30.10.2022, 10:00 to 15:00
Swedex A2 to be determined
Swedex B1 to be determined
TISUS C1 to be determined

 

HHU Students* cannot earn any ECTS points for completing the language test preparation courses. However, for all participating students enrolled at the HHU, the costs for the language tests will be covered through the generous support of the DAAD and the BMBF!

*Students who are enrolled at partner universities cannot be guaranteed that they will earn ECTS points that will be recognized by their home university, as grant agreements between our institutions are still pending.

All UNIVERSEH-students from our inter-university alliance who are interested in learning a new language are welcome to register for our language test preparation courses! Register takes place through our registration forms. Students enrolled at the HHU Düsseldorf can register here via HIS-LSF.

The language test preparation courses will be conducted digitally via video conferences and online learning platforms.

Terms and Concepts of Space Course

Students will determine important terminologies and concepts for fields relevant to the space sector as part of the UNIVERSEH programme. The aim is to contribute to the developement of an illustrated Dictionary of Space Concepts.

The Space Dictionary Course runs throughout the regular semester at the HHU (from October to February, or from April to July).

Winter Semester 2022/23 Course Offering:

every tuesday, 14:00 to 16:00

HHU Students* can earn 3 ECTS point for participating in the Terms and Concepts of Space Course.

We will compile terminology for fields relevant to UNIVERSEH and the space sector (e.g., space, earth, natural sciences, medicine and humanities). We will work with authentic materials (texts, videos, podcasts) to help us develop definitions, design or develop illustrations, and translate terms into the languages of UNIVERSEH (German, French, Polish, Swedish, Luxembourgish).

*Students who are enrolled at partner universities cannot be guaranteed that they will earn ECTS points that will be recognized by their home university, as grant agreements between our institutions are still pending.

All UNIVERSEH-students from our inter-university alliance who are interested in contributing to the course are welcome to register! The registration takes place through our registration forms. Students enrolled at the HHU Düsseldorf can register via the online course catalogue HIS-LSF.

The Space Dictionary Course will be conducted digitally via video conferences and online learning platforms.

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