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Courses

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

Language Cafés

The Language Café offers an opportunity to practice languages with native speakers in a relaxed setting, no matter if you are a beginner or an advanced learner. The UNIVERSEH project makes it easy to get to know new people, languages, and cultures!

Each of the partner universities will host the café in turn according to the following schedule and topics:

Date Location Topic
14. October 2021 Germany - HHU Düsseldorf Introductions / Getting to Know New People/Places (Basic Communication Phrases/Terms)
04. Or 18. November 2021 Sweden - TU Lulea Northern Lights (Basic Phrases and Vocabulary regarding Weather, Time, Travel...)
09. December 2021 Poland - AGH Krakow Natural Attractions / Wildlife (Vocabulary Related to Hobbies, Nature)
April 2022 (exact date to be determined) France - Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Food & Drink (Speaking about Things You Like to Cook/Eat)
May 2022 (exact date to be determined) Luxembourg Université du Luxembourg (Topic/date to be determined)

Each session will be 1.5 - 3 hours in length and will be held according to a twofold structure:

  1. The cafés will start with some welcoming words in four languages (French, Swedish, Polish, German) followed by a presentation on a location specific topic in English and some ice-breaking games.
  2. After that the students will be put into small groups or pairs and can practice their target languages with each other. Whether it is about the presentation, or any other topic is not important. The grouping or pairing will be based on the registration process. Students will practice basic (A1) vocabulary & phrases from each other in Polish, German, French, and Swedish. Depending on demand, more advanced students will also have the opportunity to interact with each other.

All UNIVERSEH-students from our inter-university alliance who are interested in learning and practicing new languages 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 Cafes 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.

English Refresher Courses

The English refresher courses are designed for developing further mastery of communication skills, improving presentation skills, and enhancing student-centered learning networks through its focus on interdisciplinary topics and discussions related to the space sector.

The English refresher courses run throughout the regular semester at the HHU (from October to February, or from April to July).

Winter Semester 2021/22 Course Offerings:

B2.1 English Refresher Course
Mondays, from 14:30-16:00 - (First day of instruction on 11. Oct. 2021, last day of class on 31. Jan. 2022)

B2.2 English Refresher Course
Fridays, from 18:30-20:00 - (First day of instruction on 15. Oct. 2021, last day of class on 04. Feb. 2022)

C1.1 English Refresher Course
Wednesdays, from 12:30-14:00 - (First day of instruction on 13. Oct. 2021, last day on 02. Feb. 2022

C2.1 English Refresher Course
Fridays, from 16:30-18:00 - (Frist day of instruction on 15. Oct. 2021, last day of class on 04. Feb. 2022)

Students can earn 2 ECTS points for participating in an English refresher course.

All UNIVERSEH-students from our inter-university alliance who are interested in refreshing their English language skills 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 English refresher courses will be conducted digitally via video conferences and online learning platforms.

Intensive Language Courses

As part of UNIVERSEH’s Programme, the Language Centre offers intensive beginner language courses for German (DaF) and French for students to acquire an A1-level language proficiency. Intensive language courses are also offered by our partner universities.

The intensive language classes are offered in the winter (September) and summer semester (March) prior to the start of classes. The courses are offered online as intensive courses (60 hours).

Winter Semester 2021/22 Course Offerings:

French – Intensive Language Course A1
3 weeks, 4 hours per day, Monday through Friday, starting 01. Sept. 2021 until 22. Sept. 2021, from 9:30-12:30

German – Intensive Language Course A1
3 weeks, 4 hours per day, Monday through Friday, starting on 06. Sept. until 24. Sept., from 9:00-12:30


Please be sure to register for the intensive language courses before 30. August 2021!

Please note that the intensive language courses offered this winter term are currently listed in HIS-LSF for the SoSe 2021, for all HHU students interested in registering for the intensive language courses!

 

Students can earn 5 ECTS points after completing the course and a final examination.

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.

All UNIVERSEH-students from our inter-university alliance who are interested in learning a new language 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.


Please be sure to register for the intensive language courses before 30. August 2021!

Please note that the intensive language courses offered this winter term are currently listed in HIS-LSF for the SoSe 2021, for all HHU students interested in registering for the intensive language courses!

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

Intercultural Seminars – History of Düsseldorf with Guided Tour

Students studying at the HHU will get to know the historical and cultural development of the city of Düsseldorf, from its beginnings in the Middle Ages to the present day. You would also learn relevant terminology that relates to urban development.

Winter Semester 2021/22 Course Offerings:

25.-27.10.2021, from 10:30-14:00
22.-24.11.2021, from 10:30-14:00
14.-16.02.2222, from 10:30-14:00

Students can earn 1 ECTS for participating in the intercultural seminar.

The course consists of 4 hours of classroom instruction, during which theoretical and practical aspects of Düsseldorf’s urban development are discussed. This is followed by two 4-hour guided tours though Düsseldorf’s city centre. Students may choose between a guided tour in English or German.

This UNIVERSEH course is aimed at all registered HHU students (from all faculties of the university). Students must have German language skills of at least A2/B1 or English language skills of at least a B1 level.

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

Introduction to Multilingualism Seminar

This seminar will introduce the concepts of multilingualism and plurilingualism in the context of European identity, with linguistic and cultural diversity being considered as key components of democracy and its ideals. How can we practice plurilingualism every day?

The introduction to multilingualism seminar will take place at the beginning of each winter and summer term and will be conducted online for 4 hours.

For the Winter Term 2021/22, the Multilingualism Seminar “Introduction to Plurilingualism” is planned for 22. October, from 9.00-12.15

Students cannot earn any ECTS points for participating in the seminar.

The seminar will require preparation in advance online, there will be a 4-hour synchronous meeting with activities, games, etc., and there will be an opportunity for individual reflections afterwards.

UNIVERSEH-students from our inter-university alliance who are interested in participating in the multilingualism 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 introduction to multilingualism 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 over the course of two separate weekends, just before to the language test dates.

Winter Semester 2021/22 Course Offerings:
Certificate Polish as a Foreign Language B1

Held on 03.-04.01.2022, from 9:30-15:3

Certificate Polish as a Foreign Language B2

Held on 05.-06.01.2022, from 9:30-15:30

Certificate Polish as a Foreign Language C1

Held on 07.-08.01.2022, from 9:30-15:30


DELF A1 Preparation Course

Held on 18.-19.12.2021, from 9:30-15:00


DELF A2 Preparation Course

Held on 04.-05.01.2022, from 9:30-15:00


DELF B1 Preparation Course

Held on 08.-09.12.2021, from 9:30-15:00


DELF B2 Preparation Course

Held on 04.-05.01.2022, from 9:30-15:00


DALF C1 Preparation Course

Held on 08.-09.12.2021, from 9:30-15:00


IELTS Academic Preparation Course B2

Held on 03., 10., 17. Oct 2021, from 9:00-13:00, last class from 9:00-14:00


IELTS Academic Preparation Course C1

Held on 13., 20., 27. Nov. & 04. Dec 2021, from 9:00-12:00


IELTS Academic Preparation Course C2

Held on 09. & 16. Oct. & 13. Nov. 2021, from 10:00-15:00


Polish Test Preparations Course(s)

Dates to be determined


SWEDEX A2 Preparation Course

Held on 08., 9., 10. Oct. 2021, first meeting from 17:00- 21:00, then 10:00-15:00


SWEDEX B1 Preparation Course

Held on 12., 13., 14. Nov. 2021, first meeting from 17:00- 21:00, then 10:00-15:00


SWEDEX B2 Preparation Course

Held on 03., 04., 05. Dec. 2021, first meeting from 17:00- 21:00, then 10:00-15:00


TISUS C1 Preparation Course

Held on 22., 23., 24. Oct. 2021, first meeting from 17:00- 21:00, then 10:00-15:00


TestDaF Preparation Course B2/C1

Held on 9., 16., 23. & 30. Oct. & 06. Nov. 2021, from 9:00-12:00


TestDaF Preparation Course B2/C1

Held on 24. & 31. Oct. & 07., 14. & 21. Nov. 2021, from 10:00-13:00

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!

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.

Space Dictionary Course

The aim of this course is to provide students the opportunity to co-develop an online, illustrated dictionary of space concepts for UNIVERSEH, in cooperation with the Dept. of Computer Linguistics at the HHU.

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

Winter Semester 2021/22:
Thursdays, from 14:00-15:00 (First day of instruction on 14. October 2021, last day of class on 03. February 2022).

Students can earn 1 ECTS point for participating in the space dictionary course.

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

All UNIVERSEH-students from our inter-university alliance who are interested in contributing to the space dictionary project are welcome to register for the course! The registration takes place through ou 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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