Foreign language (CEFR level B2)
Exam number: Depends on the chosen language
Semester: 3rd - 4th semester
Duration of the module: two semesters
Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective etc.): Obligatory
Frequency of module offer: Each semester
Prerequisites: Regulated by the Language Centre. As a rule Placement test before the beginning of the semester.
Applicability of module for other study programmes:
Obligatory or elective in other study programmes. For further information check regulations of the study programme.
Person responsible for module: Dean of Studies in consultation with the Language Centre
Name of the professor: Depending on the course
Language of teaching: Depending on the course
ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 12
Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Contact time (language course etc.) 90 hours; self study: 270 hours
Contact hours (per week in semester): 8
Methods and duration of examination:
Proof is provided by language certificates in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, at least level B2 of the Council of Europe (Unicert II, DSH II are equivalent to B2). Certificates according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Higher Education, which have been issued at a German university, are recognised. Exceptions (e. g. language certificates of the Goethe-Institut) are decided by the examination board.
Recognition requires that the original language certificate be presented to the examination office. The preparation of a final thesis in a foreign language cannot be accepted as proof in this module, since the examiner does not have to verify the foreign-language performance of the final thesis.
Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: zero
Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
Due to the international orientation of the university, foreign language training is an integral part of the programme. The aim of the training is to prepare students for studying abroad and working in international contexts. This is not only done by imparting linguistic skills in the narrower sense of the word and by presenting facts about the region. As members of the European University Viadrina, students already live and learn in an intercultural context. The Language Centre should be the place where this cohabitation is reflected. The own point of view is to be recognized as culturally determined and put into perspective. The Language Centre of the European University Viadrina is a central, scientific institution responsible for the planning and implementation of language training during the course of studies.
Contents of the module:
Education in the chosen foreign language up to the level of the Council of Europe B2, English cannot be chosen as a foreign language. For foreign students who have not proven their ability to study in German, German as a foreign language is obligatory. In addition to German, the Language Centre currently offers training in Finnish, French, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and Italian. Classes are given mainly by native speakers.
Teaching and learning methods:
Language course(s); self-study
Special features (e.g. percentage of online-work, practice, guest speaker, etc.):
A multimedia self-learning centre is available for students. The aim is to facilitate the original encounter with the culture of the language that the students learn, e. g. through multimedia databases, interactive computer programs, satellite television and video. In addition, students have access to the information highway, e-mail and Internet. This enables authentic communication across continents with speakers of the languages to be learned. In the lessons students are prepared for work in the self-study centre.
The certificates of the Viadrina Language Centre are accredited within the framework of Unicert®, a certificate system that covers all universities. Both training and certificates are in accordance with the Council of Europe's reference framework.
Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Depending on the course
Websites of the Language Centre