German for students / Intensive courses A1-B2
Can I definitely take the next course?
After completing a course successfully you can register for the next class. If you haven’t attended a pdL course before, you usually have to do a placement test. On the same evening you can find your result on the internet and see if you can register for a course or if you are on a waiting list(due to the limited number of students in one class there is no guarantee you can start immediately). If you can and want to apply for a course please come to the office during the opening times right on the following day.
What is the difference between a morning and an afternoon course?
There is no tutorial for A1-B2 afternoon classes, so these courses have 20 lessons less and cost less.
- Morning classes: € 480 (200 lessons),
- Afternoon classes: € 430 (180 lessons).
I don’t want to take a pdL course, but I need an A1/A2/B1/B2 certificate. Can I only take the exam and what does it cost?
Yes, that’s possible.
- A1: € 50,
- A2: € 60,
- B1: € 120,
- B2: € 140
Please apply as soon as possible.
I want to cancel a course. Do I get my money back?
You register for a class by signing a contract, please mind our terms and conditions.
In case you cancel the course we will charge you as follows:
- up to 3 weeks before the start of the course: € 30 administration fee
- up to 2 weeks before the start of the course: 25% of the course fee
- up to 1 week before the start of the course: 50% of the course fee
- later cancellations/no-shows: 100% of the course fee
German for students: Visa
How do I register to apply for a visa?
Please use our application form.
How many courses do I have to register for?
It depends on the period of time you need your visa for. Please contact you embassy on that question.
Why can’t I register for a certain level?
Applications for level A1 can be made anytime in advance. For all other levels you have to take part in a placement test so we can make sure you join a course on the right level. The test is written and oral and cannot be done online.
I didn’t get a visa and want my money back.
If your visa application is refused, we’ll refund the course fee less € 30 administration fee. In this case we’ll need your notice of visa rejection, your original confirmation of registration to pdL and the original payment receipt.
What do I have to do to have my visa extended?
Please contact your embassy.
I completed the courses at pdL and paid too much money when I applied for a visa.
Of course the remaining amount will be refunded.
German for students: Placement test
I have a certificate from another school, do I still have to take the test?
There is no test for A1 applicants.
For all other levels a placement test is necessary. Tests and testresults differ from language school to language school. We want to make sure that you join the right course.
What does the placement test cost and how do I register?
The on site test fee is € 15,-.
Please register and pay for the placement test in our cafeteria about 30-45 minutes before the test. You will receive a registration test number. With this number you can see your results on our website and get information about wether you can register right away and what level it is going to be.
What is the placement test?
There are different tasks for different levels. On every level there’s a grammar and a writing test, your oral skills and listening comprehension will be tested in a little ‘interview’.
Can I also take the entrance test online?
Can I see the placement test beforehand?
There is no sample test and you don’t have to prepare for the placement test. Just show us what you’ve learned so far.
German for students: C1 language class / DSH preparation
How can I register for the DSH course?
You have to take part in an placement test unless:
- you want to repeat a C1 course at pdL
- you have a DSH1 certificate
- you have passed DaF with at least 14 points
In these cases you may apply directly as long as there are free places in the course.
How do I get a C1 certificate?
In a C1/DSH preparation course you’ll write 6 tests. The results of these tests are important. More information on the tests will be provided to you by your teacher.
Can pdL guarantee that I can take the DSH exam at TU Dortmund University and will pdL take care of my registration?
Due to procedural changes this is not possible anymore, we’re afraid. Basic information on the DSH application will be provided to you in class. It’s a good idea to see to a place in a DSH test respectively an admission as soon as possible.
We have some DSH test places at a diffent university to offer to extraordinarily successful students.
Is there an alternative to the DSH exam?
Yes, telc C1 for universities is accepted by all German universities. You can take part in the exam at pdL. Dates will be announced on our website.
How do I register for the communication course?
Dates and fees for the next course will be announced on our website or the information will be give to you by your teacher.
How do I register for the grammar course?
Dates and fees for the next course will be announced on our website.
You can register at our office on Mondays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm or on Tuesdays and Thursdays fom 1 to 5 pm.
Why is there no tutorial in the C1 course?
We offer free e-learning (moodle) containing much information on different exams plus grammar and vocabulary exercises.
Where can I find pdL’s bank details?
PdL’s bank details are:
IBAN: DE68 4405 0199 0181 0144 82
and are also on your registration slip.
Do I have to pay for the course in full immediately?
No. An instalment contract can also be an option if you pay a first instalment of € 100 at your registration.
We have to charge an administration fee of € 10 for this method of payment.
Can i pay with a credit card?
No, you can pay cash or with your EC card.
Can I take the next course?
At the moment we have more interested people than places in our classes. It might take a few weeks until you can start a course.
I am an unrecognized refugee in Germany. Can I take a German course take part?
You can enter in the waiting list at our information desk. It might take a few weeks until you can start a course.
For more information please contact:
APP, room 37, 3rd floor,
Office hours: Tuesday + Thursday 10-12 am
When is the next placement test for an integration course?
You need a written invitation from our office to take part in a placement test for an integration course.
The date for your placement test will be announced in the invitation.
Are there only morning courses?
We also offer some afternoon classes.
There are no evening or weekend classes.
I just want to take an exam and not attend a course. What do the exams cost?
Please register as soon as possible (at least 5 weeks in advance)!
- Deutschtest für Zuwanderer /DTZ: € 90
- telc A1: € 70
- Leben in Deutschland/ LID: € 25
German for medical staff
How can I register for the B2/C1 medical course?
A B2 certificate is required. We recommend you take part in the placement test even with a certificate so we can make sure you register for the right course and have the option to succeed.
Course dates are announced regularly on our website. You can also email us.
You can apply to the course during the office hours. An instalment contract can also be an option if you pay a first instalment of at least € 400 at your registration. We have to charge an administration fee of € 10 for this method of payment.
Can I only register for the telc B2/C1 medicine exam?
We currently do not offer this exam.
Does the Jobcenter pay for the course?
If you draw benefits from the Jobcenter we can provide you with an estimate of costs. Your advisor at the Jobcenter will decide wether or not the Jobcenter will take over the costs.
We cannot accept a Bildungsgutschein.
If you do not pay the whole course when you register, an instalment contract can also be an option if you pay a first instalment of at least € 400. We have to charge an administration fee of € 10 for this method of payment.