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Intensive Courses

Are you about to start your Assessment Year at the University of St.Gallen that is taught in a language other than your school language?

We offer an intensive preparatory course both in German and in English that will enable you to meet the language requirements of the first year of your programme at the University of St.Gallen. Click on the language that you would like to get more information on.

Intensive Course German A1

The intensive German A1 course is aimed at Assessment Year students who have no prior knowledge of German. The University contacts these students proactively and provides them with information about the course and participation in it. Therefore, registration for the course does not take place via Language Services.

If you have any questions about the German A1 intensive course, please contact sprachenunisg.ch directly.

Intensive Course "Studiensprache Deutsch"

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What you get out of taking this course

The intensive course "Studiensprache Deutsch" is the ideal introduction to the German language as it is used professionally by specialists and academics. The course focuses on the language of management, economics and law. You will practise the relevant German vocabulary and learn to understand the complex text structures of science and academic writing.

You will also be able to specifically hone your written and oral communication skills necessary in your everyday academic life communication. You will practise how to quickly understand information presented in scientific language, how to ask questions and how to engage in subject-related discussions.

In addition to the in-class instruction there will be hands-on field trips on and off campus where you will be able to apply what you have learned in class and gain more language confidence.


Participants

The course is aimed at foreign-language students enrolled in the German track of the Assessment Year who would like to enhance their German skills before beginning their studies at the University of St.Gallen.


Participation requirements

Admission is granted to students enrolled in the Assessment Year at the University of St.Gallen who are non-native speakers of German with prior knowledge of German (at least B2 CEFR or equivalent). Other students of the University of St.Gallen with necessary prior knowledge of German may also apply and will be admitted if there are places available on the course.


Course scope and lecturer

The intensive course is an 8-day course comprising 48 lessons. It is taucht by Dr. phil. Elke Breitenfeldt, who has many years of experience in teaching this course.

 

Course schedule

  • Monday, 28 August 2023
  • Tuesday, 29 August 2023
  • Wednesday, 30 August 2023
  • Thursday, 31 August 2023
  • Friday, 1 September 2023
  • Monday, 4 September 2023
  • Tuesday, 5 September 2023
  • Wednesday, 6 September 2023

from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. everyday. There might be changes to the schedule e.g. due to excursions. You will receive the detailed course schedule at course start.


Course fee

The course fee is CHF 428 (including course materials).

Course Factsheet "Intensivkurs Studiensprache Deutsch" 2023

Intensive Course "English for Academic Studies"

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What you will gain from taking this course

The intensive course "English for Academic Studies" is the ideal way to prepare yourself for studying in English at university level.

The focus is on the skills necessary to complete the Assessment Year successfully, i.e. listening and note-taking, reading, academic writing as well as discussion and presentation skills. In addition, you will be exposed to a range of texts and vocabulary pertaining to management, business, economics, and law. During the course, all students will have the opportunity to participate in a group presentation, submit an academic style essay and get individual feedback from the instructor.

 

Participants

The intensive course 'English for Academic Studies' is aimed at students in the Assessment Year who would like to improve their language proficiency prior to studying in English at the University of St.Gallen.

 

Participation requirements

Admission is granted to students enrolled in the Assessment Year at the University of St.Gallen with prior knowledge of English (at least B2 CEFR or equivalent). Other students of the University of St.Gallen with the necessary prior knowledge of English may also apply and will be admitted to the course if there are places available on the course.

 

Course scope and course management

This intensive course is a 8-day course comprising 48 lessons. The course is taught by experienced intensive course teachers Carolyn Skelton, MA, MSc and Dr. phil. Paul Skandera.

 

Course schedule

  • Monday, 28 August 2023
  • Tuesday, 29 August 2023
  • Wednesday, 30 August 2023
  • Thursday, 31 August 2023
  • Friday, 1 September 2023
  • Monday, 4 September 2023
  • Tuesday, 5 September 2023
  • Wednesday, 6 September 2023

from 9 a.m. - 10.30 a.m., 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and 1.15 p.m. -2.45 p.m..

 

Course fee

The course fee is CHF 428 (including course materials).

Course Factsheet "English for Academic Studies" 2023

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