Contact & Service


Christina Düring

Hochschulreferat Internationale Angelegenheiten

  • Campus Südstadt
    Claudiusstraße 1
    50678 Köln
  • Room A1.56
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-2122

Julia Schröder
Student Assistant

Campus Deutz
Raum ZW 2-6

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-2909
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Language Partnership

In a personal and individual environment, the Language Partnership pairs up two people assisting one another in learning their partner’s mother tongue. In bringing together two people with different backgrounds, the Language Partnership not only helps you learn a language but also immerse yourself in a foreign culture. On top of that, it brings you plenty of fun.

The International Office arranges suitable language partnerships for both students from TH Köln and international students with matching language priorities and interests.

How do I benefit from a Language Partnership?

  • In contrast to typical class settings, our Language Partnerships provides you with a real-world conversation environment between two conversational partners.
  • You will learn a foreign language in a one-on-one learning situation with a native speaker.
  • You are immersed in a learning environment with a high rate of conversational interaction.
  • Participants may individually determine the content, topics and goals of their partnership.
  • Being a native speaker, you function as an expert in your mother tongue and a language role model for your language partner.
  • You do not only benefit from learning a language but also from intercultural experience and exchange with your language partner.

How does the Language Partnership work?

Our Language Partnership constitutes a self-determined learning platform on a partnership basis. Each language partner shares his or her knowledge and skill set with the language partner and in return equally benefits from the co-operation. You take turns in teaching your language to your partner while independently determining your own goals and methods, which can be quite different depending on the partnership.  In our Language Partnership, both partners function as experts in their mother tongues. The individual goals and needs of a Language Partnership should be discussed beforehand.You could for instance practice your conversational skills, discuss selected topics, correct each other’s mistakes, give suggestions for improvement or undertake activities together.

The secret of a successful Language Partnership lies in pursuing your wishes and objectives as frankly as possible and in meeting up with your language partner on a regular basis. The International Office offers a number of events each semester to give you and your language partner inspiration and interesting ideas for new topics and learning methods.

What happens after my registration?

As soon as we have gotten your registration, you will receive an automatic confirmation. The International Office will choose your language partner based on the language skills, objectives and interests you indicated in your registration. We will try to consider your preferences when selecting a language partner. Please understand that we will not always be able to do so. You will also be added to our mailing list in order for you to receive information on all upcoming events.

Please note

Participating in the Language Partnership is free of charge. The requested personal information you provide is for internal use only and will not be disclosed to third parties.

Certificate of Attandance

Upon request, you can obtain a certificate of attendance. Therefore you need to attend at least three meetings with your language partner during one semester. For this certification you need to hand in three “Language-Meeting-Forms” (please check Downloads on the right) which are signed by both language partners. Once the International Office has received these three documents with original signatures the required certificate will be issued.