Contact & Service

Language Courses for Students

The Language Learning Center offers a wide range of courses in German as a Foreign Language, English, French, Italian and Spanish.


SLZ office

Julia Jansen

Julia Jansen

  • Campus Deutz
    Betzdorfer Straße 2
    50679 Köln
  • Room ZN 3-7

+49 221-8275-2915
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Placement Tests

Prüfungssituation SLZ  (Image: TH Köln)

You would like to attend a semester course in German as a Foreign Language, English, French, Italian or Spanish? Please note that you have to take a placement test before you can register for courses at the Language Learning Center.

Dates and online registration

The placement test period for the summer semester 2020 has ended.

Dates and deadlines for the winter semester 2020/21 will shortly be announced.

No placement test required?

You do not have to take a placement test if you ...

  • have done a placement test at the Language Learning Center in the preceding semester,
  • have successfully completed a language course at the Language Learning Center within the past two years,
  • want to register for one of our courses A1 French, A1 Italian, A1 Spanish or A1.1 German as a Foreign Language and have no prior knowledge of these languages,
  • can submit a certificate as proof that you have passed a language examination on a specified CEFR-level within the past two years. A scan of this certificate has to be sent to before the date of the first placement test. Please note that school-leaving certificates / high school diplomas such as the German ‘Abitur’ or ‘Fachabitur’ cannot be accepted as certification of a language level.

Test formats and duration

Placement Test German as a Foreign Language: The paper-based test consists of gapped texts with increasing levels of difficulty and a writing task. The maximum time for the test is 60 minutes.

Placement Tests Englisch, French, Italian and Spanish: The placements tests for English, French, Italian and Spanish are computer based C-tests*. The maximum time for these tests is 25 minutes.

*C-Tests consist of a sequence of short texts in which gaps have to be filled by completing words.The answers have to be correct in terms of meaning, grammar and orthography.
C-Test format: Sample test for English, French, Italian and Spanish

After the test

A few days after the test you will receive an e-mail in which we let you know for which course(s) you have been placed. You can then register for these courses online during the registration period. As a general rule, we cannot certify placement test results.