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We are continuously expanding our workshop program. Feel free to visit again soon!

Registration

Dr. Mirjam Berg

Dr. Mirjam Berg

Sprachlernzentrum

  • Campus Deutz
    Betzdorfer Straße 2
    50679 Köln
  • Room ZN 3-11
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-4261

Writing Consultation

Dr. Anna-Katharina Elstermann

Dr. Anna-Katharina Elstermann

Sprachlernzentrum

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-5288

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Sprache, Studium, Berufseinstieg – Certificate Program for International Students

Personal initiative, strong communication skills as well as the ability to work independently and solution-oriented – all of these skills are in great demand on the job market. The certificate "Language, Studies, Career Start" helps you to improve these skills and to attract the attention of potential employers. Get yourself ready for your studies and the job market in Germany!

Benefits of the certificate

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  • You will strengthen your communication skills in intercultural work and learning settings.
  • You will learn to assess your abilities and to apply strategies for self-directed learning and working.
  • You will develop your university-specific and business-related language competence.   
  • You will learn strategies for finding internships and jobs on the German job market and for writing an unsolicited application.
  • You will compile an application portfolio which you can use to prepare your application documents.
  • You will train how to present yourself convincingly in a job interview.
  • You will get in contact with potential employers.

Requirements

You can choose between two certificates which differ in scope. The small certificate comprises participation in a job application training as well as in further workshops from three topic fields. If you decide to acquire the extended certificate, you will participate in workshops from four topic fields, including "Successful Career Start".

Small Certificate

Participation in the following workshops (scope: at least 37 contact hours):

  • mandatory workshop "Job Application Training for International Students B2+" (20 contact hours)
  • mandatory workshop "Basics of Scientific Writing" from topic field 2
  • workshop of your choice from topic field 1
  • workshop of your choice from topic field 3

Other components:

  • participation in the writing consultation for international students
  • compilation of a reflection portfolio
  • final meeting with the project coordinator

Extended Certificate

Participation in the following workshops (scope: at least 50 contact hours):

  • mandatory workshop "Job Application Training for International Students B2+" (20 contact hours)
  • at least one workshop of your choice from topic fields 1-4

Further components:

  • participation in the writing consultation for international students
  • complilation of a reflection portfolio
  • final meeting with the project coordinator

Topic Fields

Participation in the workshops will be proven by a certificate of attendance.
All workshops can also be attended independently of the certificate.

Other Components of the Small and Extended Certificate

Writing Consultation for International Students

You are currently preparing your application documents or you have to write a seminar paper or even your thesis? We would like to support you in shaping your writing process through reflection, analysis and self-directed expansion of strategies and techniques in such a way that you will be better able to write scientific texts independently.
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Compilation of a Reflection Portfolio

In the reflection portfolio you will document the competences that you have acquired. The portfolio includes the following components:

  • short letter of motivation
  • documentation of participation in the required workshops
  • documentation of a peer-to-peer interview on how to find an internship
  • two applications
  • a consultation meeting with the head of your study program
  • reflection on your participation in the writing consultation for international students

You will receive a detailed guide and a portfolio template when you register for the certificate program.

Final Meeting

In the final meeting with the project coordinator you will talk about your reflection portfolio and you will have the opportunity to evaluate the certificate program.

Funded by: Logo des BMBF

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Supported by: Logo DAAD

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst e.V.

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