Your Language Center - available at each campus
RheinMain University of Applied Sciences considers the development of foreign language competence an important responsibility in preparing students of all academic disciplines for their future careers. Consequently, at least one foreign language (generally English) is mandatory in most degree programs on every campus.
Every semester, Language Center instructors teach courses in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German as a foreign language, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Portuguese, Turkish, Chinese, Arabic, Thai and German sign language in approx. 75 courses. We prepare students for internships and study-semesters abroad. Our students and graduates can be found in many countries – from Europe to North and South America, from Africa to Australia and Japan.
To register for language classes at the Language Center please visit Stud.IP.
Registration begins: March/April (for summer semester)
Registration begins: October (for winter semester)
In conjunction with the International Office, the Language Center sends an e-newsletter on an ad hoc basis (e-mail distribution list: HSRM_International), with information on language courses, information events about working and studying abroad, important deadlines (e.g. deadlines for applying for scholarships) and further relevant topics for any students interested.
Make sure to register!
The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences Language Center is a member of the AKS (Language Centers' Working Group).
General topics related to the Language Center:
• Language courses and QIS
• Compulsory attendance
• Certificate of participation or course certificates
• Online registration and waiting lists
• Native speakers in language classes
• Group size
• Prior knowledge/language level
• Teaching materials
• Educational software
• Written examinations
What is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)?
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) was approved by the Council of Europe in 1996.
"The CEFT is a system, that makes learning and teaching languages and assessing linguistic proficiency according to common criteria both transparent and comparable. It is now the recognized framework of reference for describing linguistic skills and thus an important foundation for developing curricula, language syllabuses and language examinations across the whole of Europe [...]." (Source: BVA – ZfA – VI 2 (2004) : CEFR / Short information, page 2)
Courses offered at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences are in keeping with the CEFR. The corresponding level is therefore in the course title of all the Language Center's additional courses.
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate basic need.
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
HSRM students who would like to take an elective course offered by the Language Center are required to register for the respecive course(s) in Stud.IP. The details of our course offer can be found in Stud.IP as of mid-September 2018. You can also download an overview of the course offer in winter semester 2017/2018 here (in German).
Registration for the elective courses offered by the Language Center in winter semester 2018/2019 in Stud.IP starts at 9 a.m. on Friday, 5 October 2018.
(Please note! Registration by clicking on the button "Anmeldung" in Stud.IP - see screencast)
Many of our courses have a waiting list. Please check your HSRM e-mail accounts as the Language Center might contact you to ask for your confirmation of participation. Please also remember to cancel your registration in the Stud.IP course if you realise that you cannot attend the course. This way, students on the waiting list might get a place.
Students studying at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences do not need a signature of their language course teacher on their Studium Generale certificate. Having a grade for a language course entered in QIS serves as a proof. Students should print their Sammelschein (course and grade overview in QIS) and hand it in together with their Studium Generale certificate. In case of questions, students can contact Ms Garrido-Kiesow.
Here you can download an info sheet on the English test (OOPT) (in German) during the WBS welcome week.
How/where can I see my WBS OOPT points?
Guide here (PDF 178 KB) (in German). The points are entered into QIS by the WBS Examination Office. They can then be viewed on your transcript of completed modules and graded course components (Sammelschein), which you can download yourself. The Language Center does not issue any certificates of OOPT results for students; we offer the test and subsequently forward the points to the WBS Examination Office. An information sheet (on how points convert to a level) is available in the WBS Service Center.
(10/7/2014) According to our latest information, Geisenheim students can still participate in elective courses at HSRM Language Center (as auditors). Anyone who is interested should contact Ms Emma Gledhill-Schmitt(Language Center, Hochschule Geisenheim University). It will then be verified if you can participate.
The range of courses
The Language Center offers general courses for the following languages:
- German as a Foreign Language
- German Sign Language
Not all the courses listed here on the website (under "Language Courses") are offered every semester!
A list of all the language courses on offer during the current semester, in addition to any changes (rooms, dates, cancellations etc.) will be posted in advance under "New and Events" on the Language Center website.
Further details on courses can also be viewed by logging on to Stud.IP.
HSRM students planning to take Language Center courses are required to register online in StudIP.
Stud.IP: Please remember to cancel!
There are waiting lists for many courses. If you receive your timetable and realize you are now unable to attend a course due to a clash, please remember to remove yourself from the course participants' list in Stud.IP. In this way we can open up available slots to other students.
Intensive courses (during the semester break)
The list of courses offered as intensive courses during the semester break – subject to sufficient registrations – is always posted on the Language Center website at "News and Events" The planning for these courses takes place during the semester and the list is regularly updated.
HSRM students can register online in Stud.IP approx. one month before the semester break. (Log on to Stud.IP; click on "Events"; click on "Facility: Language Center" and then at "Events" click on "Overview"; then register for the course you would like to attend.) There are 20 places per course; once the course is full, a waiting list is opened. Students on the waiting list are informed a few days in advance as to whether they can take part.
Besides language courses, the Language Center offers workshops on the following topics:
- CV Workshop
- TOEFL Workshop
Current information can be found on the Language Center Website under "News and Events" and in Stud.IP.
Tips, sample applications and CVs for internships abroad...
... can be found in Stud.IP. Type the course title "Language Center: Studying and Application Support" in the search field and register.
The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences Language Center (HSRM) issues language certificates for HSRM courses to students and applicants for various purposes. Please click on the topic below that applies to you.
Online placement tests
To find out the level of your foreign language skills for yourself, you can use various free online placement tests (see the following links). Please note, however, that the results of these tests are non-binding and are NOT recognized as official language certificates at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences!
Cornelsen placement test (for German, English, French and Spanish – approx. 30-45 min. depending on the test level, highest test level: B1)
Dialang placement test (for most of the common European languages, organized according to skills, takes a little more time)
Spotlight + telc placement test (for German, English, French, Italian and Spanish – approx. 15 min. After completing this test, the result is sent via an automatically generated e-mail with a confirmation link to the e-mail address you provided. Please check your spam file to see if you've received the e-mail.)
Please note that the Language Center is NOT in any way involved in the selection process for any of the degree programs; we are responsible ONLY for administering the Oxford test according to the various program requirements, and we cannot provide any information or advice regarding the application procedure or acceptance decisions.
Information about the DSH examination
All the relevant information about registering for the DSH examination at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences and frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found at International. For queries or to submit your application documents, please contact the International Office directly and not the Language Center. Contact details can also be found at "International Office".
The next DSH examination will take place:
Current information about the examination dates and results can be found at: International.
DSH preparatory course
Current information including the registration can be found at: International.
- Language skills at B2 level (proven by a corresponding certificate - e.g. Goethe certificate)
- An examination taken at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences Language Center (Arrangement of appointment only after successful registration). Only candidates with a language skill level of B2, who cannot prove this with a above-mentioned certificate because e.g. they only can present a certificate of attendance of a B2 language course, will be invited to the internal language examination. (Information and registration directly with Cornelia Braun)
- Willingness to prepare for lessons and carry out follow-up.
- Ability to learn independently.
Here you can find the DSH Examination Regulations of RheinMain University of Applied Sciences (German only). (Subject to Resolution of the Head of the University of Applied Sciences)
The project "Language Skill Extension for Study and Work" within the framework of the "Using Potential II" project is promoted with funds from the European Social Fund and the state of Hesse.
Within the framework of the "Using Potential II" project, the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences' Language Center is offering various remedial and bridging courses as well as workshops for German and English starting in September 2016.
The courses are aimed at students of all degree programs and are free of charge. However, the European Social Fund and state of Hesse grant conditions stipulate that at least 50% of the participants must be international students or students with a migrant background.
The program is aimed at regularly enrolled students of all degree programs and includes courses for:
>> International students (advanced DSH)
as well as for:
>> German students with / without a migrant background.
Detailed information on the current courses and workshops on offer can be found below:
In order to register for the Language Center's elective courses and workshops, use the new button "Anmeldung" in Stud.IP. Here you can see a picture of where to find it.
For all other required courses and required elective courses, register in Stud.IP as usual. Registration for the courses in the semester break in February/March 2019 starts at 9 a.m. on 18 January 2019.
In our courses and workshops, students can expand their knowledge of English at level B1/B2 and prepare for the usage of English as a foreign language at university and work.
The program is aimed at regularly enrolled students of all degree programs.
An overview of the English program in the semester break in February/March 2019 can be found below:
- 1311 Reading and Writing at Work (B2) (PDF; 98KB)
- 1310 Workshop: Job Applications in English (B2) (PDF; 71 KB)
Academic and Specialized Language German
Students can expand their knowledge of German as an academic and specialized language and are given support in writing academic texts in our courses, workshops and in the individual writing counselling.
An overview of the German program in the semester break in February/March 2019 can be found below (for more information and detailed course descriptions, switch to the German version of this page):
- Individual Writing Counselling
- NEW!!!: 5464 Introduction to German as a Scientific Language (course for international students: C1/C2)
- 5460 Business German: Reading, Understanding, and Commenting Annual Reports (German for specific purposes, language course for international students: C1/C2)
- 5448 Speaking, Discussing and Argumenting Freely (German as a Foreign Language for international students: C1/C2)
- 5458 Periods, Commas, Hyphens - Basics of Orthography and Punctuation
Language Center Working Group
The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences Language Center is a member of the AKS (Language Centers' Working Group).
The Language Centers of other Hessian Universities of Applied Sciences
Would you like to learn a language that is not taught at our Language Center? It might be worth taking a look at what our "sister universities" have on offer. Auditors pay a fee (approx. EUR 100 per semester, or for several courses) and can participate after approval. Courses are almost always offered during the semester break, as they are here.
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Building 2, Room 371
60318 Frankfurt am Main
Building A12, Room 404
Building P, Room 204
Leipziger Straße 123
Tel.: +49 661 9640-456
Hochschule Geisenheim University
Tel.: +49 6722 502706
Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
How do I register for a language course?
Online registration has been necessary for virtually all Language Center courses since summer semester 2007. You can register for language courses in Stud.IP from mid-March (summer semester) or the beginning of October (winter semester). The exact registration dates can be found at "Current program". For obligatory language courses for your own degree program, you simply register at the same time and in the same way as for your other courses.
How do I find the Language Center classes in Stud.IP?
See the following Stud.IP instructions (with images) and useful tips:
Please note: The full details of all courses are only available in Stud.IP around three weeks before courses start.
How do I get a certificate for my additional language class?
Students can print their own certificates from QIS with grades of all successfully passed additional language classes.
To QIS guide (PDF 269 KB) - in German only
I can't participate in the language course because of an overlap. What shall I do?
Please delete your name from the list of participants in Stud.IP. This way we can offer open slots to your fellow students.
What happens if I am on the waiting list for a language class?
If you're on the waiting list for a language class you should log onto Stud.IP occasionally to see if any of your fellow students have disenrolled and you have been allocated a place. If you are among the top five on the waiting list, you should definitely go to the first class, because you have a good chance of being able to start the course. If you are further down the list, it is up to you whether you decide to go or not, as is highly unlikely that you will get a place. A few places may become available after the first class (due to no-shows). It's therefore worth keeping an eye on the courses in Stud.IP.
How do I know whether the course will take place, if there are not enough students registered on the list?
If a class is canceled due to insufficient numbers, it will be published on the Language Center's website under "Current program" and all those registered will be notified by e-mail. If the course is not noted as canceled, you should go to the first class. Some students who have not registered online may turn up, and the course will therefore go ahead.
My degree program has a compulsory English class – but I can't speak English or only speak very little.
Generally speaking the university doesn't offer any beginners' courses in English, though it does offer a three-part refresher course in English (A2/B1). Information on this can be found in Stud.IP.
I need to take the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Can I do so at the Language Center?
RheinMain University of Applied Sciences is not a TOEFL test center. You will need to make an appointment online via the TOEFL website e.g. in Frankfurt. The Language Center does, however, offer a TOEFL workshop every semester (free of charge) to help prepare you. The date for this will be posted on the website in advance, so that you can register via Stud.IP in good time. If you need further information about the test, you can look at the "Language Offerings" page.
I'm a Business Administration student and I attended and was successful in a language class as part of my "Studium-Generale". How does my Faculty find out about this? Do I get a course certificate from the Language Center that I can submit to the Service-Center for example?
Students on the Business Administration (BBA) program, who took Language Center classes for their "Studium-Generale", do not require any additional certification about their achievements from the Language Center. The grades entered in QIS by the Language Center instructors, are sufficient as official notification of achievement for the Examination Office at Wiesbaden Business School.
How and where can I view my Oxford Online Placement Test points?
The points are entered in QIS by the Wiesbaden Business School Examination Office. They can then be viewed on your transcript of completed modules and graded course components which you can download yourself. The Language Center does not issue any OOPT result certificates for students. We conduct the test and then forward the points to the WBS Examination Office.
To QIS OOPT guide (PDF 174 KB) - in German only
Can I get my grades by telephone or will the Language Center send them to me via e-mail?
Please do not call the Language Center to inquire about your grades. For privacy reasons, our university is not permitted to advise students of their grades on the telephone or via e-mail.
Language Center Secretariat
Office hours: Mon - Thur, 10-12 a.m.
Location: Campus Kurt-Schumacher-Ring, C Building, Room C2.20
Head of the Language Center
Organization and implementation of English for professional purposes courses (Media Management)
Deputy Head of the Language Center
Organization and impementation of specialized English courses (International Industrial Engineering)
Language Center Secretariat
Organization and implementation of DaF courses (German as a foreign language) for exchange students, coordination of DSH preparatory course and examination at HSRM
Coordination, organization and implementation of DaF courses (German as a Foreign Language) within the framework of the "Potentiale Nutzen II" ESF project
Organization and implementation of specialized English courses (Media Management, Media: Conception +Production, Communication Design, Interior Architecture)
Organization and implementation of specialized English courses (Interdisciplinary Engeneering, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics)
Coordination of DaF courses (German as a Foreign Language), organization and implementation of DaF courses
Organization and implementation of specialized English courses (Real Estate Management, Civil Engineering)
Organization and implementation of specialized English courses (Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering)
Organization and implementation of specialized French courses
Organization and implementation of specialized English courses (Real Estate Management, Media Management, Heritage Conservation) and English courses within the framework of the "Potentiale Nutzen II" ESF project
Language Center Student Assistants
Nicole Mauel (ESF Project)
Language Center Adjunct Instructors
The contact details of our adjunct instructors can be found in our list of people at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences.
- Kathrin Bennett (+OOPT)
- Lewis Enim
- Jenese Wray-Boothe
German as a Foreign Language
- Joram Behrendt
- Tatiana Bekker
- Oliver Fohrmann
- Dr. Régis Guézodjè
- Olga Klassen
- Agi Meisl-Faust
- Kerstin Retzlaff
- Tobias Scheschkewitz
- Dr. Regina Schleicher
- Erika Stiller
- Arif Henrik Topar
- Suzana Tutic
- Paula Vojta
- Dr. Patricia Bigdely
- Cristina Parra Castillon
- Paloma Trillo
- Daniela Neves
- Lorenza Mazzocato Vandensteene
- Eva Windrath
- Dr. Natalia Bobrinskoy
- Dr. Catherine von Tsurikov
- Begüm Meier
- Marianne Wiegand
- Samir Iranee
- Prof. Dr. Kaifu Zhu
- Takayo Ishizawa
- Dr. Kum Kijeong
- Dr. Sudtanom Homdork
German Sign Language
- Mike Mack