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Language Courses

We offer courses in “German as a second language” for beginners to advanced learners. We will help you to communicate better, navigate everyday situations and to get to know the German culture. Topics such as professional communication, presentations or correspondence in German can also be part of your course.

Your English language skills can be improved in one of our diverse English courses. You can work on improving your pronunciation or work specifically on professional requirements. Whether you are a beginner or advanced speaker, need help with informal or professional conversation, the courses can be tailored to your needs.

Our courses are only for employees at Potsdam Science Park, their spouses and people, who are in anyway connected to the Potsdam Science Park. For information please see contact person below.

FAQ

Who can attend a language course?

All employees at Potsdam Science Park, their spouses and people, who are in anyway connected to the Potsdam Science Park. For detailed information please contact Carolin Schneider.

How long does a course last?

A course always consists of 36 lessons (UE).

When does the employer pay the costs?

If and to what extent the costs for a language course will be covered depends on your employer. Please contact us for further information.

What does a course cost as an employee of a contractual partner (such as MPI)?

It is up to your employer if, to what extent and to what language level the costs for your courses will be covered. If you would like to continue privately beyond what is paid for by your employer, we will grant you a 25% discount as a long-term student.

What is the cost of a course for relatives of an employee of the contractual partner?

The costs vary depending on whether your partner’s employer has also negotiated discounts for the relatives.

How much does a course cost if you pay privately?

A small group course of 36 lessons costs 468€.

How much does one-on-one instruction cost?

A lesson of 45 min costs 46€.

Can the course be covered via an education voucher or by the unemployment agency?

It is also possible to have the course covered by an education voucher. We kindly ask you to inform yourself and procure the voucher privately.

Is there an exam at the end of the course?

No. Our courses end with a certificate of participation.

Do you get a certificate?

Yes, we issue a certificate of participation at the end of the course.

Are the courses officially recognized (is the school certified)?

No, the school is not certified.

What qualifications do the teachers have?

All teachers have a qualification as a “German as a Foreign Language” lecturer and/or CELTA qualification.

Do course materials cost extra? If so, how much?

Fees for course materials is limited to the course book for each level. For German books the cost is 22,50 €. The costs of English books vary.

Do I have to buy a new book for each course?

No, only for each level (A1, A2, B1, etc.).

When do I receive the bill?

Usually at the beginning of the course.

How can I pay for the course?

The invoice can be paid by bank transfer or cash in up to three installments.

Can I pay the course in installments?

Yes, in up to three installments.

Contacts & Opening Hours

General Information
Please note that the Welcome Service and the language school are working partly from the home office and partly from the office at GO:IN. All language courses take place as online or  face-to-face courses. We are available for questions by phone and e-mail. We are happy to offer personal and online consultations by appointment.

If you would like to pay your guest house bill in cash or by EC/credit card, we kindly ask you to pay according to the opening hours of the guesthouse administration.

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Guest House Administration 
Office in the GO:IN Building, 3rd floor, room 309
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
*Cash, EC/debit or credit card.

Office in the Guest House, ground floor
Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
*Cash only, please

Welcome Service 
Office in the GO:IN Building, 3rd floor, room 307
Please make an appointment for a consultation.

Off-the-beaten-track Tour | Get to know your new home (MPI employees only)

Bus Stop "Luisenplatz Süd" (Bus 605 to City Center)

Welcome to Potsdam! Now that you have finally made it here you might like to know where you actually are and where everything is. We are offering you a very different kind of off-the-beaten-track guided tour of your new home city. This is not the usual tour to Potsdam but this…

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German Regulars’ Table (Language School Participants only)

The Welcome Service Language School is excited to offer a monthly German Regulars’ Table (Stammtisch) where you can practice your conversational German. Come join us an interesting discussion about daily life or current events. All levels welcome!Please contact Carolin for detailed information and the location of the meeting: school@potsdam-sciencepark.deGeneral data…

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Information on German Taxes

Online via Zoom

A specialist for International Taxes will be giving an overview of the German Tax Regulations for international scientists and explaining the various prerequisites for issues such as changes to your pension, family status changes or paying taxes in both your home country and Germany.General data protection notice:The data you enter…

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German Regulars’ Table (Language School Participants only)

The Welcome Service Language School is excited to offer a monthly German Regulars’ Table (Stammtisch) where you can practice your conversational German. Come join us an interesting discussion about daily life or current events. All levels welcome!Please contact Carolin for detailed information and the location of the meeting: school@potsdam-sciencepark.deGeneral data…

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Green BBQ at Business & Beer

In front of GO:IN1

Join us for some chillin’ and grillin’ at our Green BBQ at Business And Beer. The grill will be on with vegetarian hamburgers and hot dogs whichever your choice.Please bring a side dish to share. There may be no meat but definitely the heat. Enjoy something hot off the grill…

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German Regulars’ Table (Language School Participants only)

The Welcome Service Language School is excited to offer a monthly German Regulars’ Table (Stammtisch) where you can practice your conversational German. Come join us an interesting discussion about daily life or current events. All levels welcome!Please contact Carolin for detailed information and the location of the meeting: school@potsdam-sciencepark.deGeneral data…

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Off-the-beaten-track Tour | Get to know your new home (MPI employees only)

Bus Stop "Luisenplatz Süd" (Bus 605 to City Center)

Welcome to Potsdam! Now that you have finally made it here you might like to know where you actually are and where everything is. We are offering you a very different kind of off-the-beaten-track guided tour of your new home city. This is not the usual tour to Potsdam but this…

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German Regulars’ Table (Language School Participants only)

The Welcome Service Language School is excited to offer a monthly German Regulars’ Table (Stammtisch) where you can practice your conversational German. Come join us an interesting discussion about daily life or current events. All levels welcome!Please contact Carolin for detailed information and the location of the meeting: school@potsdam-sciencepark.deGeneral data…

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German Regulars’ Table (Language School Participants only)

The Welcome Service Language School is excited to offer a monthly German Regulars’ Table (Stammtisch) where you can practice your conversational German. Come join us an interesting discussion about daily life or current events. All levels welcome!Please contact Carolin for detailed information and the location of the meeting: school@potsdam-sciencepark.deGeneral data…

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German Regulars’ Table (Language School Participants only)

The Welcome Service Language School is excited to offer a monthly German Regulars’ Table (Stammtisch) where you can practice your conversational German. Come join us an interesting discussion about daily life or current events. All levels welcome!Please contact Carolin for detailed information and the location of the meeting: school@potsdam-sciencepark.deGeneral data…

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