German Intensive Language Course with Orientation Programme - Four weeks that help making the start in Konstanz easier

By starting off the semester with GO-Konstanz, it was a smooth transition into the courses. The International Office at the University of Konstanz was excellent and provided a wide range of events and activities for us. The excursions offered were of great value and created the opportunity to get to know fellow international students as well as learn about culture.
Laura Yum, University of Technology Sydney, Australien

What does GO-Konstanz offer?

Intensive four-week German course

In language course groups, approximately 15 students are taught by experienced lecturers at the following levels: Elementary, intermediate and advanced levels (A1-C1).
The C2 language level cannot be offered.

Orientation programme

Within the framework of the programme, all formalities that are important for studying and a stay in Konstanz are organised jointly: from opening a bank account, the membership of a health insurance fund, matriculation at the university to registration with the city and application for a residence permit for international students.

In addition, we offer introductions to German academic culture and support you in organizing your studies. Exchange students can inform themselves about the courses offered by the faculties during the "exchange days".

Master's students who are aiming for a degree at the University of Konstanz in an English-language subject will discuss what it means to study in English at a German university on the basis of subject-related examples.

They get to know the campus with its central services such as library, computer centre, language teaching institute and sports facilities. On the weekends you can discover the city of Konstanz and the surrounding area with us on excursions.


04 - 30 September 2019 (arrival dates 02 / 03 September)
Start of programme: Wed, 04 September, 9a.m. in room A 701

04 - 31 March 2020 (arrival dates 02 / 03 March)
Start of programme: Wed, 04 March, 9a.m. in room R 513

In good German tradition, a Welcome-Stammtisch will take place at 20.00 hrs on the above mentioned arrival dates at the typical German restaurant and beer garden
Constanzer Wirtshaus (Spanierstraße 3, 78467 KN; Bus stop: Sternenplatz),
where you can get in touch with German and international students before the orientation starts.
All "new" and "old" international and German students, as well as all family members, mentors, buddies, tutors, friends, flatmates, etc. are all cordially invited to join in for a meet and mingle and to socialize and to have some fun together.
Please find the menues in here in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

FAQ for GO-Konstanz

Who can participate?

International exchange students, freemovers and degree-seeking students (Bachelor, Master), doctoral students of the University of Konstanz and exchange students of the PH Thurgau.

German Language Course

The German courses are only taught in German (also the beginner courses).
The orientation program is offered in German and English.

On the first day of the course there will be an obligatory written placement test, according to which the participants will be divided into different classes.

In principle, there is no entitlement to participation in a specific class or language level (e.g. B2/1, etc.).

From the second day of the course, German lessons take place from Monday to Friday morning from 9.00 am to 10.30 am and 11.00 am to 12.30 pm. (total: 76 academic hours á 45min).

Timing of the Orientation

The orientation programme generally takes place in the afternoon after the language courses from 13.30 hrs (until 17.00 hrs max.).


Up to 6 ECTS can be acquired.

Prerequisites are regular active participation, homework and tests.
6 ECTS (absences up to 6 teaching units of 45min)
4 ECTS (absences of 7-12 teaching units of 45 minutes each - only with medical certificate)
0 ECTS (absenteeism with more than 12 lessons of 45 minutes each)

At the end of the course, all participants of the course receive a grade for their performance in the German course according to the  German grading system.

Course Fee

300 Euro (exchange students, freemovers, BA/MA students, PH Thurgau),
400 Euro (PhD students, visiting scientists).

Please pay only by bank transfer after receipt of the registration confirmation.

Please use the given purpose (in the registration confirmation), so that your payment can be assigned!

Certificate, Transcript of Records

At the end of the course, all participants of the course receive a grade and  credits for the German lessons.

At the end of the study stay, either a certificate will be issued or the GO-Konstanz courses will be included in the Transcript of Records.