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The certificate telc German C1 for university (telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule) is an exam in academic German on an advanced level. It certifies that you can communicate spontaneously and fluently and that you can understand and discuss long and complex texts.
The exam is designed for those who wish to study at a German university or work in the academic field and who need a proof of their German language proficiency. The certificate is recognized by all German universities.
The exam: The exam consists of a written and an oral part. The written exam takes 3 hours and 40 minutes (including a 20 minute break). The oral exam takes 16 or 24 minutes. It can be on the same day as the written exam or on another day.
Registration: We recommend registering for the exam as early as possible. If you register less than 30 days before the exam day we charge a late registration fee of € 30. It is not possible to register less than 10 days before the exam day.
Preparation courses: Collegium Palatinum - IH Heidelberg offers exam preparation courses for telc German C1 for University.
Please note: Participants whose language competence is not yet at the required level for the telc exam, should take general German lessons before the exam. Please check your German level.
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Our German lessons are based on the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) (A1-C1).
A1Duration: 8 weeks
What can you do at level A1? You can speak in very simple sentences about yourself and activities such as shopping and eating and you can describe where you live. You can apply basic grammatical constructions.
A2Duration: 8 weeks
What can you do at level A2? You can communicate in a simple manner about everyday situations. You can correctly apply simple grammar to hold short conversations about familiar topics.
B1Duration: 8 weeks
What can you do at level B1? You can express yourself in coherent sentences in familiar situations while travelling and about your own fields of interest. You can describe objectives, experiences, and give reasons for opinions. You can use the most important grammatical structures correctly.
The B1-certificate proves sufficient German language skills for German citizenship application.
B2Duration: 12 - 16 weeks
What can you do at level B2? You can communicate at an advanced level: you speak clearly and fluently and are able to discuss and negotiate successfully. You have a large command of the vocabulary needed for general topics and your field of specialisation. Your usage of grammar is sound.
C1Duration: very individual
What can you do at level C1? You can express yourself spontaneously and fluently and you can understand challenging texts. You can apply idioms and the correct linguistic style. You speak with correct grammar.
C2Duration: very individual
What can you do at level C2? You speak like a native speaker. You understand everything you read and hear without any difficulty. You can express yourself spontaneously and fluently. You hardly make any mistakes.