About us

This is the Language Centre

The Language Centre of the Universities in the Land of Bremen (SZHB) is a joint institution of the four public universities in the federal state of Bremen: the University of Bremen, the Hochschule Bremen (City University of Applied Sciences (HSB)), the Hochschule für Künste (University of the Arts Bremen (HfK)) and the Hochschule Bremerhaven (Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences (HSBHV)).

language center team during an online "pedagogical lunch" session
team language center during an online group meeting

Academic & Managing Director of the SZHB

Prof. Dr. Claudia Harsch
Professor of Research into Language Learning and Teaching | Faculty 10

Deputy Director

Dr. Astrid Buschmann-Göbels

Administration Manager

Insa Warms-Cangalovic


Donia Labidi

Friederike Jaene


Coordinator, Language Resource Centres

Anika Müller-Karabil

Coordinator, Tutoring Programme

Dr. Astrid Buschmann-Göbels

Friederike Weiß

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Behrens, Martina (English)
Darkifard, Shiva (English)
Dieterle, Christof (English)
Halmai-Samel, Karolin (English)
Hinrichs, Torsten (English)
Hookway, Jeremy (English)
Kozik-Rafii, Violetta (Polish)
Kucera, Paola (Swedish, English)
Lavagno, Antonella (Italienisch)
Nogueira, Fábio (Portuguese)
Ockert, Larissa (Russian)
Salita, Joyce (English)
Schult, Ann (English)
Stollmann, Katrina (English) 
Wilkins, Roger (English)
Zhang, Jin (Chinese)

Aims and Objectives

  • faculty-specific, integrated language teaching at our four partner universities
  • interdisciplinary language teaching
  • language tests
  • developing new language curricula
  • promoting plurilingualism and English as the academic Lingua Franca
  • supporting the internationalisation of the universities and the mobility of students

Quality Development and Assurance

  • external Academic Advisory Board to provide advice and quality control
  • regular course evaluations
  • regular external accreditation by UNIcert®
  • regular symposia, workshops and training courses
  • training and research projects on teaching, learning and testing languages

Governing Bodies of the SZHB

Academic Director


The Joint Commission


Academic Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board advises the SZHB primarily on fundamental questions concerning teaching and independent learning, as well as short and long-term development plans.

Members from the field of language teaching and learning research:

Directors of our cooperating cultural institutes


Updated by: SZHB