As communication in English is quite common in Bremen, knowledge of the German language is not necessarily required in order to work here.
A basic knowledge of German, however, will serve to your advantage during your day-to-day life. Your basic language skills will come in handy whether you are shopping, buying bus tickets or visiting the registration office.
The Language Centre in Bremen offers German language courses on different levels for both students and researchers. There is also a Self-Learning Center, and online courses are made available to students and faculty.
In cooperation with the Goethe Institute and the University's Language Centre (FZHB), the University offers German language courses exclusively for international researchers. Courses on 3 different levels (A1-A.2.2) are offered during each semester. The fee for the University researchers, employees and doctoral candidates is 40,00 € and is co-financed through the University Human Resource Development Department. For more information and the registration click here.
In addition, the Welcome Center offers an intensive course for beginners within the U Bremen Research Alliance, as long as there are enough interested persons. Further information and registration can be found here.
The international summer courses organized by the Language Centre are open to students around the world who want to learn German in Bremen. Lectures and excursions complement your courses that last 4 weeks and cater to participants of 3 different levels of proficiency: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. More information can be found on the website of the Language Centre.
The Tandem Placement Agency at the University's Language Centre can help you find a tandem language partner. This is a great way to improve your foreign language skills while helping your tandem partner learn or improve their knowledge of your native language.