The University of Bremen is committed to multilingualism: In 2017, it was one of the first universities in Germany to publish a language policy which makes recommendations how to incorporate other languages in science and everyday university life. The university encourages and actively supports all its members to learn new languages, to make use of their native language in everyday university life, and to breathe life into multilingualism on campus.
Shortly before the start of each semester, the International Office in cooperation with the Languages Centre (SZHB), offers intensive German language courses for Erasmus students and exchange students from our partner universities. During the semester, exchange students can take a tuition-free German course at the SZHB. Further information can be found on the website of the Newcomer Service and the Languages Centre.
For Academic Staff
The University of Bremen offers exclusive German courses at various levels for its international academic staff. The courses are run in cooperation with the Goethe Institute and the Languages Centre (SZHB). They usually take place in the evening and are co-financed by the university's Administrative Unit for Human Resource Development.
The International Summer School run by the Languages Centre (SZHB) is open to participants from all over the world who want to learn German in Bremen. The four-week program takes place at three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. It also includes a range of attractive excursions, lectures, and sightseeing tours.
The Languages Centre of the Universities in the Land of Bremen (SZHB) is a joint institution of the four public Bremen universities. Its services include subject-specific and general language training in 21 languages, as well as conducting language examinations, developing language curricula, and promoting multilingualism.
The University of Bremen and the Languages Centre cooperate for the German, French, Spanish, and Chinese language with the following Bremen-based cultural institutes: Goethe-Institut, Institut Français, Instituto Cervantes, and Confucius Institute.