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Foreign Languages

The International Office offers language courses in 11 different languages as well as English placement tests.

All language courses are  open and free of charge for the university's students and employees.

Language Courses are taking place during the semester as well as during the semester breaks (Intensive Courses).

Language Courses

Language Courses at the Language Centre of the Esslingen University

Prerequisites for Attending Language Courses

In order to take a language course students have to preregister online via the online registration on our Intranet pages.

For advanced classes starting at level A1.2 you need to hand in a proof of your knowledge of that language (e.g. placement test).


Important Dates for Winter Semester 2021/22



Registration Semester Courses Mon 16.08.2021 - Fr 01.10.2021 at 12 am
Start Semester Courses Mon 27.09.2021
Exams Semester Courses Mon 17.01.2022 - Fr 21.01.2022


Current courses Winter Semester 2021/22

Subject Lecturer Day Time Campus

Arabic A1.1

Ulrike Meghit Tuesday 17:00-19:15


Arabic A1.2

Ulrike Meghit Thursday 17:00-19:15


Chinese 1

Mui Mui Sim Wednesday 17:30-20:45


German Sign Language 1 

Nikolette Hermann




German Sign Language 1

Nikolette Hermann Wednesday 18:15-19:45


German Sign Language 1

Christian Hermann Wednesday 16:30-18:00


German Sign Language 2

Christian Hermann Wednesday 18:15-19:45


English B1

Subadra Arvind Wednesday 17:30-20:45


English B2

Simone Schmid Tuesday 17:30-20:45


English B2 Kathleen Rettenberger Wednesday 17:30-20:45  

English C1

Lucas Ogden Monday



Technical English Kathleen Rettenberger Wednesday 14:00-15:30


French A1

Stephane Ramière Monday 17:00-20:15


French A2

Stephane Ramière Wednesday 17:00-20:15


Italian A1 Barbara Golini Monday 17:30-20:45


Italian B1 Barbara Golini Wednesday 17:30-20:45


Japanese A1.1 Atsuko Österby Monday 17:30-20:45


Japanese A1.2 Atsuko Österby Tuesday 17:30-20:45


Spanish A1 Cornelia Bähring Monday 17:30-20:45


Spanish A1 Elena Molins Wednesday 14:00-17:15


Spanish A1 Iciar Larre Wednesday 17:00-20:15


Spanish A2 Antje Wollenweber Tuesday 17:30-20:45


Spanish A2 Cornelia Bähring Monday 14:00-17:15


Spanish B1

Jeronimo Martinez Thursday 17:00-20:15


Spanish B2 Jeronimo Martinez Tuesday 17:00-20:15  
Portuguese A1 Daniele Höltermann Wednesday 17:30-20:45


Russian A1.2 Marina Gordon Tuesday 17:30-20:45


Turkish A1 Oya Celep Monday 17:30-20:45


Course Information

Course Information

Course Levels

The different course levels follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): from A1 (beginner) to C2 (native speaker). In some cases courses are split in two parts, e.g. A1 is split into A1.1 and A1.2. A few courses are divided in courses 1 to 4, e.g. Chinese.

Course Description

Detailed information on course content and books used for the courses can be found on the intranet course description.

Course Books

The course books have to be bought in advance and brought to the first lesson. There are some copies of every book available in the library. You can search for them online (WebPAC).

Language App

Language App

You can use our university language app talk2me to meet German speaking or international students and to improve your language skills.

English Placement Test (OPT)

English Placement Test (OPT)

Why should I take an English Placement Test?

Every semester the international office offers English placement tests (Oxford Online Placement Test, OPT) in cooperation with the faculties. The test is important to assess students' English proficiency which is necessary in order to take classes taught in English. In addition the test is essential for all students who want to study abroad or do an internship abroad.

Additionally, the International Office offers open placement tests without prior registration throughout the semester.


In order to take the placement test students need headphones as well as their login details for the university's computers. Any other preparation for the test is not necessary.

Dates and further information

Dates for the upcoming open tests as well as further information can be found on the Intranet English Placement Test (OPT).

Placement tests for other languages

Placement tests for other languages

There are free online placement tests available:

Placement test French

Placement test Spanish

Placement test Italian


Apply for winter semester 2022/23!

Attention, the application phase only runs until July 15th 2022.

Apply now
International Office Sprachen

Until further notice, the open office hours on Wednesdays between 1 and 2 pm will take place via Webex.