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Languages, Electives & Seminars.

Learn Key Skills Alongside your Studies

Being confident and competent in a linguistically active manner in all enviroments is a necessary key skill essential for your future working life and in preparation for a study or internship abroad.

Meet the challenges of today's globalized world well prepared. We can supply you with:

  • Language courses
  • Elective classes
  • A tandem language programme
  • Annual language trip

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An Overview of Language and Electives

 

Electives

An elective (AWP) is a "compulsory elective subject of a general academic nature" prescribed by the study and examination regulations, which must be successfully completed. You can choose from the following three major areas:

  • Methodological and Social Skills
  • Orientational knowledge
  • Languages

The range of subjects offered varies from semester to semester; not every subject is offered in every semester. Current courses can always be found in the Languages and Electives lecture schedule.

Compulsory language courses

Like an elective (AWP), a compulsory language course is prescribed in the study and examination regulations for the respective course of study and must be successfully completed by the end of the studies. It comprises 2 - 4 ECTS points and counts to the overall grade point average.

Voluntary subsidiary subjects

If you have already completed all the required electives (AWP)/ compulsory language courses or if your course of study does not include such subjects, you will of course have the opportunity to take these subjects on a voluntary basis – as long as there are free seats available.

Electives can always be chosen in the so-called “Restplatzwahl” at the beginning of the semester. There are NO ECTS points for these voluntarily taken subjects, they do not count to the overall grade point average.

It is not possible to "change" a voluntary subject into an elective (AWP) or a compulsory language course afterwards.

The grade of the subject you choose as elective (AWP)/ compulsory language course counts and cannot be changed afterwards.

 

 


In addition to regular lectures, you have to take one or more electives or compulsory language courses by the end of your degree programme. Please read the study and examination regulations of your degree programme to find out when electives and language courses are scheduled. 

You can only take electives and language courses once. Should you choose to take the same language again, the course title or level must differ from the one you have already taken.

It is of utmost importance that you successfully complete all electives and compulsory language courses by the end of your studies; of lesser importance is the semester in which you take the course.

 

 

The course becomes a compulsory subject with the election and remains so until it is passed.

Should you have a legitimate reason for wanting to change a course or class group, please send a request with your matriculation number, your course of study, the course title and the reason for a change by email to sprachenzentrum@th-deg.de.

 

 

If you have already taken an exam in an elective or in a foreign language for another degree programme at this or another university, you can apply for a recognition of credits. Please submit all documents required in accordance with the Checklist for the Recognition of Exam Performances to the Language and Electives Centre.

Applications for the recognition of exam performances in the Language and Electives Centre must be submitted via email or personally to Iris Bubenhofer in office B205 no later than by the end of the lecture period of the study semester in which enrolment or a change in study programme took place.

Vhb subjects can also be recognised under specific conditions. A possible recognition should be clarified in advance with Iris Bubenhofer.


Subject to case-by-case review:

  • The AdA certificate (train-the-trainer),
  • The SAP-Terp 10 certificate course (except students of Business Informatics)
  • The GROW FerienAkademie certificate “Existenzgründung und Unternehmensnachfolge” (Business Start-ups and Business Succession)
  • Participation in the DIT big band (after successful completion)
  • Participation in the DIT theatre group (after successful completion)
  • Participation in the DIT university choir (after successful completion)

The list above can be recognised as elective subjects. Please submit the relevant certificate for the purpose of recognition to your contact person at the Administration Centre.

 

Lecture Schedules and Course Classifications

Schedules for winter semester 2019/20 elective and langauge classes:

Course classifications for Deggendorf winter semester 2019/20:

 

Compulsory attendance

A language flourishes when it is heard and spoken. All language courses require at least 75% lecture attendance to enter the exam. Please read the general exam regulations § 4 paragraph no.3.

75% attendance is …

…  3 absent days are accepted for courses with  2 weekly semester hours

…  6 absent days are accepted for courses with 4 weekly semester hours (unless the course is taught on one day)

If this allowance is exceeded, the Administration Centre will send an email to notify you of your exam exclusion.

It is not necessary to excuse yourself for absences incurred. However, do make sure to keep medical certificates and other testimonies which justify your absences until the end of the semester.

 

Language and Elective Exams

Dates for exam registration are announced by mail and posted on the DIT website. As with other exams, registration takes place over the Primuss-Portal.

Creditation: Electives 2 ECTS points, mandatory language course: 2/4 ECTS points, voluntary subsidiary subjects: no ECTS points. Modification is not possible!
 

admission Requirements for Language Exams

Please note that a minimum of 75% attendance is required for admission to the sit the exams, as stated in the general exam regulations § 4 paragraph no.3.

 

If you aim to repeat a AWP and language exam, the usual deadlines apply. A failed first attempt must be repeated no later than one semester after the exam results are announced, and a failed second attempt no later than 1 year after the results are announced. To sit the exam again, please register again for a so-called "repeat exam" with the same exam number during the exam registration period.

Since the attendance requirement was fulfilled in the previous semester, you can decide yourself if you attend. However, it is helpful to discuss the exam content with the respective lecturer in preparation for the exam, or participate in the last classes before the exam.

Lecturers can vary from semester to semester. The language lecturer for the current course writes and grades the repetition exam. If the courses or the classes aren't scheduled into the current semester, the repeated exam will be supplied by an appropiate teacher from the Language and Electives Centre.

Language Certificates

 

Deggendorf Institute of Technology is a licenced examination centre for TestDaF exams.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

How can I register for a TestDaF exam?
Please refer to Tanja Mertadana in order to register for the exam.

How much are exam fees?
The fees are €195.00

How can I best prepare for the TestDaF exam?
Training material as well as practice exams can be found on the website of TestDaF.

What is TestDaF and who can participate?
TestDaF- test German as a foreign language – is an internationally accepted and worldwide standardized language exam offered by the TestDaF-Institute who examines language competencies on levels of B2/C1 (according to CEFR). The exam is directed towards those who already bear advanced knowledge of the German language as well as university applicants who are in need of a language certificate for their application. TestDaF also serves as proof of language proficiency in professional surroundings as well as for exchange students who want to acquire a language certificate at the end of their stay in Germany.

It is recommended to take the exam after a preparation period comprising about 800-1000 lessons. Our preparatory semester Let's get started can help you prepare for the exam as well.

How is the TestDaF exam structured?
The TestDaF exam consists of the following sections:

  • Reading comprehension (duration 60 mins)
  • Listening comprehension (duration 40 mins)
  • Written skills (duration 60 mins)
  • Oral skills (duration 30 mins)

Each section is individually scored into one of these 3 levels:

  • TestDaF Niveaustufe (level) 3: TDN 3
  • TestDaF Niveaustufe (level) 4: TDN 4
  • TestDaF Niveaustufe (level) 5: TDN 5

TestDaF certificates are recognized by all German universities. If participants obtain less than level 3 (U3), they have failed the exam and are not classified into a level. In this case, all sections of the exam must be repeated. The exam can be sat as many times as needed.

Can I apply for a study spot at a German university with the TestDaF certificate?
University applicants who have passed at level 4 or above, may apply to study for a German-based degree program.
In order to gain more information on the admission requirements of a certain program please have a look at the websites of the respective universities.

When is the date of the next TestDaF exam?
The next TestDaF exam is on 22 July 2020.

 

 

Deggendorf Institute of Technology is a licenced examination centre for telc exams.


Frequently Asked Questions
 

How can I register for a TestDaF exam?
Make an appointment with Tanja Mertadana in order to register for the telc exam.
Please bring your passport to the registration.

What is the exam registration deadline?
You need to register at least 31 days before the exam date.

How much are exam fees?
The fees are €110.00 for B2 exams and €150.00 for C1-Hochschule exams.

How can I credit sections of a previous exam to my new exam?
If a participant decides to repeat a failed telc exam, written or oral passed sections from the previous failed exam may be credited towards the new exam. The passed section from the previously failed exam do not need to be repeated. Previous results can only be credited for the same test (B1 for B1, B2 for B2, etc.) A credit of C1 for C1-Hochschule or vice versa is not possible. As crediting is only possible within a certain period of time, students must read the validity information on the back of their certificates.

No partial results from previous exams may be credited for B1-B2 Pflege, B2-C1 Medizin, B1-B2 Beruf and B2-C1 Beruf.

How can I best prepare for the telc exam?
Training material as well as practice exams can be found on the website of telc.

When should I be at Deggendorf Institute of Technology on exam day?
After exam registration, participants will receive a schedule by e-mail latest one week before the exam.

PLEASE NOTE: Keep the whole of the exam day free from other appointments.

How do I receive my results and where do I pick up my certificate?
Exam results take approx. 4 weeks. The certificate can be picked up at the Test Centre when photo ID is shown, or the Language Centre can send it by post upon request.

How can I receive the results earlier?
Unfortunately, this service is not offered.

Can someone else pick up my certificate for me?
With a signed authorization from you and a copy of your ID you can have the certificate collected by a person you trust. The person must also show their own identity card.

How long is my exam certificate valid?
Telc qualifications are valid indefinitely.

Which telc exams are accepted as proof of German language skills to study German-based courses in Germany?
telc C1 Hochschule is a valid proof of language proficiency for your studies in Germany (same as TestDaF or DSH).

When is the date of the next telc exam?

  • 12 March 2020: telc B2
  • 21 March 2020: telc B2 Pflege
  • 23 April 2020: telc C1 Hochschule

 

 

Deggendorf Institute of Technology is a licenced examination centre for TOEIC exams.


Frequently Asked Questions
 

  • How can I register for a TOEIC exam?

Please contact the Language and Electives Centre at sprachenzentrum@th-deg.de.

  • How much are exam fees?

The fees are €130.00.

  • How can I prepare for the TOEIC exam?

Training material as well as practice exams can be found on the website of TOEIC.  

  • Where does the TOEIC apply?

TOEIC is a globally well-known English certificate. Exam questions are based on professional situations in the work environment and Business English.

  • Is it possible to fail a TOEIC exam?

No. Depending on your proficiency, you can earn a total maximum of 990 points (a max of 495 points can be earned per section in listening and reading comprehension).

  • When is the date of the next TOEIC exam?

The dates are currently being planned.

 

Complete Foreign Language Programme

Course levels refer to the Common European Framework of Reference (GER/CEFR).


Compulsory attendance
 

A language flourishes when it is heard and spoken. All language courses require at least 75% lecture attendance to enter the exam. Please read the general exam regulations § 4, paragraph no.3.

75% attendance is …

…  3 absent days are accepted for courses with 2 semester hours per week

…  6 absent days are accepted for courses with 4 semester hours per week (unless the course is to be completed on one day)

If this allowance is exceeded, the Administration Centre will send an email to notify you of your exam exclusion.

It is not necessary to excuse oneself for absences incurred. However, do make sure to keep medical certificates and other documents to justify your absences until the end of the semester.

 

Course Descriptions

Certificates

 

As part of the foreign language course accompanying your studies, you have the opportunity to earn a foreign language certificate in Spanish at DIT.

Prerequisites are the successful completion of a level, such as all three parts of level A1. Your Spanish skills will then be tested in an oral exam.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Virginia Wallner, the Spanish Coordinator.

 

 

DAAD language certificates are often required for the application of scholarships and studies or internships abroad, although they are are not internationally recognised qualifications. The exam is free of charge and consists of a 30 min test of your written and oral skills. On passing, the exam coordinator will award you with your certificate. Please schedule in plenty of preparation time for your test.

Please direct your enquiries to:

For English: Karin Foley or Neal O'Donoghue, English Coordinators
For Spanish: Virginia Wallner, Spanish Coordinator
For French, Italian, Portuguese: Tanja Mertadana, head of the Language and Electives Centre

The DAAD website has the appropiate form for you to download, titled " Language Certificate for Candidates from Germany Applying for a DAAD Scholarship Abroad".

 

Language Trips

 

Language trip to Cork, Irland, 2018

07 - 17.08.2018: 10 students participated in English courses in Griffith College Cork partner university.

Language trip to Wrexham, Wales, 2016

04 - 17.09.2016: 14 students participated in English courses in Glyndŵr University partner university.

Language trip to Barcelona, Spanien, 2015

27 - 31.07.2015: 18 students participated in Spanish courses in Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona a partner university.

 

Tandem

The Tandem programme offers you the chance to learn a foreign language in an intercultural and authentic way with a native speaker. You will be paired with one or more student(s) to teach each other your mother tongue. Design your own programme and monitor your own progress, independent of a curriculum or textbook. In addition to the four language skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, oral and written expression), intercultural skills are developed. There is no specific location; participants can meet wherever they like: in the park or at home while cooking for example!

 

You can register for the Tandem programme at the information event at the beginning of the semester, or simply e-mail tandem@th-deg.de.

 

 

Register for a Tandem exam on the Primuss portal during the regular registration period.

 

 

Exchange students earn ECTS credits and a certificate of participation if they successfully complete the Tandem programme.
Regular students who successfully complete the Tandem programme will only receive a certificate of participation.

 

 

1. Meet at least 11 times during the semester (at the same time on the same day)
2. Spend 45 minutes on each language per meeting, 90 mins in total
3. Keep a vocabulary book, at least 10 words per meeting should be learnt (a total min. of 110 words)
4. Keep notes of each Tandem meeting, including the revision books used and topics learnt. Download the time report
4. Attend one of the two general Tandem meetings
5. Submit the vocabulary book at the end of the semester
6. Hand the time report in to Dr. Virginia Wallner in office B222 or per email to virginia.wallner@th-deg.de at the end of the semester

 

  • Time report
  • Volcabulary list

 

Material reccomm:

German as a foreign language:

English:

Spanish:

French:

All of the above material and is available from our library, among a selection of other langauge material (DVDs, CDs, Booksr, etc.).

Theatre

 

The theatre is to attract international students to the German language. It gives them the opportunity to take part in a drama group and perform in a chosen German play, performed in German. All participants are incoming students who are learning German and have a love of language and drama. The theatre has been staged since 2014, view previous performances below.

If you are interested please contact Dr. Virginia Wallner.

 

The origin: Don Quijote de la Mancha

1605/1615 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The plot revolves around the adventures of a noble from La Mancha named Alonso Quixano, who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his mind and decides to become a knight-errant to revive chivalry and serve his nation, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who often employs a unique, earthy wit in dealing with Don Quixote's rhetorical monologues on knighthood ...

The production: The Nobleman from the Mancha

In this production, Don Quixote is in the psychiatric ward of a hospital. He thinks the nurse is Sancho Panza and relives all his life's adventures with the nurse by his side ...
The doctor is not sure whether Don Quixote's abnormality is treatable, because he refuses to believe he is a patient ... but maybe it is not Don Quixote who needs help?

 

 

The myth of Bluebeard

A wealthy, old widower of a noble position with a blue beard is now looking for a seventh wife. Seduced by his wealth, a young woman leaves her family and marries Bluebeard. In his castle, Bluebeard lets her know that she has all the treasures and may enter all rooms. When he travels, he leaves the key to her. She is only denied access to a small chamber. However, the young woman cannot resist and enters the forbidden chamber where she finds the bodies of the six previous wives. Terrified, she drops the key, which now has a bloody stain that can no longer be removed. When Bluebeard returns, he looks at the key and realises what has happened, therefore he tries to murder his seventh wife. Luckily, she is saved by her brothers who hurry over, they murder Bluebeard and his widow inherits his fortune.

The production

The version created for this production is completely different as the original plot was used exclusively as a starting point. The Bluebeard story serves as a metaphor for the strength of all women who, despite all emancipations, still have to sometimes fight for freedom.

 

How to Learn German

We have an extensive range of courses at levels A1 - C1, enabling you to develop and expand your German language skills and knowledge of the German culture.

 

  • Semester courses

In addition to the regular language courses, which focus on reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, voluntary additional courses covering areas such as grammar and pronunciation, text production and conversation are available.
Additionally, the THEATRE or the Tandem programme are different ways to learn German and boost your language skills .

We also welcome the participation of non-students in regular language classes during the semester, as long as vacant places are available. The start is only at the beginning of the semester in unison with the students. If you are interested please contact Tanja Mertadana, head of the Language and Electives Centre.

  • Intensive courses

Two week intensive courses regularly take place in lecture free periods throughout the academic year. The content of a 4-SWS regular semester course is covered, which corresponds to about 60 teaching units of 45 minutes each. Generally, the intensive courses run daily from 8am - 1pm, with an exam on the last course day. Find out more at intensive language courses - learning German.

  • Compulsory attendance

A language flourishes when it is heard and spoken. All language courses require at least 75% lecture attendance to enter the exam. Please read the general exam regulations § 4 paragraph no.3.

75% attendance is …

…  3 absent days are accepted for courses with 2 semester hours per week

…  6 absent days are accepted for courses with 4 semester hours per week (unless the course is to be completed on one day)

If this allowance is exceeded, the Administration Centre will send an email to notify you of your exam exclusion.

It is not necessary to excuse oneself for absences incurred. However, do make sure to keep medical certificates and other documents to justify your absences until the end of the semester.

 

 

As non- enrolled guest students you can participate in language courses at DIT,  although you will not have student status and therefore cannot sit any university exams.

View further details

Intensive Language Courses

German as a foreign language

Two week intensive courses regularly take place in lecture free periods throughout the academic year. The content of a 4-SWS regular semester course is covered, which corresponds to about 60 teaching units of 45 minutes each. Generally, the intensive courses run daily from 8am - 1pm, with an exam on the last course day.

 

Other Languages

Intensive language courses are generally organized towards the end of the semester breaks.

The content of a 2-SWS regular semester course is covered, which corresponds to about 30 teaching units of 45 minutes each. Courses run daily from 8.30am - 12.45pm or from 2 - 6.15pm, with an exam on the last course day. Further details about courses and application are emailed 2 to 3 months before the courses start.

 

The next intensive language courses are in March 2020.

Dates:
Tue 03.03.2020 - Tue 10.03.2020 (except Sat and Sun)

Time:
8.30am - 12.45pm or 12 -  6pm

Courses:

  • Swedish A1/ 1part 1
  • Portuguese A1/ part 1
  • Russian A1/ part 1
  • Business English B2
  • Business English C1
  • Italian A1/ part 1
  • French A1/ part 1
  • Spanish A1/ part 1
  • Spanish A1/ part 2

A complete overview including lecturers and course locations of intensive language courses in March 2020.

 

 

For intensive language courses:

  • Electives (2 ECTS)
  • Compulsory languages (2 ECTS)
  • Voluntary subjects (no ECTS!)

It doesn't make any difference to the credits which semester the course is taken in.
Please note, however, that intensive language courses can't replace faculty language classes.

 

 

Mon 09.12.2019 9.30am - Mon 16.12.2019 9.30am at: https://pmit-ext.th-deg.de/awp/login

Courses will start with a min. of 15 participants. Places are limited.

 

 

Non-students may participate in language courses as long as there are availbale places.
Registration: sprachenzentrum@th-deg.de.
Course participation unfortunately does not allow student status and guests are therefore not entitled to sit language  exams.

 

 

  • 39 pcw for students (including students from other universities) school pupils and apprentices. Payment is made with student ID at B building ground floor terminal. Please note that the terminal does not print out a receipt for the payment, although you can request a receipt during the course.
     
  • 120 pcw for non-students, including exam resistration and results. Non-studnets will recieve a receipt on payment.

    More information will be provided in the confirmation email. The required course material is not included in the fees.

 

Grades are automatically printed on your grade sheet approx. 4 weeks after completion of the intensive course.
Registration is automatic and does not require prior exam registration via Primuss.
Upon passing the exam, guest students receive a certificate (by email or post) stating the exam grade.

 

Electives

Course Descriptions

Please note that the range of courses can vary from semester to semester.

 

In addition to the possibility of attending in-house courses at DIT, we would like to inform you about the courses offered by the Bavarian Virtual University (vhb). The vhb's online courses, which are flexible in terms of location and time, are available free of charge to enrolled students of Deggendorf Institute of Technology: https://www.vhb.org

Please note that only language courses and courses outside your subject area can be accredited – subject to case by case review. Please clarify any possible recognition of a vhb course as an elective (AWP) or compulsory language course in advance with Iris Bubenhofer.

Additional Certificates

 

 

The Grow4Digital certificate accompanying the course is for students of all courses. In order to receive the "Grow4Digital" certificate, you must achieve at least 24 ECTS. You can put these together individually according to your interests, as long as you have successfully completed at least one course from different areas (digital technologies, innovation and digitization, start-up and growth and ICH development). The components mentioned are made up of courses from the various faculties and general sciencific elective classes. No special order is required for attending and completing these subjects.

Overview of individual subjects for the Grow4Digital certificate.

To apply, please send Prof. Dr. Thomas Geiß an email. After successful completion of the above mentioned courses, your "Grow4Digital" certificate will be issued with your graduation certificate.

 

 

For all students (except Industrial Engineering students) who have successfully completed all of the three elective subjects below:

  • Start-up management
  • Establishing a business
  • Company succession

To apply, please send an email to the responsible clerk in the Administration Centre. No special order is required for attending and completing these subjects. After successful completion of the above mentioned courses, your certificate will be issued with your graduation certificate.

 

 

This certificate is for all Engineering students who have completed the following three elective subjects:

  • Fundamentals of marketing
  • Fundamentals of sales
  • Fundamentals of distribution

To apply, please send an email to the responsible clerk in the Administration Centre. No special order is required for attending and completing these subjects. After successful completion of the above mentioned courses, your certificate will be issued with your graduation certificate.

 

Course Selection

You can register for electives and language courses during two periods each semester:

  1. The registration period for elective courses is in the last weeks of the semester before the courses are scheduled to take place.
     NB: You can only sign up for electives and compulsory language courses during this period.
  2. The registration period for any leftover slots takes place in the first days of the semester in which the subjects/courses are scheduled to take place. You can also enrol for voluntary subsidiary subjects during this period.

The exact dates for the registration will be announced by mail.

FAQs about Languages and Electives.

 

Registration period:
Wed 15.01.2020 2pm - Wed 22.01.2020 2pm

Registration portal:
https://pmit-ext.th-deg.de/awp/login

Please only select an elective or language course for the upcoming semester as outlined in your academic regulations. These choices can also be viewed in your elective and language plan.

 

Registration period:
Tue 17.03.2020 9.30am - Thu 19.03.2020 9.30am

Registration portal:
https://pmit-ext.th-deg.de/awp/login