English/Key Competences

General Information on Course Registration

Before attending the course

The prerequisite for taking all English courses at Zessko, without exception, is the placement test. Because there are six different levels of courses in the English department, you can only register for a course if you have taken the placement test and if the results are saved in our electronic system.

The result of the placement test is binding and has to match the score listed as a prerequisite for the course you wish to enroll in. Present your student ID (PUCK card) at the test.

Students who would like to repeat the placement test must present proof before they take the test again that they have in the meantime successfully completed a language course of at least 4 semester hours (60 x 45 minutes) or have studied abroad.

The placement test for the English department is valid for at least three years, so long as the result is shown under “My test results” in PULS under “My placement tests,” or for the preparatory courses and the courses in legal English shown in EES.


All English courses and placement tests in the UNIcert framework as well as supervised independent study, tandem and academic writing courses are free of cost for students enrolled in German universities. Testing fees and fees for certain services such as DAAD and UNIcert certificate tests will be charged in accordance with the "Gebührensatzung des Zessko" (Schedule of Fees).

Instructions for students in teacher-training and Master degree and PhD programs, as well as ERASMUS+ exchange students

Students who belong to the aforementioned groups and are interested in attending an English course should take the placement test, and can then apply for a place in a course of their choice that corresponds to their placement test result via PULS. Students who are taking English courses outside of the key competence framework (BAMA-O, §19), for example teacher-training and Master’s students at the University of Potsdam, or ERASMUS+ and other exchange students, are currently allowed to take these courses if there are extra seats available after places have been distributed to students enrolled in non-teacher-training Bachelor’s degree programs at the University of Potsdam, usually in the second week of the lecture period.