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, students can only register for a course if you have taken the placement test and if the results are saved in PULS.

The result of the placement test is binding and has to match the score listed as a prerequisite for the course students wish to enroll in.

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.


All English courses and placement tests in the UNIcert framework as well as supervised independent study and tandem language learning counselling are free of cost for students enrolled at the University of Potsdam. 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.