DaF – Placement & registration

1. Placement

Students on computer
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Before you register for a learning solution, we would like to know what kind of course or learning format best fits you. This is why you should first complete a placement test, and then come to a personal advising session at the DaF Office at the Neues Palais Campus.

It is not required to take a placement test when you:

  • are just beginning to learn German, or
  • have already received a certificate for “A1” for example “Goethe-Zertifikat Start Deutsch 1“ or "telc Deutsch A1" or a similar certificate of level A1 but not higher than A1 => registration in A2.

The current course catalogue will be published by March 15 and September 15 for the following semester.

Students on computer
Photo: Fritze, UP

2. Registration for students, doctoral students, and scientists

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Please note that our offerings are partly liable to tuition fees according to the Zessko payment regulations - "Gebührensatzung des Zessko".

a)  directly online:

  • only for basic courses A1 (beginners)
  • Fill out of the online form at our website. Please note that this form is only active as of April 1 or October 1 for the following semester.


b) in person at the DaF Office (not possible at the moment):

  • for all other courses starting at A2 level (and higher)
  • after the placement test
  • directly at advising session (no adisng in German office at the moment -  more information on enrollment will be published here as soon as it becomes availible).


c) through PULS:

  • directly, without a test, for full-time students at the University of Potsdam (not for Erasmus students, program students, or doctoral candidates)
  • it is possible to have an advising session
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