How many lessons do I need?
The duration of the training depends on the level you want to reach and how much time you have outside the classroom to practice what you have learned.
Here’s the time needed to achieve each level from the start in German according to the Deutsche Welle:
- A1 – 75 hours
- A2.1 – 150 hours
- A2.2 – 225 hours
- B1.1 – 300 hours
- B1.2 – 400 hours
- B2 – 490 hours
- C1 – 690 hours
- C2 – 890 hours
- For Autumn semester 2016: 01.03.2016 – 31.03.2016
- For Spring semester 2017: 15.01.2017- 04.03.2017
That doesn’t mean hours in an actual classroom. You can calculate like this, 3 months (8 hours a week) will be 96 hours, plus let’s say that you study on your own 4 hours a week (homework, music, movies, etc), that will be extra 48 hours. So in 3 months you will have 144 hours what will be aprox. A2 level.
Some people learn faster, some people are better and have a talent for languages, it is not a exact science. Other factors are: your level of education, how used you’re to learn, how is your discipline level, your motivation, your mother tongue, and the environmental factor (are you living in a place, where you can use the language actively?)
What is this C1, A1 thing?
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, abbreviated in English as CEFR or CEF or CEFRL (compared to the German abbreviations GeR or GeRS, the French abbreviation CECR, the Italian QCER, or the Spanish MCER), is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. It was put together by the Council of Europe as the main part of the project “Language Learning for European Citizenship” between 1989 and 1996. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe.
Candidates applying to an university programme in Switzerland must be in command of the necessary language skills of the language of instruction and must provide a recognised certificate. For german programmes C1 is required.
Please be aware of the application schedule:
The Goethe-Zertifikat C1 costs 360 CHF. The exam takes place only once a month and you need to wait 4 weeks after the exam to get the results. They’re limited places so it tends to sold out pretty fast. So we advise you to register early.
In several Cantons in order to obtain Swiss citizenship (C-permit) a B1 certificate is required.