FAQs

The grades – Your grades will be entered into the HIS Online-Portal as quickly as possible. If they can’t be viewed in one month’s time, please contact Mrs Reitz(rreitz(at)fsz.fra-uas.remove-this.de).

Specific-purpose Language Certificate – The General English courses are NOT eligible for the Specific-purpose Language Certificate. In case of further questions concerning the International Certificate, please contact Mrs Geeb (alinageeb(at)fsz.fra-uas.remove-this.de).

Language certificate – The General English courses are eligible for the DAAD language certificate under certain circumstances. Please read the information on our website and follow the steps as described.

(Course)certificate of attendance – The grades from the General English courses will be published in your result records in the HIS Online-Portal. They won’t be counted as a part of your average though, as they are core electives. The HIS result record serves as certificate of attendance.

If your attendance rate of the language course, that surpasses 75%, is approved, the grade from the final exam will be entered in the subsidiary subject segment (Zusatzfach) in the HIS Online-Portal. This also serves as certificate of attendance. An entry in your report card can only be approved by the relevant examination office.

Language course certificates are not being issued. A certificate of attendance can be provided in particular cases, supported by valid reasons.

Intensive language courses are offered to students in their lecture-free time. The course duration is 2 or 3 weeks, with lessons taking place every day, Monday to Friday. An exam is given at the end of the course. The grade is entered in the additional subsidiary subject segment (Zusatzfach) of the HIS Online-Portal.

If your language course at the Language centre is established as a module or core elective in your degree course, make sure to register for the final exam in the HIS Online-Portal.Register within the time frame determined by your degree course (e.g. Business Administration, International Business Administration).Your result will be entered in the appropriate module.

By 2020/2021:

Prerequisite for registration for an online course in the HIS Online-Portal: You’ve successfully applied on the Moodle application page of the Language centre for your desired course. Without doing so, your registration in the HIS Online-Portal is invalid. By applying, you’re obliged to take part in the final exam. Without the registration you can’t partake in the exam. The record of your grades will be available in digital form. You can view your result in the HIS Online-Portal in the subsidiary subject segment (Zusatzfach). This also serves as certificate of attendance.

If your language course is established as a module or core elective in your degree course, the results are entered in the appropriate module. This certifies your successful participation in the course.

In case that your degree course does not include a language module (e.g. Social Work, Architecture), the total score (results of the oral and written exam) will be entered by the Language centre in digital form into HIS. The results can then be viewed in the HIS Online-Portal in the subsidiary subject segment (Zusatzfach). This also serves as certificate of attendance.

Please do not confuse a “certificate of attendance” with a “language certificate” that applies when staying abroad, or the “Specific-purpose Language Certificate”.

Please keep in mind that you can receive various certificates for various purposes from the Language centre.

  1. Semester/internship abroad
    Please request a language certificate for a semester/internship abroad. Usually, the DAAD form is required, or rather the Learning Agreement that can be downloaded from the internet. Further information on this page.
  2. Certificate of participation in a language course
    Ordinarily, the HIS Online-Portal (alternatively the subsidiary subject segment /Zusatzfach) should provide you with a digital certificate of participation for the course, you’ve successfully completed.
  3. Certificate
    A “certificate” – more accurately: the Specific-purpose Language Certificate – can be acquired by taking specifically designated language courses in English, French or Spanish. Go here to find out more.

The languages the Language centre offers range from Arabic for beginners to the International certificate in English, French or Spanish. Furthermore, Self-Access Center the Self-Access Center (SAC) provides many self-learning opportunities through digital and classical learning platforms that can be used in combination with a course.

On the page Offered languages you can find all the language courses that the Language centre (FSZ) provides to all students of the Frankfurt UAS.

The courses are sorted according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), from A1 (=beginner course) to C2 (=close to native speaker level).

Those, who have never visited a language course before, will start with the beginner course (=A1, or A1.1). Everyone else – including the “false beginners” – should determine their level by taking the placement test (v.i.). You can also go for higher level courses and discuss with the lecturer, which course would be right for you.

A placement test  is available in the languages English, German, French and Spanish.

You can find that information in the Language course schedule (download at the home page).

Prerequisite for registration for an online course in the HIS Online-Portal: You’ve successfully applied on the Moodle application page of the Language centre for your desired course. Without doing so, your registration in the HIS Online-Portal is invalid. By applying, you’re obliged to take part in the final exam. Without the registration you can’t partake in the exam.

Exceptions: Intensive courses, English for Finance, Spanish A1 and in certain cases Spanish A2. (Please follow the current information on the homepage in the section “Language centre news”!)

Every member of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (enrolled students and employees) may partake free of charge, with the exception of languages of origin, that are offered in partnership with the Goethe University.

You’ll find the address, telephone number, email and consultation hours of all the full-time lecturers here. The adjunct lecturers  can be reached by email.

As long as the official instructions that the Corona crisis mandates are in place, most of the lecturers are available only via email.

The language tests are available here; follow the instructions as described.

If you’re visiting a language course as part of your degree course, please do not do the placement test in the link above, rather the specific one assigned to you. You’ll receive particular instructions for that purpose.

The Oxford Placement Test in an online test that can be carried out on a PC in the Self-Access Center (SAC) of the Language centre. It consists of two parts: first part examines the understanding of vocabulary and grammar; the second part is listening comprehension using British and American speakers.

Duration: The OPT will automatically terminate after 55 minutes.

It’s a so called “adaptive test”, which means that the questions are generated based on the previous answers given by the participant. After a certain period of time, the OPT adapts itself to the level of the candidate. The rate of tasks can be determined by the candidate. The first part usually ends after 15-30 minutes.
Warning: The candidate won’t receive their results, if they don’t finish the second part (the listening comprehension), before the test is over, and the candidate’s level can’t be determined!

Preparation: Systematic preparation for the test is impossible. However, picking up the old grammar book from your previous English classes is a good idea for the first part, watching English speaking films (e.g. with English subtitles) can be of help for the listening exercise. Consumption of media in the English language is a good idea in general. Or a language course at the Language centre.

You can repeat your OPT test in 6 months.

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last updated on: 03.17.2021