Who are we - our course instructors

A team of eight to ten qualified course leaders takes charge of establishing the curriculum and giving the courses.

The courses are offered in cooperation with the General Students’ Committee (AStA) of the Ruhr-University Bochum. The AStA courses have been running for almost 30 years and are built based on a foundation of many years of experience in teaching German as a foreign language.

The range of courses on offer has expanded over the years and our staff numbers have grown with it. In general, we offer eight courses at five different levels of linguistic skill: A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1.

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  The interculturas Academy

The courses given by the interculturas Academy on behalf of the non-profit organization interculturas e.V. (a registered association) were created by working together with student representatives. These courses were set up with the intention to provide learners with courses that met their needs by giving them a practical alternative to other commercial language courses on offer, among other elements.

We take the course participants’ needs into consideration by setting down their wants (e.g. by discussing this or evaluating it with them) or taking suggestions from current course participants and, in particular, looking at the general conditions for foreign students in Germany.

The conditions have become tougher for many people applying to study in Germany, and we try to offset this as much as we can by making our course fees as low as possible, keeping bureaucracy to a minimum and giving information on other options for support. The lessons in themselves also seek to create a learning atmosphere that provides a base for creating a social network that offers a certain level of stability, especially at the beginning of your stay in Germany, rather than being just another wearisome task to fulfil. This is our ethos, along with ensuring a high level of quality in our expertise and our methods. In addition, this learning atmosphere also facilitates communication between students from different countries.