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English courses

English placement test

Who needs to take it?

All first semester students and students taking a language course at Furtwangen University for the first time, must take an online English Placement Test before they can apply for an English course.

Exception: students of the HFU Business School (IBW, IBM and IEB) do not have to take a placement test for the language courses (English and regional focus language) required as part of their degree.

When?
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How?

  1. Log in to LC-Online: https://lconline.hs-furtwangen.de
  2. Click on the "Testing and Assessment" category. Choose the Placement Test category. (Placement Tests > English Placement Test)
  3. Click on the test page and then the "Click to enter this course" button.
  4. Enter the "Enrolment Key": EPTS21
  5. Follow the instructions on the page to start the placement test.

English: Basic and Advanced Levels

Basic English at levels B1.1 and B1.2 provides subject-specific language instruction for students of engineering sciences (Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Media, Health). In the courses offered (Business, Health Care and Technology), the focus is on the relevant fields of study. Course participants require several years of school English and intermediate language skills.

Advanced English (B2.1, B2.2, and C1) lays the foundations for subject-specific communication skills in English.
The courses at this level – Business, Health Care and Technology in Furtwangen, Schwenningen, and Tuttlingen – provide a basis of Business or Technical English and an introduction to the culture of English-speaking countries. Participation in courses at this level is conditional upon passing a placement test or successfully completing B1.2.

Courses available:
English -  Business, Health Care or Technology B1.1
English -  Business, Health Care or Technology B1.2
English -  Business, Health Care or Technology B2.1
English -  Business, Health Care or Technology B2.2
English -  Academic Speaking Skills B2
English -  Academic Writing Skills B2
English -  Advanced Academic Speaking Skills C1
English -  Advanced Academic Writing Skills C1
English -  Health Care C1
English -  Selected Topics: Business C1

English Certificate Course

To be awarded the Certificate of Advanced Studies (Hochschulzertifikat) in English, participants must take 2 of the level B2.2 courses shown below and both level C1 courses during the course of their degree.

Participation in certificate courses is conditional upon successfully completing one advanced/level B2.1 English course (Business, Health Care or Technology) with a minimum grade of 2.0 or passing a placement test for level 8, or proof of residence in an English-speaking country for a minimum of six months.

The final grade of the certificate is calculated from the average grades awarded in two courses at levels B2.2 and C1.

Courses available:
 

CEFR B2 Level:
English -  Business, Health Care or Technology B2.2
English -  Academic Speaking Skills B2
English -  Academic Writing Skills B2

CEFR C1 Level:
English -  Advanced Academic Speaking Skills C1
English -  Advanced Academic Writing Skills C1
English -  Health Care C1
English -  Selected Topics: Business C1

Application for English certificate

The certificate will not be issued automatically and must be applied for over the Language Center.

The following must be submitted:

  • Transcript of Records with all 4 courses listed
  • Maiden name if different from current surname
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Current address