Sprachenakademie Aachen was founded in its current form in 2001 and initially concentrated exclusively on planning and running German courses for students and university applicants. Since then, the focus of our efforts has become considerably more varied, developing over the years and now shaping the daily work of more than 230 employees.

In the field of German as a foreign language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache, DaF), Sprachenakademie – the region’s largest service provider with a comprehensive offering of intensive and exam-preparation courses for levels A1 to C1 an increasing number of German language students from academic backgrounds each year: university applicants, students, participants in Masters and Doctoral programmes, fully qualified academics and working people form the majority of guests on our courses in this field.

As a licenced examination centre, we conduct a range of standardised language exams at regular intervals.

For self-contained groups, universities and institutions, we also offer tailored courses and programmes which may contain additional components to language training (e.g. subject classes, intercultural training, subject excursions, university visits, cultural and leisure programmes and accommodation).

Over 12,000 individuals take part in our courses, exams and programmes every year.

In 2004, Sprachenakademie was certified as an official provider of integration courses by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, BAMF). Here, too, our goal of always operating according to the latest standards and being able to provide a student-focussed service is reflected, on the one hand, in the quality of our courses. On the other hand, our many years of active participation on various integration boards and committees, Sprachenakademie’s extensive scholarship programme and the great weight placed on individual student advice (extending far beyond purely subject-related requests) demonstrate how much we are geared towards this area.
Apart from integration courses, Sprachenakademie also offers basic modules of Vocational German Language Promotion.

After conducting various German courses on behalf of FH Aachen at their Aachen and Jülich sites and following the introduction of an initial partnership contract, the FH Aachen Language Centre was founded in 2005, its responsibilities met entirely by Sprachenakademie. Aside from coordinating the foreign-language offerings of several university departments as well as planning and conducting the FH Aachen summer courses, the Language Centre’s responsibilities also extend to developing, implementing and supporting special programmes.

Part of Sprachenakademie’s service is offering support in initiating international university partnerships, providing supervision and handling associated communications and process management.

In 2011, various departments of Sprachenakademie Aachen which were previously situated in different locations across Aachen, moved together into the city centre’s “Haus der Kohle”. Thus, Sprachenakademie is currently represented at 3 locations: Aachen, Jülich and also in the branch office in Beijing (China).