Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of German

Step 1: Read the information below and assess which course is most appropriate for your level of German language knowledge.

Step 2: Please allow 7 working days for us to process your application. An email notification of your placement results will be sent to your University email. If you do not receive a notification after 7 working days, please email the School Office at quoting your name and student number

Note: You will be contacted by email if a decision cannot be made on the basis of the information in the application form. In this case you may be required to provide further information or attend an interview with a discipline advisor.



Submitted applications are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in a student’s best interests to submit the Online Application Form as soon as possible.

Students from other Faculties who wish to undertake language courses to fulfill open electives or general education requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirements of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

If you feel that your starting course is not appropriate for your language level after attending first week of classes in the term, please contact the course convenor to discuss the feasibility of changing to a higher/lower level course. Any changes to enrolment must be approved by the Course Convenor and finalised by Friday, Week 1 of the term.

Courses offered in 2019

For timetable information, please see the Online Handbook

ARTS1510 Introductory German A

  • If you have no knowledge of German, then please start in ARTS1510 Introductory German A. No language placmeent is required. 

ARTS1511 Introductory German B

  • If you have very basic German (equivalent to A1 in the Common European Framework).

ARTS2510 Intermediate German A / ARTS2511 Intermediate German B

  • If you have completed HSC German Continuers (or equivalent), or have completed German courses equivalent to A2 in the Common European Framework.

ARTS3510 Advanced German A / ARTS3511 Advanced German B

  • If you have completed HSC German Extension (or equivalent), or achieved outstanding marks in German Continuers, or completed German Continuers or have lived in a German-speaking country for more than 3 months, or completed German courses equivalent to B1 or B2.1 in the Common European Framework. 

Further Information

General Enquiries: Please contact the School Humanities and Languages for all general enquiries on online placement in German.

School Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Telephone: 9385 1681

Academic advice: If your knowledge of German does not fall into one of the above categories, or if you are not sure what level to enrol to, please contact Dr Robet Buch outlining your experience of studying German before submitting the Online Application Form. 

Valerie Combe-Germes
Level 2, 271, Morven Brown Building
Kensington Campus, UNSW
Telephone: 9385 2315