This is a key service for effective social integration of international PhD students, academics, and researchers, especially in everyday life outside the academic context. It is an advantage if the hosting HEI can provide the service within its own resources (by Language Department/ Language Centre) with experts trained in teaching the national language as a foreign language. Moreover, the language department could also offer other foreign language courses.
If the hosting HEI does not have sufficient capacity, partnerships with other HEIs in the city could be formed or HEI should create a database of language schools in the city/region. The starting point could be the existing practice of providing language courses for incoming Erasmus+ students. A complementary option is to explore whether there are any already existing e-learning national language courses and offer them to internationals as an opportunity to get acquainted with the basics of the language even before their arrival in the host country.
Improved skills and knowledge
|Language Support, Language Policy Social Integration & Daily Life Profesional & Academic Development Networking Family Matters
|During mobility phase
|Essential to have
|Scale of organizational change
|PhD student/Early career researcher R2 - R4 researchers Lecturers (incl. Language Teachers) Internationals spouses/family members
|Types of contracts of researchers
|Full degree student Permanent employee Visiting scholar Employee in training (interns, research fellows, postdocs) Fixed term employee
|Career stages of researchers
|Less than 6 months 6-12-months of experience 1-3-years of experience 3-10 years of experience 10-15 years of experience More than 15 years of experience
|Lengths of stays of researchers
|0-3 months 3-6 months 6-12 months More than 12 months
Setting up such service consider the following:
It would be ideal if the national language courses could be provided to international PhD students, academics, and researchers for free or with a significant discount. If the hosting HEI has the sufficient capacity it could also offer national (or other foreign) language courses for the accompanying spouses. If not, a database of proven language schools based in the vicinity/city should be created and published on the website. The hosting HEI can also map the situation for local language caffe (s) as well as check if there is any (accredited) e-learning course available and provide respective information on their Welcome centre's website.
|Cost of practice setup
|Time required for practice setup
|Personnel effort required for practice setup
|Actors involved in practice setup
|Partners involved in practice setup
|Indicators for evaluating progress/quality of practice setup
@ all - depending on resources and capacities as well as a number of target group members it might be considered to join forces with the other stakeholders in the city/region in offering the local language courses. It is worth mapping the possibilities of other external partners and establishing formal partnerships.
|Cost of practice delivery
|Time required for practice delivery
|Personnel effort required for practice delivery
|Actors involved in practice delivery
|Partners involved in practice delivery
|Indicators for evaluating progress/quality of practice delivery
@ All - depending on resources and capacities as well as a number of target group members it might be considered to join forces with the other stakeholders in the city/region in offering the local language courses. It is worth mapping the possibilities of other external partners and establishing formal partnerships, negotiating details of providing the service (lecture rooms, timetable, course price), as well as contracting external partners (language lecturers, rental of lecture rooms, course schedule, course price per hour)
The University of Tubingen, the University's German as a Foreign Language Unit offers a special series of classes for those of you who would like to start/continue learning German at a beginners' level thus helping internationals get acquainted with German and feel comfortable in German language conversations and small talk at the university and in everyday life.