As communication in English is quite common in Bremen and Bremerhaven, knowledge of the German language is not necessarily required in order to work here.
Nevertheless, we strongly recommend that you acquire a basic knowledge of German for everyday life in Bremen and Bremerhaven.

Intensive Courses for Researchers

In the winter semester, intensive courses are offered through the "UR welcome language coaching". The course fee for employees, doctoral students and guests of the university is 10.00 euros per hour and per participant (in total about 240€). This amount is non-refundable after binding registration.

The courses take place online four times a week for 45 minutes each over a period of 6 weeks (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Always 11:00-11:45am.

First you have to pre-register, which we will forward to the language coaching team. Please register here.

Courses will start in October of 2022. Please note that the courses can only take place if a minimum number of participants is reached.
All courses will be held online.

Unfortunately, family members cannot participate in the courses. We recommend courses at language schools such as Volkshochschule (VHS), Casa, Aristoteles-Institut or Paritätischen Bildungswerk.


The Tandem Placement Agency at the University's Language Centre can help you find a tandem language partner. This is a great way to improve your foreign language skills while helping your tandem partner learn or improve their knowledge of your native language. 

Another possibility is to use the app "Tandem". Here you have the possibility to get in contact with others and to exchange languages digitally and free of charge.

Summer Courses

The international summer courses organized by the Language Centre are open to students around the world who want to learn German in Bremen and Bremerhaven. Lectures and excursions complement your courses that last 4 weeks and cater to participants of 3 different levels of proficiency: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. More information can be found on the website of the Language Centre.

Language Cafés

Language Cafés offer the possibility to actively exchange with different people. Speaking in a local and casual environment helps a lot learning a new language. In Bremen and Bremerhaven there are several Language Cafés with different focuses. Here you can find an overview of the different cafés (unfortunately the file is only available in german).
The SZHB offers Language Cafés as well. They offer many different languages various times a week.


In addition to the great selection of language courses, Tandems and other organisations, it can also be really helpful to study German on your own. In order to do so, you can have a look at the numerous free Apps and Websites that provide learners with study material. You can find some of these options in this list:

  • Memrise: You can download this app on your mobile phone and use it to learn German vocabularies and phrases. It can be particularly helpful to beginners.
  • Deutsch-To-Go: This website offers a great number of listening texts for different language-levels.
  • DW provides really good materials for reading and listening. The programme 'Nicos Weg' might be especially helpful for some, as it entails small videos with subtitles which introduce (basic) German phrases.