Development of the Language Center

The Language Center at Nuremberg Institute of Technology is a project launched in 2006 by the Executive Board as part of its university internationalization programme.

At the start of the project in the winter semester of 2006/2007, around 200 students took up the offer. By the winter semester of 2008/2009, over 2000 people were regularly benefiting from the Language Center’s courses.

Off the back of this great success, the “Language Center” project was set up as an independent university institute in the summer of 2009 and affiliated to the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Physics.

The university’s full range of language courses has been brought together under the Language Center, and developed and expanded to include programmes to foster the internationalization of the university. This includes all the compulsory languages used in degree programmes at Nuremberg Tech as well as a comprehensive range of electives for all students, irrespective of their chosen studies.

The LC now has partnerships with the Lutheran University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg and the Nuremberg University of Music. Each semester, the Language Center also welcomes numerous people from outside the university who come to take advantage of the programmes it offers. Furthermore, many companies from the Nuremberg-Fürth region benefit from the specialist knowledge of the university’s lecturers in the form of both employee participation in language courses and customized in-house seminars.

A further pillar of the services offered is the assessment and qualification of international study applicants, as the Language Center is also a certified test center for the German Language Examination for University Admission (DSH). As one of the largest examination centres in Bavaria, the Language Center has three sessions per year for up to 160 international study applicants to sit the DSH or take an intensive language course in preparation for the exam.

As of the summer semester of 2019, the Language Center has a team of 15 employees and one associate professor from the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Physics. The institute is managed by one academic director and a managing director. The institute has around 50 highly qualified teachers offering around 250 courses per semester. A four-person office team is on hand to provide students and lecturers with support on all matters associated with the Language Center.

On average, one out of four students at Nuremberg Tech now takes a language course each semester, either as a required course or an elective, as part of their studies. This comes to around 3000 participants per semester.

In addition to its comprehensive range for students, the Language Center has also become a driving force for the internationalization of the university. The language courses form an integral part of internal professional development, and are also open to employees of Nuremberg Tech. The Language Center is an important source of advice for matters associated with foreign languages and intercultural skills for the Faculties and departments at Nuremberg Tech. In addition, the Language Center advises and supports the university in English-language publications, and translates internal documents for regular university administration.