Contact

Tandem-Office
Studierendenhaus (SH) 2/211
Tel +49 (0)234 32-25189
zfa-tandem@rub.de

Office hours


Please note:

To register for the tandem program, you need to have at least an A2 level of language proficency according to (CEFRL) in your target language. To obtain Credit Points, you need to have at least an B1 level of language proficiency in your target language.


Tandem Arranging Service

Situation in the Winter Semester 2021/2022

In the winter semester 2021/2022 we ask you to choose the format of your tandem sessions (in terms of an attendance and/or distance learning format) taking into account the Covid19-regulations at the Ruhr-University Bochum.


Information on Registration in the Winter Semester 2021/2022

The placement of tandem partnerships will continue throughout the semester, i.e. we accept registrations at any point during the semester. Nevertheless, you should know that all registrations that could not be arranged by 17 September will lose their validity. The placement of new registrations will start on 20 September.


FAQ

Do I have to attend the introductory session?

Yes. The introductory session is obligatory for everyone who hasn't attended it in previous semesters at the Tandem Office. In the winter semester 2021/2022, this event will take place via Zoom on Wednesdays from 12-1 pm. Please register by e-mail: zfa-tandem@rub.de. You will then be given the link to the meeting room. In addition, a video guide is available, which you will also receive by e-mail.

Do I have to complete a language proficiency test?

No. However, if you want to obtain credit points for your Tandem, you must submit a document which certifies language proficiency of (at least) B1 level (CEFR) in your target language. Please bring it to the Tandem Office at the beginning of your Tandem. 

How long does it take until we have found a Tandem partner for you?

It depends on the number of applications. Please note that we might not be able to find a Tandem partner for you if the language you request is rare or unusual. The general rule is the earlier in the semester you register, the more likely it is that we can find a suitable Tandem partner for you.

Can I register for more than one target language?

Yes. If you want to register for more than one language, please complete a registration form for each one.

Can I learn the same target language with several Tandem partners?

Yes. We will try to find more than one Tandem partner for you but it depends on the number of applications. You must complete a registration form for each Tandem partner you would like to learn with.

How much time should I invest in a Tandem?

Ideally, you should spend at least 2 hours per week with your partner.

When do I have to decide whether I would like to obtain Credit Points or not?

Please let us know at the beginning of your Tandem (after the introductory session) if you wish to obtain Credit Points. If you decide to obtain Credit Points at a later point, please contact Ms Enke Spänkuch as this is then decided on a case-by-case basis because obtaining Credit Points requires a substantial workload.