Dr. Nicola Heimann-Bernoussi
Room SH 2/217
Tel +49 (0)234 32 28119

Course formats

Most courses take place in presence. This means that the courses take place either once a week for 180 minutes or twice a week for 90 minutes on campus or in our course rooms at Overbergstr. 19 (OVB 19). In addition, we offer occasional courses in blended learning format.

By blended learning courses we mean courses in which at least 50% of the teaching takes place in presence. In addition, synchronous sessions via Zoom are an integral part of the courses. The exact design can vary.

Asynchronous online assignments (e.g. in Moodle) can be a compulsory part of the course programme in both formats. You will receive detailed information in the first course session.

In all courses there is a compulsory attendance of 75% and the need to submit required compulsory assignments on time.

How should I choose my courses?

Every semester, the ZFA offers more than 170 courses in 13 languages. In addition to our wide range of courses for general academic purposes (LAP), we also offer courses for specific academic purposes (LSP). Many are open to students of all disciplines and others exclusively to students of particular subjects. You can find our course catalogue in the course catalogue.

Drop-in-Advice: Which Language Should I Choose?

In the weeks leading up to the start of each semester, we offer drop-in-advice sessions in which you can find out more about the languages and certificates we offer. This is particularly helpful if you are unsure which language to choose, or are uncertain of the ZFA’s regulations.
Exact dates are available on the Deadlines & Important Dates page.

It is also possible to make an appointment with a lecturer at any time to receive more detailed information about a particular language. For general enquiries, please send an e-mail to the Front Office.


Successfully completed courses at the ZFA can be accredited as optional units with the exception of some LSP courses. On the Optionalbereich website, you will be able to find those ZFA courses which are recognised and can be accredited as modules in section [1] (Fremdsprachen/Modern Languages).

Beginners’ courses are only accredited in combination with the relevant follow-up course. The first two levels of a language are referred to as a Basis Module and 10CP are awarded on completion. All courses with four contact hours per week are recognised as individual modules in their own right. They are accredited by the optional units without the addition of another course. Courses with two contact hours per week must be combined with another course. If you only do the course to receive a certificate of participation, this will not be accredited by the Optionalbereich. For more information contact the Optionalbereich or Dr. Nicola Heimann-Bernoussi.