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MINT Language Courses for Refugees

(MINT: Mathematics, Information Technology, Natural Sciences, Technology/Engineering Sciences)

The Modern Language Center (Zentraleinrichtung Moderne Sprachen, ZEMS) and the International Preparatory School (Studienkolleg) at the Technische Universität Berlin regularly offer accelerated  language courses starting level B2 or C1 to prepare refugees for a degree program in a MINT subject. (MINT stands for mathematics, information technology, natural sciences, and technology/engineering sciences.)

The focus is on learning German as a language of study and research. At a later stage, this is complemented by relevant specialist language and terminology in mathematics and physics. A total of 24 hours of classes are given from Monday to Friday.

The course concludes with the German assessment test, which counts as proof of language skills for the application to the degree program.

Successful participants will also receive accompanying coaching/language courses at the ZEMS during their subsequent MINT courses of studies.

Upcoming Courses

Refugees can currently apply for the next MINT language courses at the TU Berlin’s Preparatory School:

Placement Test


The Preparatory School invites every applicant to take a written test in mathematics and a placement test in German. This is based on the assumption that there might be more applicants than available spots.

You can use the following example for your preparation:

test example German 

Testing Dates


All testing dates at the Preparatory School. more to: Testing Dates

Media Coverage


This course and its participants have been featured in multiple media reports. The Preparatory School also invited refugee students to speak for themselves in a podcast. more to: Media Coverage


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