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Newsletter June 2016


Dear partners,

summer is here – time for our popular Summer and Junior Courses! Students from all over the world take advantage of their summer vacation to attend a language course, and kids and teens may learn German or English with us in July and August. Moreover, Heidelberg is a popular destination: apart from its beautiful old town and surroundings, the city offers an attractive cultural life including festivals and sports events. And with concerts, excursions and a lot more, F+U Academy of Languages’ cultural activities programme has something to suit everyone’s taste.

Find out more in our newsletter!

With best regards from sunny Heidelberg,

Karl-Heinz Rippel
Head of Academy


In this newsletter:

F+U Academy of Languages Offers Commission on German and English Junior Courses
25 DSH Exam Seats Available at FH Aachen for the Next Exam on June 18, 2016
Liability Insurance for Language Students
Heidelberg Events Guide
TestDaF, TestAS, telc and TOEFL® Exams in June at F+U Academy of Languages’ International Test Centre in Heidelberg
Concerts, Excursions and More: F+U Academy of Languages’ Cultural Activities Programme
New Group of Mexican Students in Heidelberg
Japanese Toddler Group at F+U Academy of Languages


F+U Academy of Languages Offers Commission on German and English Junior Courses

Enjoying the summer holidays with children of the same age while learning a new language? F+U Academy of Languages Heidelberg makes it happen!
Every year, we offer German and English languages classes for children and teenagers from around the world. Lessons are held by experienced teachers and complemented by exciting and diverse leisure, cultural and sports activities.

Agents are offered commission on both language classes and optional supplementary modules. Please contact us for further details at languages@fuu.de.

Optional supplementary modules are accommodation in a host family, lunch with the teacher at school, accompaniment to school and home, or supervision in school after activities.

Many of our students arrive with their families. While children attend junior courses, teenagers and adults opt for intensive courses. Our diverse leisure activities programme and a large number of places of interest in Heidelberg and its surroundings make the Junior Programme a unique experience in one of Germany’s most beautiful cities.

For the tentative leisure activities programme, click here.

German classes are offered for children and teenagers aged 6 to 15 in July and August. English classes are on offer for teenagers from 12 years onwards, taking place in August.
Learn more about our German and English Junior Courses in this flyer or contact languages@fuu.de.



25 DSH Exam Seats Available at FH Aachen for the Next Exam on June 18, 2016

We are happy to announce that 25 exam seats will be available fort he next DSH exam on June 18, 2016. The seats are provided in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Aachen.

DSH exam spots were offered for the first time on April 30, 2016, when 20 F+U students studying at our academies in Heidelberg, Berlin and Darmstadt were able to take the DSH exam in Aachen.

F+U Academy of Languages is a recognised test centre for the world’s most important language tests. With 190 seats in Heidelberg and 70+ seats in Darmstadt and Berlin, F+U Academy of Languages is Europe’s largest TestDaF test centre.

The additional exam spots for DSH and telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule now on offer make us one of the largest test centres for German as a Foreign Language worldwide.

Apart from TestDaF, telc and DSH, F+U Academy of Languages conducts TOEFL®,TOEIC®, LCCI, TestAS, OnDaF as well as many other language tests. Find out more about tests, test dates and preparation courses on our homepage.

For further enquiry, contact languages@fuu.de.



Liability Insurance for Language Students

F+U Academy of Languages advises all language students to take out a liability insurance.

A liability insurance protects foreign students during their stay in Germany from paying large sums in the case of a self-induced damage, e.g. loss of key or damage to furniture in halls of residences.

The liability insurance may be concluded together with the health insurance with our partner Care Concept. The monthly premiums range between just €2 to €7,50.
Find out more about Care Concept liability insurance here.

For further enquiry, contact languages@fuu.de.



Heidelberg Events Guide

The city of Heidelberg offers a wide range of events which attract thousands of people every year. With Heidelberg’s breathtaking scenery, they are a must for all Heidelbergers. Here are the most important events in 2016:

Since 1994, the annual Heidelberg literature festival has been hosting international authors with readings, talks and music.

Probably the most spectacular event in Heidelberg, this event commemorates the year 1693, when troops of Sun King Louis XIV burned down the castle, leaving behind what is today one of the world’s most famous ruins. Starting with Bengal fire, the event concludes with impressive fireworks and is one of Heidelberg’s annual top highlights.

Every summer, the world-famous Heidelberg Castle serves as an impressive open-air stage for theatre plays, musicals and concerts.

Swim a distance of 1.6 km in the Neckar followed by an up-hill cycle on Königsstuhl mountain and conclude with a run on Philosopher’s Lane: the Heidelbergman is a challenging triathlon offering an impressive panorama.

Hosted on the last Saturday in September, Heidelberg’s largest city festival boasts flee markets, music, a medieval market and catering.

This film festival is a premiere festival showing only new films by directors who have not yet gained international recognition. A number of internationally acclaimed film-makers made their first appearance here – such as Wim Wenders or Francois Truffaut.

Artists from the region gather in the castle garden to offer arts and crafts in tents decked out for Christmas. German Lebkuchen, hot spiced wine and a castle illumination fitting the season make this one of Germany’s most special Christmas markets.



TestDaF, TestAS, telc and TOEFL® Exams in June at F+U Academy of Languages’ International Test Centre in Heidelberg

As an internationally accredited test centre for the most widely acclaimed language tests, F+U Academy of Languages offers a number of exam spots and dates unparalleled in Europe.

In April alone, F+U Academy of Languages conducted six major language tests, among them TestAS, TestDaF, telc, TOEFL® and a TestAS Trial in Arabic. More than 350 examinees took part in these exams.

More exams are to follow in June, when F+U Academy of Languages will conduct both the state examinations in the foreign language professions at our state-recognized vocational college and a number of important tests for German as a Foreign Language. Thus, there will be a TestDaF Trial on June 1, a TestDaF on June 9, and the online test onDaF on June 11.

Moreover, telc exams will be conducted on different levels, including the telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, which is of major importance for those students who wish to enroll at a German university after the end of their course. The telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule language test has recently been recognized by the German Rectors’ Conference and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany as proof of linguistic aptitude for university applicants. By now, 37 universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy recognize the telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, for example the SRH University Heidelberg and the Technical University in Darmstadt. At F+U Academy of Languages Heidelberg, the telc exams can be taken every month.

Apart from TestDaF, onDaF and telc, we also offer two special exams in June. Due to great demand, there will be an extra date for the TestAS exam on June 11 as well as a TestAS for refugees on June 25.

Those who wish to test their English language skills may participate in the TOEFL® tests conducted on June 3 and 25.

Learn more about our tests and test dates on our homepage.

For further enquiry, contact languages@fuu.de.



Concerts, Excursions and More: F+U Academy of Languages’ Cultural Activities Programme


For many years, F+U Academy of Languages has been offering students a diverse and largely free-of-charge cultural activities programme, giving them the opportunity to socialise and get to know the many facets of German culture.

Special highlights include:

In May, we saw a staging of the classical opera “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Heidelberg’s city theatre. In early June, Mexican guitarist Sergio Oliveira Pointelin gave a free-of-charge concert on the premises of F+U Academy of Languages.

The summer months will see excursions to the Black Forest and the surroundings of Heidelberg, hikes, and boat trips. On the weekends there will be regular city trips – for example, we plan to go to Speyer, Strasbourg, Baden-Baden and to the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart in July.

Find out more about our cultural activities programme on our Homepage and our Facebook page.

For further enquiry, contact languages@fuu.de



New Group of Mexican Students in Heidelberg

From May 29 to June 26, 2016, a new group of 80 Mexican students aged 16 to 18 is attending a German course at F+U Academy of Languages in Heidelberg. The course is part of a cooperative project between F+U Academy of Languages and Mexican education provider Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

During their one-month stay in Heidelberg, students attend German classes in the mornings and regular classes according to the Mexican curriculum in the afternoons. Courses are being complemented by a diverse activities programme organized by F+U Academy of Languages including trips to nearby cities.

A large number of the Mexican students will be accommodated in our newly-built “Campus” hall of residence. A part of the students will be accommodated in host families who provide them with the opportunity to not just practice their German language skills, but also to get to know better German culture and lifestyle.

From January to May, a group of 84 Mexican students has been learning German at F+U Academy of Languages in Heidelberg and Berlin. Every year, numerous groups from diverse countries visit the schools belonging to F+U Academy of Languages in order to study German and learn more about German culture.

For further enquiry about the group programmes, contact languages@fuu.de



Japanese Toddler Group at F+U Academy of Languages

At F+U Academy of Languages Heidelberg, language programmes are on offer not only for children, teens, and adults, but also for infants and toddlers – for example, in the Japanese toddler group organized by Japanese mums in Heidelberg.

One of the group’s major purposes is to teach toddlers Japanese. Thus, during their weekly one-hour meetings, participants speak only Japanese.
Apart from learning Japanese, the group’s activities include singing, playing, and doing handicrafts, but there are also activities which aim at passing on Japanese traditions to the children, such as the Japanese art of paper folding, Origami. The group also celebrates Japanese holidays, such as the Girls Day, Boys Day, and New Year.

The toddler group is open to all parents who want their children to get in touch with Japanese language and culture. Among the group’s regular participants are children of Japanese parents living in Heidelberg, families from neighbouring towns as well as children from mixed German-Japanese families.

For Japanese mums, the toddler group meetings are an opportunity to meet and exchange with other Japanese women, which is especially important for women who have recently moved to Germany with their families. There are also some fathers who attend the meetings with their children.

The group has been running for about ten years now. Activities used to be held in other premises which, however, had to be given up. “We’re now very happy to be here”, says group member Ai. “Without the F+U Academy of Languages’ support, we would no longer be able to meet.”

Anyone interested in Japan, its language and culture, may benefit from F+U Academy of Languages’ diverse offers. Apart from Japanese language courses, F+U Academy of Languages offers vocational trainings specializing in Japanese. Once a month, the F+U’s Japan Centre holds a Japan Seminar and every two weeks, there is the opportunity to get to know the basics of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Last but not least, the annual Japan Week offers workshops on Japanese traditions and culinary specialties.

For further enquiries, contact languages@fuu.de



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