Undergraduate course

German Language 1

ECTS Credits


Level of Study



Not relevant

Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

Bergen and Kiel. The stay in Kiel is voluntary, lasts for three weeks and covered by the individual student. There will be teaching in Bergen for the students who elect not go.

Objectives and Content

The course consists of an entry-level course in German grammar. The course provides an introduction into German morphology (nouns, adjectives, pronouns, verbs) and basic characteristics of German syntax (grammatical analysis, independent and subordinate clauses, cases, tenses).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student is expected to:


  • Possess satisfactory knowledge about German grammar
  • have a basic knowledge of German grammatical terms


  • be able to apply basic German academic terms
  • be able to use simple tools for syntactical analysis

General competence

  • have laid a good foundation for expanding one¿s own practical and theoretical competence in the German language
  • be well equipped to continue one¿s studies in German on the 100 level

Required Previous Knowledge

No official requirements, yet all teaching is conducted in German and presupposes a good knowledge of German.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Students are advised to ensure they have the knowledge and skills in German equivalent to level II from high school.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to academic overlaps, the credits awarded in TYS105 are reduced by 10 ECTS if combined with TYS111, TYS111H, TYS111-F or TYS621.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is conducted in the form of lectures in which the students are required to actively partake, and an exercise group. The teaching in parts of TYS105 may be taken at the University in Kiel. Students who elect to stay on in Bergen are offered the same amount of teaching.

2 two-hour lectures and 1 two-hour exercise group weekly for 12 weeks.

3 weeks may be taken in the study center in Kiel.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must attend at least 75 % of the lectures in Bergen. In the course of the semester, two short writing exercise are to be written. All assignments must be approved by the instructor in one and the same semester before admission to the course exam is granted.

Mandatory assignments are valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

The exam consists of a four-hour written school exam. The exam may be digital.

Examination Support Material

German-only dictionary.

Grading Scale

The exam is marked on a scale from A to F, where F means that the candidate fails.

Assessment Semester

Spring. Students with valid approvals on their mandatory assignments may also be assessed early in the fall semester.

Reading List

The reading list comprises central features of German grammar and language exercises.

The reading list will be ready by 1 Jun for the fall semester, and 1 Dec for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation of the course is carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen quality assurance system.

Programme Committee

The program committee is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study program.


Contact Information

Student councilor: studierettleiar@if.uib.no

Exam administration: eksamen@if.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    10.06.2020, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam