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Foreign Language Proficiency

You will require foreign language skills for (almost) all stays abroad that you wish to organise with the help of the International Office. Without any knowledge of the teaching/working language, you will not be able to take examinations to have the modules you complete abroad recognised at FHWS or to communicate with your colleagues during your internship.

When approving studies or internships, the faculty liaison officers ensure that the students they send abroad are able to make themselves understood in their chosen destination country. It is therefore well worthwhile taking a language course early on (e.g. in the Campus for Language Proficiency at FHWS or in the language centre at JMU , at an adult education centre (Volkshochschule, VHS), or at a private language school.
(Please note that the home pages mentioned above are available in German only.)

A free language programme is available to students planning to study abroad within Europe as part of the Erasmus+ programme.

Online Linguistic Support (OLS)

Part of the Erasmus+ programme, the Online Linguistic Support (OLS) helps students and interns to learn foreign languages as well as to improve their existing language skills. It is comprises two components:

  • mandatory language assessments before and after the Erasmus+ mobility
  • an optional language course

OLS language assessments

With the exception of native speakers, all Erasmus+ students and interns must complete two OLS language assessments. The first language assessment is taken before the start of mobility, the second afterwards. The aim of these mandatory language assessments before and after mobility is to measure and monitor language development. Please note that language proficiency is not a requirement to receive Erasmus+ funding. There is also no need to worry if you do not have a high level of proficiency in a European language.

OLS language courses

The OLS language courses offer participants the opportunity to improve their language skills during their time abroad. After the first language assessment, participants who have achieved a level of proficiency between A1 and B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages will automatically be invited to a language course. Participants with a higher level of proficiency have the option of completing a language course in the national or main working language. 

The system is entirely electronic, which means that students and interns will be granted access to the language assessments and courses via email following selection by the sending institution.


Do you have questions? Please do not hesitate to contact 

Sibylle Lesch
Sibylle Lesch

Study abroad advisor (Würzburg)
Sibylle Lesch
Room T.0.05
Tiepolostraße 6
97070 Würzburg
Phone +49 931 3511-8195

Mon - Thu 9:00 - 12:00