Dahlem Research School does not offer German language classes but this website provides an overview of German language classes that might be interesting for doctoral candidates and postdocs. Although English is perceived as the language of science, naturally, German language skills will make your life in Germany much easier. You will find the following information on this webpage:
The International Office at Freie Universität provides German courses free of cost to doctoral candidates and researchers of Freie Universität: At the end of March, you will receive further information on these German courses during the summer term 2015 via e-mail. Should you not have received any information, please contact Ms. Regina Rahm exclusively on these courses at email@example.com.
OnDaF is the online placement test for German as a foreign language. You register online for the test, book a test date online, take the test at the Language Center at the Freie Universität Berlin under the supervision of the examination staff, and get the results directly after the test. The test takes about 60 minutes including registration and login. Detailed information at www.ondaf.de
Further Information on German Courses and the placement test
Contact: Mrs Gabriela Leder, Room KL 25305 in the Language Center (Sprachenzentrum) of the main university building (Silberlaube), Tuesdays 4-5pm.You can arrange an appointment by calling Tel. 838 55686 or by sending an E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of adult education institutions as well as private langauge schools in Berlin offer language courses as well as a wide range of other courses. The Community Education Centers ("Volkshochschule") provide courses for great value for money. There are branches in every district in Berlin. German for newcomers sponsored by the German government is provided through "Integration courses" available at all branches, so you may choose the closest one to your living quarters. Applicants take a short test to determine which course is right for you.