UNIcert®

Language certificates

 


Students at Munich University of Applied Sciences can study for UNIcert® language certificates in the Department of General and Interdisciplinary Studies.


 


What is UNIcert®?


  • The UNIcert® certificate is a not just a language programme. Students participating in the programme learn about the culture surrounding the target language, and thus acquire both language skills and intercultural competences that are beneficial to their studies, internships, and future career.
  • Students who have completed the programme are better prepared for a successful internship or study abroad.
  • The certificate enhances the mobility and competitiveness of candidates in today’s globalised jobs market.


The UNIcert® certificates are currently being offered at over 60 universities.



COURSES
The PROGRAMME IS OFFERED AT THE FOLLOWING LEVELS:



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UNIcert® Basic:

Languages: Chinese, Japanese, Russian

The objectives:


  • To acquire a basic foundation of general language skills and intercultural competence. Students should be able to handle basic situations in daily life or at work.
  • This level comprises three courses that build on each other.


Examinations and certificate:


  • There is a 60-minute written exam at the end of each course
  • An oral examination of 20 minutes takes place at the end of the last lesson (up to two candidates will be tested at the same time).
  • Students can register online for the examination in the same period as the optional general elective exam sign up.
  • Students who successfully complete all required courses and the oral examination will receive the UNIcert® basic certificate.
  • Students must maintain an attendance level of at least 80% in all UNIcert® classes to be eligible to take the exam.


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Common
European
Framework of
Reference for
Language
LanguageDescriptionprerequisitesSWS
A1Chinese
Japanese
Russian
Course IOnly for absolute beginners4
A1Chinese
Japanese
Russian
Course IICourse I or the equivalent of 1 year of study4
A2Chinese
Japanese
Course III
(Chinese and Japanese)
Course II or the equivalent of 2 years of study4
A2RussianCourse III
(Russian)
Course II or the equivalent of 2 years of study2
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UNIcert® Level I:

Languages: French, Italian, Spanish

The objectives:


  • To acquire a basic foundation of general language skills and intercultural competence. Students should be able to handle basic situations in daily life or at work
  • This level comprises three courses that build on each other
  • Students must maintain an attendance level of at least 80% in all UNIcert® classes to be eligible to take the exam.


Examinations and certificate:


  • There is a 60-minute written exam at the end of each course
  • An oral examination of 20 minutes takes place at the end of the last lesson (up to two candidates will be tested at the same time).
  • Students can register online for the examination in the same period as the optional general elective exam sign up.


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Common European Framework of Reference for LanguageLanguageDescriptionprerequisitesSWS
A1French
Italian
Spanish
Course IOnly for
absolute
beginners

4
A1French
Italian
Spanish
Course IICourse I or the equivalent of 1 year of study4
B1French
Italian
Spanish
Course IIICourse II or the equivalent of 2 years of study4
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UNIcert® Level II

Languages: French, Italian, Spanish

The objectives:


  • To improve general language skills and cultural competence.
  • To become familiar with current cultural and business issues.
  • To acquire language skills necessary to cope with work, cultural or specific situations.


Examinations and certificate:


  • There is a 60-minute written exam at the end of each course
  • An oral examination of 25 minutes takes place at the end of the last lesson (up to two candidates will be tested at the same time).
  • Students can register online for the examination in the same period as the optional general elective exam sign up.
  • Students who successfully complete all required courses and the oral examination will receive the UNIcert® Level II certificate.


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Common European Framework of Reference for LanguageLanguageDescription and prerequisites
B2French
Italian
Spanish
Level II comprises four two-hour courses that can be taken in any given order.

• More courses can be taken in the same semester.

• Prerequisites: students who have successfully completed Level I OR students who have successfully passed a placement test at the beginning of the semester.

• Students must maintain an attendance level of at least 80% in all UNIcert® classes to be eligible to take the exam.

UNIcert® Level III

Language: English

Courses are at the upper intermediate level. Students can choose between a business or a cultural track.


Examinations and certificate


  • There is a 60-minute written exam at the end of each course.
  • Upon completion of all three required courses students are eligible to take the UNIcert® III examination, which comprises a reading, writing and listening section of 160 minutes and an oral examination of 40 minutes.
  • Students can register for the examination online in the same period as the optional general elective exam sign up.
  • Students who successfully complete all required courses and the UNIcert® examinations will receive the UNIcert® Level III certificate.



The objectives:


Language skills and intercultural competence

Common European Framework of Reference for LanguageLanguageDescription and prerequisites
C1EnglishLevel III comprises four two-hour courses from the UNicert cultural track programme. They can be taken in any given order.

• More courses can be taken in the same semester.

• Prerequisites: students who have successfully completed another UNIcert® III cultural track course OR students who have successfully passed the placement test on the first day of class.

• Regular attendance of at least 80% in all UNIcert® classes is required to be eligible to take the exam.
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Language skills and business competence

Common European Framework of Reference for LanguageLanguageDescription and prerequisites
C1EnglishLevel III comprises three courses: Introduction to Business English is a four-hour course that must be taken first, followed by two two-hour courses from the business track programme.

• The prerequisite for Introduction to Business English is a placement test that must be filled out and taken to the first class (see homepage, link UNIcert® or download it here).

• You must attend at least 80% of all UNIcert® classes to be eligible to take the exam.
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Remarks:

  • Students can take UNIcert® courses as electives (see electives courses sign up) or audit them (optional general electives, in this case sign up directly with the teacher on the first day of class. Students can sign up online for examinations – please refer to "sign up period").
  • In order to maintain consistency and unity of UNIcert® classes, you can only add or drop these classes within the two weeks after classes have begun (an exception can be granted for the third week if a legitimate reason is given).
  • Students from certain departments are not allowed to take certain UNIcert® courses. For further information, please see this link. (Hyperlink)


Guidance and counselling


For guidance and counselling, please contact the following teachers during their office consultation hours, or send an e-mail:


Chinese: Mattedi (hyperlink)


English:Järvenpää / Sinn(hyperlink)


French: Wiecha(hyperlink)


Italian: Mattedi(hyperlink)


Japanese: Mattedi(hyperlink)


Russian: Mattedi(hyperlink)


Spanish: Prieto Peral(hyperlink)



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UNIcert® Officer

Prof. Dr. Cristina Mattedi-Puhr-Westerheide
Room: T 4.008

Tel.: 089 1265-4343
Fax: 089 1265-4302

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Guidance Chinese:

Prof. Dr. Cristina Mattedi-Puhr-Westerheide
Room: T 4.008

Tel.: 089 1265-4343
Fax: 089 1265-4302

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Guidance English

Prof. Dr. Silke Järvenpää
Room: T 4.009

Tel.: 089 1265-4344
Fax: 089 1265-4302

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Nicholas Sinn
Room: T 4.009

Tel.: 089 1265-4345
Fax: 089 1265-4302

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Guidance French

Prof. Dr. Cristina Mattedi-Puhr-Westerheide
Room: T 4.008

Tel.: 089 1265-4343
Fax: 089 1265-4302

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Prof. Eduard A. Wiecha
Room: T 3.010

Tel.: 089 1265-4301
Fax: 089 1265-4302

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Guidance Italian

Prof. Dr. Cristina Mattedi-Puhr-Westerheide
Room: T 4.008

Tel.: 089 1265-4343
Fax: 089 1265-4302

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Guidance Japanese

Prof. Dr. Cristina Mattedi-Puhr-Westerheide
Room: T 4.008

Tel.: 089 1265-4343
Fax: 089 1265-4302

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Guidance Russian

Prof. Dr. Cristina Mattedi-Puhr-Westerheide
Room: T 4.008

Tel.: 089 1265-4343
Fax: 089 1265-4302

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Guidance Spanish

Prof. Dr. Maria Begona Prieto Peral
Room: T 4.006

Tel.: 089 1265-4340
Fax: 089 1265-4302

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