Language and Intercultural Tandem

What is a Language Tandem?

A language tandem is one of the most enjoyable ways to improve your language competencies. Additionally you will gain and/or expand your knowledge about and experience with other cultures. We define ‘language tandem’ as a mutual exchange in language learning. Or simply said: "You help me to improve my language and I will help you improve yours. This will help us understand each other better.”  Tandem is language learning based on partnership and autonomy. 

You have several tandem models to choose from: With credit points as additional credit points.

  • Tandem Models
  • How it works!
  • With and Without Credit Points
  • Registration

Tandem Models

  • Learning German with Tandem
    International students will learn German together with native German speakers who are students. You will choose individual learning goals with your instructor. This class is listed in myStudy as: Learning German with Tandem A2-B1
  • Language Tandem
    Students support each other to practice and deepen their native languages. The main focus is on language. You will choose individual learning goals with your instructor. This class is listed in myStudy as: Tandem as a method of language and intercultural skills acquisition (Spanish, French, English)
  • Intercultural Tandem
    The main focus is cultural and societal exchange. The course is held in German and English. Partners choose their topics together. This class is listed in myStudy as: Intercultural communication. A practical project work in intercultural teams.

How it works!

Tandem is based on partnership and is autonomous because each partner chooses his or her own learning goals and is responsible for their own Tandem meeting preparations. Find out how it works below.

Download Language Tandem Light Booklet here.

Download Intercultural Tandem Light Booklet here.

Tandem is very successful when partners cooperate during the planning and make conscious decisions about the goals and ways of working.

With and Without Credit Points

Tandem with credit points

Students receive 5 CP additional credit points listed in their transcript of records for a successfully completed Tandem. All requirements including type of exam as well as time of group meetings can be found in myStudy.

Tandem without credit points

Students register for a Tandem course and then simply do not sign up for the exam.


For students whose native languages are not German and would like to have credit points, you need to register in myStudy (Deutsch Lernen im Tandem A2-B1). You must also send a short email with your name and native language to You will then receive information from the instructors.

Do you want to load external content supplied by Youtube?
With your consent, further personal data will be transmitted to, among others, Google in the USA in order to show you Youtube videos. However, the European Court of Justice has deemed the level of data protection in the USA, measured against EU standards, to be insufficient. There is also the possibility that your data may then be processed by US authorities. If you click on “Yes“, the data will only be passed on for the display of this video. If you click on “Always“, the data is generally passed on when Youtube videos are displayed on our site. For more information, please refer to our Privacy policy.