Subject-specific courses

The Language Centre offers English courses which focus on particular subjects. They are useful for students who are B2 level and above (according to the CEFR), especially if you plan to take advanced courses in your study programmes as these often require a wider range of reading skills and advanced vocabulary to facilitate engagement with international publications and issues.

If you feel that the courses below do not cover your requirements, or you would like to have a course offered in your subject area, please contact us so that we can consider adding new courses.


Some faculties require evidence of subject-specific English. Please check your faculty's study regulations to make sure you are choosing a course that will be recognised.

English courses offered by the Friedrich-Schiller-University

  • English for Law

    This is a one-semester course aimed at B1/B2 level according to the CEFR. On behalf of the Faculty of Law, we offer students a language course prior to the first state examination in order to meet the requirements of the Law Faculty.

    More details can be found on FriedolinExternal link and in the Law Faculty de course catalogue.

    Please register via the online course administration system FriedolinExternal link.

    There is no fee for this course.

  • Reading & vocabulary for Political Science

    This is a one-semester course at B2+ level according to the CEFR. It is available in winter semester only and is designed to support students who need to take the obligatory Reading for Political Science Test before registering for fifth semester courses. The course ends with a test that is recognised by the Institute of Political Science.

    For students who do not wish to take the course, the 'Reading for Political Science Test' takes place at the beginning of every semester.

    For more information on specific dates and times, check the homepage of the Institute of Political ScienceExternal link.

  • English for the Social Sciences

    The Language Center offers three courses over one semester each, as needed, focusing on different skills:

    • listening & speaking
    • grammar & vocabulary in English texts
    • writing

    These courses are suitable for students of Social Sciences and Humanities in any semester. There is no placement test, but participants must have a minimum level of B2 according to the CEFR (equivalent to a good grade in English at Abitur). You may take any or all courses.

  • English for the Natural Sciences

    The Language Center offers two courses as needed, each at the C1 level according to the CEFR, in which you can improve your English skills with reference to natural sciences:

    • All Skills for Natural Scientists
      • This course covers the main language skills reading, writing, speaking, and listening using science-based topics as the content.
    • Writing for Natural Sciences
      • This course practises writing skills that natural scientists will need in their academic and professional fields.
  • English for GeoScientists

    This course is offered by the Institute for Geological Sciences.

    For more information, check the website of the Jena Structural Geology – TectonicsExternal link or contact Herr Prof. Dr. Kamil Ustaszewski.

  • Cultural Studies (online course)

    This online course will be of interest to anyone who enjoys learning about culture as well as language. It offers flexibility coupled with fascinating insights into contemporary UK life.

    For more information, check Online & Blended Learning.


You can find all courses as well as all information to the courses in the online administration system FriedolinExternal link.