Information regarding the course

Where can I find more information on the courses?
For information on the contents of the courses, the application procedure, exams and framework conditions of this postgraduate study course please visit ABOUT THE STUDIES.

Is there always only one course offered in a certain language or do I have free choice of the course language?

The individual sports disciplines or specializations are offered in one language only. The upcoming courses and offered languages are published on our website.

What level of language proficiency is required to attend a course?
In order to take part in one of our courses, you must be fluent in the language offered for this sports discipline or specialization or in the German language (both in spoken and written language). Proof of your language proficiency must be included in the application dossier, unless the course language is an official language in your home country.

At what times do classes take place?
Classes are held

from Monday to Thursday: 7.15 a.m. – 4.45 p.m. and
on Friday: 7.15 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.

Lessons have a duration of 90 minutes. Normally, you will have three or four lessons per day with breaks of 30 minutes between the individual lessons.

Are the weekends free?
There are no classes on Saturday or Sunday; so the participants are normally free to decide about their activities. This does, however, not apply if there are any excursions or training visitations scheduled for the weekend. These events must be attended by all participants. 

What are the contents of the course?
For detailed information on the contents of the course please visit ABOUT THE STUDIES.

Can I bring my children?
Participants of our International Coaching Course cannot bring their children and members of their families.

Application procedure

What nationalities can apply for the course?
Coaches and physical education teachers with permanent residence in a developing country included in
 the DAC list of OECD can apply for the International Coaching Course.

What are the requirements that I have to meet in order to be accepted for a course?
The following admission requirements should be met:

  1. University degree in the field of physical education and sport
  2. Several years of experience as a physical education teacher, coach in the chosen sports discipline, sports advisor, sports coordinator (always with a relation to the chosen specialization)
  3. Experience as an active athlete in the sports discipline of the chosen course
  4. Perfect mastery of the course language (fluent in spoken and written language)
  5. Physical aptitude
  6. Maximum age: 40 years

For more detailed information on our admission requirements please visit ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS.

Can I apply while I am still a student?
As a student your chances will not be very good due to the fact that you do not have a university degree yet. For detailed information please visit ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS.

How do I apply?
The application form must be completed in the course language. Enclose the required documents and submit your application dossier to the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in your home country. Make sure that you submit your application early enough, because we can only consider applications that arrive in Leipzig until the application deadline. Please note: The embassies may define their own application deadline well before the official deadline published on our website to ensure timely arrival of all applications.

Where do I apply?
Applications for this postgraduate study course must be submitted to the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the applicant’s home country. Applications must be submitted early enough to ensure timely arrival of all documents in Leipzig. Please note: The embassies may define their own application deadline well before the official deadline published on our website.
Note: Applications sent by the applicant directly to the Sports Science Faculty cannot be considered!

What documents must be submitted?
All required documents are listed here: APPLICATION 

Is it necessary to submit authenticated copies of my documents?
Copies of your university degree and of documents proving your qualification as a physical education teacher/coach/instructor need to by authenticated.

Where do I get authenticated copies of my documents?
Copies of your documents can be authenticated at the German embassy or at any other official institution in your home country that offers authentication of documents.

Is it necessary to have all documents translated into German?
No, translation of the application dossier is not necessary. Please note: The application form must be completed in the course language.

Who has to sign the medical form? Does it have to be a doctor from the German embassy or can I also go to a general practitioner?
The medical form can be signed by a doctor from the German embassy or by a general practitioner.

Do I have to prove my language proficiency?
It is necessary to include proof of your language proficiency in the application dossier unless the course language is your mother tongue or an official language in your home county. If required, please provide us with proof of the highest proficiency level you obtained or with a written declaration attesting perfect
mastery of the course language or of the German language (spoken and written language). The Department of International Relations may test your language proficiency in an interview.

Will you send me an invitation to the International Coaching Course?
We do not send out any invitations to the International Coaching Course. The German embassy in the applicant’s home country will collect the applications and inform all applicants about their admission or rejection.

When will I be informed about my admission or rejection?
Approximately 2 months prior to the beginning of the course, the Department of International Relations sends a list of all accepted and all rejected applicants to the German embassies. The embassies will then inform all applicants if they have been accepted. The Department of International Relations cannot give any information on the status of your application.

How do I find out if I have been accepted or not?
The German embassies will inform all applicants if they have been accepted. The Department of International Relations cannot give any information on the status of your application.

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Arrival

How do I get to my accommodation?

Note: Do not take a taxi from Frankfurt or Berlin to Leipzig as this may cost up to 700 €!

From Leipzig main station to your hostel at Mainzer Straße 2:

- Take tram number 1 (final destination: “Lausen“)
- 4 stops until the tram stop “Marschnerstraße“

For more information please visit ARRIVAL.

How do I get from the airport to Leipzig?

  • Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) - Leipzig main station (Hauptbahnhof)

At Leipzig/Halle airport please take one of the shuttle trains (IC train or train S 5 / S 5X) to Leipzig main station (duration: about 15 minutes). The German railway company “Deutsche Bahn” offers travel information in different languages online. Normally, at least two trains should run every hour.

  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA) - Leipzig 

By train

There is a large railway station at Frankfurt Airport with direct trains to Leipzig main station (duration: about 4 hours). The German railway company “Deutsche Bahn” offers travel information in different languages online.

By plane

There are direct connections from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ). Duration: about 1 hour

  • Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) – Leipzig

By train

At Berlin Schönefeld Airport a direct walkway will lead you to Schönefeld train station (5 minutes walking distance). From there you can take train no. 45 to the train station “Fernbahnhof Südkreuz” (duration: about 30 min). There is a direct connection from this train station to Leipzig main station (duration: about 1 hour). The German railway company “Deutsche Bahn” offers travel information in different languages online

By plane to Leipzig/Halle Airport

There is no direct connection from Berlin Schönefeld Airport to Leipzig/Halle Airport. 

  • Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) – Leipzig 

By train

At the airport you can take the TXL JetExpressBus to Berlin Alexanderplatz, get off the bus at Berlin main station (duration: about 22 minutes). Travel information on direct connections from Berlin main station to Leipzig main station (duration: about 1 hour 15 minutes) is offered by the German railway company “Deutsche Bahn” in different languages online

By plane

There is no direct connection from Berlin Tegel Airport to Leipzig/Halle Airport.

How much does is cost to take a taxi from Frankfurt or Berlin to Leipzig?
Taking a taxi from Frankfurt Airport to Leipzig (duration: about 3 hours 30 minutes) costs 600-700 €. A taxi from Berlin to Leipzig costs 250-300 €.

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Accommodation

Where is the students’ hostel?
The hostel is situated next to the campus of the Sports Science Faculty. For detailed information on the directions please visit this link.

Address:Mainzer Straße 2, 04109 Leipzig

Will I have to share my room with anybody? 
All participants share a room with another participant of their course.

Every apartment at the students’ hostel has two double rooms, one bathroom and one kitchen.

Do I have to bring my own towels and bedclothes?
Bedclothes will be available at the students’ hostel, new sheets and linen will be provided every three weeks. Participants have to bring their own towels.

Is there any wireless internet at the hostel?
There is no wireless internet at the students’ hostel. Participants may connect to the internet using a LAN cable, the login data will be handed out at the Department of International Relations on the first day of the course. The required patch cable has to be brought or bought by the participants themselves.

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Scholarship

Which costs are covered by the scholarship?
B
ased on the subsistence minimum as defined in § 2 (3) of the German Residence Act, participants receive a monthly allowance to cover their daily expenses. A certain amount of the monthly costs for accommodation, health and accident insurance will be deducted before the money is paid to the participants.

Health insurance
All participants of the International Coaching Courses have insurance cover for the duration of the course. Health insurances taken out in the participant’s home country will not be acknowledged in Germany.

Participants are required to take out a health and accident insurance for the arrival and departure period (before and after the official duration of the course).

Do I have to pay for accommodation and insurances myself or is the monthly allowance to my free disposal?
Participants receive a monthly allowance to cover their daily expenses. The costs for accommodation, insurance, study fees and public transport ticket do not have to be covered with the money you receive every month. This money is at your free disposal.

Will the scholarship be sufficient to finance my stay?
The monthly allowance will be sufficient to cover your own subsistence costs and daily expenses.

What should I bring along when I come to Germany?
You should bring everything you need, including sports clothes and sports shoes. At the hostel you will only be provided with bedclothes. You will have to take care of everything else (also towels) yourself. 

Can I travel freely in Europe?
You have the right of free travel in Europe (or in the Schengen area) if your VISA (for multiple entry) permits it.

What about climate conditions?
When you prepare for your journey you should keep in mind that during winter months (November until February) temperatures in Central Europe may drop below freezing and that you should bring along appropriate clothes.

http://www.wetter.de/klima/europa/deutschland-c49.html
http://www.geo.de/reisen/community/reisen/deutschland/klima

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Leisure activities

Is it possible to take part in student activities in Leipzig?
Leipzig offers a huge variety of student activities. Participants of the International Coaching Course are enrolled at Leipzig University for the duration of the course. They are invited to get involved in various cultural or sporting activities and to enjoy student life in Leipzig. 

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