ITK Leipzig - What is that?

The International Coaching Course (ITK) is a further qualification course for coaches (male and female) as well as physical education teachers with a duration of one semester at the Sports Science Faculty of the University of Leipzig.

To date, our courses are offered in 15 different disciplines:

12 Sport Disciplines:

Football - Basketball - Volleyball - Handball - Track & Field - Weightlifting - 
Artistic Gymnastics - Swimming - Boxing - Judo - Wrestling - Table Tennis

As well as 
3 Specializations: 

Sports for the Disabled - Sports Management - Conditioning Coach

The courses are financed by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.
 Every participant receives a monthly grant. Applying for this grant is open to coaches and physical education teachers from African, Asian, European and Latin American countries included in the DAC list of OECD.

Further conditions for participating in our courses:

  • Maximum age of 40 years
  • Completed higher education (university degree) in the field of sports
  • Experience as active athlete and coach or physical education teacher
  • Good physical and psychological aptitude

Every course has a duration of 5 months (from March until July and from September until January). Applications must be submitted to the German embassy of the applicant’s home country.

All classes of one course are translated into the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Contents of the course

  • Specialization (theory and practise)
  • General Science of Training  
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Pedagogy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Strength Training
  • Sports Management
  • German Language


What does ITK offer?

Classes and overall support in the participants' mother tongue is proven to be the most effective form of communication for studying sports science and also for interpersonal relationships.

Studying without any financial concerns thanks to the generous grant offered by the German Foreign Office.

Within a relatively short time of 5 months, participants receive profound education and training and can thus promote sports in their home countries very soon.

Graduates from Leipzig are highly flexible: They are capable of training athletes from beginner's to high-performance level and can work in various fields of sport.

Courses in Leipzig have the objective of capacity building and enable graduates to act as multipliers of professional knowledge for other coaches and instructors in their home countries.


What are our classes like?

Basically, there are always "two teachers": our German-speaking lecturer and a competent and experienced interpreter for the language of the course. The interpreter will provide oral translation of all lectures, also of methodical explanations during practice classes as well as written translations of the teaching material.

Special excursions to national and international competitions of the specific sport are also part of our courses and will be evaluated afterwards in classes.

At the end of every course participants, who have successfully passed all exams, will receive a certificate of the University of Leipzig. Particularly good performances will be rewarded with a recommendation letter for a coaching license, issued by the German Sports Federation for the Sports Federation in the participant's home country. 


Apart from classes

For the duration of the course various sporting and cultural activities will be offered to all ITK participants, e.g. an excursion to the German capital Berlin, an international sports festival and in winter a Christmas party together with all current ITK participants. 

Of course our students may also join activities offered by the University of Leipzig and by the city of Leipzig and make the most out of their free time in Germany.

For further information please visit About the studies.



The International Coaching Course in four languages