ITK Leipzig - Who are we?

The International Coaching Courses (ITK) are 5-month further qualification courses for male and femals coaches and physical education teachers at the Faculty of Sports Science of Leipzig University.

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

12 disciplines:

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

3 specializations: 

Handicap sports - 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 ODA Recipients.

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 courses

  • Classes in the respective discipline or specialization (theory and practice)
  • General Science of Training and Movement
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Didactics
  • Sports Psychology
  • Strength Training
  • Sports Management
  • German language


What do the 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 and written translations of the teaching material.

Special excursions to national and international competitions of the discipline 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 Leipzig University. 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. 


Outside classes

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

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

For further information please visit About the studies.



The International Coaching Course in four languages