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Proofreading Service




   Carla Vlad, M.A.             

   Friedrichstraße 41-43

Target Group

All non-native German speaking doctoral candidates who are accepted at a faculty of the University of Freiburg and who write academic texts in German.


We want to help you improve your non-native writing skills in German. It is thus important to take advantage of our service early on and repeatedly in order to optimize your individual learning effect. Therefore we do not offer a final proofreading of your entire dissertation.

The proofreading service comprises three components: first, the actual proofreading of your text, second, an individual proofreading protocol and third, individual advising.


First, send us an email to along with the text you would like us to proofread. We will then contact you to clarify general questions. As a rule, you will receive the proofread text in circa 5 weeks. We will treat your text strictly confidential.

a) Grammatical and Stylistic Proofreading of Your Text

We proofread excerpts of academic texts written in German of up to 20 pages (1,5 line-spacing, MS Word format) in length at a time. The excerpts may be drafts or finished chapters from your dissertation, manuscripts of presentations, articles, etc.

We proofread for:

  • spelling
  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • consistency

What our proofreading does not include:

  • editing of content – our proofreading is limited to grammatical and stylistic aspects of your text
  • discipline-specific features
  • correction of source translations and quotes

b) Individual Proofreading Protocol

You thus receive an individual proofreading protocol from us containing the following information about your text:

  • a systematic list of the errors you make most frequently and comments on them
  • advice and remarks on your style
  • recommendations to help you edit subsequent academic texts on your own

c) Individual Writing Guidance: Advising Meeting

Once you have received the revised and commentated version of your text, we will arrange a meeting, during which we will discuss the suggested corrections as well as any other concerns and questions you may have with regard to your text or the above mentioned aspects of the German language in general.

The individual support will thus enable you to edit subsequent academic texts on your own, so that you can submit the next excerpt for revision.