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Language Tandem

Do you want to improve your German language skills, or learn an exotic language,
or maybe just practice for a presentation in a foreign language with a native speaker?

The IGA offers a new service for doctoral candidates in Freiburg: a language tandem search service.

What is a language tandem? – a “self-help group” of sorts. Two doctoral candidates share their native language with each other and help each other improve their foreign language skills.

It is immediately apparent what advantages a language tandem between doctoral candidates can have:

  • You can practice your oral skills as well as your written skills;
  • you are in a similar (life) situation as your tandem partner;
  • it is also possible to engage in academic discussions related to your dissertation;
  • the tandem could lead to joint projects;
  • tandems promote interpersonal communication (you are not alone in the lab, in front of your computer, with books, etc.).

How does it work?

  • If you are interested in a language tandem, just fill out the registration form (scroll down for the English version) and send it back to us at
  • We’ll let you know by e-mail as soon as we’ve found a tandem partner for you so you can contact him or her directly.
  • Now you can plan your tandem together: discuss goals, working styles, and areas you need practice in and arrange a place and time that works for both of you. In some cases, you might be able to reserve a room at the IGA for your first meeting.

We wish you fun and success with your language tandem!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us (