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IDSK – The Institute for German Language and Culture e.V.

The Institute for German Language and Culture e.V. (IDSK), an affiliated institute of Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, was founded in 1996. Ever since then, we have been striving to offer German language instruction at the highest academic standard at two locations: Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Halle (Saale).

For 27 years, the IDSK has been committed to teaching German as a foreign language in an intercultural setting. Our institute is distinguished for partnerships with universities and colleges in the U.S., Japan, and China that have lasted for many years. As we are constantly seeking to further develop our concepts and programs, these institutes of higher education continue to be highly satisfied customers and partners. All of this is made possible by an experienced and competent team of staff and teachers who, always growing in intercultural competence, prepare participants in our courses for their start at university or a new job with much enthusiasm and expertise.
As appealing and hospitable course locations, both Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Halle (Saale) have a big part in the success of our work.

Course locations in Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Halle (Saale)

At our headquarters in Wittenberg, a UNESCO World Heritage site, we organize tailor-made study abroad programs for partner universities in the U.S., Japan, and China. These programs typically last anywhere from three to fifteen weeks. Here, we also host international summer courses (for which DAAD scholarships can be obtained), have courses for teachers’ continued education, and offer German courses for local companies.

At our branch in Halle (Saale), international university students and other students of German prepare for their entrance at university or to a new job in intensive courses. Those who are MLU students already, whether full-time or exchange students, benefit from our evening courses taking place during the semester.

The IDSK is a licenced test center for TestDaF and telc. These official language tests regularly take place at both locations.

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Halle (Saale)

Our Team

is made up of experienced staff who love planning and carrying out great experiences in Germany for international participants. A committed, competent, and motivated team of teachers helps you efficiently reach your German language learning goals.

Every year, two volunteers from the German FSJ-Kultur program and the European Solidarity Corps support our team.

Stefanie Rieger

Managing director

Claudia Wittig

Accounting/ secretary’s office

Samantha Martens

Course Organization

Karl Behrendt

Course organization

Tabea Römer

FSJ Kultur (Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr Kultur)

Jutta Schubert

Assistance course organization

Chrisa Korossoglu

studentische Mitarbeiterin


China contact

Host family stay

Staying with host families in Halle and Wittenberg is an important part of our language courses.


The IDSK is a registered not-for-profit association headed up by a committed board of directors:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Joachim Solms (German studies MLU)
Prof. Dr. Ines Bose (Speech science MLU)
Prof. Dr. Michael Germann (Faculty of Law MLU, Chairman of the Leucorea foundation)
Prof. Dr. Anita von Poser (Anthropology MLU/ Commissioner for aliens MLU)
Mrs. Marianne Busch (Treasurer)

Read the Articles of Incorporation (PDF)

Articles of Incorporation

of the Institute for German Language and Culture e. V.

Become a Member

Would you like to get active in an intercultural setting and support our association with new ideas? Send us an e-mail: