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Tandem Learning

Registration for the Summer Term 2024

The registration for the summer term 2024 is open! Please use our online-form to register.

The first tandem pairings will be announced mid-February.

Tandem Learning

The Language Resource Center has been home to WU's Tandem Language Learning Program for more than 20 years. It enables students to teach and learn from one another. In a 'tandem' two students with different native languages and countries are matched together in order to teach and learn from one another. his active cultural and linguistic exchange program  is free of charge and students can register before each term. The program is currently open to WU students and incoming exchange students only.

The program was held for the first time in 2002, and so far, over 11000 students have participated in over 70 different language pairings.

“It was a unique experience that we both profited from equally. All it cost was time, but this was time that was well spent as an investment in my future. It was a welcome change to going to classes, it widened my horizon, and I made a new friend,” reports Carla, who was able to improve her own Italian language skills and help her tandem partner learn German through the program.

For many participants, the cultural exchange aspect and the idea of learning outside the classroom are the most important features of the program, while others appreciate the opportunity to use it to prepare for their foreign language courses at WU: “I was able to practice my Russian presentation with my tandem partner, who gave me very helpful tips on pronunciation. Sometimes I brought essays I had prepared ahead of time, and my tandem partner corrected my mistakes and discussed them with me,” said Simone about her tandem experience.

Who can benefit from tandem language learning?

Tandem as a free elective

What criteria do we use to process applications?

Why is the application no guarantee that you will be assigned a tandem partner?