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OLS-Linguistic Support

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The Erasmus + program enables you to improve your language skills through online language support (Online Linguisitc Support -OLS). OLS is divided into two parts:

1. Language assessment obligatory for all Erasmus + students before and after their stay abroad.

2. Language courses in which you can participate before and during your stay abroad voluntary.

You will receive the link to the language tests and courses from your outgoing co-ordinator. The following languages are currently available: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak , Slovenian, Swedish.

More information about the language offer can be found in the following overview.

Further information can be found on the OLS website and summarized in the following FAQ:

Do I have to take part in the language test or language course?
Participating in the language test is obligatory before and after the mobility. You do not need to take the test after the mobility, if you achieved C2 level in the first assessment before your mobility. The participation in the language course is voluntary. You will be assigned a course automatically if your level is B1 or below. It is your decision to take part in a course using your license but we highly recommend it to you.

Which languages are offered?
Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish.

More information regarding the language can be found in this overview.

Where do I get the Login information?
It will be sent to you by E-Mail, probably to your Viadrina Account (check your spam folder!).

What does „working language“ mean?
„Working language“ refers to the mostly used language in your course abroad, not the language of your surroundings.

You have been assigned the wrong (working) language?
Please let your Erasmus coordinator of your home university know immediately! Do not finish entering your data, otherwise we cannot change your language.

I have two working languages, do I have to take two language tests?
No, you can only take a language test in the language you are planning to take the majority of your courses in. 

I am a native speaker in my working language, do I have to take the test?
No. If you want to take the test in the locallanguage (if it is a different than your working language) then please let your Erasmus coordinator know.

When do I have to take the test?
Before and after the mobility. Both tests are similar making it easy to see your progress. After your mobility (the period of time is entered by you) you have one month to complete the second test. You will be asked to do so automatically by E-Mail. The entered period of time can be changed by you anytime in the OLS system. You do not need to take the test after the mobility, if you achieved C2 level in the first assessment before your mobility.

How long does the test take?
The higher your level is the more time the test will take. To reach level C2 it normally takes 40-50 minutes. You can also save your progress in the test and continue later. Please be aware that only finished sections can be saved.  

Can I participate take two langauge courses online?
Yes, you can take one course in the working language and one in the national language. However, this is only possible under the condition that you pass the language test in the working language with at least B2 level. You can select both learning languages when you first log in to the OLS system. If you miss this, you can also change it after taking the OLS test: Go to the OLS system under "Profile", then to "Edit mobilities" and select both languages under "Learning languages" then press save. Your mobility dashboard should now display several language courses. You can only add further course languages, if you have not started the language course offered to you directly after taking the language test.

How much time do I have for the online language course?
You can participate in the language course before and during your mobility. The approximate duration can be entered by you when you log in the first time for your language test. This time starts when you first log in to the language course. So if your mobility takes about 4 months and you log yourself in before, your license may expire before your return. To avoid that you can enter a longer duration of your mobility which you can do anytime in the system. You have access to the system 24/7, allowing you to use the platform whenever you want. It is advised to study at least 2 hours per week with the learning module.

How does the language course look like?
You will get a personalized training program but you are also free to choose which modules you find useful.

Do I have to take a minimum number of exercises?
No, you do not have to. You can decide for yourself how intense you want to use the course modules.

Do I receive a certificate?
There won’t be any certificates, since the OLS language tests and courses are not designed to do so. But they enable for you to work for yourself on your language skills.