DUO provides more than just language instruction with its online courses, covering everything from an overview of the language to cultural anecdotes and subject-specific vocabulary for various sectors including medicine and law. The DUO also provides its students - those who either want to study, research or work in Germany - a chance to become part of a global German language-learning network.
For beginners there are platforms in English, French, Russian, Chinese and in the future, Arabic. The exercises are oriented to daily life and and current events, often making use of videos and animations to explain complex grammatical themes. Specially trained tutors are available to assist students by e-mail or chat, as well as by telephone. Students can interact with one another in forums and through cooperative exercises.
Among the DUO course offerings are: Basic Level (basis-deutsch)– for those needing a basic knowledge of the language, Intermediate Level (uni-deutsch) – preparing those who want to study in Germany, Advanced Level (fach-deutsch) – suject-specific language training, and Business (profi-deutsch) for young professionals looking to enter the German career market.
The DUO is supported by the Institute for German as a Foreign Language at the LMU Munich and GAST, the supporting organization of the Sprachtest TestDaF.
The DUO also works with partners worldwide to promote German Studies. Together with the TestDaF, it has assisted the Department of German Studies at the University of Baghdad, donating teaching materials to assist in the “academic reconstruction” of the nation. Iraqi students have been able to take part in DUO courses since February 2009, as interest in the German language has soared despite limited student access to German learning centers.
Presently around 3,500 students worldwide are learning German with DUO.