I need your experience about German, please :)
I am a student of Language & Mind in Italy. I am planning to continue the next academic year at one of the German universities. The B1 German level is needed and I've got time until this September. I just study by Duolingo + a listening method of everyday conversations. I also have some brief grammatical studies. Do you think this method is enough to be able to get to A2 level until September? Then I can attend some German classes there. Thank you indeed _/_
Maybe this website is useful for you to test your level.
The A1 to C2 levels are mentioned a lot in Duolingo's discussion forums.
Mostly people say: Duolingo gives you A2 as the maximum level for reading and writing. But lower in listening and talking.
B1 is not enough to study texts and listen and be able to understand spoken German at university-level. Not sure where you got that info, but the lowest level required is B2/C1, whenever I looked up uni language requirements. Talking from experience, since I have enrolled into an Austrian university.
I applied for the Erasmus program at the Heidelberg University and the required language is B1 because my course is being taught in English. This required B1 might not be needed for academic studies I guess. Anyway, it is required and I will do my best. Thanks for your information.