Language skills

You can only apply to enroll if you can proof  sufficient knowledge of the German language with a certificate.

The enrollment can only take place if you have a German proficiency test (DSH-2) or an equivalent certificate (see below).  If you do not possess either, you can apply by January 15, or July 15, with a C1-Certificate or equivalent (see below) for a degree course and we will invite you to the German proficiency examination (DSH examination).

German citizenship is not considered proof of you language skills.

Language certificate for the application

German language certificate for the access to an institution of higher education

Study applicants, who have not attained their access to an institution of higher education at a German or German-speaking school, must already present knowledge of Level C1 upon application, in order to be invited to the German proficiency examination (DSH examination).

The following proof entitle you to take part in the DSH examination:

  • DSH 1
  • TestDaF as of 14 points (the grade 'below 3' may not exist)
  • Goethe Certificate C-1, Central Mid-Level Examination (Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung - ZMP)

German applicants without language certificates require a placement test (Level C1) at the Goethe Institute or at the TestDaF Institute. They can take the examination in order to confirm the equivalence with the language skills required at the institution of higher education.

Study applicants, who have completed German studies or who had German as a foreign language in school or during their studies must also take part in the placement test.

Please note! You must apply at an early point in time in order to be able to take part in the DSH examination (at the latest by July 15, or January 15).

Language certificate for professional studies

Study applicants with a 'direct access to institutions of higher education' must proof upon enrollment the 'German language certificate for the access to institutions of higher education' with the result DSH 2 or DSH 3.

The following alternatives to the DSH-2 or DSH-3 certificates are possible:

  • Goethe Certificate C2, (formerly called Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) Goethe-Institut)
  • DSD II - German language diploma of the Kultusministerkonferenz (2nd level)
    (in all parts of C1)
  • TestDaF 4-4-4-4 (in all parts at least a 4)
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule (NOT telc C1)
  • In the passed assessment test in German with at least grade 4
  • Completed vocational training in Germany

The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences offers German courses for the preparation for the institution of higher education language entrance examination. Extent, structure, cost can be read up on the pages of the German proficiency test and preparatory courses.

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last updated on: 05.20.2020