German Language Requirements

  • In order to submit an application for studies at Goethe University you have to present language certificates proving at least basic knowledge of German at the completed level B1.
    These minimum language skills are sufficient for:
  • Application for Studienkolleg (preparatory courses for higher education)
  • Study preparing language courses (DSH-Vorbereitungskurs)


If you wish to submit your

  • Application for direct studies (degree courses which ar held in German)


you have to present language certificates at the completed level C1.

The European Reference Scale may help you to identify language certificates from different language schools:

  • Language certificates B1 equal Goethe-Zertifikat B1
  • Language certificates C1 equal Goethe-Zertifikat C1


Prior to commencing your studies you have to successfully pass the DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang), a language proficiency test for admission to higher education.

You have to pass the DSH with a DSH-2 result to matriculate at Goethe-University.

Excemption from the DSH

You will be exempt from DSH if you present one of the following language certificates upon application/matriculation:

  • TestDaF with 4 TDN in all test components
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2
  • KMK-Prüfung: Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe II (DSD II), Level C1 in all test components
  • DSH of other universities with a DSH-2 result (Please notice: DSH-certificates that are issued after 1 January 2013 will only be accepted if they are registered by the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) according to the new Rahmenordnung Deutsch)
  • ZOP (Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung)
  • KDS und GDS (Kleines/Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom)
  • a german school leaving certificate (e.g. Realschulabschluss)
  • Owners of a University entry qualification (Hochschulreife) from a German speaking country like Austria.
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule with following results: „satisfactory“, “good” or “very good”