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German Language Skills and Courses

German language profiency

In the following table you can see which level is required to apply for your field of study.

Course

German proficiency 

Bachelor, Teaching Degree, Law/ state examination B2 (least good)

Master's degrees in German (except Biomedicine, Chemistry, Management and International Economic Policy)

DSH2 / DSH3 or equivalent*

Master Biomedicine C1
Master Chemistry and Master Management B2
Master International Economic Policy A2
Master's degrees in English see list

Law Postgraduate Studies LL.M. (European Law/ Economic Law; German Law for Postgraduate Jurists)

DSH2 / DSH3 or equivalent*

Studienkolleg

C1

Subjects with admission restrictions:
Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedicine, Germanistik als Fremdsprachenphilologie (German as foreign language), Pharmacy (state examination)/ Psychology (Bachelor)

DSH2 / DSH3 or equivalent*

Doctorate/ PhD

Depending on Doctoral Rules

Application for a higher semester

DSH2 / DSH3 or equivalent*

 

Please note:

  • Please enclose a certificate of your German language skills with your application (the certificate should not be older than one year);
  • Participation certificates will not be accepted as confirmation of language proficiency

To enrol in study programmes taught in German, you are required to prove the DSH examination (see below).
Exception: To enrol in a Master’s programme in Chemistry a B2-level is required.

The German requirements for our study programmes in English (application and enrolment) can be found on the list of our English degree programmes.

If you wish to obtain a degree in a German taught subject at the University of Würzburg, it is necessary to pass the DSH examination (German language examination for university entrance DSH2 or DSH3). This examination is offered at the Language Center of the University of Würzburg:

  • Test Dates: Beginning of October for the Winter Semester and the beginning of April for the Summer Semester. The exact date will be listed on your letter of acceptance.
  • The DSH examination consists of a written and an oral component. Testing examples can be found here.

If you want to take part in the DSH exam, you have to  apply for a degree course at the University of Würzburg. Only after your application has been examined and you have been admitted, you are able to register for the language test (see also "Admission procedure").

Your admission to University studies depends on the level of German you hold when applying:

  • In case you fulfill all the requirements for university entrance in Germany and you can proof level A2 - B1 you will receive a confirmation that you are entitled to study in Germany.  This means that you will have to attend further language classes (see also “Preparatory language classes for the DSH exam”), until we can issue an admission letter for studies.
  • When applying with German level B2 - C1, you will receive an admission letter for studies, including an invitation to the DSH exam - provided we have a university place for you. You can attend the DSH exam at the University’s Language Centre (see also “DSH exam”).

Please note: You can only enrol for your studies after having passed DSH 2 or DSH 3.

  • The Language Center of the University of Würzburg does not provide preparation courses for the DSH.
  • To prepare yourself for the DSH examination you may attend chargeable language courses at private language schools. Language schools in Würzburg can be found on the website of the City of Würzburg.
  • As soon as you have reached the C1 level in German please apply once more for a degree programme with the application form in the International Students Office. Afterwards you will get an admission letter with invitation to the DSH - provided that we have a university place for you (see also "Admission procedure").

Confirmation of the following documents are considered equivalent to a successfully-completed DSH and are sufficient for the enrollment in university courses:

  • The Deutsche Sprachdiplom (Level II) from the Minister of Cultural Affairs (DSD II)
  • The Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) of the Goethe Institute
  • The Kleine deutsche Sprachdiplom of the Goethe Institute
  • The Große deutsche Sprachdiplom of the Goethe Institute
  • The Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) of the Goethe Institute
  • TestDaF with level 4 x 4 TDN (=DSH2)
  • The assessment test of a German preparatory college (Studienkolleg)
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

The DSH-1 test is NOT equivalent to a DSH 2 or 3 and will NOT be accepted for enrolment to the university.