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FAQs for the courses German as a foreign language

Before registering for a course

  • Full-time and exchange students enrolled at the University of Würzburg
  • Students of the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg Schweinfurt
  • Students of the University of Music Würzburg
  • PhD students
  • PostDocs
  • Visiting scientists
  • Employees of the university and their relatives

Our intensive courses are exclusively for exchange students.

No, students from other universities (except the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg Schweinfurt as well as the University of Music Würzburg) cannot attend German courses at the ZFS.

No, only relatives of employees can attend courses. Students, including student assistants, are not considered employees.

No. Currently, there are no German courses offered at the ZFS to prepare for university studies.


No. You can only take the DSH exam if you have been admitted to a program of study at the University of Würzburg.

  • For enrolled students or enrolled doctoral students of the University of Würzburg the courses are free of charge.
  • For students of the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg Schweinfurt and the University of Music Würzburg as well as for non-enrolled doctoral students, Postdocs, visiting scientists, employees and their relatives, our German courses are subject to a fee.

The course fees depend on the number of course hours per week (SWS). One SWS costs 30€ for the entire semester. So a course with 2 SWS costs 2x30=60€, a course with 4 SWS 120€, a course with 8 SWS 240€.


If you are enrolled, the course is free of charge for you. If you are not enrolled, you are considered an employee and have to pay the course fee.

Once the courses have started, we will contact you with a request to transfer the course fee.

Registering for a course

The registration for the German language courses is administered exclusively through the ZFS system, not through WueStudy. All relevant information about the registration process can be found on our homepage:

After registering you will receive an email with information on the next steps (placement test, course registration).

If you have already attended and successfully completed a German course at the ZFS, you do not need a placement test and can attend courses at the next higher level. If you have not successfully completed the course, you can repeat the course

No. If you have no prior knowledge of the language, you do not need to take a placement test. If you do have some rudimentary knowledge or if your studies took place a long time ago, you will have to take a placement test.

Please indicate in your pre-registration that you have prior knowledge of the language and at approximately what level. If you have a language certificate from another institution, please upload it when pre-registering. If necessary, you will receive the link to the placement test. Or we will place you directly into a language level based on your language certificate.

The placement test is not a language level test, it is used to assign you to our course system. The result therefore does not indicate your language level, but which of our courses or which level you can register for. The result does not have to match your subjective assessment (your wishes, expectations or past experiences).

You can only take courses at the ZFS at the level that was determined by your placement test. Please contact the International Office to change your Learning Agreement accordingly.

Yes, you can register for different courses at the same level. It is not possible to register for courses at different levels or for multiple parallel groups of the same course.

Please contact us via email at

. A late registration may still be possible.

During the course (participation and examination)

No. Guest students cannot participate in our German language courses.

Regular attendance and active participation in the course are absolutely necessary. When learning a language, interaction among participants and with the teacher is essential to develop language skills.

Please inform us via email at

No, exchange students do not need to register for the exam.

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a digital certificate with a grade and ECTS points for the course you passed. This will be sent to you by email.

If you attended the course regularly but did not take or pass the exam, you will receive a certificate of attendance without ECTS points.

The certificates of the ZFS are not officially recognized language certificates.

4 weeks after the end of the semester (in the case of face-to-face exams) corrected exams can be viewed in the Mediothek at the ZFS. Examination papers will not be handed out and no copies may be made. Please note the opening hours of the Mediothek:

To view DSH exams, please contact us at


Individual German courses may be credited, but only for students of the degree program "German Studies for Foreign Language Philology".

Please send a request to: