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German Preparatory Language and DSH Courses

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You want to study in Siegen, but you cannot yet prove the command of the German language required for the degree you desire? For this case, we have set up German language courses for you, to be guided, for a period of one to three semesters, in a nice atmosphere and with competent staff, until the passing of the DSH examination - the German Language Examination for University Entrance.

If you would like to take part in our German language courses, please indicate this on your application form for admission to study at the University of Siegen. From the winter semester 2019/20 we offer language courses at the following levels, according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR):

Your Language Level Our Offer Time Frame
Your Goal
Level A2.2 (to be proved by a confirmation of participation or a certificate) Language course B1.1-B1.2
Duration: about 5 months,
20 hours weekly

April to August
October to March

Degree: B1
Level B1 (classification by a placement test)

Language course B2-C1 / C2
Duration: about 5 months,
20 hours weekly

April to August
October to March
Degree: DSH
Level B2 (grading is done by a placement test)

Language course C1 / C2

Duration: about 3.5 months,
20 hours weekly

April to July
October to February

Degree: DSH

At the end of the language course B1.1 / B1.2, the language exam will be taken at level B1 and, after passing the exam, you will be able to attend the DSH preparatory course. This is completed with the DSH exam. In order to study at the University of Siegen, you need the final result DSH 2 (67% - 81%). If you do not pass one of the exams the first time, you will have the opportunity to repeat the 3-month course, or only do the exam over. In case of the 5-month courses, the language course must be repeated.

Who can register for the DSH exam?
1. a limited number of students from University of Siegen without attending the DSH preparatory course
2. a limited number of students from other universities

Requirements for the registration:
1. B2 certificate
2. Higher education entrance qualification (Certified copies of your university entrance qualification, university report cards and university entrance examination (if necessary in your home country), together with a German or English translation)
3. Examination costs: 200€


Deadlines: DSH-exam in August: the end of June, DSH-exam in March: end of January

Register per mail: cornelia.schrudde@zv.uni-siegen.de

While attending the German courses, you will be enrolled as a language student at the University of Siegen for a maximum of three semesters. In addition to the course fee of EUR 500.00 per Semester (as of SoSe 2020), a semester fee of about 280 Euro (status: 2021) is also charged.

Find DSH-examination regulations here. (Only in German)

Application Deadlines:

  • 15th November for the summer semester (1st April to 30th September) and
  • 15th May for the winter semester (1st October to 31st March)

Follow this link to the application

Graduates with a German High-School degree (Abitur) from a German school abroad, a mixed language International Baccalaureate (GIB) or an International Baccalaureate (IB, degree with German language) do not have to pass another German language exam to apply for a degree at the University of Siegen. If the IB has been completed in a foreign language, you have the opportunity to apply for our DSH preparatory language courses.

Another form of university entrance is the participation in the Studienbrücke in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. The Goethe-Institut is an institution of the Federal Republic of Germany for teaching German language and culture abroad. After successful completion of the exams TestDaF (4-4-4-4) and TestAS (at least a standard grade of 100 or better in both parts), participants of the Studienbrücke can begin their studies at the University of Siegen without further German examinations in Bachelor's programs (except the teaching programs).