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DSH Preparatory Courses

The University of Bonn provides language courses for university applicants who wish to prepare for the German Language Proficiency Test for Admission to Higher Education (DSH).


Preparatory courses




DSH examinations during the year

The DSH preparatory course

The DSH preparatory course is subdivided into a basic and advanced level.

Participants in the basic level course take the final examination after two semesters, participants in the advanced level after one semester; those on the advanced level after one semester – candidates can sit the DSH examination after both stages.

An online-placement test (onSET) run at the start of every semester to determine the right course level for each student.

General Information

Course fee: € 500
Additional costs: Semester fee

Please note:

  • The fee is non-refundable after the course has commenced.
  • If you withdraw from the course: € 50 processing fee

The course culminates in the DSH3.  The DSH exam is subject to a fee of € 140. Students failing the examination may retake the German course once (subject to a fee).

  • Duration: max. 15 weeks
  • In the summer semester: April to August/ September
  • In the winter semester: October to February/ March
  • Teaching: Monday to Thursday (20 weekly 45-minute units)

Next course: April 15, 2024 - September 04, 2024

Language Requirements and Registration

We accept the following certificates as proof of language proficiency:

  • Goethe-certificate B1 (min. 75% in the overall result) or a higher level certificate,
  • telc-certificate B1 (min. 75% in the overall result) or a higher level certificate,
  • A TestDaF certificate showing the minimum level of TDN 3 in at least one part of the examination.

The certificates submitted may not be older than two years.

Applications for a place on the course must have been received by the Student Registry at the University of Bonn by the application deadline.

Application and registration

You must register and apply on the following portal. Please select “German course” as subject.

Refugees interested in studying in Germany can obtain further information about applying for a place on a DSH preparatory course from the website Academic Integration for Refugees of the International Office.

EU/EEA citizens can apply for the DSH preparatory course by email (sonja.hammer@uni-bonn.de).

Application documents required:

  • German language certificate
  • Copy of ID or passport
  • University entrance qualification (HZB)
  • For the summer semester: by January 15 at the latest
  • For the winter semester: by July 15 at the latest

Further information about the application procedure is provided on the website of the responsible Student Registry at the University of Bonn.

The Central Study Advisory and Counseling Service (ZSB), the first point of contact for applicants, can also assist you.


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Sonja Hammer

German language courses and language examinations


Poppelsdorfer Allee 102

53115 Bonn (Germany)

Office hours

  • Tuesday and Thursday
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Thursday
    01:30 pm - 03:00 pm

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