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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).

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Preparatory courses

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Participants

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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 test2 and an offline classroom-based placement test run at the start of every semester to determine the right course level for each student.

General Information

Course fee: € 1,480
Additional costs: € 312.91 (semester fee for summer semester 2021)

Please note:

  • The fee is non-refundable after the course has commenced.
  • Please inform us by April 10/ October 10 if you are unable to arrive by the specified date.
  • If you withdraw from the course: € 50 processing fee

The course culminates in the DSH. There is no fee for your first attempt at the DSH. Repetition after a failed attempt is subject to a fee of € 110. Students failing the examination may retake the German course once (subject to a fee).

  • Duration: max. 18 weeks
  • In the summer semester: April to August/ September
  • In the winter semester: October to February/ March
  • Teaching: Monday to Friday (20 weekly 45-minute units)

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 submit the online application form to the Student Registry5 to apply for admission to your chosen degree program. (Application question: “Do you wish to apply for a place in a preparatory German course during the next semester?” Answer: YES)

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.


Contact

Avatar Hammer

Sonja Hammer

German language courses and language examinations

2.005

Poppelsdorfer Allee 102

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-7708

Office hours

  • Monday to Thursday
    09:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Monday and Tuesday
    01:30 pm - 03:00 pm

  • Thursday
    01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
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