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Instructions regarding DSH

In order to be able to begin their studies, applicants who have not obtained their university entrance qualification at a German or German-speaking school, must prove their proficiency in the German language.

Applicants who have passed the DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang; German Language Test for University Admission) with a result of DSH2 are entitled to enroll in any course of studies (exception Master of Education, which requires DSH3). For most majors, prior admission must have been obtained.

Alternative Language Certificates
The following documents are equal to the DSH2:

  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Stufe II) by the Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II)
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C1 (or higher)
  • TelC Zertifikat C1 Hochschule (or higher)
  • TestDaF Stufe 4 in all 4 sub-areas:
  • Feststellungsprüfung from a German Studienkolleg (FSP).


Applicants who have got an admission (from the University of Bonn) have the possibility of taking the DSH-Test before the start of the studies. 
If you have not handed in one of the required certificates of the German language you will get an invitation letter for the DSH-Test. Please consider that an enrollment is only possible if you have passed the DSH-Test or you can provide and equivalent certificate.

More information about the German preparation course and the DSH-Test can be found on the website of our International Office.

DSH-Preparation Course

The University of Bonn offers a preparation course for the DSH-Test, which takes place during the term. Please note that you can apply either for the preparation course or the academic studies. As places are limited and in general more students apply than places available, we will not be able to offer a place to every applicant.

The preparation course will take place before the academic studies and last one or two terms. You will be enrolled as student of the University of Bonn for the duration of the course. Please consider that the admission to the preparation course is not linked to the admission for your academic studies after the course. 
For an application to the DSH preparation course you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • You must have an entrance qualification for universities in Germany
  • The academic course you want to apply after the preparation course must be taught in the German language at the University of Bonn.

You have to provide one of the following certificates of the German language:

  • Goethe-Zertifikat B1 (75% in total) or higher
  • TelC Zertifikat B1 (75% in total) or higher
  • TestDaF with TDN3 in at least one part of the examination

More detailed information about the DSH-Preparation-Course can also be found in the website of our International Office.

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