Applicants who do not have a high school diploma from a German speaking country are required to prove sufficient language proficiency before the start of their studies at Universität Regensburg. Taking the DSH test is one way to do so. The DSH test serves as proof of sufficient language proficiency for international students wishing to study at a university in Germany.
The test at Universität Regensburg takes place in accordance with the Framework for German Language Exams for Study at German Universities (RO-DT) and is registered with the German Rectors’ Conference under No. 225-12/13. This registration checks and establishes the compliance of local DSH test regulations with RO-DT standards.
|DSH||Exam Date Written||Exam Date Oral|
|WS-2020/21-3||15.02.2021||still to be published|
|SS-2021-1||17.03.2021||still to be published|
|SS-2021-2||19.07.2021||still to be published|
|WS-2021/22-1||22.09.2021||still to be published|
Please read Information about registering
|Universität Regensburg applicants||€ 80,-|
|OTH Regensburg applicants||€ 80,-|
|Universität Regensburg students||€ 80,-|
|OTH Regensburg students||€ 80,-|
|Participants in the preparatory German courses||€ 50,- *|
|External candidates||€ 150,-|
*) Reduced exam fee of €50 only applies for the exam date that immediately follows the Intensive German course of the current semester
Universität Regensburg and OTH Regensburg applicants and students as well as participants in the Preparatory German courses pay the exam fee when they get to the exam room.
Outside candidates will receive information about how to make the payment along with their official admission to the test.
Since the DSH test is available for candidates from all disciplines who might not necessarily have much prior knowledge about certain subjects, the tasks and topics are fairly general and accessible.
The oral exam consists of a short presentation of a maximum of 5 minutes that should be as descriptive as possible, and a 15-minute conversation on general academic problems or questions about the candidate’s field of study based on a short text or a diagram (Time: 15 minutes preparation, 20 minutes for the exam).
To pass the entire exam, participants need to pass both the written as well as the oral part of the exam.
For the written exam, the four test components; listening comprehension, reading comprehension, academic language skills, and writing are weighted by a 2:2:1:2 ratio.
Test scores are divided into one of three levels:
Passing the DSH test at level DSH-2 or higher serves as proof that you have the necessary language skills to study and enroll in any course or program at any university in Germany. Passing at level DSH-3 demonstrates a particularly high level of German proficiency. Level DSH-3 falls above the required level of proficiency for admission to a German university.
In general, level DSH-2 is the minimum language level to get into a degree program at Universität Regensburg. Level DSH-1 is sufficient for the following programs:
Master’s programs at Universität Regensburg taught in English do not require proof of German proficiency.
You can also find out about exams and certificates that are accepted at the university instead of the DSH test here: Ordnung für die Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang an der Universität Regensburg
*Does not apply to external candidates
Underlining, highlighting, referencing (in numbers, e.g. page), and creating an alphabetical register in the approved dictionaries is permitted. Any additional handwritten or typewritten entries are not allowed.
The DSH test can be repeated as often as needed. Please note that if you repeat the test, you have to take the entire test again. It is not possible to repeat just one part of the test.
The following certificates are accepted as alternatives to the DSH test at Universität Regensburg:
|TestDaF with TDN 3 in all parts of the exam||TestDaF with TDN 4 in all parts of the exam||TestDaF with TDN 5 in all parts of the exam|
|DSD II with B2 in all parts of the exam)||DSD II with C1 in all parts of the exam)||-|
|UNIcert®||-||UNIcert® Deutsch III||UNIcert® Deutsch IV|
|Goethe||Goethe-Zertifikat Deutsch C1|| |
Goethe-Zertifikat Deutsch C2
(GDS, ZOP, KDS)
Goethe-Zertifikat Deutsch C2
(GDS, ZOP, KDS)*
telc Deutsch C1
telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
telc Deutsch C2
telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule*
telc Deutsch C2*
|ÖSD||ÖSD C1||ÖSD C2||ÖSD C2*|
|Studienkolleg||Feststellungsprüfung Deutsch||Feststellungsprüfung Deutsch||Feststellungsprüfung Deutsch*|
* DSH-3 equivalence only with "very good" and "good" results
The Department of German as a Foreign Language offers a wide array of different test preparation courses. These courses are subject to a fee.
Passing the DSH test successfully requires a very good command of the German language. DSH-2 is equivalent to language level C1 according to the CEFR. Applicants who do not have sufficient German proficiency have the opportunity to take Preparatory German courses at the Department of German as a Foreign Language.
Universität Regensburg does not provide digital DSH mock exams. You can buy a set of 5 mock exams (with audio CD) from the Office of the Department of German as a Foreign Language.
The DSH certificate is usually issued 3 weeks after the date of the exam by the Department of German as a Foreign Language. Alternatively, you can pick up your certificate in person from the Office of the Department of German as a Foreign Language. All candidates will receive more information via email as soon as the certificate are available.
You can get a second certificate for €15. To request a second certificate, you can contact the Office of the Department of German as a Foreign Language. Please include your name, your current address, and the date of the exam.