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Are you interested in studying and pursuing a college degree in Regensburg? In order to succeed in your studies, you need to have a good command of German. Our Preparatory German courses offer you the opportunity to learn academic German that is tailored to your specific field of study and takes into account your individual language needs. The program prepares you for the DSH test (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang), which serves as proof of German proficiency and is required for university admission.


Courses

Our Preparatory courses are designed as intensive block courses. Semester courses consist of 240 hours of lessons and additional online courses of at least 60 teaching hours. Vacation courses usually consist of 120 hours of lessons.

The courses help students improve their general language skills and prepare them for academic success by focusing on their specific field of study. Participants also learn valuable study skills for their future academic endeavors in Germany. In addition, they can improve their German according to their own needs and schedule with the use of different online courses. Students can also attend workshops that give them the necessary tools and strategies to best help them navigate their studies. We also offer individual pronunciation training and language learning coaching.

Depending on available capacity, we offer courses for varying levels of German proficiency starting with B1+ or B2 according to the guidelines provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):


Intermediate Course I (B1+)

Requirements: onSET-Deutsch score of at least 50

Time until DSH test: 2 semesters

Our Intermediate Course I is modeled to meet the requirements of level B1+ as specified by the CEFR. Students are taught more extensive general language and academic language skills. It is designed as an intensive course and takes place both during the semester and during breaks. After completing this course, participants move on to Intermediate Course II - either the following semester (Intermediate Course II) or during the break (Intermediate Vacation Course II).

Completing this course does not lead straight to the DSH test. In general, students need to complete Intermediate Course II and an Advanced course in order to take the DSH test and pass with good results. The DSH test serves as proof of German proficiency and is required for university admission.


Intermediate Course II (B2)

Requirements: onSET-Deutsch score of at least 70

Time until DSH test: 2 semesters

Our Intermediate Course II is modeled to meet the requirements of level B2 as specified by the CEFR. Students learn more in-depth general language skills as well as more comprehensive academic language skills.

It is designed as an intensive course and takes place both during the semester and during breaks as a crash course. After completing this course, participants move on to the next proficiency level, i.e. the Advanced course.

Completing this course does not lead straight to the DSH test. In general, students need to complete the Advanced Course in order to take the DSH test and pass with good results. The DSH test serves as proof of German proficiency and is required for university admission.

Students take a final exam after completing this course. If they pass, they get to enroll in the Advanced course the following semester. They do not need to take another placement test if they pass with satisfactory results. Applicants who do not complete Intermediate Course II or who do not meet the required score on the final exam have to take a placement test for the following semester in order to move on to the Advanced course.


Advanced Course (B2/ C1)

Requirements: onSET-Deutsch score of at least 85

Time until DSH test: 1 semester

Our Advanced course is modeled to meet the requirements of level B2+/ C1 or C1 as specified by the CEFR. Students gain more extensive language skills, including specific terms used in their specific field of study.

It is designed as an intensive course and is aimed at international applicants wishing to prepare for their studies in Germany and for taking the DSH test. Applicants need to prove sufficient command of German. Upon completing the course, they can take the DSH test. Applicants who do not pass this test will be able to take it again at the next available date. They can also repeat the course the following semester.



Dates

For course schedules and dates, go to the News tab in the German as a Foreign Language section of this website.


Requirements

The courses are aimed mostly at international applicants planning to study at or transfer to Universität Regensburg or OTH Regensburg. Applicants must hold the necessary qualifications for university admission.

Upon submitting their application, applicants need to prove their German language proficiency at level B1. The most common proof of German proficiency at this level is the onSET-Deutsch test. In addition to passing the onSET-Deutsch test, we also accept other forms of proof of German proficiency. The following certificates are accepted:

  • DSD
  • DSH
  • Goethe-Zertifikat
  • ÖSD
  • telc-Zertifikat
  • TestDaF
  • UNIcert

Registering and Enrolling

Preparatory Semester Courses

Registrations for the Preparatory German courses are processed by the Registrar’s Office (for Universität Regensburg applicants) or the International Office at OTH Regensburg (for OTH Regensburg applicants). Applicants can enroll in our language courses once they have been accepted at either university. It is not possible to enroll directly with the Department of German as a Foreign Language.

Registration Deadlines:

January 15 for the summer semester (April-September)
July 15 for the winter semester (October-March)

Universität Regensburg applicants can find out more information about the registration process by visiting the website of the International Office at UR.

Applicants to Hochschule Regensburg are advised to contact the International Office at OTH Regensburg.


Preparatory Vacation Courses

Applicants who have already been accepted can register for our Preparatory Vacation courses only through the Office of the Department of German as a Foreign Language.

Participants will receive more information about the registration process via email from our Office.


Placement

Placement into one of the course levels is initially based on the language certificate students submit with their application.

After they have been accepted, students can use the time between submitting their application and the start of the semester by taking the onSET-Deutsch test at our test center to determine their current language abilities or to improve their placement score. Alternatively, they can submit a more up-to-date language certificate to the Department of German as a Foreign Language (email: studienvorbereitung.daf@ur.de)

Please note that the Department of German as a Foreign Language can only take certificates and placement results into account that are at the latest submitted a week before the course is set to start.  Switching courses or reviewing your placement in the Prep program after this point will not be possible.

Placement depends on the following criteria:


Placement with onSET-Deutsch

You can either take the onSET-Deutsch test at the test center at Universität Regensburg or an accredited test center (TAS) around the world. Placement or admission to one of the course levels for the Prep program is based on the following criteria:

Course Level

Language Level

Requirements

Intermediate Course I

B1+

onSET-Deutsch score of at least 50

Intermediate Course II

B2

onSET-Deutsch score of at least 70

Advanced Course

B2+/C1

onSET-Deutsch score of at least 85

If you want to take the onSET-Deutsch test in Regensburg, be sure to register for a date by filling out the registration form. Before registering, please note the information about the onSET-Deutsch test.


Alternatives to Placement with onSET-Deutsch

As an alternative to the onSET-Deutsch test, we generally accept the following language certificates:

Intermediate Course (B1+/B2)1)

Advanced Course (B2+/ C1)2)

DSD

B1 (all parts)

Min. B2 (all parts)

DSH

-

Min. DSH-1

Goethe

B1

Min. B2

ÖSD

B1

Min. B2

telc

B1

Min. B2

TestDaF

-

Min. TDN3 (all parts)

UNIcert

Level I

Min. Level II

1)Admission to Intermediate Course II (B2) for all certificates only with good or excellent results, otherwise admission to Beginner Course I (B1+)

2)Direct admission to Advanced course with Goethe B2, ÖSD B2, telc B2 only with satisfactory results, otherwise admission to Intermediate Course II (B2); these guidelines also apply for the result of the final exam for Intermediate Course II.


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Please note that although we accept both the DTZ certificate (German Test for Immigrants) and the onSET Certificate for Refugees during the application process, we do not use these certificates to determine placement. Applicants will either have to take the onSET-Deutsch test or submit one of the certificates mentioned above.


Tuition and Fees

Course

Lessons

Tuition Fees

Semester Course

240 lessons language course + 48 additional classes

€ 530,-

Vacation Course

120 lessons language course + 24 additional classes

€ 250,-

In addition to tuition, students also have to pay the semester fee once per semester.



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