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How well should you know German to study at UR?

A good command of the German language is essential, as the lectures in almost all of the degree programmes at the University of Regensburg are held in German (with the exception of a few graduate colleges and English taught master programmes).Therefore, you should have sufficient German language skills on intermediate level if you apply for a regular Bachelor programme or Master programme.

Our international applicants have to prove sufficient knowledge of German language before they can enrol.

For most programs you need to pass the German language test DSH (= "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang") on level DSH 2.

For some programs, applicants only need to have passed the test with DSH 1. Students in an English-taugt Master program are completely exempt from this language entry requirement. On the lists Undergraduate & Graduate Courses (Download --> "Information on subjcts offered") you will find these programs are marked with "DSH1" or "DSH is not necessary".

Proof of German skills

For the application for undergraduate studies (Bachelor or state examination) you need to prove a German level of B2 or higher. Also certificates of private language institutions may be accepted. Exception: Applicants for Medicine and Dentistry need to prove a level of C1 already at application deadline.

To begin your study program, however, you need to pass the DSH exam on level C1 (DSH 2) or the proof of an equivalent exam. That means we are expecting from our applicants that they continue improving their German skills after application.

These certificates are recognized as equvialent exams to the DSH 2:

  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) – in der Regel mindestens DSH-2, in einigen wenigen Studiengängen DSH-1, von einer anderen Hochschule
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF) – in der Regel mit dem Ergebnis TDN 4 in allen Prüfungsteilen, in einigen wenigen Studiengängen TDN 3 in allen Prüfungsteilen
  • Telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
  • Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) des Goethe-Instituts
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS)
  • Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Stufe II (DSD II) mit dem Ergebnis C1 in allen Prüfungsteilen
  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch (ÖSD) Zertifikat C2
  • UNIcert®-Zertifikat Deutsch Stufe IV
  • Feststellungsprüfung eines deutschen Studienkollegs (FSP)

DSH exam

German Language Test (DSH)

The department of German as a Foreign Language  conducts the DSH exam two times per year, always before the semester starts in March (DSH for the summer semester) and September (DSH for the winter semester).

Applicants of the university that have been admitted to their degree program are registred for the DSH exam automatically by the "Studentenkanzlei" if they applied with another than the above mentioned equivalent certificates.

In case you acquire one of the listed equivalent certificates after successfully applying, you can hand the equivalent certificate in when enrolling at the university and you don't need to take part in the DSH exam at the university of Regensburg.


Forward to more detailed information on the DSH on the homepage of the department of German as a Foreign Language (German version only).

Preparatory German Language Courses

For those, whose German is below the necessary level, the Department of German as a Foreign Language offers preparatory language courses. These courses are meant to prepare for degree studies and the DSH exam.

In order to participate in the Preparatory German Language courses it is necessary to apply to a study program at the University of Regensburg and do a placement test. You need to pay a course fee every semester. It depends on your level at application, how many semesters you need to do the preparatory course.

Applicants for Human Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Pharmacy cannot apply for a preparatory language course at UR. UR has only a very limited number of places available within these three degree programmes, therefore applicants do not only have to have excellent grades but also very good German langauge skills in order to receive a place.

Forward to more detailed information on the DSH on the homepage of the department of German as a Foreign Language (German version only).

German Courses during the semester

During the academic study, international students who have passed the German language test successfully also may improve and expand further upon their proficiency in the German language through courses that the Department of German as a Foreign Language offers at the intermediate and advanced levels (="Studienbegleitende Deutschkurse").

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The courses, which are held concurrently with the academic study, not only may be taken for one semester but also retaken as often as desired. Those who have not been admitted to study at the University of Regensburg or the OTH may not participate in the German courses. Besides general language courses and German culture and literature classes, the department for German as a Foreign Language also offers subject oriented courses like German for students of business sciences. Students have the possibility to accomplish a certificate according to UNIcert®.

For information and registration please contact the department of German as a Foreign Language.

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