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If your intention is to write the doctoral thesis in German, you will need to pass the German test (DSH-Prüfung) before you enroll. It is required that you have proof of German language skills at B2 level. The German test (DSH-Prüfung) takes place at the UR normally at the end of  March or at the end of September.

NOTE: In case your doctoral thesis can be written in English, you ARE NOT required to have any German skills. The decision has to be expressly mentioned either in the regulations for doctoral studies of the respective faculty or in your letter of acceptance. Needless to say, basic or intermediary knowledge of the German language is extremely helpful for every day life. 

Where can I learn German?

1. No German knowledge or just basic skills

Every semester the International Office strives to organize German beginner's courses especially for PhD candidates and Postdocs. Please ask the Welcome Center advisors for the current course offering.

2. German skills at intermediate or advanced level

Especially for PhD candidates and guest researchers there is a small offer of German classes at intermediate and advance level. Please inquire about these courses at the Welcome Center.

In addition, the UR offers German courses for students at intermediary and advanced levels, which are also open to PhD candidates. If you have already passed the German test (DSH-Prüfung) and want to improve your German skills further, you can sign up to the advanced German courses (Oberstufe).

You may also register for German courses of the German as a Foreign Language department if you are not required to pass the German test, as long as there are free spots and you have the appropriate level.

The courses offered at the UR take place during the day. Unfortunately there are no evening courses on campus. In case your research activity does not allow you to participate in the UR German courses, let us know. We can refer you to other valid options.


Welcome Center

for International Visiting Researchers and PhD Candidates


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