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German language skills

  • Foreign students who did not acquire their university entrance certificate (high school diploma/Abitur) in Germany must, as an admission prerequisite, provide proof of German language proficiency either through successfully passing the German Language Exam for University Admission of foreign student Applicants (DSH) or an equivalent test.

  • They should therefore, acquire a good command of German within their home countries and, if possible, take the TestDaF (German as a Foreign Language) exam.

  • Applicants who are exempt from taking the DSH exam include those who:
    • Are holders of a German language Abitur,
    • Possess the German language certificate of the culture minister conference (KMK), level 2,
    • Have the small or large German language certificate from the Goethe-Institute,
    • Have passed the advanced level examination (ZOP) at the Goethe-Institute,
    • Have successfully graduated from a German-language university,
    • Have already taken the DSH exam,
    • Have acquired a DaF certificate and whose grades were at least at the TDN 4 level in all four parts.
  • Applicants who are not exempt are those who, for example, have taken the intermediate (Mittelstufe) examination at the Goethe-Institute.

  • The European University Viadrina offers a German preparatory course. Further information ...

Please note:

  1. A certificate of the required language knowledge must at the latest be presented at the time of enrollment (for the winter semester mid/end of August; for the winter semester mid/end of February) in the original.

  2. Please arrange for the language certificate to be sent directly from the test institute to the admissions office. Copies – notarized or not – will not be accepted.

  3. The language certificate may not be older than three years.

  4. In order to meet the deadline, we urgently recommend that you pursue the appropriate language certificate in a timely fashion.