German language requirements for our Master's programmes

German language requirements

In order to apply for one of our Master’s programmes with German as language of instruction you have to submit a DSH-2 certificate within the application deadline.

Enrolment without a passed DSH-2-test (or an equivalent certificate) is not possible, even if you might get an admission for the Master’s programme.

If the programme’s language of instruction is English you don’t need any German language skills when applying/enrolling. However, we do of course recommend having at least some basic German knowledge for your every day interactions.



The following certificates are being recognized as equivalents to the DSH-2 certificate
:

  • TestDaF (German as a foreign language test): all results being at least at level TDN 4
  • Goethe certificate C2
  • KMK examination: German language diploma second class (DSD II) with level C1 throughout
  • Telc German C1 higher education: with a result of “satisfactory”, “good” or “very good”
  • KDS and GDS (Kleines/Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom – small/big German language certificate), Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung II


Also the following educational qualifications:

  • Feststellungsprüfung (university assessment test; Studienkolleg) mit Prüfungsteil Deutsch
  • German Abitur (certification of eligibility for university entrance) or equivalent certificates from Austria, Switzerland or Liechtenstein (with German as first language)
  • Foreign certificates according to KMK-resolution (as of 02.06.1995 in the version from 23./24.03.2016) 
  • Intermediate school leaving certificate ("Mittlere Reife") at a school with German as main language (continuous lessons in German until graduation with the minimum grade „ausreichend“ in German in the school leaving certificate) in combination with one of the following certificates:
  • A-Level „German“ of the british General Certificate of Education, Higher Grade in „German“ in the scottish Certificate of Education or Standard Level in "German" of the IB Diploma


DSH Preparatory Language Courses

Goethe University Frankfurt is offering DSH-Preperatory Language Courses (“DSH Vorbereitungskurs”). In order to sign up for one of the DSH Preperatory Courses you need a German level of at least B1.

If you intend to participate in one of the DSH preparatory German courses we also recommend applying early. Provided that you qualify for participation you will receive a separate invitation for the placement test.

Please be aware that there is also only a limited number of places available. As we cannot guarantee a place on the DSH preparatory course for every applicant you should keep an eye out for language courses outside university.

You can find further information on the DSH Preparatory Courses at Goethe University here.