German Language Requirements

Courses of Study conducted in a language other than German

If your course of study allows you to study and complete your exams in a language other than German, you may apply for an exemption from the DSH at the Fremdsprachenzentrum at JGU (Foreign Language Center).

You will receive the application form for the Befreiungsbescheinigung with the letter of admission from JGU Mainz.

Studying WITHOUT a preparatory German course

If you apply to study without a preparatory German course – i.e. you choose a degree and subject in the online application – you need to submit the following certificates:

  • officially certified proof of German language proficiency at the advanced level, i.e. completed level C 1. Before enrolment you have to pass the DSH-2 exam.
  • an officially certified copy of the passed DSH-2-exam or an equivalent
    The following are recognized as equivalent of a passed DSH-2:

    • das deutsche Abitur
    • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Stufe II (DSD II)
    • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
    • the Österreichische Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) – C1
    • TestDaF with the result 4 x 4 or better (2 x 5 and 2 x 4 or better). Please notice: the result 4 x 4 is sufficent for enrollment but we recommend strongly to attend further German courses in order to ensure successful study. Recommended result to study successfully is 2 x 5 and 2 x 4 or better
    • the exam from the preparatory course (Feststellungsprüfung) of a German preparatory college (Studienkolleg) [see chapter German Language Test]) or
Studying WITH a preparatory German course

If you apply for studies with a preparatory German course – i.e. you choose the subject “Deutschkurs” in the online application – you need to submit the following certificate:

  • officially certified proof of German language proficiency: completed level B 1. Language certificates will only be accepted if they are not older than 1 year.
Studying with a preparatory course (Studienkolleg)

If you apply for studies with a preparatory course (Studienkolleg) – i.e. you choose the subject “Studienkolleg” in the online application – you need to submit the following certificate:

  • officially certified proof of German language proficiency: completed level B 1. Language certificates will only be accepted if they are not older than 1 year. Please notice that the entrance examination will be conducted at a B2 level!