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 have answered the relevant question with NO – you need to submit the following certificates:

  • an officially certified copy of the passed DSH-2-exam or an equivalent
    The following are recognized as equivalent of a passed DSH-2:

    • Deutsches Sprachdiplom [Stufe II]
    • Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung [ZOP] of the Goethe-Institut
    • Kleines deutsches Sprachdiplom of the “Goethe-Institut im Auftrag der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München”
    • Großes deutsches Sprachdiplom of the “Goethe-Institut im Auftrag der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München”
    • TestDaF with the result 4 x 4 (enrollment under certain conditions) or better (2 x 5 and 2 x 4 or better results in an unconditional enrollment)
    • the exam from the preparatory course (Feststellungsprüfung) of a German preparatory college (Studienkolleg) [see chapter German Language Test]) or
  • officially certified proof of German language proficiency at the advanced level, i.e. completed level C 1 with an original advisory certificate of the Fremdsprachenzentrum (Center of Foreign Languages) of the University of Mainz.
Studying WITH a preparatory German course

If you apply for studies with a preparatory German course – i.e. you have answered the relevant question with YES – you need to submit the following certificate:

  • officially certified proof of German language proficiency: completed level B 1 with at least 65 % of the maximum grade achieved. 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 have answered the relevant question with YES – you need to submit the following certificate:

  • officially certified proof of German language proficiency: completed level B 1 with at least 65% of the maximum grade achieved. Language certificates will only be accepted if they are not older than 1 year. Completed application form.