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 Internationales Studien- und Sprachenkolleg (ISSK) at JGU (Deutsch als Fremdsprache).

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:

  • 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])

 

  • one of the following accepted German language certificates. Please note: Before enrolment you have to pass the DSH-2 exam. When submitting one of the following certifcates, we will invite you to take part in the DSH exam at JGU. 

 

If  the subject you apply for requires an DSH-1 certificate, you need to submit one of the following certificates when applying in order to be invited to the DSH examination at JGU:

  • onSET Deutsch: assessment of language proficiency in German proficiency (minimum 74 points corresponding to B1 level)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der KMK Stufe DSD I
  • Goethe-Zertifikat B1
  • telc Deutsch B1certificate with one of the following results: “befriedigend”, “gut” or “sehr gut“
  • TestDaF with at least TDN 3 in all four parts of the exam
  • ÖSD certificate B1

If  the subject you apply for requires an DSH-2 or DSH-3 certificate, you need to submit one of the following certificates when applying in order to be invited to the DSH examination at JGU:

  • onSET Deutsch: assessment of language proficiency in German proficiency (minimum 106 points corresponding to B2 level)
  • Goethe-Zertifikat B2 (or Goethe-Zertifikat C1)
  • telc Deutsch B2 certificate with one of the following results: “befriedigend”, “gut” or “sehr gut“ (or Deutsch C1 certificate)
  • TestDaF with at least TDN 4 in two parts of the exam or maximum TDN 3 in two parts.
  • ÖSD certificate B2
  • the DSH-1 ceritificate (certificate of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer
    Studienbewerberinnen und -bewerber)

Please read carefully the DSH-Prüfungsordnung (DSH exam regulations)

 

 

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:

 

Interested in applying for the preparatory German course? Here you can find all the necessary information.
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:

 

Interested in applying for the preparatory course (Studienkolleg)? Here you can find all the necessary information.