General information about the DSH examination

The German Language Test for the Admission of Foreign Study Applicants (DSH) is an examination which international applicants must take before being allowed to study at a German university. 

The test assesses whether the candidate's language ability is sufficient to meet the demands of German university. These include such skills as:

  • Understanding lectures, taking notes and using them accordingly
  • Understanding study-related written texts and applying them accordingly
  • Expressing oneself verbally and in writing with regard to a given, study-related topic

For more details, please read the DSH regulations  which went into effect at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar on 30 June, 2005.

The written exam is comprised of four parts:

a) Understanding and processing information in an audio text (--> Sample audio text, sample audio-text questions)
The candidates are allowed to listen to a longer recording of a lecture twice. Afterwards, they are asked to complete various tasks which not only verify whether they have understood the general thrust and selected details of the lecture, but also whether they are able to apply and convey the information in written form.

b) Understanding and processing information in a written text (--> Example)
This written text resembles a typical academic text. The tasks assess whether the candidate has understood the information contained in the text, and can process and communicate it.

c) Understanding and processing grammatical structures of scientific language
The test section "Grammatical Structures of Scientific Language" assesses comprehension and the ability to produce complex grammatical structures which are often used in scientific language. This section refers to structures contained in a written text. To view a sample text, click on the link provided in b).

d) Text production based on provided information (--> Example)
This section is generally based on provided information, e.g. diagrams, illustrations, etc. The candidate is required to demonstrate that he/she can produce a written text about a certain topic expressing an opinion, describing a diagram, or some similar task.

If you have any questions about the DSH testing procedures at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, please contact us at sprachenzentrum[at] 

For general information about studying in Germany, please visit the following pages:  

Fachverband Deutsch als Fremdsprache (fadaf) 
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

University Preparatory Language Courses

Each semester we offer university preparatory language courses, which can help students acquire the German skills necessary for university study. The courses are taught at three different levels and are structured successively. At the end of each course, we administer the respective language examination (Zertifikat Deutsch, Mittelstufenprüfung, DSH). The German Language Examination for University Admission of Foreign Applicants (DSH) fulfils the German language requirement for enrolment at university in Germany.

Students with (conditional) admission to the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar or the College of Music ‘Franz Liszt’ are given preferential consideration. If space allows, applicants from other universities and course auditors are permitted to attend these courses.

Course levels


Entry requirementsTarget level
Basic 1
(A 1 - A 2)
noneStart Deutsch (A 2)
(A 2 - B 1)
ca. 300 hours (A 2)Zertifikat DaF (B 1)
(B 1 - B 2)
ca. 600 hours (B 1)Mittelstufenprüfung (B 2)
(B 2 - C 1/2)
ca. 1.000 hours (B 2)Deutsche Sprachprüfung an Hochschulen (DSH)


Course fees

Summer semester 2019€ 1.250
Winter semester 2019/20€ 1.300

Application Deadline:

  • 31 December (summer semester) 
  • 30 June (winter semester) 
  • or for as long as places are available in the respective courses.

For more information and registration forms, please download and complete the following file. Please speak with our staff at the Administration Office to inquire if places are available BEFORE registering for a specific course. To register, please send us your registration form by mail, fax or post. You will find our address printed on the registration form.

--> Registration form for the summer semester 2019



Intensive language course to prepare for the DSH examination

Every September the Language Centre offers a two-week intensive language course to help students prepare for the German Language Examination for University Admission of Foreign Applicants (DSH).

For more information and a sample test, click DAAD Language Certificatehere.

Course/Examination Registration:
We can send you a registration form by e-mail upon request.

Upcoming Courses

Duration: 04 - 15 September 2017
Fee: 50 €

Written examination: 18 September 2017
Oral examination:  20 September 2017
Examination fee: 50 €