DSH as an acronym stands for Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerberinnen und -bewerber, which roughly translates as 'Test of German as a Foreign Language for Access to Higher Education'. This test is required of international students prior to embarking on a German-taught programme of study at a German university.
You do not need to take the DSH test, if:
- you are here on a student exchange (e.g. ERASMUS or DAAD)
- you are applying for/enrolled in one of the following master's programmes, as they are English-taught or have an English track:
Prior knowledge of German
You will need to prove that you have good German language skills at the time of application for the DSH test. Your language skills should be at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
German Courses Passau (GCP) can help you gain the required language skills to study a German-taught degree programme. Aside from GCP, the worldwide Goethe Institutes offer German language courses and their certificates are recognised by the University of Passau.
In order to register for the DSH test you have to be applying for a place on a degree programme at the University of Passau. You cannot register for the test if you are not applying for a place on a degree programme.
If you are coming to Passau on an exchange programme (ERASMUS or DAAD) you do not need to take the DSH test, as it is only intended for full degree-seeking students. As an exchange student you should simply take the Language Centre's German language courses, which are available free for our international students. However, you can opt to take the DSH test if you wish to obtain an internationally recognised certificate.
An information session is usually held one day before the DSH test. If you want to find out more beforehand, visit www.sprachnachweis.de (information in English) or read the DSH test regulations (German). For a fee, you can get past test papers for you to practice on from the Fachverband für Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German).
The DSH test is held twice a year, before the start of each semester. If you commence your studies in the summer semester you will have to sit the March test, while those starting out in the winter semester should take the September test. At the time of writing, the test fee is EUR 100.00 (please note this is subject to change).
If have successfully completed the test, you can collect your certificate from the Media Library (room NK 315 during opening hours).