DEUTSCHE SPRACHPRÜFUNG FÜR DEN HOCHSCHULZUGANG (DSH)

TEST OF GERMAN LANGUAGE ABILITY FOR UNIVERSITY ADMISSION

Passing the DSH examination gives evidence that foreign study applicants have a good enough command of the German language to begin their studies at a German university. Our school, the Deutschkurse bei der Universität München e.V., gives this examination, as commissioned by the Munich universities.

The examination consists of a written and oral part. The written exam consists of three parts:

  1. Comprehension of and processing a spoken text
  2. Production on the basis of a given text
  3. Comprehension of and working on a written text including academic language structures

Results are classified into three levels:

  • DSH 1: when at least 57 % has been achieved in the written and oral parts
  • DSH 2: when at least 67 % has been achieved in the written and oral parts (this level generally suffices for matriculation)
  • DSH 3: when at least 82 % has been achieved in the written and oral parts

DATES

DSH for the summer semester 2016: March 03, 2016
DSH for candidates for subjects with limited admission (Numerus Clausus): July 19, 2016
DSH for the winter semester 2016: September 13, 2016
Participants of our Level 6: C1.2 can take part in our internal DSH every two months (i.e. six times per year). Our internal DSH and the DSH are equivalent.

APPLICATION

Student applicants who meet the requirements for admission at a Munich university.
Please have a look at our German version: DSH

WHAT DOES THE DSH EXAMINATION LOOK LIKE?

You will learn more about the profile of the examination, its components, literature for its preparation and tips on the individual test parts under: „Wie sieht die DSH-Prüfung aus?“ There you will find a DSH sample examination. To improve your listening comprehension use our listening comprehension training free of cost.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TESTDAF AND DSH?

You will find a comparison of these two exams here.

EXAMINATION REGULATIONS

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GENERAL REGULATIONS

The DSH examination is held at Munich universities on the basis of the „Rahmenordnung über Deutsche Sprachprüfungen für das Studium an deutschen Hochschulen“ , which was agreed upon at the University Rectors' Conference and the Ministers of Culture Conference in 2011.

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATES RECOGNISED FOR UNIVERSITY ADMISSION

If you possess one of the following language certificates, you will not need to take the DSH examination; these certificates are equally recognised as evidence of sufficient German-language skills:

  • Diploma of an educational institution where the course language is German (Gymnasium, Fachhochschule, Studienkolleg, Hochschule etc.)
  • Certificate from another German university showing that the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) has already been passed
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS) und Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS), granted by the Goethe-Institut and commissioned by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität or Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz der Länder der BRD, Stufe II (4 x C1);
  • Language Diploma II of the Sprachen- und Dolmetscher-Institut München
  • Certificate of the Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaf) with at least level TDN4 in all four examination parts