German language requirements

German language requirements

Each degree programme has different German language requirements – the tables below list the language requirements in effect for the individual degree programmes. Please note that the University only accepts language certificates that have been issued within the past two years.

International students at the University of Passau

List of German language requirements for our undergraduate programmes

Degree programme Language requirement at enrolment Language requirement at application
B.A. European Studies C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR
B.A. European Studies Major C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR
B.A. Governance and Public Policy C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR
B.A. Historical Sciences B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B1 CEFR
B.A. International Cultural and Business Studies B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B1 CEFR
B.A. Journalism and Strategic Communication B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B1 CEFR
B.A. Language and Text Sciences C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR
B.A. Media and Communication C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR
B.Ed. Secondary Education C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR
B.Sc. Business Administration and Economics B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B1 CEFR
B.Sc. Computer Science C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR
B.Sc. Information Systems B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B1 CEFR
B.Sc. Internet Computing C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR
B.Sc. Mathematics C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR
Law undergraduate programme C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR
Teacher Education Programme: primary education B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B1 CEFR
Teacher Education Programme: secondary education (Gymnasium) B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B1 CEFR
Teacher Education Programme: secondary education (Mittelschule) B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B1 CEFR
Teacher Education Programme: secondary education (Realschule) B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B1 CEFR

List of language requirements for our master's programmes

Degree programmes Language requirement at enrolment Language requirement at application
LL.M. German Law for foreign graduates B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B2 CEFR; DSH-1
LL.M. German and Russian Law B2 CEFRDSH-1
M. A. Semiotics of Texts and Culture C1 CEFR; DSH-2 C1 CEFR; DSH-2
M.A. Caritas Science and Values-based Management B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B2 CEFR; DSH-1
M.A. Development Studies A1 CEFR during the first year of studies not applicable
M.A. European Studies C1 CEFR; DSH-2 C1 CEFR; DSH-2
M.A. Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism C1 CEFR; DSH-2 B2 CEFR; DSH-1
M.A. Governance and Public Policy B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B2 CEFR; DSH-1
M.A. Historical Sciences C1 CEFR; DSH-2 C1 CEFR; DSH-2
M.A. International Cultural and Business Studies (ICBS) B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B2 CEFR; DSH-1
M.Sc. International Economics and Business A1 CEFR; during the first year of studies not applicable
M.A. Media and Communication C1 CEFR; DSH-2 C1 CEFR; DSH-2
M.A. North and Latin American Studies B2 CEFR; DSH-1 B1 CEFR
M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies B2 CEFR; DSH-1 (not applicable if studying in English) B1 CEFR (not applicable if studying in English)
M.Ed. Teaching and Learning Processes C1 CEFR; DSH-2 C1 CEFR; DSH-2
M.Sc. Business Administration C1 CEFR; DSH-2 C1 CEFR; DSH-2
M.Sc. Computational Mathematics A1 CEFR; during the first year of studies not applicable
M.Sc. Computer Science B2 CEFR; DSH-1 (A1 during the first year of studies if studying in English) B1 CEFR (not applicable if studying in English)
M.Sc. Information Systems C1 CEFR; DSH-2 C1 CEFR; DSH-2
M.Sc. Mobile and Embedded Systems A1 CEFR during the first year of studies not applicable

Accepted certificates for levels B2 and C1 CEFR

Level B2 CEFR

  • DSH certificate at level DSH-1
  • TestDaF TDN 3 in all four categories ('4×3')
  • Goethe-Zertifikat B2
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
  • Other equivalent certificates at level B2 CEFR; however, please note that certificates issued by private language schools are generally not accepted

Level C1 CEFR

  • DSH certificate at level DSH-2 or DSH-3
  • TestDaF TDN 4 in all four categories ('4×4')
  • DSD II (Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Stufe II)
  • ZOP (Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung) of the Goethe Institute
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe Institute
  • Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe Institute

The DSH test

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'. It is a language test that proves that you, as an applicant, have sufficiently developed German language skills to successfully study at a German university. The DSH test can be taken at the University of Passau.

How to apply, prior language skills, preparatory courses