German language examination for university admission (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang DSH)

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Applicants whose native tongue is not German and who obtained a degree from a foreign institution of higher education or an equivalent institution are required to submit a certificate that confirms their knowledge of German by passing the German language examination for university admission (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang DSH) or an equivalent. For a temporary enrollment DSH1 is sufficient (for one semester). For an unlimited enrollment DSH2 is required.

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The DSH exam is the German language examination for university admission. Applicants who have not obtained the required DSH 2 level by the time of their application are asked to take the DSH exam prior to enrollment. In order to take the exam, one of the following certificates must be included in the application documentation for the M.A.:

  • successful completion of Mittelstufe II (Intermediate Level II)
  • Level B2 (CEFR)
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF), having received the minimum score 3 in all four test components

When you have submitted one of the above mentioned certificates, you must take the German language examination for university admission of foreign applicants (DSH) by the time of enrollment. Participation in the DSH costs €130. The invitation to the DSH will be sent to you with your approval notification for the M.A. from Freie Universität Berlin.

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The exam takes place at least twice a year, between the end of the respective application period and the opening of the following semester in the Central Language Center (Zentrales Sprachenzentrum). The respective appointments are set by the Language Center and are announced to the applicants in question. If the German language exam is not passed at the level of DSH 2, the applicants can be admitted to the M.A. and be enrolled for a semester with the requirement to attend course-related language courses. If, however, the level DSH 1 cannot be proven by the time the program begins, enrollment will not be possible.

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You are exempt from the DSH exam if you have obtained one of the certificates below:

  • Sprachdiplom from the Kultusministerkonferenz (Standing Committee of the German Ministers of Culture) Stufe II (Level II)
  •  „Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom“ or „Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom“ from the Goethe-Institut
  •  Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) from the Goethe-Institut
  • Language exam at a German university or a German preparatory college (Studienkolleg) (DSH or an equivalent language exam)
  •  Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF), with a score of at least 4 in each of the test components.
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We recommend that you take the Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaf) in your home country before you apply. This exam is considered to be easier than the DSH.

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