German language knowledge
Upon application for a Bachelor's or Master's degree programme, all international applicants have to prove a German language level of at least B1 (CEFR) and must take the DSH-German language proficiency test for students. Applications without fundamental German language certificates cannot be handled!
Applicants with a higher education entrance qualification equivalent to the German "Abitur" can start their studies at the University of Erfurt as soon as they prove their German language proficiency with the test result DSH-2 or DSH-3.
Foreign study applicants who have not passed the DSH exam or who have obtained a DSH-1 result will only be admitted on a provisional basis; i.e. the admission is subject to the condition that they pass the DSH-2 before starting the programme. A DSH exam is offered by our language center in September. Study applicants with a conditional admission to the University of Erfurt or Fachhochschule Erfurt can register for the exam if they have a C1 German language level.
The following certifications are equivalent to the DSH exam
- TestDaF with test result 4 minimum in all four sections
- Certification Telc C1 Hochschule
- Certification Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom
- Examination Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung of the Goethe-Institute
- Language Diploma Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe II
More detailed information on the DSH exam and on the preparatory courses offered at the University of Erfurt can be found on the website of the German department of the language center.
For the following Master programmes German language knowledge is not obligatory as their language of instruction is English:
- Global Communication
- Public Policy
- Religious Studies
Other language knowledge
Some study programmes require other language prerequisites and certifications, primarily the English taught Master programmes Global Communication, Public Policy and Religious Studies. You find further information concerning the required English certificates on the websites of the programme in question.
Also some Bachelor programmes, as International Relations or English/American Studies require English knowledge of the level B2 that should be proven by language certificates or by the OPT entrance test at the beginning of the studies. Further information can be found on the websites of the respective programme.