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DSH (German Language Examination for Admission to University)

The DSH is an examination testing the German skills of prospective students from abroad who intend studying at a German university and have to prove that they are sufficiently proficient in German.

You can only sign up for the DSH in Erlangen if you have been offered a place at Freidrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) or are already registered at the University (e.g. as an exchange student).

DSH dates

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the DSH can only be offered in September 2020 for students who were registered in the summer semester 2020. Personal invitations will be sent out.

Anyone who has applied or intends to apply for a place at FAU in the winter semester and does not yet have any proof of sufficient proficiency in German will not be able to take part in the DSH in September. Please read the information on this included with your letter of acceptance very carefully.

General information

You have to register for DSH by 1 March for spring and by 1 September for autumn.

  • Prospective students are sent a registration form together with their letter of acceptance to FAU.
  • Students already enrolled at the University can request a registration form (sz-daf-dsh@fau.de).
  • Students taking a DSH course should ask in their courses.

Registration forms should be sent by post to:

Sprachenzentrum der FAU; Abt. Deutsch als Fremdsprache
Bismarckstr. 10
91054 Erlangen

An e-mail is sent automatically confirming that the registration has been completed successfully.

At present, the examination fee is 80 euros. This must be paid in cash before the examination on the day indicated on the registration form. It cannot be paid by bank transfer. You can ask someone else to pay on your behalf, however.

The results of the written examination are published anonymously no later than one week after the examination on this website and posted on the notice board in the Language Centre. Results are listed according to examination number. The dates for the oral examination are announced together with the results. More specific information will be given during the examination.

The overall results of the examination are published anonymously no later than one week after the oral examination on this website and posted on the notice board in the Language Centre. Results are listed according to examination number. More specific information will be given during the examination.

You can collect your DSH certificate from the information desk in the Language Centre one or two days after the overall results are announced. Please note our opening times. More specific information will be given during the examination.

The DSH examinations are always held shortly before the semester begins, i.e. in March/April and September/October, and generally require that students have already applied to FAU. Students who are already enrolled at FAU and students taking preparatory courses can also sit the DSH if they can prove that they have completed level B2. No-one else is allowed to sit the DSH at FAU.

Requirements for applying to FAU are listed on the website of the Admissions Office.

If you cannot provide proof of the required proficiency in German but can prove that you have German skills of at least level A2, you can apply for a place on a preparatory German course at FAU. These courses have to be paid for, however.

A four-day long DSH examination preparation course is held before the DSH. You can register for the course at the same time as registering for the DSH.

The examination consists of a written and an oral examination.

The written examination consists of the following components:

  • Reading comprehension: understanding a written text and answering questions on it
  • Grammar: completing tasks on language-related structures taken from the reading comprehension text
  • Listening comprehension: understanding and processing a listening text
  • Text production: producing a text for a certain task

The oral examination is held after the written examination and lasts approx. 15–20 minutes. Candidates receive a short text which they should read and then discuss with the examiners. The oral examination is compulsory.