The International Office decides on whether the submitted certificates can be recognised as a qualification for direct admission to university or if applicants have to attend a Studienkolleg (preparatory course). Applicants with certificates qualifying for direct admission can be given conditional admission to a degree course if they submit a German language certificate for courses instructed in German or an English language certificate for courses instructed in English. After passing the DSH (Level DSH-2 required) examination, a German language proficiency test known in full as “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang”, students can begin with their chosen course.
Applicants are exempt from the DSH-2 examination if they hold one of the following certificates:
- Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) of the Goethe Institut
- Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe Institut
- Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Level 2) of the Kultusministerkonferenz
- TestDaF level 4 in all test sections
Bilingual courses: Additionally, a TOEFL Test ist required for the bilingual courses.