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Language Skills

You will need solid German language skills for a successful course of study in a bachelor’s or state examination program. The language of instruction in all of these degree programs is German – apart from the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Some master’s programs have other language requirements. To find out the language requirements for the master’s program you’re interested in, please go to the overview of fields. There is also an overview of all English-taught master’s programs.

To enroll in an undergraduate degree program (bachelor or state examination) at the University of Freiburg, you will need to document your German language skills by submitting one of the following certificates, either with your application or when you matriculate:

  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang – DSH (German Language Test for International Applicants at German Institutions of Higher Education) with a proficiency level of DSH 2 or 3. This test is held twice a year at the Language Teaching Centre of the University of Freiburg, usually at the end of September and the end of March, and includes a written and an oral part.
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache - TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language) with a proficiency level of 4 or 5 (TDN 4 or 5) on all four parts. You can take this test at any of numerous test centers throughout the world several times a year.
  • Goethe Certificate C1
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German Language Diploma) of the Conference of the State Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs – level II (DSD II)
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
  • German Abitur or German as a native language


If you do not yet have one of these qualifications, you must have at least taken a language course at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages by the time you apply (by 15 Jan./15 July). Please document this by submitting one of the following certificates with your application:

  • a passing grade in a C1-level language course
  • participation in a C1-level language course
  • evidence of proficiency level DSH 1
  • TestDaF at proficiency level 3 (TDN 3)


Please note: Submitting a certificate from the TestDaF or the DSH test or another equivalent language certificate (see above) with your application will increase your chances of being admitted to studies!
If you do not receive a certificate from your language course confirming your reference level on the Common European Framework or if you do not have any language certificates that clearly validate your proficiency level, you will have to take a placement test. If you are already in Freiburg, you can take it at the "Sprachenkolleg" or the Goethe-Institut. If you are still abroad, you can take it at a Goethe-Institute or one of the TestDaF Centers.

Please note: We only accept language certificates issued in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages [de]!
If you have completed level C1 of the Common European Framework and have been admitted to a course of study, you can take a two-week intensive course at the Language Teaching Centre (in March or September) to prepare for the DSH. The DSH is held before the start of each winter and summer semester. If you do not achieve a score of DSH 2 or DSH 3 on the DHS, you cannot matriculate for a degree program at the University of Freiburg.
In this case, we recommend that you take another language course, e.g., at the Language Teaching Centre, the "Sprachenkolleg", or the Goethe Institute Freiburg.

Important notice on DSH exams:
The DSH exams are designed according to the Framework Regulations for the DSH Exam, which became effective at the end of 2004.
The DSH framework regulations were revised in 2012. Several universities are currently re-registering their exams for approval under the new regulations. As this process is not yet completed, we recommend that all applicants inquire with International Admissions and Services before submitting their application or registration for an exam at the University of Freiburg to determine whether the DSH exam they took will be recognized. More information