Information on the DSH preparation course at the University
Why is it worth attending the DSH course at the University of Jena?
The DSH preparation course offers the best and most intensive preparation for the German Language Test for Admission to Higher Education (DSH). You will learn in international groups and practise all the language skills you will need for your studies. You will focus on the development of your writing and oral reasoning skills. Excellent language preparation will form the basis of your academic success! If you attend a DSH preparation course at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, you can discover the location of your future studies at the same time.
Course provider, course fees
The DSH course is run by the International Office at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in cooperation with JenDaF e.V. The number of places available in the course is limited.
The course fee amounts to €1,050.00 per semester (subject to change). Having been admitted to the course, you will receive further information, including the deadline for payment of the course fee by two instalments. If you withdraw from the course before the deadline for the second instalment, the course fee will be returned to your bank account (excluding an administration fee of €50.00). You will pay the course fees directly to JenDaF e.V., not the University.
Course duration and compulsory attendance
When admitted to the course, participants are invited to a placement test in which their language skills are being tested. The results of this test will be decisive for admission to the course. Apart from that, the results of this test determine whether an applicant will participate in a one-semester or in a two-semester course. The course runs for 300 hours per semester (20 teaching units on four days a week; one day is kept free for self-study). Lessons are held from mid-October to mid-February and from early April to mid-July. The participants must attend the course regularly, i.e. every lesson.
Temporary and permanent absences
You may be absent from the course in exceptional cases only, e.g. illness; if so, you must provide a medical certificate (‘Krankenschein’ or ‘ärztliches Attest’) or a certificate of military service. If you drop out of the course or will be absent for a longer period, e.g. because of an attested serious illness or military service, you must inform the International Office and the person responsible for the course immediately. In such cases, the International Office may advise you about possible alternatives, for example:
- leave of absence (only possible if you prove that you are not able to attend the course for at least six weeks) or
In case of a proper leave of absence, please submit an informal request for refund of the course fee to JenDaF e.V., which decides on such requests on a case-by-case basis.
Registering for the DSH exam at the end of the course
A DSH mock exam is held under exam conditions at the end of the semester. You may only take the actual DSH exam if your mock exam results show sufficient learning progress and if you attend the course regularly. The exam is held in February and July, and costs €95.
Upon successful completion of the DSH preparation course, students must re-apply for a place on a degree programme. A decision on admission to the chosen study programme can only be made in the admission/selection process following your application or by the Selection Committee for master’s programmes. Learn more about the range of studies available at our University.
Status and support of course participants
If you attend a DSH course, you will be a student at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena for an entire semester (1 October to 31 March; 1 April to 30 September). You will receive a student card (food and events for reasonable price) and semester ticket (free travel on local public transport), and may apply for a room in a hall of residence. Participants from non-EU countries can apply for a residence permit for the preparation of studies.
The courses are organized by the JenDaF Association, which also works alongside the International Office, to offer a support programme for the language course groups. This is a unique additional service offered free of charge to everyone who attends a course. Tutors help you settling into student life and organize workshops and excursions to Jena, Weimar, and Erfurt, allowing you to discover the region and learn more about Germany.
Admission and language requirements
Please check whether you already hold the university entrance qualification to study in Germany. You can use the DAAD or anabin databases to check whether your foreign educational qualifications are recognized in Germany.
If you do not hold an equivalent university entrance qualification yet, you will have to take the assessment test (“FSP”) before starting your degree programme. Please apply for a one-year preparation course at our Thuringian Studienkolleg Nordhausen.
The DSH preparation course is not meant for beginners. We expect you to have a sound knowledge of the German language that is at least equivalent to level B1of the CEFR , e.g.
- Certificate B1 (Goethe Institute, telc, ÖSD),
- TestDaF with at least 4 x 3 and/or
- 800 teaching units in German at a recognized language school.
If you are yet to achieve level B1 in German, you can attend classes at language schools in Germany or your home country, for example:
Institut für Interkulturelle Kommunikation
Institut für Bildung und Integration
Paper applications are no longer accepted. You have to apply via our online portal.
- You must use an actual computer, no smartphone or tablet.
- Pop-ups must be enabled.
- Your computer must be connected to a working printer.
- Save your application as a PDF before printing it.
- Scan all documents mentioned below and save them as PDFs under specific file names.
- Have all documents at hand because you will need to enter data from them during the online application.
- a certified copy of your original school leaving certificate and university entrance examination (if taken) with a sworn translation (into German or English)
- a certified copy of your original degree certificate or times of study with a sworn translation (into German or English)
- a certified copy of the original transcript of records for your degree with a sworn translation (into German or English)
- Chinese and Vietnamese applicants: the original APS certificate issued by the Akademische Prüfstelle as proof of your academic achievements
- a certified copy of evidence of your German language proficiency (see our information on language requirements)
- a CV (in tabular format)
- a copy of your passport
If you are under the age of 18 years, you are required to submit a parental consent form. [pdf, 727 kb] de
Definition: official certification
In Germany, all public bodies bearing an official seal can officially certify documents. This includes municipal administrations, district offices, and minor administrative authorities (e.g. local mayors, town administration, local registration offices, etc.); it also includes courts and notaries. The culture department of the embassy of the country that issues a certificate can also provide official certifications.
Outside Germany, the following authorities are authorized to issue official certifications: the Diplomatic Missions of the Federal Republic of Germany and the authorities and notaries authorized to issue official certifications in their respective countries. The original stamp and signature of the certifying person must be provided.
Definition: sworn translation
Certificates must always be translated by an official body, e.g. the issuing institution or a sworn translator. Attestations made by non-certified translators will not be accepted.
Application process, portal, and period
The online portal will guide you through the application process step-by-step.
When applying for the DSH preparation course, you should indicate what you would like to study at the University of Jena following your German course. Please select your future study programme from the range of studies [pdf, 269 kb] deavailable at our University before starting your application.
- Application period for the summer semester: 15 October to 15 January
- Application period for the winter semester: 1 May to 15 July
- Complete the online application and upload all required documents. If you experience technical issues, please re-enter your data! Your application will be recorded again (with a new, higher applicant number).
- Save your application as a PDF.
- Print the application and sign it.
- Send your application for admission without documents or copies of certificates to the following address:
- Your application will only be processed and/or included in the admission and selection process if it has been received by the University by post within the deadline.
- You can check the status of your application by logging into the portal with your username (your email address) and password.
- Please regularly check your emails for new messages regarding your application.
- If you receive an admission letter, it will include further instructions.
Applying for a room
We strongly recommend that you apply for a room at the student services organization Studierendenwerk Thüringen at the same time as you apply for the DSH course (deadline: 15 July for the winter semester / 15 January for the summer semester). Looking for a room on the private housing market is much more difficult.
Any more questions?
You can find more information on visa, health insurance, costs, services, and many other details in our FAQ.
Do you still have questions? Please get in touch with Ms Cornelia Dwars, Team international Students at the International Office.