German as a Foreign Language


The Centre for Modern languages offers German language courses on various levels at its four campuses. They are geared towards the needs of

  • exchange students who spend one or two semesters at Ostfalia on a non-degree basis
  • international students intending to study for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, either a t Ostfalia or at any other German university.


German as Foreign Language for exchange students

Courses for exchange students who spend one or two semesters at Ostfalia on a non-degree basis are offered at all four Ostfalia campuses. These courses are tailor-made to the requirements of students from our partner universities.

They are taught for a full semester and they are free of charge for exchange students!

Furthermore, preparatory German language courses are offered prior to the beginning of the winter term. These courses are also free of charge.

Details can be found here.


German as Foreign Language for full-time international  students

Students from a foreign country intending to study at Ostfalia or any other university in Germany are usually required to demonstrate their German language proficiency on a defined level. This is done by achieving a certain level of proficiency in one of the German language examinations.


Cerificates accepted for university entrance as a full time stundent

At Ostfalia all officially acknowledged German language cerificate for university entrance are accepted:

  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber (DSH); level DSH-2
  • TestDaF (required score 16points TDN) das Deutsche Sprachdiplom der KMK (zweite Stufe)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom issued by the KMK (zweite Stufe)
  • Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung ausländischer Studienbewerber/innen für die Aufnahme eines Studiums an Hochschulen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland („ Feststellungsprüfung“)
  • Goethe-Zertifikat (CEFR level C2)
  • " telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule"
  • or proof of sufficient level of knowledge of German that has been achieved by an officially acknowledged secondary school certificate which is equivalent to the German university entrance qualification.

If you do not yet have any of the certifications listed above, you may apply to attend a DSH-preparatory course and the subsequent DSH-examination at Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences:


Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber (DSH)

Prerequisites for attending the DSH-preparatory course










Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber (DSH)

















Befreiung von der DSH













DSH-preparatory course











Schedule for

DSH-preparatory courses



































Terms and Conditions






You will have to give proof of your knowledge of German at least at the CEFR level  B2.2.

Your written final degree certificate (level B2.2) is required as proof.

Certificates of attendance can not be accepted.

Die bis zum B2-Niveau erforderlichen Sprachkenntnisse müssen vorher erworben werden, am besten bereits im Heimatland. Sollte das nicht möglich sein, gibt es zahlreiche private Anbieter, bei denen Sie Kenntnisse auf dem Niveau B2.2 erwerben können.

At Ostfalia courses at beginner’s level are only offered for exchange students from partner universities.



In order to attend the DSH-examination directly you must have successfully passed German language courses with CEFR level C1 or DSH-level 1! Only written certifications are accepted to prove eligibility of attendance.

The Centre for Modern languages reserves the right to restrict attendance!

 A DSH level DSH-2 certificate is required as part of the university entrance qualifiacation.

The DSH-examination at Ostfalia is open to:

·         applicants planning to study at Ostfalia Unoversity of Applied Sciences. Information for applicants:

  • successful participants of the DSH-preparatory course:
  • exchange students at Ostfalia UAS (there will be a fee for taking the examination!)
  • external candidates (who have successfully  attended courses at CEFR-levels C1 or DSH-1)

In special cases applicants can be exempted from the DSH-emination. This is the case if an applicant can show sufficient language proficiency that will enable them to successfully pass all examinations leading to a degree.

The decision on these cases will be taken by the head of the examination board for German.


Ostfalia’s DSH examination has been registered by both,  „ Hochschulrektorenkonferenz“ (HRK) and „ Fachverband Deutsch als Fremdsprache“ (FaDaF), registration number 36-09/14.

Thus DSH-examinations that have successfully been taken at Ostfalia’s Centre for Modern Languages will be accepted by all German universities and institutes of higher education.

Prior to the DSH-examinations a DSH-preparatory course will be offered, which has been tailored towards the form and content of the DSH-examination.

Duration of the DSH-preparatory course: 3 weeks

Mondays to Fridays 08:30 - 12:45 s.

70 lessons + examination.

Venue: Ostfalia AUS, Centre for Modern languages,

Wolfenbüttel, Am Exer 2d.

Attendance is only possible by prior confirmation from the Centre for Modern Languages at Ostfalia UaS.

250 € for the DSH-preparatory course plus

100 € for the DSH-examination

(overall cost: 350 €).

The fee for candidates wishing to take just the DSH-examination is 150 €.

Fees as of 1 January 2019, fees may be subject to change!


Winter semester 2018/19

Registration is no longer possible!

DSH-preparatory course:

Mo., 12.11. - Thu., 06.12.18

DSH-examination, written

Sa., 08.12.2018

Publication of results:

Wed., 02.01.2019

DSH-examination, oral

Fr., 04.01. / Mo., 07.01.2019


Ostfalia HaW, Wolfenbüttel, Am Exer 2d

 Summer Semester 2019

Registration is no longer possible!

 DSH-preparatory course:

Wed., 15.05. - Fr., 14.06.2019

DSH-examination, written

Sa., 15.06.2019

Publication of results:

Mo., 01.07.2019

DSH-examination, oral

Mi., 03. + Thu., 04.07.2019


Ostfalia UAS, Wolfenbüttel, Am Exer 2d


Please send your registration form and proff of language level (CEFR level B2 / B2.2/C1 oder DSH-1) and a copy of your ID to:  .

Registration is only possible on 1 April to 2 April 2019 möglich.

You will be notified by email in the period 8 April to 10 April 2019 if your application has been successful. 


Payment of fees

·         by bank transfer only

·         successful applicants will receive details of Ostfalia’s bank account together with their confirmation

·         payment by cash is not possible

·         bank charges must not be on receiver of paymnts!

·         Once you have accepted your course place you are liable for payment unless you have formally withdrawn!

Cancellation fees

When you cancel your attendance two weeks prior to the beginning of the course, a cancellation fee of 50% of the course fee applies.

Bei Rücktritt 2 Wochen vor Kursbeginn werden 50% der Kursgebühren als Stornogebühren berechnet.

When you cancel your attendance seven days or less prior to the beginning of the course, the complete course fee is forfeited.


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