Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
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German examination for university admission (DSH)

In order to study at a German university, students are required to have a good level of German language proficiency. The DSH certificate is recognised in Germany as confirmation of language ability. The exam tests listening and reading comprehension, writing and speaking skills.


DSH certificate at HKA

The DSH at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA) is also open to exernal participants. The HKA is registered as an examination location by the German Association for German as a Foreign and Second Language (FaDaF) and the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), furthermore the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences DSH certificate is recognized by all colleges and universities in Germany as proof of language proficiency.


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Sabine Astalosch

DSH Coordination

Tel: +49 (0)721 925-2993

Email: sabine.astalosch@h-ka.de

Building F, Room 307

Moltkestraße 30

76133 Karlsruhe

How can I prepare for the DSH?

DSH preparation course online

If you would like to take our DSH, targeted preparation for the DSH at our university and our examination format is very useful and is expressly recommended by us. Our online DSH preparation course is therefore the ideal way for you to prepare intensively for our DSH. You will learn about the individual parts of the exam: Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Academic Language Structures and Text Production. You can also practise exam strategies learned in the course on authentic exam materials. If you take part in the DSH preparation course, you are guaranteed a place on our DSH. The two-week course takes place online directly before the examination. The prerequisite for participation is a B2 level.

Current dates

  • Target group: People who would like to take the DSH at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.
  • Duration: 4 SWS
  • Credit points: -
  • CEFR level: B2/C1
  • 12.02.2024 - 23.02.2024
  • Mon-Fri, daily 10:00 - 15:00
  • Course mode: online intensive course
  • Contact person: Sabine Astalosch
  • Costs: 450 €
  • Registration form here

How are the DSH result levels structured?

DSH-3 (82% fulfilled) particularly high German language proficiency Admission to all degree programs

DSH-2 (67% fulfilled) linguistic ability to study Admission to almost all degree programs

DSH-1 (57% fulfilled) limited admission for certain study purposes, determined by universities. No binding effect for changing degree program or university

If less than 57% of the possible points are achieved in an examination part, this partial examination is considered "failed" (= DSH-0)

For more information on the requirements of individual degree programs, please refer to the respective study regulations.

Who can take part in the DSH?

The language requirement for participation in the DSH is a completed B2 level (CEFR)

Both (future) HKA students and external participants can take the DSH.

(Future) HKA students and participants from our DSH preparation courses are guaranteed a place on our DSH.

If in doubt, please contact us for advice before submitting your application.

How is the DSH structured?

The examination is divided into a written and an oral part and both parts must be passed. A monolingual dictionary can be used for all parts of the exam.

As the examination is open to students of all subject areas, no specific subject knowledge is required. However, priority is given to topics from the fields of study of the HKA.

Written examination

Parts of the exam and timetable:

09:00 - 09:45 Arrival and welcome
09:45 - 11:00 a.m. Understanding and processing an audio text Processing time 50 min + presentation time, the tasks will be handed out after the first listening
11:20 - 12:50 Understanding and processing a reading text and scientific language structures Processing time 90 minutes in total, including reading time
13:35 - 14:45 Specified Text Production Processing time 70 minutes

There is a break between each part of the exam.

Oral examination

You will receive a graphic/text with questions in advance and can prepare for the examination for 20 minutes. The oral examination consists of a short presentation (5 minutes) and a discussion (15 minutes) based on the tasks.

You can find further information work on the examination procedure in the examination regulations for the German Language Test for University Admission (DSH) at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences - Engineering and Economics

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