If you would like to study at the University of Potsdam, you typically need proof of very good German language skills. This page provides information about the various requirements for the degree programs, as well as information about how you can improve your German language skills if necessary before beginning your university studies.
The bachelor’s degree programs offered at the University of Potsdam are offered in German, which is why very good German skills are an important requirement for successful university studies. Enrollment and the subsequent start of the studies require German language skills at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You must prove these language skills by taking the German Language Proficiency Exam for Admission to a University (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang – DHS). Some other certificates may be submitted as well. You can find out here which certificates are accepted.
In duly justified cases, the study and examination regulations of a degree program may also specify a lower level of language skills. This provision currently applies to the bachelor’s program “Applied Cultural and Translation Studies (German-Polish)”, for which the level B2 of the CEFR has been defined.
Many of the master's degree programs offered at the University of Potsdam are taught in German or contain modules with German as the language of instruction. Therefore, your application requires proof of adequate German language skills. Non-German applicants must provide documentation of their German language skills, which have to be at least level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This proof is provided by taking the German Language Proficiency Exam for Admission to a University (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang – DHS or at least DHS-2) or an equivalent certificate. You can find out here which certificates are accepted.
Some master’s degree programs may require different German skill levels.
If documentation of language skills corresponding to the DSH-1 level is required, you can also submit a few other certificates. You can find out here which certificates are accepted.
For English-language master’s degree programs, sometimes no German skills, or very limited German skills, are required.
Please consult the application requirements regarding language skills for master’s degree programs in the current courses offered.
There are no general requirements for demonstrating German language skills, or other language skills, for doctoral degree programs. Please consult the regulations for a doctoral degree to find out which language requirements apply for your doctoral degree program. Please consult with your supervisor regarding this topic.
If you have not yet attained skills at DSH level 1 or 2, you can apply to participate in a DSH intensive course to prepare for the DSH, or to take the DSH, at the University of Potsdam (via uni-assist e. V.).
Whether or not you can apply for the intensive course or to take the DSH depends upon which language certificate you already hold.
The University of Potsdam will send you an invitation to take the admissions test for the Intensive DSH German Courses with Preparatory Components (Preparatory Courses for the German Language University Entrance Examination: DSH) if you:
If you pass the admissions test with very good result, you will be admitted to the Intensive DSH German course. This course takes place over the course of one semester and concludes with the DSH exam.
Samples from the admissions test can be found on the pages of the Center for Languages and Key Competences (Zessko) at the University of Potsdam.
The University of Potsdam will send you an invitation for the German Language Examination for University Admissions (DSH), if you:
Please note our application deadlines if you still need to complete the DSH language proficiency test.