General Information on the DSH


The "German Language Examination for University Entrance" (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang / DSH) at the Language Centre of the University of Kassel is registered with the HRK (registration number 142-06/15).

It follows the "Framework Regulations on German Language Examinations at German Universities (RODT)" (Resolution of the HRK of 08 June 2004 and the KMK of 25 June 2004 as amended by the HRK of 03 May 2011 and the KMK of 17. November 2011).


By passing the DSH, the applicants prove that they have sufficient knowledge of the German language to study at a German university. This knowledge might include the ability to:
• take notes in lectures, understand the content, and process the information
• understand and process study-related texts
• to express oneself independently in writing and orally on study-relevant topics

The DSH consists of the written examination part and the oral examination part. Both parts have to be passed for the examination to be considered successfully passed. Within the framework of the "Deutschen Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" you can attain the following three levels:

DSH 1 (a final result of 57% or above)
DSH 2 (a final result of 67% or above)
DSH 3 (a final result of 82% or above)

In general, a certificate with the overall result DSH 2 is required for starting your studies at the University of Kassel. More detailed information can be obtained from the Student Secretariat of the University of Kassel and from the department responsible for your study programme.

If you have not passed the DSH or would like to attempt the examination at a later date, you can register or apply for an entrance test (listening comprehension - reading comprehension - grammar) for the preparation course for the next DSH. The teaching time is approx. 20 hours/week and takes place during the semester. A three-week training course is offered during the lecture-free period.