German as a Foreign Language at Fulda University

Do you want to learn German because you intend studying here? Are you already studying at Fulda University but want to continue to improve your German? Or are you spending a semester at Fulda University and are looking for a suitable German course?

The Language Centre offers courses from beginners' level to advanced levels. Courses are offered during the semester (April-July and October-February) for two to six hours of teaching a week, and intensive courses are offered during the semester or during the summer holidays (July-October).

Part-time courses (two to 8 units a week)

Students at Fulda University of Applied Sciences can take these courses free of charge. For information about current courses and to enrol, click here...

Non-students, in other words persons not enrolled at Fulda University of Applied Sciences, may also attend these courses. They must enrol as "non-registered students" (Gasthörer) at the beginning of the semester. Enrolment as a non-registered student usually costs €100 per semester. Non-registered students with refugee status, however, are exempted from the fee. Our International Office will inform you whether you can be exempted.

DSH intensive course  (22 hours a week)

The intensive German language course "DSH-Intensivkurs" is offered to future students at level B2. This also means you need a higher education entrance qualification, or a secondary school-leaving certificate that entitles you to study in Germany.

Contact and Advice

Sabine Kirschenhofer

Head of Languages, Language Centre

Building 22 , Room 204
Sabine Kirschenhofer+49 661 9640-477
Consultation hours
Tuesday and Thursday 10.00 - 11.00 am | Webex: https://hs-fulda.webex.com/meet/sabine.kirschenhofer

Part-time courses (2 - 8 units per week)

Courses in the current semester

DSH intensive course C1

DSH intensive course C1 , each summer semester and winter semester (300 units)

Goals and content

All students who have obtained their school-leaving certificate abroad must pass the DSH German language test (or an equivalent test) to study at a German university.

The DSH certificate proves that their written and oral knowledge of German is good enough for them to complete an academic programme of study. A DSH preparatory course teaches students to understand authentic academic texts (listening and reading comprehension). Language problems are discussed every week in connection with everyday life situations and study contexts.

At the end of the intensive DSH courses, all participants have the chance to take the DSH test if they have reached B2 level. To view a sample DSH test, click here.

The DSH test at Fulda University is regulated by a set of examination regulations that correspond to the General Examination Regulations. This means that the DSH certificate issued at Fulda University is recognised by other universities and institutions of higher education in Germany.

What are the admission requirements?

To take part in a DSH intensive course, you need:

  1. university entrance qualification.This means a school-leaving certificate that entitles you to study in Germany.
  2. B2 level German skills (written proof)
  • B2 certification, e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat B2 or
  • TestDaF with TDN 3 in all sections of the test or
  • DSH-1 

The B2 certification may be submitted later if you have registered to take a B2 test and you can send us proof of enrolment with the test date.We will then inform you of the deadline for the submission of your B2 certification (before the start of the course).


What about B1 level?

What if you have "only" reached B1 level and want to take the DSH intensive course later?

You can take the B2 intensive course in the following semester (ca. 300 hours) and then take the DSH intensive course the semester after that. Information is available above.


Before arrival: Apply for a visa

Remember that it can take some time for a visa application to be processed in your home country! Please enrol for the DSH intensive course as early as possible so that you can apply for your visa and enter the country on time.

After you have sent us your complete application documents, it takes approximately one month

- to review your application (German skills, school-leaving certificate),
- to send you a request for payment,
- for you to pay the fee,
- before the fee is received
- and we can send you a letter of confirmation, which you will need to submit when applying for your visa.

Please ask the responsible authorities in your home country how early you need to submit your application. Pay your course fee only if you have a realistic chance of receiving your visa in time and entering the country for the start of the course.

Information about the next course