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 six hours 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.

Intensive courses (20 hours minimum a week)

Intensive German language courses are offered to future students. This means you need a higher education entrance qualification, or a secondary school-leaving certificate that entitles you to study in Germany. Our current programme of language classes is available here:

Contact and Advice

Sabine Kirschenhofer

Sabine Kirschenhofer

Head of Languages, Language Centre

Building 22, Room 204
Sabine Kirschenhofer +49 661 9640-477
Consultation hours
Winter semester 17/18: Tues/Thurs 11-12

Part-time courses (2 - 6 units per week)

Courses in the winter semester 2017/2018 (23 October 2017 - 9 February 2018)

Intensive course German B2

German intensive course B2 in the summer semester 2018 (290 units)

The course is aimed at future students with B1 level language skills.  

The target level is B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (GER). The course may also be taken in preparation for the DSH intensive course (see below, from B2). 

Course dates: 9 April 2018 to 18 July 2018 (15 weeks)

Teaching times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9.30 to 13.30 (five 45-minute teaching sessions), no classes on Thursdays

Course fee: €700.00

Conditions of participation

  1. direct higher education entry qualification. In other words, a school-leaving certificate that entitles you to study in Germany.
  2. B1 level German skills (written proof)
  • Goethe Certificate B1 ("gut" or "sehr gut") or
  • telc Certificate B1  ("gut" or "sehr gut") or
  • TestDaF with TDN 3 in one section or
  • B1 examination at a university of applied sciences/university 
  • other B1 certificates only after the individual case has been reviewed

If you have no knowledge of German at level B1 at the time of enrolment but you can prove you have signed up for a B1 test, you will receive a conditional confirmation with a request for payment. The B1 certification must be submitted before the start of the course.


Applications for the next course start on 4 December 2017.

Please send your application by mail or submit it personally at the secretariat. You will find contact information on the right-hand side of this page.

For your application you need

  • the application form with your personal data and signature (available on 4 Dec. 2017)
  • the B1 certificate (certified copy)
  • your school-leaving certificate and (if applicable) your university diplomas or certification of semesters completed in a degree programme (certified copies)

Simple copies will be accepted if you apply in person and present the original documents.

Please send your application to:

Hochschule Fulda
Fachbereich Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften
Deutsch-Intensivkurs B2
Leipziger Straße 123
36037 Fulda 

Fax: + 49 (0) 661 / 9640 - 452

DSH intensive course C1

DSH intensive course C1 in the summer semester 2018 (290 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 (300 hours) and then take the DSH intensive course the semester after that. Information is available above.

Information about the next course

Course duration: 9 April 2018 to 13 July 2018 

Test date: 13 July 2018

Number of hours: 290 teaching units (45 minutes per unit)

Distribution of lessons: 22 teaching units a week. Teaching usually takes place from Monday to Friday: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: four teaching units, Tuesday and Thursday five teaching units There are no lectures or seminars on public holidays.

Teaching times: 9:30 to 12.45 (Mon, Wed, Fri) or 9:30 - 13.30 (Tue, Thu)

Number of participants:
maximum of 18 participants
Course book:
 DSH- und Studienvorbereitung 2020. DSH & Studienvorbereitung. Deutsch als Fremdsprache für Studentinnen und Studenten. ISBN-13: 978-3930861408

Course fee: 
€700 for the whole course. The date of payment depends on the time or enrolment and will be announced in writing.

Examination fee for DSH

Enrolment deadline:
9 March 2018 or or until the course is fully booked (usually earlier!).

Please enrol as early as possible because the course is often full before the end of the application period.

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.

Application for the course

Applications for the next coursemay be submitted as of 4 December 2017.

Please send your application by post or submit it in person. You will find contact information to your right.

A complete application contains:

  • the application form (please print out and fill in), availalbe here on 4 Dec. 2017
  • the B2 certificate (certified copy)
  • your school-leaving certificate and (if applicable) certification of semesters completed at university or university degree certificate (certified copies)

Please send applications to:

Hochschule Fulda
Fachbereich Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften
Leipziger Straße 123
36037 Fulda 

Fax: + 49 (0) 661 / 9640 - 452