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Proof of language proficiency for international applicants

Success in your studies requires that you have the necessary language skills. In order to avoid any problems
with enrolment or even with your studies that could arise due to insufficient language skills, applicants must already prove at the time of application that they have sufficient knowledge of the formal language of
instructionin their desired degree programmes.

Language Skills

As a rule, at the time of application (unless otherwise specified in the respective examination regulations), proof of
German language proficiency at the level of at least B2 must be provided for all GERMAN-taught programmes.
Whether level B2, C1 or DSH-2 is required for enrollment in the degree programme you are aiming for depends on
the respective
examination regulations.

Unfortunately, there is no standardized policy for ENGLISH-taught degree programmes. Please refer to the website
or the study and examination regulations of the programme you are interested in or contact the relevant programme coordinator. TOEFL and IELTS certificates are generally accepted.


German language proficiency can be proven by submitting one of the following language certificates:


When C1 / DSH-2 is required:
  • German language proficiency test for international university applicants (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für ausländische Studienbewerber und –bewerberinnen, DSH) with a result of at least DSH 2
  • Test of German as a foreign language (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache, TestDaF) with a result of at least 4 x TDN 4
    (for master's programme Intercultural German Studies at least 17 points)
  • The German Language Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference (Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz, DSD) - level two (DSD II)
  • ÖSD Zertifikat C2
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule 
  • For the winter semester 2020/21: certificate of the internal German language exam of the University of Bayreuth with "Result corresponds to the DSH 2 level"
When B2 is required:
  • German language proficiency test for international university applicants (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für ausländische Studienbewerber und –bewerberinnen, DSH) with a result of at least DSH 1
  • Test of German as a foreign language (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache, TestDaF) with a result of at least 14 points - no part under TDN 3)
  • ÖSD Zertifikat B2
  • Goethe-Zertifikat B2
  • telc Deutsch B2
  • B2 certificate IIK Bayreuth
  • For the winter semester 2020/21: certificate of the internal German language exam of the University of Bayreuth
    with "Result corresponds to the DSH 1 level"

I have none of the listed certificates at the level of at least B2.Hide

If at the time of application you do not yet have any of the listed language certificates but can present some other reliable language certificate showing that you have German language skills at the required level (but at least at the level of B2), you will be required to take our DSH examination. This examination is always held at the University of Bayreuth shortly before the start of the semester. Depending on the requirements of your desired course of studies, you must achieve at least DSH 1 or DSH 2 in the examination.

What happens if I don't pass or miss the DSH exam?Hide

If you cannot present proof passing the DSH examination with the required result or an exemption for enrolment, it will unfortunately not be possible to enrol.

I can provide proof of German language skills below B2 level and am interested in a German taught programme. Hide

Proof of German language skills at a level below B2 does not allow access to German taught programmes.

I have applied for an English-taught master's programme. When do I have to prove my German language proficiency (A1)?Hide

As a rule, in addition to your knowledge of English, you must also prove your knowledge of German at the level A1 (e.g. with a Goethe or Unicert certificate). If you have no knowledge of German at the time of your application, you have the option of turning this in by the end of the 2nd semester.  German courses are offered at the University of Bayreuth’s Language Centre. More language courses in Bayreuth can be found through the IIK or the Volkshochschule.


If further language skills are required in a course of studies, these can usually be submitted at the time of enrolment, sometimes even later. More detailed information can be found in the examination regulations of
the degree programmes.


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