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Language Requirements for Studying and Language Courses

Language requirements

Anyone wishing to embark on a course of study* at Münster University must provide evidence of adequate German language skills. This can be done by means of a variety of certificates:

  • A DSH-2 or DSH-3 certificate acquired at a German university or Studienkolleg in accordance with the regulations issued by the University Rectors Conference. DSH stands for Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (German Language Examination for University Entrance).
  • TestDaF level 4 in all four skills:www.testdaf.de
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German Language Diploma) as laid down by the Conferenceof the Ministers of Education, Level II
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (issued by the Goethe Institute from 2012 onwards)
  • Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (Central Examination, Advanced Level, issued by the Goethe Institute until December 2011)
  • Kleines/großes deutsches Sprachdiplom (Standard/Advanced German Language Diploma, issued by the Goethe Institute until December 2011)
  • UNIcert-certificate, Levels III and IV
  • DSH 2 or DSH 3, acquired at a foreign university under the responsibility of a department of a German university.

* exceptions currently apply to the following degree programmes:

  • Bachelor programme in 'Physik': required is a DSH-1 certificate or equivalent (level B2 according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages, TestDaF TDN 3)
  • Bachelor programmes in 'Musik und Vermittlung' and 'Musik und Kreativität', more information
  • Master programme in 'Physik': required is a DSH-1 certificate or equivalent (level B2 according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages, TestDaF TDN 3) or English language skills 
  • Master programmes in 'Musik und Vermittlung' and 'Musik und Kreativität', more information


Language courses


Preparing for the DSH examination
The Language Centre at Münster University offers a language course for international students to prepare them for the DSH examination. Please note that a basic knowledge of German is required in order to take part in this course.

The intensive language courses cost € 500 per semester. Since language course participants get enroled at the University of Münster, they also have to pay the regular semester charge (the "Semesterbeitrag") of currently approx. € 220 every semester.  

Language course participants who pass the DSH examination at the end of the course and then start a degree programme at the University of Münster will get a refund of the course fee (not the semester charges) at the beginning of their second study semester.  

DSH preparatory course at Münster University
Contact the Language Centre – Department of German as a Foreign Language


Fee-based language courses in Münster
Information on fee-based language courses in Münster can be found through the following link:
Fee-based language courses


Possibilities of exemption


Exemption from the DSH examination
If you provide evidence that you have had at least three years of intensive German tuition in the final phase of your school education, with at least adequate grades, and that you are competent in oral communication – or that you have graduated in German – it will be considered whether an exemption from the DSH examination is possible. In such a case please contact the Department of German as a Foreign Language at the Language Centre, some time in advance, to request an appropriate attestation for your application.
Contact the Language Centre – Department of German as a Foreign Language

Exemption from providing evidence of German language skills
Currently no evidence of German language skills needs to be provided for the English-language Master degree courses in

  • Geoinformatics
  • Geospatial Technologies,
  • Information Systems
  • National and Transnational Studies
  • British/American and Postcolonial Studies
  • Physics


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