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German Language Requirements


For German taught masters programmes, viz. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction a German proficiency proof at the level DSH-2 or an accepted equivalent certificate  is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the masters programmes of your interest on the corresponding website.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German proficiency proof:

  • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
  • the TestDaF, at least TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule,
  • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.

Please note: If you  do not have the required mandatory German proficiency proof at the time of application, your can only apply if you can show a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at the Level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to get the results before the end of the current semester.

There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g.Goethe-Zertifikat B1,TestDaFat least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognizedlanguage school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office at http://www.uni-jena.de/en/Degree_Seeking_Studies.html or contact the International Office directly i .

Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught masters programme!

The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

  • applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelors degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
  • holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.