FAQ for the German language programme


German co-ordinator: daf (at) hs-mannheim.de

Your Department can check whether your language proficiency is sufficient for your studies. 

At all non-German speaking students at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences who have to or would like to improve their German. 

Compulsory attendance at the German language classes offered by the University depends on your department and study programme. 

Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced, as well as supplementary courses. Language programme

All new students take a placement test before the semester starts. Please contact the  German co-ordinator

They do not exceed the limit of 18 students. In general, a group has about 15 participants.

In principle German. Other languages such as English, Spanish or Portuguese can also be used if necessary, but mostly outside the German lesson. 

You are welcome to. You are treated exactly the same as regular students. 

The courses are free for Mannheim University of Applied Sciences students.

Sorry, no. The first admission requirement is enrolment onto a study programme at our University. 

You cannot sit the DSH examination at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, but at University of Mannheim, an institution nearby we co-operate closely with.

This depends on the study programme. Please consult your department. 

Yes, if you have been awarded at least 4 in all sections. 

Mainly DSH (2 or 3) and TestDaf (4 in all sections). Ask the German co-ordinator about recognition of other German language qualifications.

Not yet. You can prepare for this examination at other institutions. 

Whether you need the DSH qualification before registration, before graduating or at a specific stage in your studies depends on the specific regulations for your programme. Please consult your department and/or the Admissions Office. 

The DSH is generally nationality-independent. If you do not have the German Abitur school qualification or a language proficiency test comparable in standard to the DSH, you are required to pass a language proficiency test. 

Certainly, if you make good use of the courses offered, actively participate in the lessons, learn independently and, above all, foster contacts with Germans, e.g. fellow students.

Way above-average: 80-100% (compared to 40-60% for all DSH candidates).