DSH exam

Proof of German language

If you have no German school-leaving certificate (nor a 'Sprachdiplom II' from a 'Deutsche Schule' abroad), you will need an official proof of advanced German language proficiency for admission to a study programme in Germany.

The DSH ('Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber') is a test of German for academic purposes and the general requirement for the admission of international students to institutions of higher education in Germany. It tests your language proficiency in terms of your ability to conduct your studies in German.

Alternatively, the TestDaF is also recognized, although HS Mannheim does not offer preparation training for this qualification. Both language exams are offered by official test centres according to a pre-determined schedule. The DSH can only be repeated twice.

Language requirement for Master’s course in Information Technology

As far as the Master’s course in Information Technology at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences is concerned, the DSH is obligatory in order to be granted the 'Master of Science' degree, however not to be admitted to the actual graduate studies. This means that you will have to pass the language exam successfully before finishing your Master studies.

International Master students need a sound basic command of German (A2 level at least) before commencing their studies.

During the Master’s studies, German language courses as well as DSH preparatory training for registered students are offered free of charge at HS Mannheim. The actual exam is taken at the University of Mannheim, where you will be charged a registration fee.

Minimum language requirements (for the MSc degree)

  • DSH:
    minimum 67% in all parts
    (corresponds with to DSH 2 or DSH 3)
  • TestDaF:
    minimum of a 4 in all parts
    (not as an average!)

German language examinations

Excellent prospects

The success rate of HS Mannheim students taking the external DSH exam lies at 80% and is clearly above the average at the Mannheim Examination Office (40-60%).

As for our Master’s students, the success rate is even higher (80% - 100% at the first attempt). Continual mentoring, careful selection of teaching staff and the motivated efforts made by the students themselves as well as project participation and German-instructed studies from the very start all play a key role in the achievement of such excellent results. The response of the employers to this high-quality language training is extremely positive.