Language Skills

German Language Skills

The teaching language at the Fachhochschule Südwestfalen is German. The only exceptions are currently the English Master course Systems Engineering and Engineering Management , International Management & Information Systems and the Bachelor course Business Administration with Informatics .

Requirement for the enrolement of international applicants in the German courses is to have sufficient skills of the German language.

These language skills have to be verified through a German test. As verification for sufficient skills at the Fachhochschule Südwestfalen only certificates of the successful completion of one of the following tests will be accepted:

  • German as foreign language- test (TestDaF)
  • language certificate of Goethe-Institute (ZOP) or telc GmbH
  • the German language assessment for higher education (DSH)

The required level depends on the study programme as shown in this overview.

Where can these tests be taken ?

  • TestDaf - centres
  • Goethe- Institute
    You will be able to find these test centres in many different countries, and in many different cities within Germany.
  • telc GmbH
  • German universities (DSH- Prüfung)
    Please note that DSH- exams are not offered by every German university and that the universities often only admit the applicants to this exam if they fulfill very special conditions.

Learning German

Worldwide as well as in Germany there are a lot of ways of learning German, e.g. at the Goethe- institutes.

Central Office:

The Volkshochschule, which can be found in most larger towns in Germany, also offers a wide range of German language courses.

There is also the possibility to learn German online at the Deutsch-Uni Online.

Free German courses are offered by the International Office of the Fachochschule Südwestfalen. International full-time students can, if required, participate in order to improve or update their language skills. These courses do not aim at taking the German test which is the prerequisite for enrolment in a course of study, but they rather contribute to making progress with your own studies in Germany.

Further information and application at the International Office .