Language Skills for Bachelor and Staatsexamen


The language of instruction at RWTH Aachen is German with only a few exceptionsh. Applicants who did not acquire the secondary school certificate at a German-speaking institution must possess the necessary German skills for their course of study in accordance with the current edition of Section 49 XII Page 1 and Page 2 of the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia.

You can find more information in the Ordinance for the German Language Exam for University Admission of International Applicants, DSH, and in the Comprehensive Examination Regulations for Bachelor's and Master's Courses of Study (de), which are complemented by the examination regulations for each course of study.

When is evidence of German language skills required?

All applicants who are not native German speakers and do not possess of a German secondary school certificate must provide evidence of their German language skills by presenting one of the following language certificates:

  • the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang, DSH 2 or 3
  • the Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache, TestDaF, at least Level 4 in all four test sections
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz -Stage 2, that is KMK II
  • the Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom, KDS, Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom, GDS, or Goethe Certificate C1 from the Goethe Institute
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung II of the Sprachen- und Dolmetscher Institut München
  • Telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

You can obtain these certificates at the worldwide TestDaF centers or Goethe Institutes.


Acquiring German Skills

In Your Home Country

Good language skills are a prerequisite for successful studies in Germany. Applicants from non-EU countries can only get a residency permit for the purpose of learning German for limited time in only, typically twelve months. Therefore, we highly recommend acquiring basic German skills in your home country if the opportunity to do so is available. This is often a safer and cheaper option. Learning German at home helps you to avoid long stays for learning German in Germany, without being certain that you will pass the language exam at the end.

Please look into the language learning opportunities in Germany and your home country and consider the time and expenses involved in such preparatory courses. The different Goethe-Institutes worldwide offer German courses at every level. Deutsch-Uni-Online or DUO offers supported Online Language Courses.

At RWTH Aachen

RWTH Aachen offers a German language course for prospective students that prepares them for university study. This German course prepares students for the DSH exam and the TestDaF. Eligible to participate are students who have completed level A2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference. During the course, participants can decide whether they wish to take the DSH exam or the TestDaF at RWTH Aachen.

All information on prerequisites, application and costs can be found on the Language Center's website.