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German Language

  • B2-Language Course (duration: 1 semester)

  • *DSH-Preparation Course (duration: 1 semester) 

Study skills

  • Tutorial on learning strategies and study organization (learning methods, scientific work, examination forms)

  • Orientation week  (e.g. campus-, city-, und library tour) 

Specialized skills

  • Tutorial: Mathematical refresher course

  • Specialized courses (e.g. introduction to computer Science, programming for beginners)

  • Specialized language course


  • Seminar on current News with historical and political background

  • Intercultural Workshop 

Individual student advisory service (Support)

  • Excursion

  • Leisure activities

  • Mentoring programme Buddy



 * Preparatory German language course with final DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang - German language test for admission to higher education for foreign study applicants)

NOTE: With completed B1 level the preparatory course will take 2 semesters, based on B2 level only 1 semester.

Entrance requirements

The following criteria must be met for applying for the preparatory course:

  • Proof of German language skills: completed B1 level at the minimum (according to the Common European Framework for Languages)
  • All other admission requirements (except of proof of recognized language certificates for admission to higher education) for the desired study programme at Ulm University, at Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences or rather Ulm University of Applied Sciences

Admission to the Preparatory Course follows a linguistic aptitude / placement test.

Applicants with the language certificate DSH 1 or TestDaF (3,3,3,3) will be admitted directly, however it is recommended that they take the placement test, otherwise they will automatically be admitted to the B2 course.

The placement test for winter semester takes place in September,
the placement test for summer semester takes place in March.
The dates will be announced on our website.

Admissions statutes of Ulm University for the Preparatory Course for international  prospective students - May 05, 2017 (only in German).


The preparatory course including language courses is currently free of charge
Ulm University does not charge any additional fees, excepting examination fees.

The fee for "DSH" examination is expected to be 175.00€

The following fees are due for all students (per semester):

Administrative fee:  70.00 €
Student services fee  87.00 €
Contribution to the authored student body  13.00 €
Total amount 170.00 € 

The amount of living expenses is difficult to quantify, because these may vary from one person to another.

A room for students in Ulm costs about 300.00 € per month at the minimum. Considering costs for food, clothing, insurance, etc., students usually need at least about 735.00 € to 800.00 € for each month to cover all aspects mentioned above.

Important information and instructions for living and studying in Ulm and at Ulm University can be found at the following website: Welcome to Ulm!

Application process

Please apply via the service center uni-assist (in Berlin).

Which application documents do you have to submit?

Please note: The documents must be submitted to uni-assist via the online portal. It is no longer necessary to send in certified photocopies.

    The certificate that entitles you to study in your home country

- as original

- and an official translation in German or English.

    Proof of German language skills (B1 or B2)

- as original.

    Study achievements, certificates, transcripts of grades or transcripts of records about your previous studies at a foreign university

- as original

- and an official translation in German or English.

    Original APS certificate for applicants from China and Vietnam.


All application documents must be translated by a sworn translator in Germany or abroad.

English or German language documents do not need to be translated. (Certification: Important information)

The application must have been received in full by uni-assist in Berlin by the application deadline. It is not necessary to send the application by mail.

Detailed information in various languages is available on the uni-assist website.

Application deadlines:

    Summer semester: 15 October - 15 January

    Winter semester: May 15 - July 15

The complete application must have been received by uni-assist in Berlin by this date. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Application costs (uni-assist): [ Status: April 2019 ]

    € 75.00 for your 1st choice of study in an application semester.

    + € 30,00 for each further study request in the same application semester.

Placement test

Admission to the Preparatory Course follows a linguistic aptitude / placement test.

Placement tests take place in March and September. The placement test is based on the written part of the DSH exam. Structure and form of the test are similar to a DSH exam. The placement test is divided into the subareas of reading comprehension, listening comprehension, text production and grammar.

You can download an example of a DSH exam here:

Leseverstehen (LV) und Grammatik          LV-Lösung

Hörverstehen (HV)                                     HV-Lösung


You can also find many other examples of the DSH exam here:

Admission to Studies

Applicants who would like to study the following unrestricted Bachelor programs at Ulm University, we can guarantee a study place after the preparatory semester.

For these subjects, a renewed application is not necessary. 

  • Chemistry (*)
  • Chemical Engineering (*)
  • Computational Science and Engineering (*)
  • Electrical Engineering (*)
  • Computer Science (**)
  • Communication and Computer Engineering (*)
  • Mathematics (**)
  • Mathematical Biometry (*)
  • Media Informatics (**)
  • Physics (*)
  • Software Engineering (**)
  • Chemistry and Management (*)
  • Mathematics and Management (**)
  • Physics and Management (*)
  • Economics (*)

* – start only possibly for winter semester
** - possibly for winter semester as well as summer semester


For all other study programmes it is necessary to apply according to the admission and enrolement rules.


Overview of the study programmes of Ulm University:



Further information on the subject of "living" can be found here:

Application deadline for the winter semester: July 31st

Dates for Application

Winter semester 2021/22:
May 15th - July 15th

Please note that applying for visa can take a long time.

We therefore recommend that applicants residing abroad apply early for the preparatory semester so that they can be present for the placement test.

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