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Preparatory Course for international prospective students


Ulm University, Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences and Ulm University of Applied Sciences offer a preparatory course for international prospective students who wish to apply for a German speaking study programme. It includes an intensive linguistic as well as general and subject specific preparation for your studies.

In order to enroll in a specific study programme that is taught in German, you need a proof of a recognized language qualification for university entrance (DSH 2 - level).
We offer the opportunity to acquire these language skills directly at Ulm university and to participate in a B2-German language course and/or a DSH-preparation course (DSH = German language test for admission to higher education for foreign study applicants).

At the beginning of your studies, you will be faced with many new challenges. You will arrive at a new city of another culture and start a completely new chapter of your life: your studies. New learning strategies as well as a high degree of self-organization will be prerequisites to successfully overcome these challenges.

To help you get started with your studies in Germany, we want to prepare you comprehensively and sustainably. This preparatory course will not only prepare you linguistically for your studies, but you will become familiar with new learning strategies, your new study and living environment as well as with numerous organizational basics related to your studies.

Your advantages

  • comprehensive and goal oriented preparation
  • directly at university
  • good future prospects and diverse career opportunities
  • cost-efficient


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!


Please apply via uni-assist (in Berlin).



Which application documents are required? 

  • The certificate that entitles you to study in your home country

-       as officially certified photocopy of the original

-       and as an officially certified photocopy of the authorized German or English translation of the document.


  • Proof of German language skills (B1 respectively B2)

-       as officially certified photocopy of the original.


  • Transcripts of records of your previous studies at a foreign university

-     as officially certified photocopy of the original

-     and as an officially certified photocopy of the authorized German or English translation of the document.


  • APS-certificate for applicants from China and Vietnam  



All these documents have to be handed in as officially certified photocopies. All documents must be translated by an authorized/sworn translator in Germany or abroad. (Certified Copies and Translation: Important Information)

English and German documents must not be translated.

All required application documents must be delivered to uni-assist in Berlin by this date. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

uni-assist provides further information in different languages on their website.




Application deadline:


  • Summer term:  October 15th - January 15th
  •  Winter term:     May 15th - July 15th


All required application documents must be delivered to uni-assist in Berlin by this date. Incomplete applications will not be processed.




Application expenses (uni-assist):

[ as at October 2018 ]


  • € 75,00 for your first desired course of study in an application semester.
  • + € 30,00 for each additional desired course of study in the same semester.
  • Refugees can apply with uni-assist for a free application procedure.




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 (*)

* – 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:


Workshop "Propädeutika" für Projektkoordinator*innen

  • ⓘ Information

    Zur Workshop-Webseite


    Weiterentwicklung der Maßnahmen für die Studieneingangsphase

    An vielen Hochschulen wurden in den letzten Jahren propädeutische Maßnahmen eingeführt, die die sprachliche, fachliche und allgemeine Studienvorbereitung ausländischer Studieninteressierter mit und ohne Fluchthintergrund fördern.

    Der Workshop Propädeutika für internationale Studierende richtet sich insbesondere an Projektleiter*innen die Maßnahmen im Rahmen von mehrmonatigen Vorbereitungsangeboten koordinieren oder deren Einführung anstreben. Er bietet eine Plattform, um sich mit Kolleg*innen zu Programmkonzepten auszutauschen und von den unterschiedlichen Erfahrungen zu profitieren.

    Der Workshop wird organisiert im Rahmen des STIBET II - Modellprojekts "Vorbereitungssemester für internationale Studieninteressierte der Universität Ulm" und gefördert durch den DAAD aus Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes (AA).

Dates for Application

Winter semester 2020/21:
May 15th - July 15th

Please note that applying for a 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.

Our partners

Due to the pandemic and the need to contain the new type of corona virus (SARS-CoV-2), unfortunately no orientation week will take place in the summer semester 2020.

We are currently working on providing special information online.


International Office closed

The International Office will remain closed to visitors until further notice.

Advising is available only by email.

Documents can be submitted electronically via email.


Grit Laske-Dünkler

Advising Hours:
Tuesday:13:30 - 15:30
Thursday:09:00 - 11:30
and by Appointment.
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