*Preparatory Course for international prospective students - Propädeutikum

The International Office offers international prospective students who wish to apply for a Bachelor´s programme at Ulm University, a preparatory course.

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).

Key data

Type of programme


Type of study
  • full-time
Start of programme
  • next summer semester: 31.03.2023
Language of instruction
  • German
  • restricted (for further information see 'Application')
Standard period of study (semester)


More about the course

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.

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 programming (e.g. campus-, city-, und library tour) 

Specialized skills

  • Tutorial: mathematics 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 advising & support

  • Excursion

  • Leisure activities

  • Mentoring programme

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

Please note: The length of the preparatory programme depends on your starting language level. If you start out with the B2-course and take the DSH-course afterwards, the programme lasts one year; if you begin with the DSH-course, the programme will only last one semester.

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!

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: