About the ISZ Saar

What is ISZ Saar?

ISZ Saar (International Study Centre Saar) is situated directly at the centre of the Saarland University campus. It has the task of ensuring that international students are able to begin their studies successfully.

To prepare international applicants with the language and academic skills required for their studies, we offer extensive German language and foundation courses. By attending our courses, international applicants can study in Germany even if their higher education entrance qualification is not recognized. ISZ Saar is the only centre of its kind in Germany that offers German language courses at all proficiency levels free of charge, including courses for applicants without knowledge of German.

Furthermore, ISZ Saar offers a wide range of courses including workshops und seminars that have been specially designed to help new international students find their way and study successfully at Saarland University. In-sessional German language courses are intended for all international Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and all international doctoral candidates at Saarland University.



Courses offered

Intensive German preparatory courses

For all proficiency levels (including DSH* exams for applicants with a recognized higher education entrance qualification / *DSH = Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang).


International foundation programme VSi MINT

Preparatory courses in German, Mathematics and Physics for applicants who want to study a STEM (science, technical, engineering, mathematics) subject at Saarland University and do not have a recognized higher education entrance qualification.


In-sessional German language courses for different proficiency levels

Short intensive courses before the start of the semester and in-sessional courses during the main teaching period (mostly between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.); in particular for exchange students (Erasmus, Eastern European partner universities, direct exchange) but also for students who have passed the DSH exam.


Workshops and seminars

Supporting international students during the orientation phase (for example intercultural training, scientific and academic working practices, academic writing and learning strategies).


Tandem language exchange programme

Language tandem of the IZS Saar; realised in cooperation with the Welcome Center and the university’s Language Centre (SZSB).


** Current contact details **

In order to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, the ISZ Saar currently offers restricted services.
You can reach the secretariat Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. by phone at +49 (0) 681 - 302 2850.

Otherwise, please contact us by e-mail if you have questions

If you have any questions regarding your application to the UdS or enrolment in study-preparatory DSH and VSiMINT courses, please only contact the team of the Admissions Office (e-mail: studium(at)uni-saarland.de)


International Study Centre Saar (ISZ Saar)

Director: Dr. Michael Aulbach
Secretary: Stefanie Barthel-Weyand
Phone: +49 (0) 681 302-2850
Fax: +49 (0) 681 302-2824

Postal address

Internationales Studienzentrum Saar (ISZ Saar)
der Universität des Saarlandes
Campus, Gebäude A3 2
66123 Saarbrücken