Student applicants and admission
Learning German at the Internationales Studienzentrum Saar
The International Study Centre Saar at Saarland University in Saarbrücken is the central contact point for prospective students who have a foreign higher education entrance qualification and want to prepare for their university studies in Germany. International applicants learn German here and can take the DSH language exam (German language exam for university admission / Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang), which is the German language proficiency test for foreign applicants seeking admission to higher education. But also for applicants whose school-leaving certificate (Abitur) is not recognized in Germany and who have to go through a preparatory college (Studienkolleg), ISZ Saar offers the possibility to learn German within the international foundation programme VSiMINT . A big advantage of the International Study Center Saar is that the courses take place in the middle of the campus, quasi as part of the university life. A great advantage of the International Study Center Saar is that the courses are held in the middle of the campus, which allows course participants to become acquainted with university life early on.
Twelve different German courses
Participants from around 60 nations are currently registered at the International Study Centre Saar. The German skills that they acquire here provide them with the language proficiency needed to cope with university life in Germany. A total of twelve German courses across all proficiency levels are offered each semester, including courses for prospective students without any prior knowledge of German.
A diverse range of courses
In addition to the preparatory courses, the International Study Centre Saar offers German language courses during the semester. These in-sessional courses are aimed at international students, doctoral students, scholarship holders and visiting academics who wish to improve their German language skills during their stay in Saarbrücken. There are also short intensive language courses before the start of the semester, which are mainly used by Erasmus+ exchange students to prepare for their study-abroad period at Saarland University.
Admission to the courses at the ISZ Saar
The courses offered at ISZ Saar can only be taken by students of Saarland University and by certain applicants to the University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken (htw saar) who fall within the scope of specific agreements (for details, please contact htw saar).
If you are planning to take:
- preparatory German courses and foundation courses, you will need to show that you successfully submitted an application within the relevant application period for your chosen subject of study at Saarland University and a preparatory German language course or the international foundation programme VSiMINT,
- in-sessional German language courses, you will need to provide a valid enrolment certificate for the subject you will be studying at Saarland University,
- courses and workshops in the field ‘International Academic Culture’ (Wissenschaft und Wissenschaftskulturen international), you will need to provide a valid enrolment certificate for Saarland University (either for courses at ISZ Saar or for a degree programme).
Direct enrolment via the International Office may be possible in certain circumstances for exchange students or for students who plan to spend one or two study-abroad semesters in Saarbrücken.
** 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 (Ms Keller) Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. by phone at +49 (0) 681 - 302 2850
and by e-mail:
International Study Centre Saar (ISZ Saar)
Director: Dr. Michael Aulbach
Secretary: Elisabeth Keller
Phone: +49 (0) 681 302-2850
Fax: +49 (0) 681 302-2824