Intensive courses for preparation of studies (DSH courses)

German courses as preparation for the DSH exam

After you have taken the comprehensive diagnostic language test, you will be assigned to a group appropriate to your current level of proficiency in German. The DSH intensive preparatory courses are offered at two levels:

  • Level I courses are for learners with no prior knowledge of German or for those with elementary/intermediate proficiency in German (CEFR levels A1 to B1)
  • Level II courses are for upper-intermediate and advanced learners of German (CEFR levels B2 to C1)

Typically, between four and seven courses are run in parallel at each of the two levels I and II. This ensures that you will be placed in a learning group that accurately reflects your current level of German. You will have 20 hours of teaching each week and your course will typically last between 16 and 20 weeks per semester, during which time you will be prepared for the end-of-course exam. At the end of a level I course, students will re-take the diagnostic language test. Students taking a level II course will take the DSH language proficiency test.

The courses are designed to develop student competence in:

  • Grammar (particularly the structures found in academic language)
  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral communication
  • Written expression

The preparatory German language courses are supplemented by introductory level elective subjects and student-centred, tutor-guided learning sessions.

** 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

Postal address

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