Preparatory courses

Preparatory German courses and foundation courses

To study in Germany you will need a higher education entrance qualification recognized by anabin) and proof of German language proficiency (DSH exam). Both qualifications are offered by the International Study Centre Saar (ISZ Saar) at Saarland University and may be taken by applicants preparing to study at the University. The courses are free of charge for most applicant groups.

Applicants may participate in these courses if they have applied to study their chosen academic programme (at Saarland University or htw saar within the application deadline and applied for the preparatory German course and received confirmation of their place or if they are studying as part of an exchange or partnership programme (at Saarland University or htw saar).

Please note the information on the application of international applicants at Saarland University!

Courses offered for the preparation of studies

Preparatory German courses

For all proficiency levels A0 to C1, also for complete beginners. These courses prepare applicants for the DSH exam (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang).
Contact hours: 20-26 hours per week.

Preparatory courses in German, Mathematics and Physics in the international foundation programme (VSi MINT)

The international foundation programme VSi MINT has been designed to enable candidates who do not have a recognized higher education entrance qualification and whose German is not yet proficient enough for normal study to join Saarland University’s special ‘Bachelor Plus MINT’ programme.
Contact hours: 15 hours per week, combinated with a level B2/C1 German course.

Optional modules for comprehensive preparation

To supplement the German courses, for example: Mediation, Intercultural Communication, “Uni+Deutsch”.

German tutorial

A supervised tutorial will be held in addition to the German course on three afternoons with digital and analogue material.


  • DSH - German language examination for university admission / Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (fee: 100 Euro)
  • VSi MINT- International foundation programme (free of charge)

** 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)


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