Preparatory courses

Preparatory German courses and foundation courses

To study in Germany, you will need a higher education entrance qualification. Depending on your country of origin, a proof of German language proficiency (DSH exam) is sufficient, or a supplementary course - Studienkolleg or, especially in Saarland, the International foundation programme (VSI) is necessary. 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.

Optional propaedeutic modules as well as tutorials can be chosen as compulsory elective subjects in addition to the German language programme.


International foundation programme (VSI)

With the programme options MINT (equivalent to 'STEM'), Humanities and Business Science and Economics.
Scope: 30 to 33 hours per week.



  • DSH - German language examination for university admission / Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (fee: 100 Euro)
  • International foundation programme (VSI)- Intermediate examination, enables transition to trial studies (free of charge)

Postal address

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