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German as a Foreign Language

Sound knowledge of German is essential for successful studies in Germany. This also plays a major role with regard to career and profession.

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Dear international students at TU Dortmund University, dear international student applicants,

We are very happy that you have decided to study at TU Dortmund University. Welcome!

On these pages, we would like to inform you about important topics concerning our German language courses and about the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH).

Please also refer to the links further below for information about current course offers, placement tests, and our course platform. First, decide which target group you belong to, and follow the respective link for more information.


Information for specific target groups

You are not yet enrolled as a regular student and are looking for information about DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) and pre-university German language courses.

Information for student applicants: DSH and pre-university German language courses

You have already successfully passed DSH, TestDaF, Telc-Hochschule or comparable exams and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program taught in German at TU Dortmund University.  Your German proficiency is at the B2/C1 level, and you would like to improve your language skills.

Information for international students enrolled in Bachelor 's or Master's programs taught in German

(Automation & Robotics / PSE / Data Science / MMT)

You are enrolled in a Master’s program taught in English at TU Dortmund University and you would like to improve your German language skills.

Information for international students enrolled in Master's programs taught in English

(Erasmus, USA, ISEP etc.)

You are a student participant in an exchange or Erasmus program and you would like to improve your German language skills.

Information for international exchange students

You are working as an international researcher at TU Dortmund University or you are doing your doctorate at TU Dortmund University and would like to improve your German language skills.

Information for international researchers and doctoral candidates

Course Platform and Course Registration

Students enroll for language courses through our course platform. You need TU login credentials to set up a regular user account. You can set up a temporary guest account if your TU login credentials are not yet activated. At the end of the semester, you can download your graded course certificate. Registration for German courses for the summer semester 2024 will start on 28 March 2024 (at 10.00 a.m.) via the course platform.

We offer languages other than German as well, including English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese, to name just a few. Our department also hosts a writing lab. Please refer to the respective parts of our website for more information or contact us.

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