German courses to prepare for studies

The Sprachlehrinstitut (SLI) of the University of Wuppertal offers a limited number of foreign-language applicants who can prove that they have a university entrance qualification for a Wuppertal degree program the opportunity to participate in (full-time) German courses that prepare them for their studies. A fee of 500 euros per semester is charged for participation.

German courses are offered at the following levels:

  •     A2 - C1

Assignment to a course is made after a placement test. The courses take place throughout the year with 38 teaching and examination weeks and a minimum of 18 hours per week. Two levels can be studied and completed per semester. For individual advice regarding the language courses offered, please contact the Sprachlehrinstitut.

Application deadlines
For the summer semester: 15.11.-15.01.
For the winter semester: 15.05.-15.07.       

Since the number of applications for the German course regularly exceeds the number of available places, the university makes a selection.

Applications must be submitted via uni-assist within the official application deadlines, indicating the desired field of study on the application forms for admission to studies. You will find an instruction video in the green frame on the right.

FAQ German language course

The German language course is intended as preparation for the DSH examination. With this exam you fulfil the language requirements for studying at University of Wuppertal. Here you will find information on which other requirements you need to meet in order to study at Universty of Wuppertal. 

With the result DSH-2 or DSH-3 you prove the required German language skills for studying at University of Wuppertal.

In order to change from the German course to the specialised study programme, send an application for a change of study programme (insert link) to the International Student Office. Your application will be reviewed. When changing to a

  • Bachelor's programme with open admission: You will be transferred to the programme.
  • Admission-restricted Bachelor's programme: You must first submit an application for admission "Antrag nc_intern" (by 15 January for the summer semester, by 15 July for the winter semester). Only if you are admitted in the selection procedure will you be transferred to the specialised study programme.
  • Study programme with aptitude test procedure: The responsible examination board must first confirm your subject-specific aptitude.
  • Master's degree programme: The responsible Master's examination board must first confirm your subject-specific suitability.

Yes, you have to be present at the German language course regularly, otherwise you will be removed from the course list and you will be exmatriculated.


During your participation in the German language courses preparing you for university, you are enrolled at the university and receive a "semester ticket", but you are not yet considered a student but a pupil. For this reason, you cannot yet be insured in a statutory health insurance as a student, but must have private health insurance for language students for this period. If you are generally entitled to BAföG, you can apply for pupil BAföG.



Participants in the preparatory German courses do not have student status and therefore no work permit in Germany. This also applies to part-time jobs!

Address & Contact

Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Abt. 3.3 - Internationales Studierendensekretariat (student admission and registration)
Gaußstraße 20
42119 Wuppertal

Personal consultation hours in the Student Service Center (SSC) right at the main entrance (building G, room G.08.16):
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

For organisational reasons, office hours may change sometimes. You can always find the latest information about office hours on the Student Service Center page under "News".

Telephone consultation and advice:
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

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