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Language entrance requirements

Good language skills are an important requirement for successful studies.

On this page you will find information on the language requirements for studying at the Charité.

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Language entrance requirements

Those who have acquired their university entrance qualification and/or university degree abroad must prove their knowledge of the German language as part of the application or enrollment process.

German courses that prepare students for university studies are not offered at the Charité.

Language certificates

... application for the 1st semester for

  • medicine and dentistry (international)
  • all bachelor programs
  • all consecutive master’s courses
  • all university graduates applicants

need sufficient knowledge of German to study by the relevant application deadline, January 15 (for summer semester) or July 15 (for winter semester). You can find an overview of the language certificates for the application under "language certificates for studies".

... to the application for the preparatory course

With your application to the preparatory course, in addition to an appropriate school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German language skills by means of one of the following certificates:

  • DSH-1
  • TestDaF level 3 in all four sub-tests
  • graded certificate B2 GER
  • certificate of attendance for course C1 (current or completed course)  

... for enrollment in medicine and dentistry (national)

Human medicine and dentistry (national)

All applicants need sufficient German language skills for enrollment. You can find an overview of the language certificates for enrollment under "language certificates for studies".

Admitted applicants without appropriate language certificates will receive an invitation to attend the "German Language Test for University Admission" (DSH). The DSH invitation will be sent out as part of the verification of your enrollment. The language certificate for study must be submitted before the beginning of the semester (March 31/September 30).

The DSH exam is conducted at the language center of the Humboldt University of Berlin. If the DSH is not passed with the result "DSH 2" or "DSH 3", it can be repeated after one semester. However, this requires a renewed application and admission.

In exceptional cases, it is possible to be exempted from the DSH upon application, even if there is no official equivalent to the DSH, but sufficient German language skills, both spoken and written, can be proven. Corresponding proofs are for example

  • a completed degree in a German-speaking course at a German-speaking university
  • the successful attendance of the tenth grade of a German-speaking high school as well as
  • the successful completion of an apprenticeship (at least 2 years) in Germany.

Please contact us with the possible basis for exemption by e-mail at zulassung-stud(at)


... for enrollment in

  • human medicine and dentistry (international)
  • all bachelor programs
  • all consecutive Master's programs
  • all transfer students

All applicants require sufficient German language skills for enrollment. You can find an overview of the language certificates for application under "language certificates for study".

Language certificate for study

  • DSH 2 or DSH 3 from another university
  • Welcome@FU Refugee Program German Certificate C1
  • Certificate "telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule" with good and/or very good results
  • German Language Diploma (Level II) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz), if all partial examinations have been passed with C1
  • Goethe Certificate C2
  • Applicants who have taken the German language test at a foreign university under the organizational and content-related responsibility of the preparatory course or a teaching area of German as a foreign language at a German university
  • Applicants who have passed the TestDaF exam with a score of at least TDN 4 in all four parts of the test, whereby it is not possible to offset individual parts of the test (e.g. 3 and 5).

You can find more exempt language certificates on Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.

No language certificates older than 3 years will be accepted.

Legal basis

  • Regulations for the German language test for university admission (DSH) - published in the Official Bulletin of the Humboldt University, No. 11/2020 (only available in German)
  • Framework regulations for German language examinations for studying at German universities (RO-DT) in the current version