Nuremberg Institute of Technology offers special preparatory courses at B1, B2, and C1 levels specifically designed to prepare you for the DSH exam.

You will be required to sit a placement test before beginning each course. Participation in the placement test is obligatory. The result of the placement test is binding and determines at which level you will start. The B1 and B2 courses include final exams at the end of the semester; success on this final exam is required to proceed to the next level course. This means that you will proceed to the DSH exam in no more than three semesters.

Short description

The DSH Preparatory Course B1 is a course for students with a special focus on performance. The requirements are higher than they are in the usual B1 courses, and tailored to future academic study.

Prerequisite for participation is a sound knowledge at A1 and A2 level in accordance with CEFR.

The course is also intended for participants whose knowledge at B1 level is not sufficiently sound, or whose aural, reading, speaking and writing skills exhibit a significant disparity.

Contents:

  • Practising basic grammatical structures
  • Exercises to improve reading and listening comprehension
  • Vocabulary work
  • Exercises for writing texts on complex topics

The DSH Preparatory Course B2 deepens and systematically develops the fundamental linguistic knowledge gained at B1 level. There is a fundamental shift in teaching method here towards more learner-oriented, self-determined exercises. Greater focus is placed on writing in the foreign language and text analysis and interpretation as key skills of academic language. The course concludes with a test that qualifies you to access the next level (C1).

Prerequisite: solid B1 knowledge according to CEFR.

Contents:

  • Practising general language and grammatical structures relevant to studying
  • Introduction to text work on topics relevant to studying at university (exercises to improve reading and listening comprehension)
  • Introduction to techniques and skills relevant to studying at university (describing simple graphs, oral presentations, taking notes, etc.)
  • Process-oriented writing

The DSH Preparatory Course C1 begins at a very advanced level. It is aimed at new students with the corresponding level of prior knowledge of German but is also designed as a follow-on course after the B2 preparatory course. The course is very achievement-oriented and focuses on academic language alongside working methods relevant to your studies. It also has a strong exam focus. One of the central components is regular simulation of exam situations using actual past examinations from Nuremberg Tech. The end of the course and the date of the DSH-Advanced exam are coordinated.

Prerequisite: solid B2 knowledge according to CEFR. 

Content:

  • Deepening and consolidating grammar topics relevant to studying at university
  • Expanding knowledge to include structures typical of academic language (DSH exam section 3)
  • Text work using more challenging, natural sciences-related, non-fiction texts (listening and reading comprehension with the same length as the exam)
  • Topic-specific vocabulary training (practising expressions for giving reasons, assessments, consequences, pros and cons, etc.)
  • Deepening and expanding exam-relevant working methods and skills (graphs, diagrams, definitions, etc.)
  • Preparation for the text production exam section

In line with the study focus of applicants to Nuremberg Tech, we focus on the following areas:

  • Business
  • Engineering/Technology
  • Environment
  • Working environments
  • Education and university
  • Media
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Social work

The preparatory courses are held at the following times:

Summer semester

Online courses with instructors and daily video conferences

Technical requirements:

  • Laptop with camera and microphone
  • Internet connection
  • Printer

A smartphone is not sufficient to participate in the course!

Course start: Mid-March
Duration/workload:  16 contact hours/week
Class hours: Monday-Thursday 9.00 am - 12.30 pm

 

Winter semester

On campus course - subject to the applicable hygiene regulations

If on-campus instruction is not possible:

Online courses with instructors and daily video conferences

Technical requirements:

  • Laptop with camera and microphone
  • Internet connection
  • Printer

A smartphone is not sufficient to participate in the course!

Course start: Mid-October
Duration/workload:  16 contact hours/week
Class hours: Monday-Thursday 9.00 am - 12.30 pm


You can find the current course and exam dates under this link.

All university applicants from abroad with a valid passport can attend.

 

Important: As of the summer semester 2019, it is no longer possible to enrol at the university for the DSH Preparatory Course.

Registration:
The course fee is 850 euros  per semester (without enrolment)

 

Please pay the fee in full  prior to beginning the course. We do not accept payment by instalment. You will receive an invoice before beginning the course.

Cancellation:

Before the end of the cancellation period (1 Feb 2021):

Course fees already paid will be reimbursed, minus a processing fee of 50 euros.

After the end of the cancellation period (1 Feb 2021):  

Course fees already paid will be reimbursed, minus a processing fee of 75 euros.

When you register for the DSH Preparatory Course, you will also be entitled to the following:

  • free access to other German courses  offered by the Language Center (excluding semester break courses). Please speak to the lecturers before choosing a course; participation is only possible if places are available.