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 develops and deepens existing basic knowledge. It is a general language course aimed at achievement-focused learners. It concludes with a test that qualifies you to access the next level (B2).

Prerequisite: solid A1 and A2 knowledge according to CEFR.

The course is aimed at those with solid A1 and A2 knowledge or those needing to consolidate their B1 knowledge. It is also aimed at people with significant imbalances between their listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills.

Contents:

  • Practising basic grammatical structures
  • Exercises to improve reading and listening comprehension
  • Exercises to improve writing

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 course concludes with the DSH exam.

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:

Winter semester

Tutor supported online courses with attendance phases (depending on the current hygiene regulations)

Technical requirements:

  • Laptop with camera and microphone
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Printer

A smartphone isn’t sufficient for attendance!

 

Course start: Mid-October
Duration/scope: 16 hours per week
Classroom teaching: Monday-Thursday 9.00 am - 12.30 pm

 

Summer semester

Course start: Mid-March
Duration/scope: 16 hours per week
Classroom teaching: Monday-Thursday 9.00 am - 12.30 pm


You can find the current dates here.

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 (not including 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 expiry of the cancellation period: Course fees already paid will be reimbursed, minus the processing fee of 50 euros.

After expiry of the cancellation period: 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.