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The DSH course is aimed at applicants who would like to take up a German study program - not at students of English master programs!

If you wish to apply for the DSH course, generally, the following application deadlines apply:

Application Deadline Course Start
August 15 January
November 15 April
February 15 July
May 15 October

How to apply:

1. Download application form and fill it out. For help take a look at the Info Sheet.
Important: Your adress needs to be current. Please answer question 11 in the application form with “Yes”.

2. Add your following educational documents (original language) as officially certified copies:
- secondary school leaving certificate
- university entrance examination - if taken
- transcript of records of all academic years
- university diploma in case you already graduated in your home country
- APS certificate, if required for your country, needs to be original

3. Add official translations of your documents - if issued in a language other than English, French or German.

4. If you are refugee and/or live in Germany already, please submit also a (clearly legible) copy of your current residence document. If you are asylum seeker, your residence document should prove that you are entitled to live in or close to Paderborn, so that you may attend the course at a daily basis.

5. Send your application (= completed application form and educational documents) to the International Office within the above mentioned application periods.

Application documents will not be returned. For this reason, please submit only officially certified copies. Do not send us originals.


Please be aware that obtaining a visa for entering Germany may take several weeks or even months. Therefore it is neccesary that you submit your application within the above deadlines. We will inform you of the result of the admission process around 8 weeks after the applicable deadline. We ask you to refrain from inquiring about the application status within this time.


If you have been accepted for the preparatory German language course (DSH course) you will receive an acceptance letter for the DSH course - not yet for the degree course of your choice. Whether you are eligible for the degree course can - for administrative reasons - be assessed only at the end of the DSH course.

You do not have to apply again, but - as admission criteria (e.g. entrance tests, language skills, required minimum grades, accrediations of previous study achievements) to degree courses might change - you are asked to inform yourself about admission requirements of the degree course you wish to attend. Information about all degree courses offered at the University of Paderborn is available here.

Please note:

Application and admission to the DSH course are free of charge!


Universität Paderborn
International Office
Warburger Straße 100
33098 Paderborn

Whom to contact for personal advice

The University for the Information Society