International Programmes 2023/2024

DSH Course+ DSH Course+

University of Potsdam • Potsdam

Course location
In cooperation with

University of Applied Science Potsdam
University of Applied Science Brandenburg

Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B2, C1, C2
  • 8 April - 19 July 2024 (Registration deadline of course provider: 15 January 2024)
  • 14 October 2024 - 7 February 2025 (Registration deadline of course provider: 15 July 2024)
Mode of study
Less than 50% online
Phase(s) of attendance in Germany (applies to the entire course)
Yes, compulsory
Pace of course
Instructor-led (Specific due dates for lectures/assignments/exams)
Information on dates, prices and mode of study

Course fee: 400 EUR
Exam fee: 160 EUR
Semester fee (including a ticket for public transport): 316 EUR

Target group

For prospective students of the University of Potsdam, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and the University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg with a direct university entrance qualification


Classes to develop German language fluency:

Development of the following:

  • listening skills, including authentic presentations and lectures with preparation and follow-up: "Living and Studying in Germany"
  • reading comprehension
  • the ability to produce texts
  • the ability to understand and make use of scientific/academic language structures, and
  • oral communication skills

Classes in general study preparation:

  • Exercises for German pronunciation – a contribution to oral competence in university studies
  • preparing, following up on, and taking notes at lectures – living and studying in German
  • “Practical language exercises for German as a foreign language” tutorial
  • “Intercultural support – excursions” tutorial
  • Individual learning facilitation with independent study
Recognised language exams offered (e.g. DSH, TestDaF, TOEFL)
Other degrees / qualifications awarded
Certificate of participation
Types of online learning elements
  • Chats (with lecturers and other students)
  • Discussion forums and / or groups
  • Message Boards
  • Online sessions
  • Online study material provided by institution
  • Online tutorials
  • Other
Online learning element is part of a study programme
Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • 8 April - 19 July 2024 (Registration deadline of course provider: 15 January 2024), costs: EUR 400
  • 14 October 2024 - 7 February 2025 (Registration deadline of course provider: 15 July 2024), costs: EUR 400
This price includes
  • Course fees
Information on dates, prices and mode of study

Course fee: 400 EUR
Exam fee: 160 EUR
Semester fee (including a ticket for public transport): 316 EUR

Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B2, C1, C2
Language requirements

German level B2

Technical equipment and programmes
  • Computer/laptop
  • Internet
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Moodle
  • Zoom
Submit application to - course of study: "DSH-Kurs+"

Is accommodation organised?
The organiser does not provide assistance.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

University of Potsdam

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Young, modern, and focused on the future: Founded in 1991, the University of Potsdam occupies a prominent position among the universities and research institutions of Berlin and Brandenburg. With more than 22,000 students, it is the biggest university in the federal state of Brandenburg.

The University of Potsdam offers a broad range of degree programmes in the fields of the arts, economics and social sciences, law, human sciences, natural sciences, and digital engineering. Important research areas are cognitive science, Earth sciences, and functional ecology and evolution as well as plant genomics and systems biology.

Situated in a region with more than 40 research institutions, the university closely cooperates with numerous institutions of international acclaim, such as the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics, and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. Students greatly benefit from these co-operations, which open up job opportunities for graduates.

Teaching at the University of Potsdam is always strongly influenced by up-to-date research and driven by the latest scientific findings within and outside academia. Study programmes are also continuously checked for quality.

The University of Potsdam is an international community of great diversity. With its numerous English-language Master’s programmes, it welcomes international students from everywhere. To help them feel at home in Potsdam, the university offers German courses and a buddy programme, which matches new students with experienced ones. For advice on how to plan their studies, international BA and MA students can turn to the International Office. PhD students will receive information from the Welcome Centre. International students considering a short-term stay are invited to attend one of the university’s summer courses in German or English.

Individual PhD students and members of structured PhD programmes at the university receive wide-ranging support from the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS). As an umbrella institution of the different departments, it offers workshops for careers in various fields.

The University of Potsdam believes that equal opportunities are fundamental to education and research. The Equal Opportunity Coordination Office coordinates various offers to promote gender equality, such as programmes for young female researchers. Students with children receive assistance from the Family Service, which will help them organise their studies in a family-friendly way.

During and after the studies, the Career Service helps students prepare for their job applications. It also offers workshops on key skills and establishes contacts to companies. Graduates with business ideas can seek advice from the university's start-up service, which is named Potsdam Transfer.

University location

The University of Potsdam is one of the most beautifully situated universities in Germany. Each of its three campuses benefits from its special location. The central campus is located just opposite the Baroque palace “Neues Palais”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Golm, Potsdam’s largest campus, is idyllically surrounded by pastures and meadows. The Griebnitzsee campus is situated right at the border of Berlin and Potsdam.

Once a city of kings and royal residences, Potsdam is famous for its large number of palaces and parks. But it is also a thoroughly modern city with a strong orientation towards the future. In fact, 10,000 of Potsdam’s 160,000 citizens work in academic institutions. No other German city has a higher ratio of scientists per capita.

Lovers of nature and culture will immediately feel at home in Potsdam. Because of its unique location, you will find green oases where you can unwind within walking distance, and at the same time, you can reach the German capital, Berlin, in just 30 minutes by public transport. In the historic city centre of Potsdam, the Hans Otto Theater, the Nikolaisaal Concert Hall, the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History, and the Film Museum provide opportunities to enjoy classical as well as modern culture.

As a young city, Potsdam offers good conditions for families, providing lots of childcare and family support facilities. In fact, Potsdam has been ranked as the most family-friendly city in Germany. Moreover, it is a very safe living environment.

In a nutshell, Potsdam has the infrastructure of a metropolis while still retaining its charming ambiance.

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