Degree Programmes

Language Proficiency

If you are not from a German-speaking country and haven’t passed the university qualification programme at a Studienkolleg, you must take the following tests to apply to the Universität zu Lübeck:

  • The TestDaF (require a grade of 4 or better in all four subtests), or
  • The DSH (pass at least the DSH-2 level), or
  • complete the telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule test.

This test requirement is waived if you:

  • Have a German Language Diploma from the Cultural Ministerial Conference (2nd level), or
  • Passed the Central Upper Level Test of the Goethe Institute, or
  • Have the major German Language Diploma of the Goethe Institute,
    (Please note: as of 1 Jan. 2012, these certificates were replaced by the Goethe Certificate C2: Major German Language Diploma)
  • or you obtained your Abitur (University Entrance Certificate) from an accredited German school abroad.

At the Universität zu Lübeck, we offer German language preparatory courses for applicants who are classified either as refugees, asylum seekers, or eligible for subsidiary protection. For more information, please click

As of February 2017, you can also take your test at our Universität zu Lübeck. To sign-up for the TestDaF, please visit: