German language skills on a high level are an essential precondition for studying.
For application at Freie Universitaet Berlin proof of completion of one of the following examination is required:
As etween application and enrollment there is not much time, we recommend strongly to apply already with German skills at the level of TestDaF 4 in all four parts, or an equivalent.
For enrollment you have to prove your German language skills even on a higher level than for application with following certificates (Certificates must not be older than three years.):
If you cannot provide a certificate at the level of DSH 2 or a recognized equivalent you will be invited to take the DSH-test at the Sprachenzentrum of Freie Universität. The test takes place before the beginning of the lecture period. All necessary information can be found in the letter of invitation to the DSH.
Exception: only Bachelor's and Master's programs in German Language and Literature require TestDaF on level 5 in all four parts or the DSH-3. Information on dates and a sample tests can be found on the website of Sprachenzentrum (in German).
In addition to German proficiency, a number of degree programs require proof of additional language skills for application or enrollment.
No German test is required from participants in exchange programs, for programs taught in English (including Master programs of the Charité), and for some doctoral programs.
The Studienkolleg of Freie Universität Berlin prepares applicants without a recognized foreign university entry qualification during one year for the Assessment Exam, which is the application prerequisite for any degree program application. Part of the Assessment Exam is a German test, which is an equivalent for DSH 2. With your application for Studienkolleg you have to prove sufficient German language skills.
Freie Universität Berlin's Sprachenzentrum offers pre-semester and summer classes at an advanced level. To prepare for the TestDaF or DSH German classes can be taken at the Goethe-Institut, at private language schools in Germany, or in the student's home country. The DAAD offers information about summer language courses in Germany.