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How good does my German have to be?

In order to be able to study at the HAW Hamburg you must have a good working knowledge of the German language [Exception: applicants for degree programmes in English*]. The HAW Hamburg accepts the following German language certificates:

  • Goethe Institute certificate C1
  • TestDaF (minimum of 16 points, but no less than 4 points in each examination part)
  • telc C1 certificate
  • DSH2 or DSH3 from a German university/Fachhochschule (DSH1 is not accepted)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kulturministerkonferenz [Zweite Stufe]
  • Kleines or Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom des Goethe-Instituts
  • successful completion of a degree in German (Germanistik) as the first language in your home country
  • successful completion of a vocational training (Berufsabschluss) in Germany
  • successful completion of the 7. Klasse of a German school

You can learn more about each of these exams under

* Some Master's programmes in English still require basic German (A2) as a prerequisite. Please check the information page for your chosen Master's programme list of Master's programmes in English

German classes at HAW?

Please be advised that the HAW Hamburg does not offer German classes to student applicants. It is also not possible to take the DSH or preparatory courses for the DSH here.  

At the Goethe Institut Hamburg you can take the ZMP or the ZOP as well as the TestDaF. Other language schools will help you prepare for the different German exams and are test centres for TestDaF. If you are not yet in Hamburg you can take courses at the Goethe-Institut in your home country.  

The TestDaF is an examination which is offered several times a year at numerous locations worldwide.  For additional information about the examination, the test centre locations as well as the test dates please visit the TestDaF website

Distance learning - prepare for the TestDaF online.

Links - Learn German

Learn German online

DUO Deutsch Lernen Online
Goethe Institut Distance Learning 
DAAD Learn

Learn German in Hamburg

UNS Deutschkurse
Parkallee 3
20144 Hamburg
T +49.40.647 92 147

Goethe Institut Hamburg
Hühnerposten 1
20097 Hamburg
T +49.40.2385 43-0

Rackow Schule
Schopenstehl 31
20095 Hamburg
T. +49.40.333 055-0

Tandem Hamburg e.V.
Haus am Fleet, Steinhöft 5-7
20459 Hamburg
T +49.40.38 19 59

Interkulturelle Bildung Hamburg e.V.
Conventstr. 14
22089 Hamburg
T +49.40.2530 62511

Letzte Änderung: 19.07.11

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If you have questions:

HAW Hamburg
Admissions Office

Service Telephone: 
+49.40.428 75-9898

Open office hours:
Ground Floor
Mo. & Tu 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thurs 2 - 5 p.m.

Campus Berliner Tor
Students Centre
Stiftstraße 69 / Building G
20099 Hamburg