D-intensive (DSH preparation)

German Intensive Courses for Future Students of the Leibniz University of Hanover

Whenever possible, it is our objective to teach German in an academic context. This is facilitated through authentic learning situations such as lectures, seminars, in the canteen and many more places in which non-native students do not only learn to listen and speak, but also to read and write German. This approach helps to not only understand how German works in an academic context, but also to familiarise international students with the university's structures.

From the very beginning, German will be taught with specific materials connected to the academic context of the university in order to facilitate successful studies at a German university.

Our goal is a successful preparation for the officially recognised DSH-examination („Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang“ – German Language Examination for University Admission). We wish to support university applicants as best as possible and give them a venture point for their successful studies at the Leibniz University.

Each module is completed with a intermediate exam which is necessary to partake in the following modules. Further assessment tests give us the opportunity to place students in the right classes. In the future, these German intensive classes will comprise a complete program from beginner classes to the DSH-examination.

Plan ahead

Please note that learning German up to a C1-level takes some time. To reach a B1-level, you will have studied German for at least half a year. Reaching C1 at the LLC takes 7 months with double the content than B1. Do not underestimate this.

Corona: current situation

From 4 October the 3G rule applies at LUH

From 4 October 2021, the 3G rule must be observed by anyone entering LUH buildings. That means that access is restricted to persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered from a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as those able to provide a negative test result. Accessing LUH buildings without proof of a negative official test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery is considered as trespassing and can be prosecuted. 

Your 3G proof must be in German, English, French, Spanish or Italian. Proof of recovery is a positive PCR test that is not older than 180 days. Proof of vaccination is one (for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen) or two vaccinations (for Comirnaty, Spikevax or Vaxzevria) at least 14 days ago. If you have been vaccinated with other vaccines, you will need proof of a negative test. A negative test is defined as a test carried out by your family doctor or at a testing centre. The test must not be older than 24 hours (rapid test) or 48 hours (PCR test). A self-test at home is not sufficient.

If you are not vaccinated, recovered or tested, you cannot participate in the course!

Participants who cannot attend in person due to special circumstances (e.g. quarantine, delayed entry) have the option of online participation. However, this requires a stable internet connection and the necessary technical equipment (computer/laptop, camera, microphone or better headset).

Upcoming courses

All announced courses will take place, so that registrations are possible on an ongoing basis.

Duration of corona-related measures

The duration depends on future developments. Current developments concerning Leibniz Universität can be found under the following link: www.uni-hannover.de/de/universitaet/aktuelles/corona/.


7-month course

Requirement: B1


  • B1+ (as repetition/consolidation) mit 160 units; intermediate and oral exams
  • B2 with 160 units; intermediate and oral exams
  • C1 with 160 units; intermediate and oral exams
  • DSH-preparation with 80 units
5-month course

Requirement: B2


  • B2 (as repetition/consolidation) with 160 units; intermediate and oral exams

  • C1 with 160 units starting beginning of November; intermediate and oral exams
  • DSH-preparation with 80 units
Course participation for refugees 2022

The DAAD-Integra-Project will be continued in 2022. That means refugees may participate in our courses. Which classes suits your needs best will be determined by the assesment test.

Students, who have already registered but have not received a spot yet, have been automatically been wait listed. If you are interested in one of the following courses, please contact us via email at d-intensiv@llc.uni-hannover.de.


  • You are either a refugee or seek asylum
  • You possess a university entrance qualification
  • You have at least a B1-certificate


CURRENT: Expansion of the offer for refugees from UKRAINE

Two Additional courses are to be offered for refugees from Ukraine at beginner level A1. Simply register online and if there are enough registrations, corresponding courses will start.

Start of the first course: Wednesday 1 June - Booked up

Start of the second course: Friday 1 July - Booked up

If single places become available, it may be possible to start at a higher level.


  Course 24 Course 26
  B1+ (7-month) B1+ (7-month)
B1+ 7 February 2022 27 June 2022
B2 from 28 March 2022 5 September 2022
C1 from 30 May 2022 2 November 2022
DSH-preparation from 19 July 2022 9 January 2023
DSH-examination written  3 September 2022 February 2023
DSH-examination oral 4-7 October 2022 March 2023
Registration deadline  10 January 2022   30 May 2022


  Course 27 Course 28 Course 29
  B2 (5 months) B2 (5 months) B1+ (7 months)
B1+ / /


6 February 2023



5 September 2022


6 February 2023

End of March 2023
C1 Early November 2022 End of March 2023 End of May 2023
DSH-preparation January 2023 End of May 2023 Mid July 2023
DSH-examination written expected February 2023 expented end of June 2023 expected early September 2023
DSH-examination oral expected March 2023 expected early August 2023 expected early Oktober 2023
Official registration deadline 4 weeks before course start 4 weeks before course start 4 weeks before course start


  • Later entry into the courses

    Courses will be usually attended from the first module onward. A later start is only possible if there is a vacant spot and the language skills are sufficient.

    Entry into the DSH preparation module is NOT possible! At least the C1 module has to be attended before. 

  • Fees
      Each language module DSH-preparation module  DSH-examination

    960 €

    160 units of 45 minutes each

    480 €

    80 units

    190 €

    separate registration

  • Visa

    Inform yourself in advance which requirements are needed for you to obtain a visa and if there are different alternatives. You can receive those information on the web pages of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

  • Important for application from abroad

    Please do not fill in a German address if you do not live in Germany, but put in your home address.

    Please register yourself. Do not use a third person to register, and please communicate with us directly via d-intensiv@llc.uni-hannover.de.


    Important Information before Registration:

    Courses will be usually attended from the first module onward. A later start is only possible if there is a vacant spot. A start with the DSH-preparation module is NOT possible!

    Registration is possible as long as there are spots available, even after the official closing date (4 weeks before course starts).

    If you resign from the course after the official application closing date, you do not have legal right to receive a refund of the course fee.


Hubert Fleddermann
Leibniz Language Centre
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Hubert Fleddermann
Leibniz Language Centre
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover