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.


Course 19

5 months course, Requirement: B2

Course start: 7 September 2020

Registration deadline: 4 weeks before course start


  • B2 (as repetition/consolidation) with 175 units; intermediate and oral exams

  • C1 with 175 units starting mid-November; intermediate and oral exams
  • DSH-preparation with 80 units


  • DSH-examination: expected Februrary 2021
  • Oral examination: expected end of March 2021

A spot for the DSH-examination is guaranteed.

Course participation for refugees

5- or 7-months courses, prerequisite: B1 or B2

Assessment tests take place continuously

The DAAD-Integra-Project will commence from 01 April 2020 to 31 December 2021. 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
  • possess a university entrance qualification
  • have proof of at least a B1-level

Courses in 2021

In February 2021, we will offer again classes that take either 5 months (B2, C1 and DSH-preparation) or 7 months (B1+, B2, C1 and DSH-preparation).


  • Course 18

    Course 18: Started on 6 July 2020

    7-months class, prerequisite: B1

    • B1+ (as repetition/consolidation) with 175 units (UE) ; intermediate and oral exams
    • B2 with 175 units from 16 September ; intermediate and oral exams
    • C1 with 175 units from 13 November ; intermediate and oral exams
    • DSH-preparation with 80 units from 20 January 2021

    Break from 25 July to 16 August., and 10 October to 18 October, and expected from 24 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.
    DSH-examination expected for February 2021
    Oral examinations expected for end of March 2021.

    A spot for the DSH-examination is guaranteed.

    Offical application closing date (4 weeks before class starts): 8 June 2020

Before the Registration

Important: 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 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.


Each language module

960 €

175 units

DSH-preparation moduel

440 €

80 units


160 €

(separate application, participation assured)

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. Not an address of a friend staying in Germany.
  • Inform yourself in advance which requirements are need 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.
  • Please register yourself. Do not use a third person to register, and please communicate with us directly via d-intensiv@llc.uni-hannover.de


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