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

Hybrid teaching in presence and online

With a suitable hygiene concept and sufficiently large classrooms, it is now again possible to hold our courses in greater presence. This applies mainly to those participants who are already in Hanover. Participants who are still in their home countries due to the prevailing entry restrictions will be connected online. 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, especially in the coming winter. 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

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
  • You possess a university entrance qualification
  • You have at least a B1-certificate


Course 18 Course 19
B1+ (7-month)B2 (5-month)
B1+from 06.07.2020 (for repetition)/
B2from 16.09.2020from 07.09.2020 (for repetition)
C1from 13.11.2020from 4.11.2020
DSH-preparationfrom 20.01.2021  from 11.01.2021
DSH-examination written20 February 2021  20 February 2021   
DSH-examination oral22-25 March 202122-25 March 2021  
Registration deadline08.06.2020  10.08.2020


Course 20  Course 21      Course 22   Course 23          
 B1+ (7 months)B2 (5 months) B1+ (7 months)B2 (5 months)
B1+from 8.02.2021 /expected 5.07.2021/
B2from 6.04.2021 from 15.02.2021 mid September 2021 expected 6.09.2021
C1from 27.05.2021 from 12.04.2021 November 2021 November 2021
DSH-preparationfrom 19.07.2021 from 2.06.2021 January 2022January 2022
DSH-examination writtenexpected September 2021 26 June 2021 expected February 2022 expected February 2022
DSH-examination oral expected October 2021  2-5 August 2021 expected March 2022 expected March 2022
Official registration deadline 11.01.2021 18.01.2021 4 weeks before course starts 4 weeks before course starts
Courses in 2022

In February 2022, we will offer again courses that take either 5 months (B2, C1 and DSH-preparation, DSH-examination at the beginning of July) or 7 months (B1+, B2, C1 and DSH-preparation, DSH-examination at the beginning of September).  


  • 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

    440 €

    80 units

    160 €

    separate registration

  • Visa

    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.

  • 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