Learning German at the “Internationales Studien- und Sprachenkolleg” Mainz

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz wants to allow refugees a quick start into higher education. Knowledge of German is a prerequisite for the admission to a German university.

The International Preparatory and Language Center (“Internationales Studien- und Sprachenkolleg” -ISSK) offers German courses on levels B1 to C1 (in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – CEFR ) to refugees who have an indirect or direct university entrance qualification (“Hochschulzugangsberechtigung”).

Courses are offered in the spring and autumn term. The spring term starts on February 20 and ends on June 23, and the autumn term begins on August 28 and ends on December 22.

All study applicants with foreign university entrance qualifications and an officially recognized refugee status or refugee protection (section 25 para. 1 or 2 AufenthG) can take part in the preparatory courses, regardless of whether they have been awarded the direct or indirect university entrance qualification.

For applicants with a direct university entrance qualification, the course takes two terms and results in the language proficiency level C1. It is possible to take the DSH-2 exam (“Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang” - German language test for admission to university) afterwards. After its completion, graduates can apply to university.

Applicants with an indirect university entrance qualification attend the course for one term and thus obtain the German proficiency level B2. Flanking the course, we offer supervised, multimedia online-courses,

which allow a location-independent and flexible preparation for the subject-specific part of the “Aufnahmeprüfung” to the Studienkolleg (entrance exam for admission to the Preparatory College).

After having completed the term, it is possible to apply for preparatory courses that qualify for the “Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung für die Aufnahme eines Studiums” (so-called “Feststellungsprüfung” - assessment test) at the ISSK in order to take the assessment test after another term. With the completion of the test, the way is paved for applying for a place at university.  

Click here for further information regarding the application process.