Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Assessment Examination ("Feststellungsprüfung"/"FSP")

1. Who has to take an assessment examination?

Are you planning to study in Germany, but your foreign university entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma) is not recognized as equivalent to the German university entrance qualification (e.g. "Abitur") required to enter the degree programme of your choice? If so, you must first pass the assessment examination ("Feststellungsprüfung"/"FSP") - short for Examination to Assess the Aptitude of Foreign Applicants for Acceptance to Institutions of Higher Education in the Federal Republic of Germany (Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung ausländischer Studienbewerber für die Aufnahme eines Studiums an Hochschulen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) - before starting your programme. This exam is typically preceded by a core course at the Studienkolleg.

The Studienkolleg offers you optimal preparation for the assessment examination and your desired university studies. It usually takes two semesters. Information on the Studienkolleg and the application procedure is available here.

For the examination rules and regulations for the assessment examination, please click here (PDF file, German language only).

2. Examination Subjects of the Core Courses

The Studienkolleg of Heidelberg University offers the following core courses:

1. Core Course G preparation for German studies ("Germanistik”), humanities, arts, and related degree programmes
2. Core Course M preparation for medical and biological programmes
3. Core Course S preparation for languages (except for German studies), historical sciences, law, social sciences, and related degree programmes
4. Core Course T preparation for technical, mathematical, and science-oriented degree programmes
5. Core Course W preparation for degree programmes in the fields of economics or administration

To find out the core course which is required for your desired degree programme, please contact the university at which you are planning to study. If you are intending to study at Heidelberg University, you can check this catalogue (PDF file) with all the degree programmes currently offered and their corresponding Studienkolleg core courses.

For each core course, the exam topics are guided by the syllabi for the pertaining Studienkolleg subjects.

Core Course G
German The German language examination conforms in terms of scope, format, and topics to the requirement of the DSH exam. Here are samples of the individual exam parts:
reading comprehension and structures of academic language, listening comprehension, writing (PDF files).
History syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Literature syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Geography and social studies (combined) syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Core Course M
German The German language examination conforms in terms of scope, format, and topics to the requirement of the DSH exam. Here are samples of the individual exam parts:
reading comprehension and structures of academic language, listening comprehension, writing (PDF files).
Biology syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Chemistry syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Mathematics syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Physics syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Core Course S
German The German language examination conforms in terms of scope, format, and topics to the requirement of the DSH exam. Here are samples of the individual exam parts:
reading comprehension and structures of academic language, listening comprehension, writing (PDF files).
A second foreign language This is usually an English language exam: syllabus for English (German language only)

If you are a native speaker of English, you cannot choose English for your second foreign language exam. Instead, you must take the exam in another language.

The Studienkolleg of Heidelberg University offers the exam for the following languages: French, →Russian, →Spanish (PDF files, German language only). Please note: If you are going to take the foreign language exam in one of the alternative languages, you will have to prepare yourself elsewhere as the Studienkolleg does not offer instruction for languages other than English.

If you are a native speaker of German, you must prove sufficient knowledge of English and one additional foreign language.
History syllabus  (PDF file, German language only)
Depending on the desired degree programme:
Geography and social studies (combined)
or
Mathematics
syllabus for geography and social studies (combined)  (PDF file, German language only)
syllabus for mathematics (PDF file, German language only)
Core Course T
German The German language examination conforms in terms of scope, format, and topics to the requirement of the DSH exam. Here are samples of the individual exam parts:
reading comprehension and structures of academic language, listening comprehension, writing (PDF files).
Mathematics syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Physics syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Depending on the desired degree programme:
Chemistry
or
Computer science
syllabus for chemistry (PDF file, German language only)
syllabus for computer science (PDF file, German language only)
Core Course W
German The German language examination conforms in terms of scope, format, and topics to the requirement of the DSH exam. Here are samples of the individual exam parts:
reading comprehension and structures of academic language, listening comprehension, writing (PDF files).
Mathematics syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Economics / accounting syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
English syllabus (PDF file, German language only)
Depending on the desired degree programme:
Geography and social studies (combined)
or
Computer science
syllabus for geography and social studies (combined) (PDF file, German language only)

syllabus for computer science (PDF file, German language only)
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