German Language Diploma Schools (DSD)

What is special about DSD schools?

Around 1,100 DSD schools in the “ Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) network of the Federal Foreign Office offer the German Language Diploma (DSD) from the Conference of Ministers of Education at levels I or II. This diploma is an internationally recognized proof of German language skills at a certain level.

Preparatory college or university in Germany.

In contrast to other language exams, the German language diploma is firmly integrated into the German lessons at school. The special thing about DSD schools is that they are national schools that are supervised and supported by the Central Office for Schools Abroad (ZfA) in Germany. It has been possible to acquire the German language diploma abroad since 1974. In total, more than 80,000 people in over 70 countries take the DSD exams every year.

German language diploma

The German Language Diploma is a generally recognized certificate and has a number of special features in its concept: The focus here is not only on teaching German language skills. Rather, content such as regional studies and literature are on the curriculum. Participation in the final exam is free of charge, the prerequisite for this is several years of school German lessons at one of the DSD schools.

Schoolchildren can acquire the German Language Diploma (DSD) from the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs at two different levels: Participants who achieve the highest level of the diploma, the DSD II, can use it to prove the German language skills required for university studies in Germany. With the DSD I, one receives the linguistic proof for access to a Student college in Germany.

Here you will find the lists of all schools at which the German Language Diploma – DSD II and DSD I are offered. Read here what opportunities you still have with the German Language Diploma in Germany.

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