Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Social Sciences

BA Sozialwissenschaften

BA program Sozialwissenschaften

To be granted permission to the Bachelor program Sozialwissenschaften you will need to provide proof of sufficient German language skills for the program is primarily taught in German.

The applicant’s command of German is tested in the DSH test (“Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber”). In order to be eligible for the DSH, applicants must show evidence that their command of German is at least on the C1 level according to the Common European Frame of Reference. A minimum score of three points in all four parts of the TestDaF examination can be also considered a proof of the required level for the application. (

Certificates of attendance to German language courses are not considered sufficient; you will need a certificate completed with an examination. Should the applicant fail the DSH exam, it can only be resat in the subsequent application period at Humboldt-Universität (or at least three months later). A renewed application for admission to a degree course is then necessary. Exemption from the DSH exam is possible, when TestDaF is completed with a minimum score of four points in all four parts of the test.


For further information on the program please visit our German site.

For further information on admission for foreign applicants please see the student office for international students.