Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Assessment Examination ("Feststellungsprüfung"/"FSP")

Feststellungsprüfung

Overview

  1. Who has to take an Assessment Examination?
  2. What are the examination subjects of the different core courses?
  3. When does the examination take place?

1. Who has to take an Assessment Examination?

Are you planning to study in Germany, but your non-German university entrance qualification (e.g. high school diploma) is not recognized as equivalent to a German qualification (e.g. "Abitur") granting access to 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 University Applicants with Foreign University Entrance Qualifications (Prüfung zur Feststellung der Eignung von Studienbewerberinnen/Studienbewerbern mit ausländischer Hochschulzugangsberechtigung) - 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 procedures is available here.

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

2. What are the examination subjects of the different 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)

3. When does the examination take place?

  Changes due to the coronavirus:
Please regularly check our →homepage for announcements of new dates and further information!
 

Dates for the summer semester 2022
Early Assessment Examination in the exam subject German
(1st-semester Studienkolleg students)
written exam Fri, Jul 01 2022 08:30 am location to be announced
oral exam Fri, Jul 15 2022 01:15 pm Studienkolleg building
Assessment Examination in the other exam subjects
(2nd-semester Studienkolleg students)
written exams Mon,
Tue,
Wed,
Jun 27 2022
Jun 28 2022
Jun 29 2022
09:00 am
09:00 am
09:00 am
Studienkolleg building
oral exam Fri, Jul 08 2022 08:00 am Studienkolleg building

Dates for the winter semester 2021-22
Early Assessment Examination in the exam subject German (1st-semester Studienkolleg students)
written exam Fri, Feb 04 2022 08:30 am Studienkolleg building, great hall
oral exam Wed, Feb 16 2022 01:15 pm Studienkolleg building
Assessment Examination in the other exam subjects (2nd-semester Studienkolleg students)
written exams Mon,
Tue,
Wed,
Jan 31 2022
Feb 01 2022
Feb 02 2022
09:45 am Studienkolleg building, great hall
oral exam and issuing of the certificates Fri, Feb 11 2022 08:00 am Studienkolleg building





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