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International recognition

International recognition of ÖSD exams

ÖSD exams are recognised for different purposes depending on the country:

in Austria

  • A1 Grundstufe Deutsch 1 (A1 GD1) and all higher ÖSD certificates (A2 to C2) are accepted as proof of language ability in relation to the granting of a residency permit to family members, according to Austrian residency regulations.

  • A2 Grundstufe Deutsch 2 (A2 GD2) and all higher ÖSD certificates (A2 to C2) are accepted as proof of language ability in the Integration Agreement (IA 2011, Module 1: A2 after 2 years according to regulations).

  • B1 Zertifikat Deutsch Österreich (ZDÖ) and Zertifikat B1 (ZB1) and all higher ÖSD certificates (B2 to C2) are accepted as proof of language ability in the Integration Agreement for permanent residence in Austria (IA 2011, Module 2) and/or Austrian citizenship.

  • B2 Mittelstufe Deutsch, C1 Oberstufe Deutsch and C2 Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch are accepted as proof of German language ability as required for access to Austrian universities (depending on the university, see below)

  • All ÖSD certificates when applying for admission to some vocational institutions (e.g. Diplomatic Academy, Caritas Vocational Center for the caring professions)

in Germany

  • A1 Grundstufe Deutsch 1 (GD1) and all higher ÖSD certificates (A2 to C2) are accepted as proof of language ability for reunification of spouses in the visa process (Immigration Act of 2007)

  • Zertifikat B1 (ZB1) and all higher ÖSD certificates as proof of sufficient language ability to apply for German citizenship

  • B2 Mittelstufe Deutsch, C1 Oberstufe Deutsch and C2 Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch are accepted as proof of German language ability ability as required for access to Austrian universities (depending on the university)

in Switzerland

  • B2 Mittelstufe Deutsch, C1 Oberstufe Deutsch and C2 Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch are accepted as proof of German language ability as required for access to Swiss universities (depending on the university, see below)


Accepted for university admission in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and South Tyrol (Italy):


At Austrian Universities

UniversityB2C1C2
Boku WienXX
Medizinische Universität InnsbruckX
Medizinische Universität WienX
TU GrazX
Universität GrazX
Universität InnsbruckX
Universiät KlagenfurtX
Universität LinzX
Universität SalzburgX
Universität WienX
Veterinärmedizinische Universität WienXX
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien B1 für folgende Studien anerkannt: Gesang, Instrumentalstudien, Dirigieren, Komposition und Musiktheorie, Tonmeisterstudium
TU WienX

At German Universities

UniversityB2C1C2
Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinX
Ruhr-Universität BochumX
Universität BonnX
Hochschule BremenXX
Hochschule BremerhavenXXX
Technische Universität DarmstadtX
Fachhochschule DortmundXXB2 for exchange students and guest students, C1 for registered students without "special status"
Universität ErfurtXX
Frankfurt School of Finance and ManagementXXX
TU Bergakademie FreibergX
Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenXB2 and C1 ok for applications
Universität HamburgX
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-WittenbergXX
Universität HohenheimX
Technische Universität IlmenauXX
Universität Karlsruhe (TH)X
Universität LeipzigXXC2 for all economics and buisness courses
Universität zu LübeckX
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität MagdeburgX
Philipps-Universität MarburgXXC2 for the Faculty of Economic Sciences
Carl von Ossietzky Universität OldenburgX
Universität PotsdamX
Universität PassauXXproof of DHS-2 level knowledge or equivalent level acceptable for admission and enrollment
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste StuttgartXX
Hochschule VechtaX
Bauhaus Universität WeimarX
FernUniversität HagenXX

At Swiss Universities

UniversityB2C1C2
Universität ZürichXX
Universität St. GallenXXC1 Bachelor, C2 Master
ETH ZürichXXMaster
Universität St. LuzernXX

At Universities in South Tyrol (Italy)

UniversityB2C1C2
Freie Universität BozenX