A 5. Do I need German language abilities as a requirement for the program?
No, German is not a requirement for acceptance and admission. We especially do NOT require any DSH (German language proficiency test for entrance to a German higher education institution), TestDAF, attendance to a Studienkolleg (German study preparatory course) or Feststellungsprüfung (German certification for the ability to study in a German university).
However, we strongly recommend engaging with the German language in order to integrate into the culture and manage daily life. For this reason, the Abbe School of Photonics offers a presessional German language course to all of its international students in September each year in addition to German language courses during the study period. This course is highly advisable, and students benefit a lot from this course.