What is the German Language Diploma?

The German International School Sydney prepares students for the German Language Diploma I and II (Deutsches Sprachdiplom – DSD I and II) of the German Federal Government and the federal states. 

DSD I and DSD II examinations are held in over 65 countries, with about 75.000 participants every year worldwide. The DSD offers an official certificate with centralised exams. The students are getting prepared for the exam at their school and also sit the exam on-campus.

The exam consists of four parts: 

  • a written essay
  • reading comprehension
  • listening comprehension
  • oral communication

The German International School Sydney is one of six schools in Australia offering the DSD exams, which is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen für Sprachen):

  • Level A2: basic use of the language; offers advantages for job applications.
  • Level B1 (DSD I): independent use of the language; language proficiency certificate permits to enter a “Studienkolleg” in preparation for attending a university in Germany.
  • Level B2/C1 (DSD II): competent use of the language; language proficiency certificate counts as language qualification for university studies in Germany.

Our DSD program enhances our students’ learning experience and allows them to live up to their full potential in secondary school education. It also gives them an edge in today’s highly competitive international job market. Employers in Australia and abroad acknowledge the DSD as proof of the holder’s excellent knowledge of German.