There are many reasons why you should learn German and several options to learn the language. In Turkey you have the opportunity to learn the German language by joining courses offered by language institutes or universities. Here you can find information about learning German in Turkey and about recognized language tests by German higher education institutions.

Students who have a basic knowledge of German can apply for the DAAD Scholarships for Summer courses in German universities. For further details: University Summer Courses for Foreign Students and Graduates.


A course at the Goethe-Institut is a good choice if you want to learn German. The Goethe-Instituts in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir offer German language courses for all target groups and on all levels. You have also the possibility to take the exams without having attended a Goethe-Institut course.

Goethe-Institut Ankara

Atatürk Bulvarı 131
06640 Bakanlıklar – Ankara, Turkey

Tel. +90 312 471 41 41​

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Goethe-Institut Istanbul

Yeniçarşı Cad. 32
34433 Beyoğlu – Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 2492009
Fax: +90 212 2525214

For language courses and certificates:

Tel.: +90 212 2496929

Language Course Moda

Caferağa Mah., Şevki Bey Sok. No: 29
Moda / Kadıköy / İstanbul

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Goethe-Institut İzmir

Mithatpaşa Cad. No. 907/2
35290 Göztepe / Izmir
Tel. +90 232 4895687
Fax: +90 232 4251414

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Language Certificates

You don’t need to take these tests if you have passed the Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD) or if you have earned an “Abitur” from a German-language secondary school.
However, there are various options to prove your German language level in terms of earning a language certificate usable for your university applications in Germany.

DSH 2-3 (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang)

DSH courses and exams can be taken at different institutes. In order to have prove the needed language sufficiency in terms of accessing higher education in Germany, your DSH certificate must show the levels 2 or 3.

Detailed information, exam dates and locations can be found here.


TestDaF 4-5 (Test of German as a Foreign Language)

As a central and standardized language test, the Test of German as a Foreign Language (TestDaF) has been designed to proof the German language level for the university entrance. The exam is offered globally by licensed centers. In Turkey, the exam is conducted by the Goethe Instituts, Bursa Uludag University, Marmara University and the Bilkent Erzurum Labarotuvar School. The adequacy for the university entrance is given with a TestDaF result between 4-5.

Detailed information and exam dates can be found here.


Goethe Cerficate C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom

The Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (C2) can be obtained through the Goethe-Institutes and qualifies for the language criterion for accessing higher education.

Detailed information and exam dates can be received via the contact details given above for the Goethe-Instituts.

telc German C1/C2 higher education

A telc German C1 or C2 certificate, which you can acquire at various institutes in Turkey, also serve as a sufficient proof for your university entrance qualification.

Detailed information, examination dates and locations can be found here.