The Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (engl.: German Language Certificate of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs) is an official German language certificate of the German education authorities and the Foreign Office (Germany) certifying levels of knowledge of the German language in schools worldwide.
The program prepares the participants for a study in Germany in matters of language and cultural issues. It finishes with an exam and a certification on language competencies on level B1 or B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Students can earn the DSD I and/or DSD II “Deutsches Sprachdiplom” as proof of their proficiency in German. More precisely, the DSD I Diploma serves as proof of the necessary language skills required in order to enrol in college-level courses in Germany. Students must be between 13 and 17 years old when they write the exam.
The DSD II German Language Diploma is recognized by the German Ministry of Education as proof of the necessary level of proficiency required in order to attend a German university and is considered to be the equivalent of a German secondary school diploma for second language learning (Abitur – Deutsch als Fremdsprache). Students must be between 15 and 21 years of age at the time of the exam.
Currently there are about 51,000 students in over 65 countries participating in the “Deutsches Sprachdiplom” exams each year. The exams of the “Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz” are prepared by the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) which also administers a network of advisors on German around the world.
Responsible for our language school in BC is the advisor for Canada West, Mr. Andreas Meckes located in Edmonton, Alberta.