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Proof of Required Language Proficiency

Students must be able to prove knowledge of at least three languages at the beginning of their studies.

Students must submit proof of language proficiency to the faculty advisor (Dr. Wang, see contact details). They will then receive a written confirmation, which must be uploaded during registration on the application portal.

Students must demonstrate a C1 level (according to the Commune European Framework of Reference) in either German or English, and a B2 level in the other of these two languages. Contrary to the usual entry requirements, it is possible to begin this course with German proficiency at a B2 level (DSH-1), if German is not the student’s native language.

Regarding the third language, students must submit proof of proficiency at a B1 level in the case of a modern language, or the proficiency certificates for ancient languages, e.g. Latin (Graecum, Small Latinum, or the Hebraeicum).

For both German and English, language proficiency at a C1 level of the CEFR must be provided after the initial semesters. For German, this is required after the first semester and for English after the second semester at the latest. During studies, language courses will be offered to prepare students for the relevant language exams.

Proof of Very Good German Proficiency (min. C1)

  • German Higher Education Entrance Qualification (typically the Abitur)
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent at a German University

If these prerequisites are not met, then language proficiency must be proved through a passing grade in an internationally recognised exam, which was completed no more than two years before (upon) the receipt of the application for the course, or through equivalent achievement.

  • German Language Exam for Higher Education Entrance (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH)) with an overall result of DSH-2
  • Test for German as a Foreign Language (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF)) with at least TDN 4 (TestDaF-Niveaustufe 4) in all four categories
  • “Examination Section German” of the Assessment Test at a Preparatory College ("Prüfungsteil Deutsch" der Feststellungsprüfung an Studienkollegs)

Students are required to prove language proficiency at a C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference in either German or English at the beginning of their studies.

Proof of Very Good English Proficiency (min. C1)

Proficiency can be proved through a passing grade in an internationally recognised exam, which was completed no more than two years before (upon) the receipt of the application for the course, or through equivalent achievement. This can be achieved through the following:

  • „Cambridge English: First“ (FCE) with at least an A grade;
  • „Cambridge English: Advanced“ (CAE) with at least a C grade;
  • „Cambridge English: Proficiency“ (CPE) with at least a “pass 45-59”;
  • IELTS Academic („International English Language Testing System“): at least band 7;
  • „Test of English as a Foreign Language”, internet-based test (TOEFL iBT): at least 95 points;
  • „Test of English as a Foreign Language", paper-based test (TOEFL PBT): at least 627 points;
  • „The Pearson Test of English Academic“ (PTE Academic): at least 64 points;
  • UNIcert: at least Level III;
  • Alternative proof according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR), at least a C1 level;
  • A study or work stay of at least two years in a country, where English is an official language;
  • An average grade (score) of at least 11 points in the subject of “English” during both years leading up to the completion of the high school certificate

Students are required to prove language proficiency at a C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference in either German or English at the beginning of their studies.

Proof of Sufficient German Proficiency (min. B2)

Proof of sufficient proficiency in the German language can be demonstrated according to the exam regulations of the German Language Exam for Higher Education Entrance of Foreign Student Applicants (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerberinnen und Bewerber (DSH)) through a successful exam with an overall grade of DSH-1.

Students are required to prove language proficiency at a C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference in either German or English at the beginning of their studies.

Proof of Sufficient English Proficiency (min. B2)

Proficiency can be proved through a passing grade in an internationally recognised exam, which was completed no more than two years before the receipt of the application for the course, or through equivalent achievement. This can be achieved through the following:

  • „Cambridge English: First“ (FCE) with at least a C grade;
  • „Cambridge English: Advanced“ (CAE) with at least a “pass 45-59”;
  • IELTS Academic („International English Language Testing System“): with at least Band 6;
  • „Test of English as a Foreign Language”, internet-based test (TOEFL iBT): with at least 70 points;
  • „Test of English as a Foreign Language", paper-based test (TOEFL PBT): with at least 534 points;
  • „The Pearson Test of English Academic“ (PTE Academic): at least 58 points;
  • UNIcert: at least Level II;
  • Alternative proof according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR), at least a B2 level;
  • A study or work stay of at least one years in a country, where English is an official language;
  • An average grade (score) of at least 8 points in the subject of “English” during both years leading up to the completion of the high school certificate

Students are required to prove language proficiency at a C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference in either German or English at the beginning of their studies.

Proof of Proficiency in a Third Language

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in another language with at least a B1 level of the CEFR or with a Hebraicum, Graecum, or Small Latinum exam. If the candidate does not already have proficiency through a native language other than German or English, then proof can be provided through:

  • A passing grade in an internationally recognised exam, which was completed no more than two years before the receipt of the application for the course;
  • A minimum of five years of school classes;
  • A minimum of three years of school classes leading up to the completion of high school, with a minimum of four hours class per week.