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Language Certificates

Good language skills are an important prerequisite for successful studies. You can find out which language certificates are required for a study programme in the corresponding selection and admission statues.

On this page you can find out which certificates are recognized for which language levels.

Please note that we cannot check language certificates for their recognition/validity before or after the application phase.

 

We accept the following language certificates

 

German

German C1 (according to the guidelines of the KMK: https://www.kmk.org/themen/deutsches-sprachdiplom-dsd/deutsche-sprachkenntnisse-fuer-den-hochschulzugang.html)

  • DSH 2 or 3,
  • TestDaF 4 or 5,
  • Goethe Certificate C2,
  • Language diploma of the KMK level II (DSD II) with the results 4xC1 or 3xC1 and 1xB2,
  • Assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung des Studienkollegs),
  • telc German C1 University
  • German language Abitur
  • Further exceptions can be found here, on pages 5 and 6
  • German mother tongue / German citizenship

 

German B2

  • DSH 1,
  • TestDaF 3 or 4,
  • Goethe certificate B2 or C1,
  • Language diploma of the KMK level II (DSD II) with the result 4xB2,
  • Assessment test (Feststellungsprüfung des Studienkollegs),
  • telc German C1 University,
  • German language Abitur
  • German mother tongue / German citizenship

 

English

English B1

  • Cambridge Preliminary Certificate B1,
  • IELTS (4.0-5.0 points),
  • PTE Academic (43-58 points),
  • TOEFL (42-71 points), the certificate is valid for 2 years,
  • OOPT (40-59 points),
  • telc English B1,
  • TOEIC (550 points "Listening/Reading", 120 points "Speaking" and 120 points "Writing"),
  • UNIcert I or II,
  • Completion of an English-language undergraduate degree programme from a country that is genuinely anglophone (USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand),
  • Completion of an English-language undergraduate degree programme from a country that is not genuinely anglophone (e.g. Syria) (→ here, official confirmation from the examinations office, the dean's office or the programme coordinator or indication of "medium of instruction: English" on the ToR or in the Diploma Supplement),
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree programme in English Studies or Liberal Arts and Sciences,
  • Completion of an English-language Master's degree from a country that is genuinely anglophone (e.g. USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand),
  • Completion of an English-language Master's degree from a country that is not genuinely anglophone (e.g. Syria) (in this case, official confirmation from the Examinations Office, the Dean's Office or the programme coordinator or indication of "medium of instruction: English" on the ToR or in the Diploma Supplement),
  • Graduation from an English-language undergraduate degree programme and an English-language Master's degree programme from a country that is not genuinely Anglophone (e.g. Syria) (→ here, official confirmation from the Examinations Office, the Dean's Office or the programme coordinator or indication of "medium of instruction: English" on the ToR or in the Diploma Supplement),
  • Nationality from a country where the official language is English (e.g. Nigeria),
  • IB Diploma (Anglophone Section) from an Anglophone school,
  • German and Luxembourgish Abitur - information on the Abitur certificate about the language level achieved in English according to the CEFR (Common European Reference Framework https://www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de/).
  • English as mother tongue.

 

English B2

  • Cambridge FCE, (CAE (C1) and CPE (C2)),
  • IELTS (5.5-6.5 points),
  • PTE Academic (59-75 points),
  • TOEFL (72-94 points "Internet" / min. 567 points "Paper"), the certificate is valid for 2 years,
  • OOPT (60-79 points),
  • telc B2-C1 University,
  • TOEIC (min. 785 points "listening/reading", 160 points "speaking" and 150 points "writing"),
  • UNIcert II or III,
  • B2 language course at SLI with successfully passed final examination and certificate showing the language level achieved according to the CEFR.
  • Completion of an English-language undergraduate degree programme from a country that is genuinely anglophone (USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand).
  • Completion of an English-language undergraduate degree programme from a country that is not genuinely anglophone (e.g. Syria) (→ here, official confirmation from the examinations office, the dean's office or the programme coordinator or indication of "medium of instruction: English" on the ToR or in the Diploma Supplement),
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree programme in English Studies or Liberal Arts and Sciences,
  • Completion of an English-language Master's degree from a country that is genuinely anglophone (USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand),
  • Completion of an English-language Master's degree from a country that is not genuinely anglophone (e.g. Syria) (in this case, official confirmation from the examinations office, the dean's office or the programme coordinator or indication of "medium of instruction: English" on the ToR or in the Diploma Supplement),
  • Graduation from an English-language undergraduate degree programme and an English-language Master's degree programme from a country that is not genuinely Anglophone (e.g. Syria) (→ here, official confirmation from the Examinations Office, the Dean's Office or the programme coordinator or indication of "medium of instruction: English" on the ToR or in the Diploma Supplement),
  • Nationality from a country where the official language is English (e.g. Nigeria),
  •  IB Diploma (Anglophone Section) from an Anglophone school,
  • German and Luxembourgish Abitur - information on the Abitur certificate about the achieved language level in English according to the CEFR (Common European Reference Framework https://www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de/) (Note: B1/B2 means language level "B1 and in parts B2" and cannot be recognised as B2).
  • English as mother tongue.

 

English C1

  • Cambridge CAE (C1) and CPE (C2),
  • IELTS (7.0-8.0 points),
  • PTE Academic (76-84 points),
  • TOEFL (from 95 points "Internet" / min. 637 points "Paper"), the certificate is valid for 2 years,
  • OOPT (80-99 points),
  • telc B2-C1 University,
  • TOEIC (min. 945 points "listening/reading", 180 points "speaking" and 180 points "writing"),
  • UNIcert III or IV,
  • Completion of an English-language undergraduate degree programme from a country that is genuinely anglophone (USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand),
  • Completion of an English-language undergraduate degree programme and an English-language Master's degree programme from a country that is not genuinely anglophone (e.g. Syria) (→ here, official confirmation from the examinations office, the dean's office or the programme coordinator or indication of "medium of instruction: English" on the ToR or in the Diploma Supplement),
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree programme in English Studies or Liberal Arts and Sciences,
  • Completion of an English-language Master's degree from a country that is genuinely anglophone (USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand),
  • Nationality from a country where the official language is English (e.g. Nigeria),
  •  IB Diploma (Anglophone Section) from an Anglophone school,
  • German and Luxembourgish Abitur - information on the Abitur certificate about the language level achieved in English according to the CEFR (Common European Reference Framework https://www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de/). As a rule, grade in English as an examination subject > 12.5 as well as explicitly stated level as C1 (Note: B2/C1 means language level "B2 and in parts C1" and cannot be recognised as C1).
  • English as mother tongue.

 

 

English certificate for further education master (Weiterbildungsmaster):

If applicants have spoken English for many years during their employment in a company, then official proof of English language skills from the management can be accepted as proof of English language skills.

French

French B2 and C1

- DELF B2,

- DALF C1,

- DAFA (corresponds to DALF),

- Telc B2 or C1,

- Bachelor's degree in French/Galloroman Studies (applies to B2),

- Nationality of a country with French as official language

- Mother tongue French,

- German Abitur certificate - information on the Abitur certificate about the achieved level of French language skills according to CEFR (Common European Reference Area https://www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de/)

- Luxembourgish high school diploma.

Italian

Italian B2 and C1

- CELI

- CILS

- DILI / AIL

- PLIDA

- telc

- Bachelor's degree in Italian Studies (applies to B2)

- Nationality of a country with official language Italian

- Italian mother tongue,

- German Abitur certificate - information on the Abitur certificate about the achieved level of Italian language skills according to CEFR (Common European Reference Area https://www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de/)

Spanish

Spanish B2 and C1

- DELE

- telc

- THE

- Bachelor's degree in Hispanic Studies (applies to B2)

- Citizenship of a country with official language Spanish

- Spanish mother tongue,

- Information on the Abitur certificate about the achieved level of Spanish according to CEFR (Common European Reference Area https://www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de/)

Language certificates for the Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Please note that in some subjects with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree, knowledge of foreign languages is required, which you can prove by means of a German school-leaving certificate in accordance with the requirements of the Handreichung zur RahmenVO-KM (Handbook on the FrameworkVO-KM). If this applies to you, then the following applies:

  • Knowledge of a further foreign language (at level B2) can be proven through
    • 4 years of secondary school education or the entire upper secondary school education with Abitur examination* or 
    • Proven level B2 (with at least the final grade 'sufficient') on the Abitur certificate.
  • Knowledge of Latin/Greek or basic knowledge can be proven through
    • 2 years of instruction in secondary school or
    • Proven level A2 (with at least the final grade 'sufficient') on the Abitur certificate.

 

*This formulation is to be understood as meaning that the foreign language must have been taken in all school years up to the Abitur (G8: grades 10-12; G9 grades 11-13; BG: entrance class, year I and II; BOS: year I and II) and that the performance of the four half-years of year I and II together was assessed on average as at least 'sufficient' (G8, G9, BS) or 'satisfactory' (BOS). It is not necessary for students to choose this subject in the oral or written Abitur examination.

 

If you cannot/would not like to prove your foreign language skills through your Abitur certificate, then the University of Freiburg accepts the language certificates that you can find in the tabs of the preceding section.