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Which language qualifications will be recognized for the application?

Proof of German language competence

Regarding the proof of German language skills applicants need to distinguish between application and registration.
The skills required are higher for regular registration than for application.

Details an binding information can be found on the central pages of Freie Universität.

Application: proof of German language competence on at least level DSH-1:
  • C1 CEFR certificate
  • TestDaf with at least the grade of 4 in two parts and 3 in the other parts
  • DSH-1
Registration: proof of German language competence on level DSH-2 or higher
  • DSH 2 (standard) or equivalent:

- TestDaF on TDN 4 or higher in all parts of the exam (at least 4 x TDN 4)
- Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung des Goethe-Instituts (ZOP)
- Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS)
- Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
- Sprachdiplom II der KMK mit C 1 in allen Prüfungsteilen
- Feststellungsprüfung des Studienkollegs
- C 2-Zertifikat des Goethe-Instituts

Please note:

 Applicants who cannot provide proof of DSH-2 German language competence or higher at the time of application will be invited by the FU to take the DSH exam. Students who pass the exam on DSH-1 level will be provisionally immatriculated and will have to pass the DSH-2 exam by the end of the second semester or else they cannot continue their studies Please see the DSH information of the FU Language Centre. For exemption from the DSH requirement please see the DSH-FAQs.

Proof of English language skills

There is no distinction between application and registration. Proof of the required skills has to be submitted at the time of application.

Recognized language qualifications for Englisch (B2):
  • six years English lessons at school
  • IELTS 5.0
  • Cambridge Examinations:
    First Certificate (FCE)
    Advanced (CAE)
    Proficiency (CPE)
  • TOEFL: Paper 500 or Computer 170 or Internet 80
  • UNIcert® II