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Proof of English skills

If your first language is not German and you would like to complete your doctorate in German, proof of language skills in German is required, for example, in the form of a Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) certificate or similar.

Upon request, you may complete your doctorate in another academic language, provided you can demonstrate proof of proficiency in said language to at least level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Please note that you are responsible for proposing a list of members for your doctoral committee and that you are required to submit the list with your dissertation. All members of the doctoral committee must be capable of understanding your dissertation and oral defense (Disputation) to a reasonable level.

Please submit the documentation above, where appropriate, with the rest of your application materials via email. If you are accepted to the doctoral degree program, you will be asked to present original or officially certified copies of these documents to the examinations office.