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DAAD language tests for German applicants

The language test for the acquisition of the DAAD Language Certificate for German applicants (required for exchange programs, travel and other scholarships, internships, etc.) is carried out at the Fachsprachenzentrum by the responsible coordinators.

Depending on the number of participants, the language test lasts about 2-3 hours and takes place at the Fachsprachenzentrum.

Certain Examinations Exempt from the DAAD Language Test: List of Exempt Exams

Georgina Willms

Koordinatorin und Dozentin für Englisch

+49 521 106-67325
UHG C01-280


In the Summer 2023 semester, the DAAD exam in English will be offered on a rolling basis.  The exam will be administered online, with 30-minute time slots for the speaking section offered every Monday between 12:00 and 14:00.  You must register 7 days before your desired exam date.   You will receive your test materials via email and will be assigned a time for your speaking exam.

Speaking times slots are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Please register with your Bielefeld University or Bielefeld Fachhochschule email address. This exam is only available to Universität Bielefeld and Fachhochschule Bielefeld students.

Note: If you sign up for the test but can not attend, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance. If you miss this deadline, you may not sign up for a new test for three months.

Interested parties in all funding or exchange programs who need this proof can register via the DAAD language test registration form or alternatively by e-mail and register for one of the above mentioned dates. If you have further questions or need advice, please contact Georgina Willms from the Fachsprachenzentrum.

Note: In the Summer 2023 semester there will be no exams on April 10, May 1, and May 29, due to state holidays.

Test outline:

On the Wednesday before your scheduled speaking appointment you will receive an email.  This email will include:

  • Information about the writing section, which will consist of a short essay.  You will receive several writing prompts to choose from, and other information you need to complete the writing portion of the exam.  You will have 48 hours to complete this essay.
  • A link to a scientific article that you will be asked to read and analyze.

The speaking section will be conducted online.   On the day of your appointment you will receive an email containing a Zoom link.   At this meeting you will be asked to discuss the article you’ve read, as well as your general educational plans.  Your reading and speaking scores will be assess in this meeting.

A few days after your appointment you will receive an email with your certificate. 

There is no cost for the exam.

During the semester break, the DAAD exam will be held on August 18th and September 1st.

Beginning with the Winter Semester 2023/24, the DAAD exam will be held one Friday per month. The test will be conducted online, but you will have the option to attend via Zoom. The dates for the Winter Semester are as follows:

  • October 13, 2023
  • November 17, 2023
  • December 8, 2023
  • January 12, 2024
  • February 2, 2024


Test Preparation:

You can prepare for the reading part by reading advanced texts on the Internet (for example, Times of London, etc.). You can train your listening skills with audio material on social and scientific topics such as VOA News or BBC Radio 4. If you have already written academic texts in English, you are welcome to bring a text sample. Contact person for the coordination and execution of the tests: Georgina Willms

Other Languages

For a DAAD test for the languages of French, Spanish, Italian and Polish, please contact the following persons and arrange a test appointment:

Sylvie Richard

Koordinatorin für Französisch

Catalina Calero Ramírez

Koordinatorin für Finnisch, Portugiesisch, Spanisch und Türkisch

Dr. Susanne Hecht

Leiterin des Fachsprachenzentrums

+49 521 106-4846
Telephone secretary
+49 521 106-67962
UHG C01-261

Agata Kotowska

Koordination Polnisch, Russisch

+49 521 106-67359
Telephone secretary
+49 521 106-67962
UHG C01-268

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