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Language requirements for admission to a degree programme

What language skills are required for studying at Bielefeld University?

Good German language skills are required for successful studies at Bielefeld University. With a few exceptions, courses are held in German. Therefore, all applicants with foreign academic qualifications who wish to pursue a German taught degree programme at Bielefeld University must provide proof of sufficient language skills.

For the International Master programmes and "International Tracks", no knowledge of German is required. However, there are different language requirements for the "international tracks". A list of these requirements can be found further down on this page.

If you cannot provide proof of sufficient German language skills, you have the possibility to be enrolled as a language course student at Bielefeld University.

The following certificates in particular are accepted for admission to a German taught degree programme:

  • TestDaF (at least level TDN 4 in all four exam parts or a total of 16 with at least TDN 4 in the exam part “Writing”).
  • DSH-Prüfung (German language exam for university entrance) with a result of DSH-2 or DSH-3
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2: „Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom Goethe-Institut“
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD) der Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) Stufe II (with level C1 in the  „Writing“ part and one additional part)
  • Österreichisches Sprachdiplom C2 (ÖSD C2)
  • Feststellungsprüfung Studienkolleg (exam part German)
  • School-leaving qualification from a German-speaking school abroad that is equivalent to a German university entrance qualification
  • Proof of at least ten years of school attendance in Germany or completion of the 10th grade of a German-speaking school.

You do not need any German language proficiency if you intend to study an English taught Master programme or a so-called "International track" at Bielefeld University.

For the following programmes German language proficiency is not required:

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University.
German: German language skills are useful for the study programme; however, proof of these skills is not required for enrollment. 

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University
German: German language skills are recommended for the general success of the study programme, but are not a requirement

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University.
German: German language skills are recommended for the general success of the study programme, but are not a requirement.

English: Proof of a previous qualified degree in English obtained in the area of application of the Basic Law; TOEFL (ibt min. 90, computer-based min 230) or IELTS (min. 7.0). 
German: German language skills are useful for the study programme; however, proof of these skills is not required for enrollment. 

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University.
German: German language skills are useful for the study programme; however, proof of these skills is not required for enrollment. 

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University
German: German language skills are useful for the study programme; however, proof of these skills is not required for enrollment

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University

Other programmes with different language requirements

German: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University

English: Certificate English with a minimum degree of B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Spanish: Certificate Spanish with a minimum degree of B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
German: German language skills are useful for the study programme; however, proof of these skills is not required for enrollment. 

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University.
German: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University.

German: German language skills must be proven in accordance with the "Regulations on the Access of International Applicants to Studies at Bielefeld University" in the currently valid version.
English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University.
One additional foreign language (not necessary if the secondary school leaving certificate or the first university degree was obtained at a non-German-speaking institution).

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University and
Proof of another European foreign language (French, Spanish, Russian or Italian) at the language level A2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages or proof of intermediate Latin certificate.

English: Certificate English with a minimum degree of C1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
German:
German language skills are recommended for the general success of the study programme, but are not a requirement.

German: German language skills must be proven in accordance with the "Regulations on the Access of International Applicants to Studies at Bielefeld University" in the currently valid version.
Proof of two additional European foreign languages at the language level B1 of the European Framework of Reference

German: German language skills must be proven in accordance with the "Regulations on the Access of International Applicants to Studies at Bielefeld University" in the currently valid version.
English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University

English: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University.
German: German language skills must be proven in accordance with the "Regulations on the Access of International Applicants to Studies at Bielefeld University" in the currently valid version.

German: TestDaF 4x3/ DSH 1/ equivalent certificate of level B2 in accordance with the regulations on the admission of international applicants to study at Bielefeld University in the currently valid version

German: TestDaF 4x3/ DSH 1/ equivalent certificate of level B2 in accordance with the regulations on the admission of international applicants to study at Bielefeld University in the currently valid version

German: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University

German: Language level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages according to the guidelines of Bielefeld University

 


Frequently asked questions

As a rule, the German language certificate required for your desired degree programme has to be submitted as part of your application. If you take one of the recognized exams after the application deadline, we can consider your application if you submit a binding registration for the exam (TestDaF, DSH, etc.) and it takes place in time for you to be able to present the exam certificate by the time you enroll for your studies.

If you have a basic knowledge of German (minimum level B1 CEFR), but your language skills are not sufficient for a degree programme, you can be enrolled as a language course student. The study-preparatory language courses are conducted by the Bielefeld language institute bibis in cooperation with the university. At the end of this language course you can register for the TestDaF and thus, acquire the necessary language certificate for studying at Bielefeld University.

The prerequisite for enrollment as a language course participant is admission by the Student Office. You will be admitted if you apply for a Bachelor or Master programme at Bielefeld University and have the academic qualification as well as the German language level B1, proven by the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 or proof of 800 hours of German lessons.

After registering for the language course, language course participants are enrolled at Bielefeld University for a maximum of two semesters; in justified exceptional cases, an extension to a maximum of four semesters is possible.

If you have any questions about the language courses or the language exams, please contact the language institute bibis.

Once you are already enrolled as an international student at Bielefeld University, you have the opportunity to further improve your German language skills. The German Learning Center PunktUm offers various courses level A1 to C1 CEFR.


Guidelines of Bielefeld University on English and German language Proficiency

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