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Italian and Other Languages


To receive an individual appointment for the DAAD Italian language exam, please send a request e-mail to Dr. Laura Tiego. Next, log in our course platform with your personal UniAccount to register for the written part of the exam by choosing the "DAAD" tab from the top menu bar. After the written part of the examination, the examiner Dr. Laura Tiego will register you for the oral part of the DAAD exam.

The DAAD examination may only be taken once within 6 months.

Make sure you bring the following documents with you to the written part of the DAAD exam:

  • Student identification card or proof of enrollment at TU Dortmund University
  • Photo identification card or another photo identification document
  • Copy of the DAAD language certificate form, with your name, major, and examination language filled out in advance on all five pages of the form
  • If applicable, a copy of the language certificate form, if not DAAD (e.g. J1 visa, Fulbright, Humboldt)
  • If applicable, any previously acquired language certificates or any other relevant documents
  • A letter of motivation written in the target language (Italian). The letter should describe your goals for study/stay abroad. Specifically, address what you, personally and professionally, expect from your study/stay abroad. Your letter of motivation should be one page (A4), 12 pt. Times New Roman, and 1.5-spaced.

Written examination: 30 minutes

  • Text production on a topic from a selection of topics

Oral Examination: 30 minutes plus 15 minutes preparation time

  • Reading comprehension (15 minutes preparation): Discussion of a text
  • An interview (about your study, future plans, etc.)

Because the DAAD examination tests your current language level, no additional preparation is necessary. Yet, to prepare for the exam, you may want to engage with the language more actively, for example, by listening to or watching podcasts and videos or by reading texts in Italian. You are welcome to contact us if you have further questions.

You can pick up your certificate at the secretariat (EF 61 / Room 202) during regular office hours. Certificates are available approximately three working days after the last part of the exam is completed.

Due to the pandemic, DAAD certificates are currently being sent by e-mail or post.

Where applicable, a DAAD language certificate can be issued on the basis of another certificate provided the following conditions are met:

  • The certificate indicates the bearer’s level of ability in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • The certificate is not older than one year. Exception: UNIcert-certificates and internationally recognized certificates (according to this list) may not be older than 2 years.
  • Language certificates acquired from the Division of Foreign Languages are also accepted, provided they are not older than one year.

For any questions with regard to the recognition of certificates, please contact Dr. Meni Syrou.

If you have any questions about the DAAD Italian language exam, please contact Dr. Laura Tiego.

Further Info

If you would like to obtain a DAAD language certificate in another Romance language, please contact Dr. Laura Tiego.

We do not offer DAAD language exams for other foreign languages in our division.