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Proof of language proficiency


To register for our language courses, proof of prior knowledge is required for certain languages. This proof can be provided in different ways.

Registration Requirements

When registering for the language courses in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish, it is a general rule that the students provide proof of previous language proficiency. However, there are exceptions, namely for introduction courses, A1 and A1.1, as well as certain discipline-specific courses. Further details can be found in the course descriptions on the course platform.

Providing proof of previous language proficiency is also necessary when registering for the courses in other modern foreign languages. The placement will be carried out by individual instructors of the respective courses. If you are uncertain about which level courses you should take part in, please send us an e-mail or contact the corresponding instructor directly.

In order for students to register for the courses in the ancient languages, an evidence of language knowledge is partially required. For more information, please refer to the course descriptions on our course platform.

Options of providing evidence of your prior knowledge

  • Certificates cannot be older than two semesters. Example: You can enroll with certificates from the SoSe 2023 and from the WiSe 2023/24 for the courses of the SoSe 2024.
  • During the enrollment procedure, certificates are usually verified automatically by the system. If you cannot register for a course (red coloring instead of green coloring in the column "Zugelassen"), then you are not qualified for this course. Please check if you have completed the preceding course (it should then be listed in your student account) and contact the secretary's office if necessary.
  • Certificates cannot be older than a year; effective date is the first day of a semester (1 April / 1 October). Example: You can enroll for courses in the SoSe 2024 with a certificate from 4 April 2023, but not with a certificate from 18 March 2023.
  • Certificates must be presented to our office before course enrollment starts. Otherwise, enrollment is not possible.
  • We will accept your current certificate of study including the information that English is one of your fields of study.
  • Certificates of study must be presented to our office before course enrollment starts. Otherwise enrollment is not possible.
  • Only results from the current and the preceding placement tests are valid. Example: For courses in the SoSe 2024, you can enroll with sufficient results of the placement tests from the current course enrollment phase (March 2024) and from the previous course enrollment phase WiSe 2023/24 (September 2023).
  • Placement tests must be finished before course enrollment. Please refer to the information on our placement tests.

Placement tests

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Information about the placement test:

Please note:

We do not issue a certificate or other documentation based on a placement test. The placement test is not a regular exam, and its purpose is to place students.


Video Tutorial Placement Tests