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Language Requirements

For Course Programs in German

Applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification (secondary school certificate, e.g. Abitur or equivalent) needs documentation of their competency in German. This is only for programs taught in German. Applicants German language skills should be equivalent to C1 of the common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR).

You can study at the Viadrina with the following German certificates.

1. German Language Exam (DSH)

The German Language Exam for admission to higher education ("Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" - DSH) allows you access to German Higher Education. All German institutions of higher education will recognize this exam as long as you have passed it with a Level 2 (DSD II) or above. The Europa University Viadrina offers the DSH exam as a part of its preparatory course program. Note that other German Universities as well administer this exam.

The Language Centre of the European University Viadrina offers a preparation course for this exam. More information on the DSH exam (for example the exam date) are included in the admission documents. For further detailed information, please contact the Language Centre.

2. German as Foreign Language Exam (TestDaF)

This exam ("Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache" - TestDaF) can be done all over the world. In order to study at the Viadrina you need to have at least level 4 in all parts of the exam (TDN 4) or above.

3. German School Leaving Certificate

A secondary school certificate from a German speaking school in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, allows you access to German Higher Education.

4. German Language Certificate

The German Language Certificate of the “Kultusministerkonferenz” with 2nd level (DSD II) and the level C1 (CEFR) in all 4 components of the exam – also satisfies language requirements for university entrance.

5. German Language Certificate of Goethe Institut

The German "Goethe Institut" administers another recognized language exam called the "Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom/ Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS)" which satisfies language requirements for university entrance.

6. German Degree or Preperatory College ("Studienkolleg")

When you successfully complete a degree at a German university where the predominant teaching language is German, you do not need any further proof of language competency. This applies as well if you have passed a DSH or an equivalent exam within a preparatory college (Studienkolleg).

7. The European Language Certificates Exam (telc)

telc GmbH provides an exam, the "telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule” which if passed "satisfactory" (i.e. at least 151 Punkte) can be proof of sufficient German competency. The nonprofit telc GmbH is a full member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). telc language exams can be taken in over 3,000 test centers in 20 countries, including community colleges and private language schools.

For Bachelor Programs in English

To study in English in the bachelor program, International Business Administration requires proof of English competency. For more information, follow the link to the programs page to learn more about English competency requirements and needed documentation.

For Master Programs

Be aware, language requirements vary for each master’s program; therefore, please look at the language requirements for your desired master program on their respective webpages.