In order to study at university, your proficiency in the language used to teach the course must be very high. In Germany, courses are usually taught in German. Some courses of study are taught in English, but nevertheless may require you to be proficient in German.
Officially certified copies
Many universities require officially certified copies of your proofs of language proficiency to be sent by post to uni-assist.
This usually applies to:
- your language certificates and any other proofs of language proficiency, such as proofs of participation.
- proofs of language proficiency issued by both German and non-German institutions.
Exception: We can verify certain proofs of language proficiency online. For these, a non-certified copy of the certificate is enough. Find out below which certificates can be verified online.
From each university of your choice, find out what proof of proficiency in German is accepted, as well as which level of proficiency is required.
Overview of different proofs of German language proficiency:
This is a certificate that attests proficiency in a language at a specific level.
All universities accept the following language certificates:
- TestDaF (You can find notes on submitting this in our FAQs)
- Certificates issued by the Goethe-Institut
- The DSD German language diploma (“Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz”)
The required proficiency level may differ between universities and individual courses of study.
From each university of your choice, find out what proof of proficiency in English is accepted, as well as which level of proficiency is required.
Overview of different proofs of English language proficiency:
You can submit the following documents as evidence:
A degree certificate or transcript of records which confirms that English was the language of instruction during your studies
Written confirmation from your university that English was the language of instruction
A link to the page of your university’s website that confirms that English is the language of instruction of your degree programme. An upload to your My assist account is sufficient. Important: We must be able to copy the link. Please do not upload screenshots of links!
Only a few universities accept this as proof of English language proficiency.
Find out from your chosen universities if these are accepted.
For some courses (such as courses of study with an international focus), proficiencies in other languages may be required. From each university of your choice, find out what proofs of proficiency are accepted, as well as which level of proficiency is required.