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:
Some universities accept this as proof of language proficiency, often only from specific countries. An important note on studies with English as language of instruction: Your final certificate must state that the teaching language during your studies was English. If it does not, please also submit an attestation by the issuing university.
Only few universities accept this as proof of English language proficiency.
uni-assist can verify the Cambridge English language certificates FCE, CAE, and CPE online. Simply upload your certificate to your My assist account within the application deadline. A certified copy is not required. Important: Your certificate must show the Statement of Results Number. You will find further information about the online verification on the Cambridge English homepage.
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.