Language certificates

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:

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.

In some cases, an online-only application is sufficient. Check here whether your chosen university accepts an online-only application.

More on certified copies


German

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.

    Note:

    Due to maintenance work being carried out by the TestDaF institute, we are currently not able to verify confirmations of registration for TestDaF exams in all cases. For this reason, please upload your certificate in your My assist account within the application deadline.

    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:

    The required proficiency level may differ between universities and individual courses of study.

    This confirms that you have taken or are taking a language class. Many universities do not accept this as proof of language proficiency.

    Proof of having taken a certain number of German language class hours. Universities only rarely accept this as sole proof of language proficiency.

    The confirmation of registration attests that you have signed up for a language class or language exam. This confirmation of registration is very rarely accepted as the only proof of language proficiency.

    Both of these are accepted only by few universities as proof of language proficiency. In general, you will have to submit an additional language certificate.


    English

    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:

    Universities require a certain minimum score for the IELTS. We can verify IELTS results online. Simply upload your certificate (IELTS Test Report Form) to your My assist account.

    There are 3 different types of TOEFL. Universities require a minimum score for each of them. We can verify TOEFL results online. Simply upload the Test Taker Score Report to your My assist account.

    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.

    Find out from your chosen universities if these are accepted.


    Other languages

    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.


    Have you assembled all documents? Have you procured all required translations and certified copies?

    If you have done both of these things, continue with the next step.

    Apply online