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Language Requirements

  • Very good English skills if English is the language of instruction. No prior knowledge of German required in the following disciplines: Biology, Biomedicine, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, and Veterinary Medicine.
    English Certificate
    IELTS certificate with an overall rating of 6.5 (no module below 5,5) or a TOEFL iBT certificate with a total score of at least 95 points (no test section below 20 points)
  • Very good German skills if German is the language of instruction for PhD studies. Usually in Humanities and Social Sciences but depending on the professors' requirements.
    German Certificat

    TestDaF certificate with a total score of at least 16 points – no subtest below 4 – OR "DSH-2" certificate.

But, in individual cases English for PhD studies is possible, depending on the thesis’ subject and on the approval of the candidate’s supervisor.