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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 
    • 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 Certificate

    • TestDaF certificate with a total score of at least 16 points – no subtest below 4 – or
    • "DSH-2" certificate.
    In individual cases English for PhD studies is possible, depending on the thesis’ subject and on the approval of the candidate’s supervisor.