Language Requirements

Our website "study programs" includes information on whether specific language skills are required for admission, and if so, what the requirements are. As a basic principle, the language skills have to be submitted when applying.

The website of the Language Center of Freie Universität Berlin contains information on the levels established in the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The respective selection commission decides whether language certificates are equivalent in accordance with the Zugangssatzung (regulations on allocation of study placements).

As a general rule, the following equivalents are accepted as proof of English knowledge. However, some programs have individual requirements on language proofs. Therefore, it is recommended to get additional information via the department’s/program’s websites.

You can demonstrate English skills either by school records or certificates regarding language tests. The language level shown on the (school) certificate is generally binding.

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B1 CEFR
  • five years of English instruction at school (if the language level is not shown on the (school) certificate)
  • IELTS 4.5
  • Cambridge Examinations:
    Preliminary English Test (PET)
    First Certificate (FCE)
    Advanced (CAE)

    Proficiency (CPE)

  • TOEFL: Paper 450 or Computer 130 or Internet 60
  • UNIcert® I
The level B2 CEFR
  • six years of English instruction at school (if the language level is not shown on the (school) certificate)
  • IELTS 5.0
  • Cambridge Examinations:
    First Certificate (FCE)
    Advanced (CAE)

    Proficiency (CPE)

  • TOEFL: Paper 500 or Computer 170 or Internet 80
  • UNIcert® II

Applicants who have earned a degree at a university or equivalent institution abroad, are required to demonstrate German language skills for most master’s programs in accordance with the German higher education entrance examination (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerberinnen und -bewerber, DSH) at Freie Universität Berlin. You can also provide proof of these language skills by means of equivalents to the DSH.

The language center of Freie Universität Berlin does not administer any language tests for the master’s program application process aside from the DSH test and the test for North American Studies.

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