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Foreign language admission requirements for a master's degree program

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.

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B1 CEFR
  • School-leaving certificate with designated level B1
  • five years of English instruction at school (only if the language level is not shown on the (school) certificate)
  • IELTS (4.0, 4.5, 5.0)
  • Cambridge Examinations:
    B1 Preliminary (earlier PET)
    B2 First (earlier FCE)
    C1 Advanced (earlier CAE)
    C2 Proficiency (earlier CPE)
  • TOEFL: TOEFL iBT (71-43); TOEFL PBT (542-460); TOEFL ITP Level 1 (542-460)
  • UNIcert® I
  • Telc B1-Zertifikat
  • Pearson PTE Academic 58 – 43
  • TOEIC : TOEIC Listening and Reading Test (784-550) TOEIC Speaking Test (159-120); TOEIC Writing Test (149-120); TOEIC Bridge Test (180-170) (All 4 modules (completed as a double module if applicable) must be present.)
The level B2 CEFR
  • School-leaving certificate with designated level B2
  • six years of English lessons at school (at secondary level 1 and secondary level 2, if language level is not shown on the certificate)
  • IELTS (5.5, 6.0, 6.5)
  • Cambridge Examinations:
    B2 First (earlier FCE)
    C1 Advanced (earlier CAE)
    C2 Proficiency (earlier CPE)
  • TOEFL: TOEFL iBT (94-72); TOEFL PBT (626-543); TOEFL ITP Level 1 (626-543)
  • UNIcert® II
  • Telc B2-Zertifikat
  • Pearson PTE Academic 75 – 59
  • TOEIC: TOEIC Listening and Reading Test (944-785); TOEIC Speaking Test (179-160); TOEIC Writing Test (179-150) (All 4 modules (completed as a double module if applicable) must be present.)

A university entrance qualification in English or a completed degree program in English are generally considered as proof of English proficiency at the B1 CEFR and B2 CEFR levels. These must be submitted with the application.

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