As you already know, most courses at the Freie Universität Berlin are conducted in German. In order to successfully complete modules and courses, you must first demonstrate sufficient German language skills.
in the humanities and social sciences:
level 3 TestDaF (in all four areas) or European language certificate B.2.1 – in accordance with the Council of Europe scale.
at the Language Center:
European language certificate B.1 - in accordance with the Council of Europe scale.
at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies:
European language certificate C.1 – in accordance with the Council of Europe scale or - alternatively - you can hand in a C.1 English language certificate.
in the natural sciences:
European language certificate B.1.1 – in accordance with the Council of Europe scale.
If at the beginning of the semester it is determined that your German language skills do not meet the above language certificate levels, courses in the field of study will not be possible at the Freie Universität Berlin, rather only a German language course provided that there are still places available.The registration for German language courses during the Orientations Days is absolutely necessary.
In order to give you an opportunity to test your level of German, we would like to ask you to take an online German language test. It is mandatory for all students to take this test. Please send us the results of the test until August, 31st (see description below) via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention: If German is your mother tongue, you do not need to take the language test.
Students who have been admitted to one of the few study programmes which are taught in English predominantly need English language skills. We nevertheless urgently recommend you to get at least a beginner’s level of German language before you arrive in Berlin. Freie Universität Berlin does notoffer any German language courses for absolute beginners. It is your choice whether you take the German language test and communicate your results to us.