Language Certificates

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Good language skills are an important requirement for success at university. For some Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes at Leibniz Universität Hannover, applicants must provide evidence of their foreign language skills. In addition, international applicants must provide evidence of their knowledge of German for all degree programmes delivered in German.


WHAT CERTIFICATES DO I NEED FOR MY CHOSEN DEGREE PROGRAMME?

Here you will find detailed information about the examinations, tests and certificates you need at Leibniz Universität Hannover to prove that your language skills meet the level required to register for your chosen degree programme.

Please note: The relevant Admission Regulations for your chosen subject provide information about the language level required in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The information provided here is not exhaustive.


Overview: language requirements for German applicants
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Overview: language requirements for international applicants
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Overview: accepted language certificates at LUH
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EVIDENCE OF ADEQUATE KNOWLEDGE OF GERMAN

  • Applicants who possess a German higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) need not provide evidence of their German language proficiency.
  • In order to apply for any Bachelor’s degree programme at Leibniz Universität Hannover, international applicants must provide evidence of having passed Level B1; by the time they register, they must have passed Level C1. No knowledge of German is required for just a handful of postgraduate degree programmes. Students are recommended to learn German at university nevertheless to ensure the successful completion of their degree programme.
  • German language proficiency - level A2

    A.) Definition of language requirements

    In the upper level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, employment, local geography); Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters; Can describe in simple terms, aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

    B.) Areas of use

    1. Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of German according to the requirements stated in section A.).
    2. In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.

    C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

    The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

    1. The German proficiency test for immigrants (Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (DTZ)) with a result of at least 20 points
    2. The Goethe-Zertifikat B1
  • German language proficiency - level B1

    A.) Definition of language requirements

    In the upper level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.; Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken; Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest; Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.”

    B.) Areas of use

    1. Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of German according to the requirements stated in section A.).
    2. In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.


    C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

    The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

    1. The German proficiency test for immigrants (Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer, DTZ) with a result of at least 33 points
    2. The German Language Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference (Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz, DSD) - successful completion of level one (DSD I)
    3. The Goethe-Zertifikat B2 
  • German language proficiency - level B2

    A.) Definition of language requirements

    In the upper level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation; Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers fairly possible without strain for either party; Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.”

    B.) Areas of use

    1. Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of German according to the requirements stated in section A.).
    2. In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.

    C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

    The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

    1. German language proficiency test for international university applicants (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für ausländische Studienbewerber und –bewerberinnen, DSH) with a result of at least DSH 1
    2. Test of German as a foreign language (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache, TestDaF) with a result of at least 4 x TDN 3

    D.) Suitable certificates and qualifications

    Proof of sufficient German language proficiency is not necessary for

    1. occupants of one of the certificates defined in section C.), 
    2. those who have successfully completed the Goethe-Zertifikat C1.
    3. those who have successfully compleded the ÖSD Zertifikat B2.
  • German language proficiency - level C1

    A.) Definition of language requirements

    In the upper level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning; Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.”

    B.) Areas of use

    1. Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of German according to the requirements stated in section A.).
    2. In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.

    C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

    The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

    1. German language proficiency test for international university applicants (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für ausländische Studienbewerber und –bewerberinnen, DSH) with a result of at least DSH 2
    2. Test of German as a foreign language (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache, TestDaF) with a result of at least 4 x TDN 4 
    3. The "German" exam component of the assessment test at colleges
    4. The German Language Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference (Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz, DSD) - level two (DSD II)

    D.) Suitable certificates and qualifications

    Proof of sufficient German language proficiency is not necessary for

    1. occupants of one of the certificates defined in section C.),
    2. those who have successfully completed the Goethe-Zertifikat C2,
    3. occupants of a certificate for passing the telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule exam,
    4. those who successfully completed either the Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP), the Kleine Deutsche Sprachdiplom (KDS) or the Große Deutsche Sprachdiplom (GDS) before 01.01.2012.

EVIDENCE OF ADEQUATE KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH

  • Applicants who possess a German higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur) must only provide evidence of their English language proficiency for some postgraduate degree programmes. Exception: Students wishing to take English on the two-subject Bachelor’s degree programme will need to provide evidence of their English language proficiency (see below for more details).
  • Some postgraduate degree programmes may be pursued in either German or English. Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in either English or German, depending on their chosen strand.
  • English language proficiency - level B1

    A.) Definition of language requirements

    In the lower level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.; Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken; Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest; Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.”

    B.) Areas of use

    Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of English according to the requirements stated in section A.).

    In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.

    C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

    The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, iBT) with a result of 53 points
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a result of 4.5


    D.) Suitable certificates and qualifications

    Tests/examinations to prove sufficient English language proficiency may be waived for

    1. occupants of one of the certificates defined in section C.), provided that it is not older than two years from the time of application/subject change.
    2. those who have completed bilingual classes at an English-speaking institution for at least four months, provided that this was not longer than five years prior to the time of application/subject change.
  • English language proficiency - level B2

    A.) Definition of language requirements

    In the upper level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation; Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers fairly possible without strain for either party; Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.”

    B.) Areas of use

    Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of English according to the requirements stated in section A.).

    In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.

    C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

    The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) with a result of 78 points
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a result of 6.0
    3. Cambridge English First (FCE)
    4. The CertiLingua Label of Excellence


    D.) Suitable certificates and qualifications

    Tests/examinations to prove sufficient English language proficiency may be waived for

    1. occupants of one of the certificates defined in section C.), provided that it is not older than two years from the time of application/subject change.
    2. those who have completed bilingual classes at an English-speaking institution for at least six months, provided that this was not longer than five years prior to the time of application/subject change.
  • English language proficiency - level C1

    A.) Definition of language requirements

    In the upper level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning; Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.”

    B.) Areas of use

    Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of English according to the requirements stated in section A.).

    In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.

    C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

    The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) with a result of 95 points
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a result of 7.0
    3. Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

    D.) Suitable certificates and qualifications

    Tests/examinations to prove sufficient English language proficiency may be waived for

    1. occupants of one of the certificates defined in section C.), provided that it is not older than two years from the time of application/subject change.
    2. those who have completed bilingual classes at an English-speaking institution for at least nine months, provided that this was not longer than five years prior to the time of application/subject change.

LANGUAGE CERTIFICATES FOR SPECIFIC DEGREE PROGRAMMES

For bachelor's degree programmes at Leibniz University Hannover, applicants with a german university entrance qualification must have proof of foreign language proficiency in the programmes "Interdisciplinary Bachelor" and "Technical Education" only for the subjects English and Spanish:

  • Language certificates for the subject of English Studies in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme and Technical Education

    All applicants (first-year students as well as students changing programmes or universities) for the subject of English Studies (as a first subject or second subject) must prove that they have the level of English (B2) required for starting university before the degree programme begins. This level of English proficiency can be proven by

    • a consistent and successful assignment of the subject English over 4 half-years (only possible with a German Abitur) or
    • a Certilingua Label of Excellence acquired in the Abitur (only possible with a German Abitur) or
    • Achieving a B2 equivalent score in one of the following language tests (providing the certificate is not older than three years at the time of application):
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, NJ, USA
      • FCE (First Certificate in English), Cambridge ESOL, Cambridge, GB
      • IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Cambridge ESOL, British Council and IDP, IELTS Australia


    Exceptions
    :

    • Applicants with English as their native language or applicants with a higher education entrance qualification acquired in an English-speaking country or applicants with a university degree in a degree programme in which English is the primary language of instruction
    • In special cases, the English Department reserves the right to a assess applications on a case-by-case basis


    Dates and deadlines:

    • None of the language certificates – with the exception of grades gained at sixth form – may have been achieved over three years ago at the time of embarking on the degree programme.
    • Certificates should usually be submitted at the time of application
      In cases of exception, test results may be submitted by 30 September for winter semester intakes.

     

    Test results:

    The minimum score/grade required for admission to a degree programme in the subject of English Studies at the English Department of Leibniz Universität Hannover is currently:

    • TOEFL 78
    • Cambridge English First (FCE)
    • IELTS 6,0

    TOEFL at Centre for Applied Linguistics and Special Languages of Leibniz University Hannover:


    Further information:

  • Language certificates for the subject of Spanish Studies in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme and Technical Education

    All applicants (first-year students as well as students changing programmes) for the subject of Spanish Studies (as a first subject or second subject) must prove that they have the level of Spanish required for starting university before the degree programme begins. This level of Spanish proficiency can be proven by:

    • an average of at least 11 points in the basic course or
    • 9 points in the advanced level course in Spanish over the last two years of sixth form (whereby Spanish as a seminar subject is not taken into account) or
    • a certificate proving that the candidate has passed one of the following language tests: 

    1. DELE Nivel B1/ B1 Escolar” or
    2. Basic Level I - III (A1 - B1) (each taught for 4 hrs/wk per semester) at the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Special Languages (FSZ) of Leibniz Universität or UNIcert I.


    Exceptions
    :

    • Applicants whose mother tongue is Spanish
    • Students taking part in exchange programmes of Leibniz Universität Hannover recognised by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    • Students who have already obtained a university degree abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Candidates must provide supporting documents to prove their knowledge of the Spanish language in accordance with Section 1 (1)/ §1 Absatz 1.


    Dates and deadlines:

    • The result of the language test or the average score obtained in the last four half-year grades in the subject of Spanish may not have been achieved more than two years ago at the time of embarking on the degree programme. The period spent abroad may not be more than two years ago either.
    • The results should usually be presented at the time of applying for admission to university, and form part of the application.
      In cases of exception, test results may be submitted by 30 September for winter semester intakes.


    Test results:

    • The minimum score/grade required for admission to a degree programme in Spanish Studies at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is 70% for the DELE test (web-based) and 4.0 for the UNIcert I test (web-based).


    Further information:


Regulations for Registration & Examination Regulations

Regulations for Registration & Examination Regulations The German language requirements for international applicants interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree programme are governed in particular by Section 1 of the Regulations for Registrationof Leibniz Universität Hannover as well as Section 4 of the local Examination Regulations of Leibniz Universität Hannover for the German Language Examination for University Admission (DSH).

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The conditions mentioned here were agreed on by a group of experts from the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Special Languages at Leibniz Universität Hannover. These conditions will be reviewed every five years at the latest to ensure they are up-to-date and formally/substantially valid, and adapted as required.


Please note that this page is not exhaustive, nor does it claim to be binding. The language skills required, and evidence of those skills, are governed exclusively, and with legal force, by the Admission Regulations of your chosen degree programme.


For more information about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and a detailed description of the requirements relating to individual linguistic skills, go to the following website: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

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