If you are intending to take an English-language major at Leuphana College, you will need to provide proof of proficiency in English in addition to a valid university entrance qualification. Applicants from abroad do not need to provide proof of German skills if applying for an English-language major.

English proficiency

All applicants must provide proof of English skills. Please therefore include one of the following documents with your application:


  • Englisch Test
  • Native language
  • English grade


Englisch Test

The following tests will be accepted as proof of sufficient proficiency in English:

  • at least 97 points in an Internet-based TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • at least 6.5 points in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test (Academic Version)
  • at least Level B in a CAE test (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
  • at least Grade A in an FCE test (Cambridge First Certificate in English)
  • at least 850 points for listening and reading and at least 340 points for speaking and writing in TOEIC-4 skills

As proof of the English test you have to submit a copy of the test certificate with the test result. Certificates of participation or documents that only list the number of hours will not be accepted. At the time of your application, the test results must not be older than 2 years.

Native language

The fol­lo­wing cer­ti­fi­ca­te is ac­cep­ted for Eng­lish as a na­ti­ve lan­gua­ge:

  • Certificate from an English-speaking school that entitles the holder to study in the respective country

Your university entrance qualification and not your nationality will be taken as proof.

English grade

If you have obtained the Allgemeine Hochschulreife at a German school abroad, you will need the following grade as proof of proficiency in English:

  • a minimum of 11 points in English as the first, second or third examination subject in the gymnasiale Oberstufe (average of the four half-year blocks and Abitur assessment) as recorded on your Abitur certificate

The proof of the English grade can be found on the copy of the university entrance qualification (diploma). This also applies to applicants who have completed their Abitur assessment at a German school abroad.


You must in general provide proof of English proficiency with your application. Proof can be submitted later but no later than the start of the teaching period.

German proficiency

Candidates from abroad applying for an English-language major do NOT need to prove German skills.

The range of English-language minors is limited. You can currently study the following minors in English:

  • Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften / Sustainability Science (GER / ENG)*
  • Philosophie / Philosophy (GER / ENG)*
  • Politikwissenschaft / Political Science (GER/ ENG)*
  • Popular Music Studies (ENG)
  • Psychology and Society (ENG)
  • Raumwissenschaften / Spatial Sciences (GER / ENG)*
  • Volkswirtschaftslehre / Economics (GER / ENG)*

*German-language minor that can also be taken in English.

If you wish to take a German-language minor, you should ideally have C1 German (DSH-2).


Please note that a basic knowledge of German is essential in everyday life in Lüneburg, for example for finding accommodation.

Ger­man courses at Leuphana

Initial Information

Information Office (Infoportal)
Buil­ding 8, ground floor
Universitätsallee 1, 21335 Lüneburg
Phone +49.4131.677-2277
Fax +49.4131.677-1430

Entry / Residence / Accommodation

International Office
Building 14, first floor
Uni­ver­sitätsal­lee 1, 21335 Lüne­burg
Claudia Wölk
Phone +49.4131.677-1072