If you are intending to take the major Engineering at Leuphana College, you will need to provide proof of proficiency in English in addition to a valid university entrance qualification. Applicants who have acquired their IB Diploma outside Germany will also need to provide proof of proficiency in German.

English proficiency

All applicants must provide proof of English proficiency also if they apply for a German degree programme.  Please therefore include one of the following documents with your application:


  • English test
  • English grade
  • University course
  • Native language


English test

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

  • at least 61 points in an Internet-based TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • at least 4.5 points in an IELTS (International Language Testing System), Academic Version
  • at least Grade C in a FCE test (Cambridge First Certificate in English)
  • at least Grade C in a CAE test (Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English)
  • at least 650 points (Listening and Reading) in TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)
  • at least 280 points (Speaking and Writing) in TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)

As proof of the English test you have to submit a copy of the test certificate with the test result. At the time of your application, the test results must not be older than 2 years.

English grade

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

  • English as Leistungsfach or Schwerpunktfach in the gymnasiale Oberstufe
  • a minimum score of 8 as recorded in the candidate's university entrance qualification certificates in English as a Grundkurs/Grundfach in the gymnasiale Oberstufe (average of the four half-year periods and if applicable Abitur assessments)
  • a final grade of at least 3,0 for English as recorded on your valid university entrance qualification certificates

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.

University course

You can prove the required knowledge of English with already completed modules of a university course, as long as these meet the following requirements:

  • Modules of a university course of at least 30 Credit Points (CP) according to ECTS, taught exclusively in English and completed with an assessment in English

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.


Proof of English proficiency must be submitted by 15 July. The date of submission is the date of receipt by Leuphana and not the date postmarked. Only the relevant final certificate will be accepted as proof. Certificates of participation or documents that only list the number of hours will not be accepted.
If you cannot submit the necessary documents with your application, you will be accepted conditionally and must present the required proof by the end of your second semester at the latest. Students who fail to provide proof of proficiency by this deadline shall be de-registered.

German proficiency

Applicants for a German-language major do not need to provide proof of German proficiency if they have obtained the Allgemeine Hochschulreife at a German school abroad or have passed a university preparatory course (Studienkolleg) or have obtained an IB Diploma in Germany.

Applicants who have acquired their IB Diploma outside Germany will also need to provide proof of SUFFICIENT German skills in addition to English proficiency for a German-language major.

Proof for major Engineering

  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (at least DSH 1)*
  • Goethe-Zertifikat at least C1*
  • A total of 12 points in TestDaF with at least 3 points in each of the sections (reading, listening, writing and speaking)*
  • a Sprachdiplom from the Kultusministerkonferenz (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder), Stufe II (DSD II)
  • a German-language university degree (complete degree taught and assessed in German)

* Upon successful completion of the DSH1 examination, Goethe Zertifikat C1 or Test DaF 3, admission can be granted on condition that the applicant successfully completes a German course within the first two semesters (10 Credit Points).

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