Specific entry requirements

For teacher training courses

If you are applying to train to teach English, you will also need to provide proof of proficiency in English alongside a valid university entrance qualification. If you are applying to train to teach music or physical education, you will need to pass an entrance examination. Applicants who have acquired their IB Diploma outside Germany will also need to provide proof of proficiency in German. Applicants to teacher training courses apply either for two teaching subjects (for primary school, lower secondary and intermediate school teaching) or for one professional discipline and one teaching subject (for vocational school teaching).

Teacher training for English

Candidates wishing to train as English teachers must demonstrate proficiency in English. Please therefore include one of the following documents with your application:

Proof of English proficiency

  • English test
  • English grade
  • Native language

Proof of English proficiency

English test

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

  • at least 87 points in an Internet-based TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    or
  • at least 6.0 points in an IELTS (International Language Testing System) test (Academic Version)
    or
  • at least Level B in a CAE test (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)

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 grade as proof of proficiency in English:

  • a minimum of 11 points in English as a Leistungsfach as your first, second or third examination subject (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.

Native language

If you have obtained your university entrance qualification (for example an IB Diploma) at an English-language school abroad, your school leaving certificate will be accepted as proof of native-level English.

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

Important

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. If you are unable to provide proof of English proficiency by 15 July (closing date for applications), your application will not be considered.

Teacher training for music and physical education

Candidates for music teacher training must pass a qualifying examination at Leuphana College. Candidates for PE teacher training must pass an aptitude test.

Music and PE are taught in German and the courses are therefore aimed at students with good German. You can find detailed information on the specific entry requirements (music qualifying examination and PE aptitude test) on our German website.

German proficiency

Applicants for teaching training programmes 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.

Teacher training candidates who have obtained their IB Diploma outside Germany will also need to provide proof of SUFFICIENT German skills in addition to any English skills (for English as a teaching subject) and/or examinations (for music and PE as a teaching subject).

Proof for un­re­stric­ted admission

  • a German-language university degree (complete degree taught and assessed in German)
  • a Sprachdiplom from the Kultusministerkonferenz (Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder), Stufe II (DSD II)
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (equivalent to Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom)
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (at least DSH 2)
  • A total of 16 points in TestDaF with at least 4 points in each of the sections (reading, listening, writing and speaking)

Proof for conditional admission

  • Goethe Zertifikat C1
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (at least DSH 1)

With Goethe Zertifikat C1 and passed DSH-1 exam a conditional admission can be granted. Admission is valid by the end of your second semester at the latest and is subject to the condition that a compulsory DSH preparation course be completed during the course of study and that the examination be successfully completed with at least DSH-2.

This regulation only applies if the English language skills are already available at the time of application.

If proof of German language proficiency at DSH-2 level is not available by the end of your second semester, the student will be de-registered.

Important

Proof of German proficiency must be submitted by 15 July. 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.

Initial Information

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