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).

English as a subject

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

English test

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

Note
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.
 

English grade

You will demonstrate the required English proficiency with the following academic achievements:

  • European Baccalaureate with English as language L1 or L2 with the final grade shown of at least 8.0
    or
  • IB Diploma with English as Language A at Higher Level with a final grade of at least 6.0.
    or
  • 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
    or
  • the final grade of at least 2.0 in English as shown in the other valid HZBs

Note
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.
 

Important Note

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. Only the diploma, examination certificate or certificate serves as proof. Certificates of attendance or proofs that only state the number of hours can not be accepted. Submitted test results must not be older than two years.
If you are unable to provide the proof at the time of application, you will be admitted for a limited period of time, if you are admitted, and must provide the proof by the start of lectures at the latest. If the proof is not provided by this time, you will be de-registered.
 

Subject art, music and sport

Applicants for the music teacher training programme and the art teacher training programme must take an aptitude test at Leuphana College. Applicants for the teacher training programme in sport must take an aptitude test.

Music, art and sport are taught in German, so the degree programmes are aimed at students with a good knowledge of German. Detailed information on the specific entrance requirements (aptitude test Music and aptitude test Sport) can be found on our German website.

German proficiency

If you have obtained your higher education entrance qualification at a German school in Germany or abroad, you do NOT have to prove your German language skills.

for un­re­stric­ted admission

  • Successful completion of the Feststellungsprüfung (assessment test) at a German Studienkolleg (preparatory course)
  • successfully completed German-language higher education studies (complete studies in German)
  • Language Diploma of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs Level II (DSD II)
  • Goethe Zertifikat C2 (equivalent to Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom)
  • German Language Examination for University Admission (DSH at least level 2)
  • Test DaF with a total of at least 16 points, of which at least 4 points in all sub-tests (reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression, oral expression)
  • Certificate of the examination "telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule" or "telc Deutsch C2
  • International Baccalaureate IB-Diploma with German as Language A at Higher Level with a proven final grade of at least 6
  • European Baccalaureate with German as language L1 or L2 with a final grade of 8.0
  • Other certificates recognised by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) and the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) as proof of sufficient knowledge of German for admission to higher education studies

for conditional admission

  • Goethe Certificate C1
  • German Language Examination for University Admission (DSH Level 1)

Holders of the Goethe Zertifikat C1 and those who have passed the DSH-1 examination may be granted conditional admission. The admission is valid until the end of the second semester and is subject to the condition that the student attends a compulsory DSH preparation course and successfully completes the examination 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 skills at DSH-2 level is not provided by the end of the second semester, the student will be exmatriculated.

Important

German language skills must be proven at the time of application. Only the diploma, examination certificate or certificate serves as proof. Certificates of participation or proofs that only state the number of hours cannot 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
Opening hours
Term time & term break:
Mon - Thu 9.30 - 12 h & 13 -14.30 h
Fr 9.30 - 12 h

Arrange an appointment

College's Student Counselling Service
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Uni­ver­sitätsal­lee 1, 21335 Lüne­burg
Open Con­sul­ta­ti­on Hours
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Wed  11 – 13 h
Thu 16 – 18 h