Language Proficiency

For majors taught in English

If you would like to apply for an English-language major at Leuphana College, you will need to provide proof of proficiency in English. Please therefore include one of the following proofs of your English language skills with your application. You do not need to prove your knowledge of German.

Proof of English proficiency

The following certificates are accepted for unrestricted admission to Leuphana College:

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 grades

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.

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.

German language 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:

  • Comparative Economic Law (ENG)
  • 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).

Note
Basic knowledge of German is essential in everyday life in Lüneburg, for example for finding accommodation.

FAQs

  • The medium of instruction at my secondary school was English. Do I need to prove my language skills with an additional test?
  • I cannot provide the required proof of English by the application deadline. May I submit this later?
  • When I apply for an English-taught programme, do I also need to demonstrate proficiency in German?

FAQs

The medium of instruction at my secondary school was English. Do I need to prove my language skills with an additional test?

No, if the medium of instruction at your secondary school was English, you do not need to send an additional test. It needs to become clear from your secondary school certificate, that the medium of instruction for all your subjects was English. It is not evident from the certificate, please hand in a confirmation of the medium of instruction from your school.

I cannot provide the required proof of English by the application deadline. May I submit this later?

Proof of English language skills should always be submitted at the time of application. The proof can be submitted at the latest by the beginning of the lecture period. Please note that you will lose your place of study again and will be exmatriculated if you are unable to provide the proof by the start of lectures.

When I apply for an English-taught programme, do I also need to demonstrate proficiency in German?

No, if you choose a major/minor combination that you can study entirely in English, you do not need to demonstrate knowledge of German. However, you will need German language skills for everyday life situations.

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