English Proficiency

Proof of English skills has to be provided upon application to Leuphana University Lüneburg. A list of all recognized certifications can be found at Admission Requirements for Bachelor and Consecutive Master Courses of Study  as well as Doctoral Candidates .

One of the certificates accepted by the university to verify the language skills of students applying to a German language majors is the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) Listening and Reading Test. 

Please note the special admission requirements for English language majors.


As of June 1, 2018 the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test appears in a new format. More information can be found here . The new handbook is available here 


Any attempt to cheat or falsify test results will be investigated. Students have already been expelled for cheating.

English Skills as an Admission Requirement

English Skills as an Admission Requirement for the Leuphana Bachelor

English Proficiency as an admission requirement for the Leuphana Consecutive Masters Programs

English Skills as an Admission Requirement for the Admission to Doctoral Program

Overview of TOEIC Listening and Reading Test

The TOEIC was developed in 1979 by the ETS (Educational Testing Service). In contrast to the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), which tests academic English, the TOEIC focuses particularly on applying the English language in a work-related context.

The standardized test is made up of 200 multiple choice questions, 100 of which test listening comprehension and 100 of which test reading comprehension. The questions are based on authentic situations occurring in a normal workday, such as meetings, business trips, and negotiations.

In recent years the internationally recognized TOEIC has continued to gain significance amongst European universities – not only as a certification exam (e.g. when applying for a job upon completion of studies), but also as an entrance exam (to provide proof of English language skills).

The Language Center has been recognized as a TOEIC testing center since 2004.

How have the Listening questions changed?

How have the Reading questions changed?

We have put together a summary of all the changes made to Listening and Reading in an overview containing a few practical examples (»View now ).

We also recommend that you take the updated sample test to become familiar with the new question formats (»Download now ).


To prepare for the TOEIC, we recommend that you take the placement test at the Self-Access Center to determine your language level.

A score of 650 points, which is within the B1 range, is needed to meet the English language requirements for the Bachelor programs. A score of 785 points – needed to register for Consecutive Master Courses of Studies or doctoral studies – is within the B2 range. Please keep in mind that achieving a new level takes a lot of work and time (about 200 hours).

Come to the TOEIC office hours with the results of your placement test and we will help set up a preparation time plan!

Sign up for the next test date using the Online Form any time after XX. Please note that all tests administered follow the new test format!

You will receive an e-mail confirming registration. Please print out and sign the confirmation, then drop it into our TOEIC mailbox in building 5 (ground floor) or send it to us by mail:

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Sonja Tommrich
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg

Please include a stamped, self-addressed A4 envelope with your registration confirmation so that your test results can be mailed to you. We receive the results about ten days after the test and will then send them to you immediately.

The registration fee is 110 € for the Score Report. Please transfer the payment to the following bank account, citing the reference:

Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­sität Lüne­burg
IBAN: DE64 2505 0000 0106 0322 61

There has to be a blank between each block of information.
* If you do not have a Leuphana student ID, write “TOEIC” after your last name.
Example with student number:  
1145000  83900025  Last name   your student number*  TO­EIC
331145000  83900025  Mus­ter­mann  1234567  TO­EIC

Example without student number:  
31145000  83900025  Mus­ter­mann  TO­EIC

Your registration is not binding until you have transferred the registration fee. Only electronic transfers received by the last day of the registration period are valid for registration.

Answers to common questions can be found in our FAQ