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Proof of language proficiency

A sound knowledge of the language of instruction is essential for a successful stay abroad and must already be demonstrated at the time of application for an exchange place in the University of Bayreuth’s programmes. 

We have summarized the most important information on the subject of language certificates below.

Where do I find out about the language of instruction at a host university?Hide

Since the languages of instruction at universities are not always limited to the national language, we advise you to check the possible languages of instruction before you apply. In particular, you should check the following information:

  • the current online course catalogue of your preferred university
    If this has not yet been published, the course catalogue from the previous year
  • personal reports submitted by others who studied there
  • the fact sheets in our Publisher
Which language level do I need for my desired university?Hide

Once you have found out the language of instruction, you will need to clarify which level of language proficiency is required for a stay at your chosen university.

In general, the following requirements apply:

Erasmus language requirements

  • United Kingdom, Ireland:               
    level B2 at the time of application for the exchange place at the International Office of the University of Bayreuth and a TOEFL ibt test with a score of 90 points / IELTS 6.5 / Cambridge CAE before applying to the host university

  • Other destinations where the language of instruction is English:
    B2 level at the time of application for the exchange place at the International Office of the University of Bayreuth

  • Destinations with other languages of instruction:
    minimum registration in a course at level B1 at the time of application in Bayreuth
    A completed course at level B1 + enrolled in a course at level B2 before applying to the host university

Global language requirements

  • Australia, Canada, United States (not Study Abroad options):
    level B2 at the time of application for the exchange place at the International Office of the University of Bayreuth
    TOEFL ibt test with a score of 90 points / IELTS 6.5 / Cambridge CAE before nomination at the host university

  • Other destinations where the language of instruction is English:
    level B2 at the time of application for the exchange place at the International Office of the University of Bayreuth

  • Destinations where the language of instruction is Portuguese:
    level B1 + enrolled in a course at the time of application for the exchange place at the International Office of the University of Bayreuth
    level B2 before nomination at the host university

  • Destinations with other languages of instruction:
    level B1 at the time of application for the exchange place at the International Office of the University of Bayreuth and level B2 before nomination to the host university

The exact language requirements for your university of choice can also be found in our partner overview

Please note that these requirements are the minimum requirements of the University of Bayreuth. Our partner universities may require in-depth language skills and require evidence at the time of application. Information on the language requirements of the host universities can be found in the fact sheets, which you can view in the Publisher, or directly on the websites of the host universities.

How can I demonstrate my language skills?Hide

The required language level for your application for an exchange place at the University of Bayreuth must be demonstrated by way of an official language certificate.

Accepted evidence:

  • a language examinations taken (e.g. TOEFL ibt, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, DELF/DALF, UNIcert)

  • DAAD language examination
    The Language Centre of the University of Bayreuth offers a free DAAD language test twice a year. Students are tested in the sub-areas of oral interaction, reading, and writing.
    Important information on content, sample examinations, application modalities, and a possible exemption from the DAAD language examination can be found here.

  • successful participation in language courses at the University of Bayreuth
    submitting a transcript of records

Please note: The Language Centre can issue you a DAAD language certificate without a separate examination if you have taken a language course at the Language Centre of the University of Bayreuth within the last 2 years which meets the mobility requirements of the International Office and have achieved the appropriate grade. information can be found in this document.

Your language certificate should ideally not be older than 2 years. An older certificate may result in your application being given lower priority.

We would like to point out that an Abitur diploma is not sufficient as proof of language ability.

If you are not sure whether your language certificate is sufficient, please contact us.

If your language of instruction differs from the national language, we also advise you to attend a language course in the national language before or during the exchange.


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