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Language Certificates

In order to succeed in your studies, you need to have a good grasp on the language. On this page you'll find everything you need to know when it comes to proving your language skills. 

For more info on prerequisite language skills and the corresponding certificates, please consult the Academic and Examination Regulations. Please be aware of the correctional note concerning proof of language proficiency for english master's degree programs (PDF, 191kb).

German Language Skills

Good command of German is an important prerequisite to successfully complete your studies at TUM. Proof of sufficient German language skills must be submitted before the end of the application period for all degree programs whose language of instruction is German. 

Applicants holding a German university entrance qualification do not require verification of their German language skills. German citizens with an international higher education entrance qualification who have spent at least two school years at a German school may submit certified copies of their school certificate as proof of their German language proficiency.

Here, you will find more detailed information on the requirements of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education in Germany (KMK) regarding proof of German language proficiency.

For English-only programs, it is not necessary for admission to show proof of German language proficiency.

Exchange students please see here

Recognized German Language Certificates

Passed the Goethe Certificate C2 (Goethe).

Certificate of the German Language Test for the Admission of Foreign Student Applicants (DSH-2 oder 3).

The German language diploma of the Permanent Conference of the Ministers for Education and Cultural Affairs – Second Level -(= DSD II): It is sufficient to have reached Level B 2 in all four sections.

Test of German as a foreign language for foreign students (TestDaF) with a result that demonstrates having reached level 4 in all sections.

Passed the telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule.

Alternative Proof of German Language Proficiency

In some cases, an alternative form of proof of language proficiency may be submitted in place of a language certificate. Please refer to the Academic and Examination Regulations of your degree program (FPSO) for specific details.

Certificate of an aptitude test that proves the ability of foreign applicants to take up higher education studies in Germany (qualification assessment examination).

A "German A (Higher Level)" within the International Baccalaureate

DIPLOMA FROM A GERMAN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

A diploma from a German educational institution in Germany or abroad.

English Language Skills

Proof of sufficient English language skills must be submitted before the end of the application period for all degree programs whose language of instruction is English.

Please note: English documents also have to be notarized, unless the Institute sends them directly to us (TOEFL, IELTS). For information regarding other forms of proof-of-language-proficiency accepted by your degree program, please consult the Fachprüfungsordnung for your program. You always have to submit proof of your language skills together with the rest of your application documents, regardless whether they have already been sent by ETS directly.

We recommend submitting your documents by mail. Some Institutes (TOEFL, IELTS) offer online verification - due to technical reasons we advise against this option.

Recognized English Language Certificates

TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL)

Minimum Requirements: Internet based Test (IbT): 88, Paper based test (PbT): 605. 

If you send TOEFL to us via ETS, please use the following TOEFL code: University 7806, department 99 ("any department not listed"). TOEFL ITP is not accepted. Please note that you will always have to submit proof of your language skills together with the rest of your application documents, regardless whether your results have been submitted directly by ETS beforehand. 

When applying to TUM, only the Official Score Report will be accepted as a valid document, the Test Taker Score Report is not sufficient.

INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM (IELTS)

A minimum score of 6.5 and the Academic Module will only be accepted.

The British Council can send it to us directly. Please give our exact address: TU München, Immatrikulationsamt, Arcisstr. 21, D-80333 München

CAMBRIDGE MAIN SUITE OF ENGLISH EXAMINATIONS

CAE (Cambridge Advanced English), Level A,B,C

CPE (Cambridge Proficiency English), Level A,B,C

Alternative Proof of English Language Proficiency

In some cases, an alternative form of proof of language proficiency may be submitted in place of a language certificate. Please refer to the Academic and Examination Regulations of your degree program (FPSO) for specific details. Please also be aware of the correctional note concerning proof of language proficiency for english master's degree programs (PDF, 191kb).

PROOF OF GERMAN UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE QUALIFICATIONS

School leaving certificate in Germany (Abitur or vocational school diploma): 
Good grade in English (minimum of 10 points on average)

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION (e.g. in a Bachelor's)

Evidence in the form of certificates is required. Please fill in the form and submit it together with your application documents.

If the language of instruction is not stated in your transcript of records or your degree certificate, you can submit a confirmation issued by your prior university. The confirmation has to be issued by an administrative unit of the university (e.g. Examination Office, Registrars Office, Deans Office) on official university paper and has to bear a seal and an original signature. Semesters spent in an exchange program or practicum are not sufficient.

For the general eligibility and the specific requirements (e.g. total amount of ECTS required in English modules) regarding a specific degree program, please refer to the Academic and Examination Regulations (§36, Qualification Requirements)

French Language Skills

Proof of sufficient French language skills must be submitted before the end of the application period for all degree programs whose language of instruction is French.

Please note: French documents also have to be notarized, unless the Institute sends them directly to us. For information regarding other forms of proof-of-language-proficiency accepted by your degree program, please consult the Academic and Examination Regulations for your program.

Recognized French Language Certificates

„Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française/Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française“

„The European Language Certificates (Français)“

„Test de Connaissance du Français"

Alternative Proof of French Language Proficiency

In some cases, an alternative form of proof of language proficiency may be submitted in place of a language certificate. Please refer to the Academic and Examination Regulations of your degree program (FPSO) for specific details.

PROOF OF GERMAN UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE QUALIFICATIONS

School leaving certificate in Germany (Abitur or vocational school diploma): 
Good grade in French (minimum of 10 points on average)

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION IS/WAS FRENCH

Evidence in the form of certificates or citizenship is required.

Multi-language programs

In some degree programs, you can choose between english or german courses - and in other cases, you need to complete german as well as english and in some cases french courses to complete your studies.

If this is the case, you need to provide proof of the respective language skills when applying. 

You can find more information about the language of instruction and the required language proficiency in our course list or in the respective Academic and Examination Regulations.

 

 

Advising and Information

You have questions about application, admission or administrative matters?

Please have your applicant or enrollment number ready.

Write us an email:
studium@tum.de

Give us a call:
+49 89 289 22245

Contact hours:
Monday: 9am - 12pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 1pm - 4pm
Fiday: 9am - 12pm

Visit us: 
Service Desk
Campus Munich
Arcisstr. 21, Room 144
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm
Friday: 9am - 12pm

The Service Desk of the Student Admission Office is only staffed in the morning.

Advising and Information

You have questions about application, admission or administrative matters?

Please have your applicant or enrollment number ready.

Write us an email:
studium@tum.de

Give us a call:
+49 89 289 22245

Contact hours:
Monday: 9am - 12pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 1pm - 4pm
Fiday: 9am - 12pm

Visit us: 
Service Desk
Campus Munich
Arcisstr. 21, Room 144
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm
Friday: 9am - 12pm

The Service Desk of the Student Admission Office is only staffed in the morning.