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Proof of sufficient German language proficiency for the study at Leibniz Universität

Proof of sufficient German language proficiency for the study at Leibniz Universität

 

All regulations recorded here were decided by a group of experts in the field of Leibniz Universität Hannover’s Centre for Applied Linguistics and Special Languages (FSZ) and will be reviewed and adapted (if necessary) in at least five-year intervals, with regard to being up-to-date, formality and content. Please note, these depictions are neither necessarily exhaustive nor legally binding. Mandatory regulations concerning language skills and their certification can be found in the admissions regulations for the relevant study course. For more information please see: https://www.fsz.uni-hannover.de/zulassungsvoraussetzungen.html

 

Proof of sufficient German language proficiency - level A2

 

A.) Definition of language requirements

In the upper level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, employment, local geography); Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters; Can describe in simple terms, aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

 

B.) Areas of use

1. Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of German according to the requirements stated in section A.).

2. In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.

 

C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

1. The German proficiency test for immigrants (Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (DTZ)) with a result of at least 20 points

2. The Goethe-Zertifikat B1

 

Proof of sufficient German language proficiency - level B1

 

A.) Definition of language requirements

In the upper level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.; Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken; Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest; Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.”

 

B.) Areas of use

1. Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of German according to the requirements stated in section A.).

2. In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.

 

C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

1. The German proficiency test for immigrants (Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer, DTZ) with a result of at least 33 points

2. The German Language Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference (Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz, DSD) - successful completion of level one (DSD I)

3. The Goethe-Zertifikat B2 

 

Proof of sufficient German language proficiency - level B2

 

A.) Definition of language requirements

In the upper level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation; Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers fairly possible without strain for either party; Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.”

 

B.) Areas of use

1. Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of German according to the requirements stated in section A.).

2.  In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.

 

C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

1. German language proficiency test for international university applicants (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für ausländische Studienbewerber und –bewerberinnen, DSH) with a result of at least DSH 1

2. Test of German as a foreign language (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache, TestDaF) with a result of at least 4 x TDN 3

 

D.) Suitable certificates and qualifications

Proof of sufficient German language proficiency is not necessary for

1. occupants of one of the certificates defined in section C.), 

2. Those who have successfully completed the Goethe-Zertifikat C1.

 

Proof of sufficient German language proficiency - level C1

 

A.) Definition of language requirements

In the upper level of independent language users (global scale) CEFR requires competence of the following skills: “[The applicant] can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning; Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.”

 

B.) Areas of use

1. Upon enrolment or change of subject, each applicant must prove sufficient knowledge of German according to the requirements stated in section A.).

2. In the case of change of subject within Leibniz Universität Hannover, the requirements defined in section A.) may differ to the language requirements necessary, thus making up-to-date proof of language proficiency necessary.

 

C.) Tests and examinations as proof of the linguistic studying capability

The following tests/exams serve as proof of sufficient language proficiency:

1. German language proficiency test for international university applicants (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für ausländische Studienbewerber und –bewerberinnen, DSH) with a result of at least DSH 2

2. Test of German as a foreign language (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache, TestDaF) with a result of at least 4 x TDN 4 

3. The "German" exam component of the assessment test at colleges

4. The German Language Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference (Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz, DSD) - level two (DSD II)

 

D.) Suitable certificates and qualifications

Proof of sufficient German language proficiency is not necessary for

1. occupants of one of the certificates defined in section C.),

2. those who have successfully completed the Goethe-Zertifikat C2,

3. occupants of a certificate for passing the telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule exam,

4. those who successfully completed either the Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP), the Kleine Deutsche Sprachdiplom (KDS) or the Große Deutsche Sprachdiplom (GDS) before 01.01.2012.

 

The regulation concerned in (4) is only applicable until 31.12.2016. Proof of German language proficiency at level C1 is also regulated through the local DSH exam regulations of Leibniz Universität Hannover in its valid version.