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A book reading in auditorium G

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Demonstration during a lecture in the “Audimax”

Studying in the O building

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

The foyer with the Service Center

Language Prerequisites

 Before you can start with your degree course, you have to prove sufficient language skills.

Prerequisites of our Study Programs

German Taught Degree Courses

Before you can start a German taught degree course, you have to prove sufficient German language skills.

The language requirements for German taught degree courses are fulfilled, if you submit one of the following certificates:

  • DSH certificate (minimum DSH-2) issued by a German university or Studienkolleg according to KMK-regulations
    (minimum result DSH 2)
  • TestDaF certificate passed with level 4 in all four exam sections
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe II issued by the "Deutsche Kultursministerkonferenz"
  • Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom awarded by the Goethe-Institut
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
  • Feststellungprüfung by a recognized Foundation college affiliated to a German university

If you have not yet acquired the necessary German language proficiency, you can apply for a place on a study preparation German language course by answering “YES” to question 11 in the application form.

For further information on the DSH course, click here.

Your German is not good enough yet? Preparatory German Course (DSH) at Paderborn University!

If you have not yet acquired the necessary German language proficiency, you can apply for a place on a study preparation German language course by answering “YES” to question 11 in the application form.

For further information on the DSH course, click here.

Doctoral Programs

For doctorate studies, the language entrance requirements are met if the responsible doctoral committee confirms sufficient knowledge of the language relevant for your PhD project.  It is principally possible to complete doctorate studies entirely in a foreign language.

Master Programs Computer Science/ Physics/ Electrical Systems Engineering (English taught)

These Master programs can be studied alternatively in German or in English.

Please make it clear in your application, if you apply for the English or the German alternative. 

You can apply for the English taught master courses without holding one the above-mentioned German language certificates, but you need to prove a very good command of the English language. The following proficiency certificates are accepted:

  • a Bachelor degree gained in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand or the USA
  • a German Bachelor degree obtained in a study program that has been accredited as an English language program
  • TOEFL *** with a minimum result of 550 (pencil and paper) resp. 585 (ESE) or 80 (internet) resp 87 (ESE)
  • Cambridge ESOL certificate (CPE, CAE with grade B, FCE with grade A).
  • IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 (Computer Science), resp. 6.0 (Physics, Electrical Systems Engineering).

Important: Due to our examination regulations, one of the above mentioned proficiency certificates is required even if the language of instruction at your previous university was English (referring to countries other than Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand or the USA). We regret that exceptions are not possible.

M.Sc. Computer Science (taught in German)

For the German language alternative of the master degree course in computer science you need to prove good German language skills (see above) as well as English language proficiency that can be verified by: 

  • TOEFL *** with a minimum result of 500 (pencil and paper) or 61 (internet)
  • Cambridge ESOL certificate (CPE, CAE with grade C, FCE with grade B).
  • IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 5.0.
M.A. English and American Studies

For the Master Program English and American Studies you do not need to prove German language skills. The necessary English language proficiency can be verified by one of the following certificates:

  • TOEFL  ***   with a minimum result of  250 (computer-basedl) or 100 (internet-based) 

  • Cambridge ESOL Certificate (CPE, CAE with grade A or  B) 

  • IELTS-Score of  7,0 (Academic Module)

The test results must be less than two years old at the time of application.

M.Sc. International Economics and Management

To be eligible for the Master program "International Economics and Management' profound English skills need to be proven. This can be done by providing certificate or documents stating:

  • a successfully completed school education at a German institution, with English classes starting in the 5th grade and for at least 5 years, or
  • a Bachelors degree in English-speaking countries abroad or at an accredited German program taught in English, or
  • a language test at a level of at least TOEFL***  87 (internet-based), or
  • comparable proficiency (e.g. Business English Certificate (BEC): BEC Vantage - Level B2, IELTS 6.5 or Cambride First Certificate Note A).

Additionally, German language skills are required. Applicants that have not acquired their qualification at a German institution have to prove German language proficiency at a level of A2 GER/CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) at minimum. As certificates will be recognized:

  • Certificates of the Goethe Institution (level A2 or better)
  • TestDAF (TDN 3, TDN 4, TDN 5)
  • "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (DSH) (DSH 1, DSH 2, DSH 3)
  • a computer-based test ("C-Test Verfahren") after the immatriculation at the University of Paderborn

Students without the required German language proficiency have to acquire the necessary skills while studying before finishing their Masters degree. The required German language proficiency can be acquired by attending courses at the University of Paderborn (240 hours). These can be credited as Studium Generale for the "Elective Module".ted as Studium Generale for the "Elective Module".

M.Sc. Computer Engineering

The required language skills for the Master Program in Computer Engineering are:

If you hold one of the above mentioned German language certificates such as DSH:

  • English language certificate at least at competence level B2 of the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR), e.g. TOEFL***iBT 79 points, TOEFL***paper & pencil 550 points, Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) oder British Council IELTS, Minimum Band 6,0.

If you do not hold one of the above mentioned certificates:

  • Bachelors degree from an English-speaking country or acquired during a course of study at an English-speaking domestic accredited institution 
  • English language certificate at least at competence level B2 of the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR), e.g. TOEFL*** iBT 80 points , TOEFL*** paper & pencil 550 points, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) oder British Council IELTS, Minimum Band 6,5.
M.Sc. Optoelectronics & Photonics/ M.Sc. Materials Science

For the Master Programs Optoelectronics & Photonics and Materials Science you do not need to prove German language skills. The necessary English language proficiency can be verified by one of the following certificates:

  • TOEFL *** with a minimum result of 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT) or
  • IELTS-Score of 6,0 or
  • First Certificate in English FCE or comparable tests or
  • a bachelor degree gained in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand or the USA or a German Bachelor degree obtained in a study program that has been accredited as an English language program
M.Sc. Applied Neurosciences in Sport & Exercise

For the Master Program Applied Neurosciences in Sport & Exercise you do not need to prove German language skills. The necessary English language proficiency can be verified by one of the following certificates: 

  • TOEFL *** with a minimum result of 550 (PBT) or 87 (iBT) or
  • IELTS-Score of 5,5 or 
  • First Certificate in English FCE (Cambridge ESOL) or
  • Unicert II or comparable or
  • a bachelor degree gained in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand or the USA or a German Bachelor degree obtained in a study program that has been accredited as an English language program

*** The ETS Institution Code of the University of Paderborn is 4037.

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