Language requirements for master's programmes

Language requirements for master's programmes

Foreign language skills at level UNIcert® II/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or even UNIcert® III/C1 CEFR are required for admission to a number of our master's programmes. Language certificates should be handed in to the Student Registration Office or sent to the Language Centre by e-mail. The rules below apply.

Situation Circumstances Recognised/level
German is not your native language One of the qualifications forming the basis for your admission to master's-level study (e.g. your university entrance qualification or bachelor's degree) was completed in a language that forms an admission requirement of the relevant degree programme at the University of Passau Please  contact us
You received your bachelor’s degree from the University of Passau You have successfully completed a subject-specific language programme (FFA) at Intermediate level (minimum mark: 4.0) B2 CEFR
You have successfully completed a subject-specific language programme (FFA) at Advanced 1 level (minimum mark: 4.0) C1 CEFR
You have successfully studied abroad in the relevant language You have completed a minimum of three subject-related courses with final examination (minimum mark: 4.0) C1 CEFR

Certificates within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

English

CertificateLevel/markCEFR

Cambridge ESOL
(English for Speakers of other Languages)

IELTS
(International English Language Testing System)

TOEFL ITP
(Test of English as a Foreign Language)

FCE (A – C)
CAE (A – B)

5.5 – 6.5
7 or higher

543 (silver) or higher
627 (gold) or higher

B2
C1

B2
C1

B2
C1

French

CertificateCEFR
DELF B2
(Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française)
B2
DALF C1
(Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)
C1

Italian

CertificateCEFR
CELI 5
(Certificato di Conoscenza della Lingua Italiana)
if completed in Italy (minimum 3-month stay)
C1 maximum
CILS 4
(Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera)
if completed in Italy (minimum 3-month stay)
C1 maximum

Spanish

CertificateCEFR
DELE superior C1/C2
(Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera)
C1 maximum

Please note:

  • DAAD language certificates are not recognised.
  • We do not accept certificates issued more than two years ago.

International students

As an international applicant with a university degree from a non-German-speaking country you have to provide proof of German proficiency for all degree programmes offered by the University of Passau except the following Master's programmes: M.Sc. Computer Science, M.A. Development Studies, M.Sc. Mobile and Embedded Systems and M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies.

Contact for enquiries

Dr. Michael de Jong
Dr. Michael de Jong

Room NK 424
Innstraße 40

Phone: +49 851 509 1700
Fax: +49 851 509 1702 Michael.deJongatuni-passau.de Website Office hours:

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