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Language Skills

For some of our master's programs we require knowledge of English or the respective language studied equivalent to level B2 or C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. As a rule, you must prove your language skills to us when applying for a master's program. We accept a wide variety of language certificates, tests, and certificates at different levels. Below you will find a list of all certificates that we accept as proof of the required foreign language skills. Please refer to the respective selection statutes to find out which language skills are required for your degree program.

Irrespective of your foreign language skills, you must also provide proof of German proficiency unless you have a German university entrance qualification. Please refer to the Regulations on Admission and Enrollment (ZulImmaO) of the University of Mannheim for more detailed information on who has to provide which kind of proof and when proofs must be submitted.


    Accepted proofs of language proficiency

  • English B2

    • First degree in English and/or American Studies in the scope of a minor or comparable coursework
    • Attendance of English classes during the final years of German secondary school education with a minimum of 10 points achieved on average
    • TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 79 points (Test Date Score)
    • TOEFL (CBT) with a score of at least 213 points
    • TOEFL (PBT) with a score of at least 550 points
    • First Certificate in English (FCE)
    • IELTS with a band score of 5.5 or better
    • telc level B2
    • TOEIC with a score of at least 715 from 990 points
    • Language Certificate of the Studium Generale of the University of Mannheim with the level B2 or better
    • All proofs of language proficiency recognized for level C1 are automatically accepted for level B2.
    • Any certificates acquired by a test must not be older than 2 years. The deadline is 15 March. Degree certificates and university entrance qualifications (Abitur diploma), however, remain valid throughout your life.
  • English C1

    • First degree in English and/or American Studies in the scope of a major or comparable coursework
    • Completion of a first degree program taught exclusively in English
    • Attendance of English classes during the final years of German secondary school education with a minimum of 13 points achieved on average
    • Several years of residence in an English-speaking country TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 94 points (Test Date Score)
    • TOEFL (CBT) with a score of at least 233 points
    • TOEFL (PBT) with a score of at least 586 points
    • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with Level C or better
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with Level C or better
    • IELTS with a band score of 6.5 or better
    • telc level C1
    • TOEIC with a score of at least 850 from 990 points
    • All proofs of language proficiency recognized for level C1 are automatically accepted for level B2.
  • French C1

    • First degree in French Studies in the scope of a major or comparable coursework
    • Completion of a first degree program taught exclusively in French
    • Attendance of French classes during the final years of German secondary school education with a minimum of 13 points achieved on average
    • Several years of residence in a French-speaking country
    • DELAF/DALF level C1
  • Italian C1

    • First degree in Italian Studies in the scope of a major or comparable coursework
    • Completion of a first degree program taught exclusively in Italian
    • Attendance of Italian classes during the final years of German secondary school education with a minimum of 13 points achieved on average
    • Several years of residence in an Italian-speaking country
    • CILS level C1
    • CELI level 4
  • Spanish C1

    • First degree in Spanish Studies in the scope of a major or comparable coursework
    • Completion of a first degree program taught exclusively in Spanish
    • Attendance of Spanish classes during the final years of German secondary school education with a minimum of 13 points achieved on average
    • Several years of residence in a Spanish-speaking country
    • D.E.L.E. Nivel superior
    • SIELE C1

The admissions committees may decide on accepting other proofs on a case-by-case basis. If you are not sure whether your proof will be accepted, please contact us in good time before the application deadline.


Advising and contact

Sebastian Hempen, M.A.

Sebastian Hempen, M.A.

Program Manager Master of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Kaiserring 14–16 – Room 611
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Telephone consultation hours Tue and Wed 10 a.m. – noon. The open consultation hour is cancelled until further notice.