Some subjects require proof of competence in a foreign language before enrollment. The required knowledge is based on the competence descriptions of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The classification of language competences is divided into six levels, which are called A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. A1 level describes beginner skills; at the C2 level, language proficiency is almost that of a native speaker (more information on the language levels)..
Language skills are mostly proven by language certificates or tests. These certificates can be taken at certain language schools or institutes. The University of Bremen only accepts valid language certificates / tests.
For application and enrollment, the University of Bremen offers various possibilities to prove your language skills.
For Master's programs, different rules apply in some cases as far as language certificates are concerned. If you are interested in information aboout language competences for Master's, please have a look at our Master info page.
The language levels indicated on the GermanAbitur certificate are recognized. If two levels for a foreign language are specified in the Abitur certificate, the lower level will be taken.
As proof of language competence for the levels A1, A2 and B1, the University of Bremen accepts the results of school coursework. In this case, the following is required:
The competence level C1 is usually to be attested by appropriate certificates, as well B2, unless the school leaving certificate shows this level.
B2 and C1 language certificates for the following bachelor's degree programs are an exception and can also be proven through course work at school:
- English-Speaking Cultures / English: Alternatively, for English C1, English taken as a foreign language with at least 11 credits in the basic or advanced course. Either the grade on the Abitur certificate or the average grade indicated counts.
- Linguistics / Language Sciences: For language proficiency English B2, English may be taken as a foreign language with at least 10 credits in the basic or advanced course. Either the grade entered on the Abitur certificate or the average grade is taken.
Attention: School leaving certificates acquired abroad and aquivalent to the German Abitur can not be used as a proof of language over the duration of lessons or school grades.
The Language Center, the Instituto Cervantes and the Institut Français conduct language tests in English, French and Spanish. There is a fee for taking such a test (40 euro), and it is only recognized by the University of Bremen. Information on each language can be found on the website of the Foreign Language Center.more
Applicants for a bachelor's degree for which the respective foreign language is their first, or native, language, have their language skills assessed in a one-to-one interview with a teacher of the University of Bremen. For contact details see Studies Database.