German proficiency and German language courses
In order to study at the LMU, you will need to furnish evidence that you are proficient in German (exception: Masters degree programs and doctoral programs which are taught in English). Your proficiency in German must be to at least level C1 (in accordance with the RO-DT Regulations for German Language Tests for Studying at German Universities).
The following certificates are accepted as proof of proficiency:
- DSH 2: Certificate stating that you have passed the LMU German language test for university admission for international students. More information: German courses at Munich University
- TestDaF level 4: "German as a Foreign Language" test, level 4 in all sections. If you fail to reach level 4 in any of the sections, we regret that we cannot accept the test.
- The European language certificate: telc German C1 University
- German language diploma of Kultusministerkonferenz - second level (DSD II)
- German language test II by the Munich Institute of Languages and Interpreters
- Goethe Certificate C2: GDS from the Goethe Institute (after 2012)
- Minor/major language diploma or ZOP from the Goethe Institute (before 12/2011)
- Leaving certificate from an institute of higher education in Germany (at least to grammar school, preparatory college, university of applied sciences, or university level)
Subsequent submission of language proficiency proof:
1. Non-EU citizens applying for a subject with admission restrictions
You must submit one of the above certificates by the closing date for applications (July 15 / January 15). We cannot accept subsequent submissions!
2. Non-EU citizens applying for a subject without admission restrictions
If you are not an EU citizen and you are applying to study a subject without admission restrictions but have not yet obtained a language diploma, you can furnish evidence of your proficiency in German by signing up for an intensive German language course:
- you will have to reach at least B2 level of the European reference guidelines in order to qualify (please note: without this certificate, your application will be rejected!)
- German language schools abroad have to be certified by the Goethe-Institut.
- If you have completed an intensive German course, you must have done so within six months of the end of the closing date for applications (Jan 15 / Jul 15, respectively).
- This certification confirms your level of learning at the time of your application. You must pass the DSH 2 language test (or obtain one of the other certificates, see above list) before you register. Studying German at a university abroad does not class as evidence of proficiency in German!
3. EU citizens applying for a subject without admission restrictions
EU citizens who have not acquired a language diploma must furnish evidence of having passed the DSH 2 language test (or one of the other certificates, see above list) by the time they register.