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Language Requirements

In order to make the most of your experience in Munich and at LMU Munich, it is important to have good German language skills. Although many departments offer modules taught in English, the language of instruction at LMU is generally German, particularly at bachelor level.

Before beginning your studies as an exchange student at LMU you are required to have level B2 (according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages"), unless stated otherwise in the list below. The same applies if you plan to take courses in English.

If you choose to take only courses taught in English no German language skills are required. Departments offering courses in English are listed at Choosing Courses.

If, at the time of application, you do not fulfill the language requirements either in German or in English you still can apply for an exchange period at LMU. Your application will be individually assessed by the faculty in which you plan to take courses.

Faculties/Departments/Institutes which require higher levels of language proficiency:

Faculty/Department/InstituteGerman Language RequirementOther Language Requirement
Amerika-Institut (North American Studies) B2 English: C1
English Philology B2 English:C1
Political Science B2 English: B2 (Bachelor), C1 (Master)
Italian Philology B2 Italian: B2

 Accepted Language Certificates

German English
  • Goethe-Zertifikat (B2: TDN 3)
  • TestDaFonDaF
  • onDaF
  • telc Deutsch
  • Deutschsprachige Hochschulzugangsberechtigung
  • Confirmation of Language Skills* (signed by the exchange coordinator at your home university)
  • TOEFL (internet based: minimum score B2: 90 / C1: 95 / paper based)
  • TOEIC (minimum score B2: 785 / C1: 945)
  • IELTS (minimum score B2: 5.5 / C1: 7.0)
  • Cambridge English (B2: First (FCE) / C1: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE))
  • Confirmation of Language Skills* (signed by the exchange coordinator at your home university)

 Submitted language certificates should not be older than two years.

If your language certificate is older than two years or if you underwent a language assessment as part of the selection procedure at your home university please ask your exchange coordinator to complete the form Confirmation of Language Skills.


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