Provid­ing evid­ence of know­ing the lan­guage for courses in Eng­lish or Eng­lish or Amer­ican stud­ies

Any students, who apply for a place on one of the joint degree options (bachelor’s degree or teaching degree) in English or English or American studies, must prove that they have the necessary knowledge of the language.

  • "English and American Culture and Business Studies / Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Wirtschaftswissenschaften"
  • "English and American Studies / Anglistik und Amerikanistik"
  • Part of the course "Englisch für die Lehrämter an Grundschulen, Haupt- und Realschulen und Gymnasien"
  • Subject English in "Wirtschaftspädagogik"
  • Subject in "Berufspädagogik (Metalltechnik/Elektrotechnik)"
  • Subsidiary subject "English and American Studies / Anglistik und Amerikanistik"

What counts as evid­ence of know­ing the lan­guage?

The following prove that you have the necessary knowledge of the language.

Either

The German university entrance qualification, if

  • English was either a main subject during the last four semesters before the exams and you gained at least 10 points on average or had English as a basic course and gained at least 12 points, and
  • if this examination certificate was issued no longer than two years before you enrolled for the English degree course (a certificate from 2017, for example, is enough for enrolment in 2019). It is not possible to prove this by passing the exams for the advanced vocational certificate of education (Fachabitur).


Or

The certificate submitted at enrolment is one of the following internationally recognised language tests (these language tests may not be older than 2 years either):

  • British Council IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Academic Modules, passed at least with a band score of 6
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); you must have passed the Internet-Based Test (iBT) with at least 90 points or have gained 577 points in the paper-based test (PBT). Proof cannot be provided through a TOEFL ITP.
  • Cambridge ESOL C1 Advanced formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) with a minimum grade of C

Exception:

Evidence of language skills is unnecessary for applicants who enrol as exchange students in Kassel from one of the partner universities of the Faculty of Humanities for a maximum period of two semesters.


Transferring from another university:
Any students who have already started or completed a degree in English or English or American studies at a different German university should contact Ms Dancy as early as possible (fiona.dancy@uni-kassel.de) to establish whether and in what form they still need to provide evidence of having an adequate knowledge of English.

 

Where can I find out more about the tests?

You can find information about test requirements, test centres, prices and dates here:

IELTS test at the Uni­versity of Kas­sel

The University of Kassel is an examination centre for the IELTS test. You will receive the results in good time before the enrolment deadline in both cases.

Other test centres in the vi­cin­ity

The Theodor-Heuss school in Baunatal near Kassel is a test centre for Cambridge ESOL exams. Please contact Mr Klaffer (klaffer@web.de). The closest TOEFL test centres are in Göttingen or Fulda. Please note that you complete a TOEFL iBT exam and not a TOEFL ITP there – Kassel does not recognise a TOEFL ITP result for an English degree.

Please also note:
Arrange a test date in good time (several months before your enrolment). The demand for places on certain dates may be very high and you will not receive your results immediately. Make use of the practice materials made available on the specified websites or in the university library to check and improve your language skills. It is not advisable to take a language test without having the necessary knowledge of the language and this will cause unnecessary costs. If your university entrance qualification grade is not adequate or your time at school is too far in the past, it is unlikely that you will pass the language test to provide evidence of having the necessary knowledge of the language without doing some preparation work.

 

FAQ's

Unfortunately, your English grade in the advanced vocational certificate of education does NOT count as evidence of your linguistic ability. You still have to complete a language test that we recognise.

No. Only the conditions mentioned in the rules apply. You must either meet the university entrance qualification conditions or take one of the three language tests that are specifically mentioned. There are no exceptions to these rules.

Yes, you must still provide evidence of your knowledge of the language by taking a language test if you wish to enrol for the English or English or American studies course in Kassel.

 

Unfortunately, no. You must meet the entrance qualifications for English/English or American studies and be enrolled for the subject before you can attend any units of instruction.

Mas­ter’s de­gree courses

We require evidence of your knowledge of the language again if ...

... your bachelor’s degree is more than two years old.


... you completed your bachelor’s degree at a foreign university.


... you completed your bachelor’s degree at a German university, but not in English/English studies/American studies.


... you completed your bachelor’s degree in English/English studies/American studies at a German university, but are not able to provide the necessary average language grade.

Evidence is provided by:

British Council IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Academic Modules, with at least a band score of 7; information: http://www.britishcouncil.de/pruefung/ielts


TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), if you gain at least 100 points in the Internet-based test (iBT); information: http://www.ets.org/toefl.


Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) (also known as Cambridge English: Advanced), with at least a grade A or Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) at least with a grade C. Information: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/

Who can give me more help?

Please carefully read the information outlined above about the admission requirements for English. The student affairs office can provide information about deadlines that you must meet. If you are changing your place of study within Germany, please contact Ms Dancy (fiona.dancy@uni-kassel.de).