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Language Proficiency in German.

If you wish to enroll in a German-language degree program and German is not your first language, you must provide proof of language proficiency in German.

For admission to certain academic degree programs, degree-seeking applicants must show proof of a certain level of language proficiency.*  The certificates/diplomas accepted by the JKU as proof of language proficiency are listed below.

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Overview of Accepted Verification

German Level B2

  • Austrian school leaving certificate ("Matura")
  • Matriculation certificate from a German-language school or an Austrian or German school abroad
  • Passing grade in German in an annual report card preceding the final school-leaving certificates or on the school-leaving certificate (such as a "Matura" or "Abitur") issued by an educational institution recognized in the EU, EEA, or Switzerland
  • An IB diploma in German as Language B awarded in accordance with the rules of the "International Baccalaureate Organization"
  • Certificate of completion of a minimum of two years of academic studies in the German language completed at a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Austria or abroad
  • Austrian Language Diploma - ÖSD Certificate B2
  • Goethe Institute – Goethe Certificate B2
  • telc Deutsch B2
  • telc Deutsch B2 + Profession
  • German language examination to admit international applicants to higher education DSH1
  • German Language Diploma by the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs DSD II
  • Test "Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test DaF)", minimum TDN 3 level in all sections

German Level C1

  • Austrian school leaving certificate ("Matura")
  • Matriculation certificate from a German-language school or an Austrian or German school abroad
  • An IB diploma in German as Language A awarded in accordance with the rules of the "International Baccalaureate Organization"
  • Certificate of completion of a minimum of two years of academic studies in the German language completed at a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Austria or abroad
  • Certificate of successfully passing the supplementary examination for proof of proficiency in German as part of a special C1 level university course.
  • Certificate of successfully passing the supplementary C1 level German examination at an Austrian university
  • Austrian Language Diploma – ÖSD Certificate C1
  • Goethe Institute 2 – Goethe Certificate C1
  • telc Deutsch "C1 Hochschule"
  • German language examination to admit international applicants to higher education DSH2
  • German Language Diploma by the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs DSD II - C1
  • Test "Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Test DaF)", minimum TDN 5 level in all sections

*Language proficiency will be assessed in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.