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Proof of the level of English for master programs at Faculty IV

To be admitted to any of the master programs at Faculty IV, you have to prove that your knowledge of the English language corresponds to level B2 or higher on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). (Exception: Computational Neuroscience). For English language level B2 the qualifications shown in the table below serve as the lower limiting value.

Only the listed language certificates will be accepted. Exceptions made during the strict Corona restrictions, among others, no longer apply as of application/admission period starting summer semester 2022.

Valid as of November 01, 2021

The following certificates for proof of Englisch proficiency are accepted
TOEFL® iBT internetbased
score ≥ 87 points
TOEFL® ITP paperbased
score ≥ 543 points
FCE First Cambridge Certificate of English
minimum level B
(A better as B better as C)
IELTS Academic – International English Language Testing System
score ≥ 6.5 points
Level II or higher
DAAD compliant language certificate issued by TU Berlin's ZEMS or any other academic language teaching unit of a German university1
all competence areas marked B2 or better
TU Berlin's ZEMS language course
course level B2 or higher, successfully completed and with ECTS points certificate
Bachelor studies with English as language of instruction in an English-speaking country according to section "English as a native language"
successfully completed at an acknowledged university
German certificate of general higher education entrance qualification stating "Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur)"
at least 6 years of basic or advanced courses in English as the first or second foreign language with 5 or more points in each of the last 4 school terms
explicit confirmation on the certificate that the achieved English level corresponds at least to level B2
English as a native language
definition native language: identification document from an English-speaking country; English as official language

Accepted for Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Canada, New Zealand, Philippines, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland), United States of America 
1 ZEMS = Modern Language Center at TU Berlin. Language certificates of the Sprach- und Kulturbörse (SKB = Language and Culture Exchange) at TU Berlin are not accepted, even if the DAAD form was used for this purpose. The language proficiency test onSET English is also not accepted, even if it was taken at ZEMS.

If you have any questions concerning the recognition of language certificates and Master's applications, please contact the examination boards of Faculty IV.

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