In some study programmes or in advance of a stay abroad, you have to provide evidence of your language skills. The Language Centre can help you with this.
For some study programmes it is necessary to provide evidence of second modern foreign language skills. Consult your study regulations to check if this applies for your programme. Acceptable evidence is a school certificate that demonstrates six years or more of study in the chosen language or an equivalent language certificate at B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Students of the University Jena that cannot supply such evidence of a second modern foreign language can do either of the following:
1. Participate successfully in a designated language course at B1 level with 2 teaching hours per week over a semester or a B1 level intensive course with 30 teaching hours. We provide an outline of the B1 courses that are accepted.
2. Participate successfully in the test of reading competence that takes place towards the end of each semester. The languages in which the reading test is available, test dates, content, procedure and further details are on the Language Centre webpage under Test of Reading Competence.
Upon successful completion of either alternative, you should present your certificate of achievement at your examination office in fulfilment of the regulations.
Please note that a language course provides a more extensive language experience than participation in the test of reading competence, which, as the name suggests, is restricted to reading comprehension alone. In a language course you will extend your listening comprehension, pronunciation, and communicative skills as well as gaining insight into the respective culture.
If you have any questions regarding proof of the second modern foreign language, please contact your department’s student counsellor or examinations office.
Generally, assessing one’s own language skills is quite difficult. Therefore, the Language Centre, in cooperation with the multi-media centre, offers students the possibility to take an online diagnostic test that lasts approximately 90 minutes. This allows students to establish objectively their current language skills.
The Dialang test, created by the University of Lancaster (UK), covers a range of modern foreign languages and is made available by its designers at no cost to those who take it.
In special cases, and where there is no proof of a student’s current language skills, the Dialang test can be a requirement when students want to participate in a language course above the level A1.1.
Please note that the Dialang test as a requirement for joining language courses (except DaF) is accepted only as a placement test at the University Jena. It cannot substitute a course and does not entitle anyone who takes it to certification or ECTS points. Please contact the head of the language section you want to take a course in.
In combination with a face-to-face oral exam, the Dialang test can be used as evidence of your language skills if you are preparing to take part in an exchange program such as ERASMUS, PROMOS, or DAAD. Any such programme must be arranged by the University Jena. Students of other universities and institutes should deal with their respective offices.
By prior arrangement, you will take the Dialang test online at the multi-media centre I (approx. 90 minutes).The multi-media centre passes on your result to the head of the respective language section. Then you will take an oral exam (approx. 20 minutes) to test your active language production. The Language Centre will then confirm your test result. If the result does not meet the language level required, you can retake the test in three months’ time.
For more information and to register for this combined test, please contact the head of the respective language section.