Below is a list of the main international language certificates that may prove useful during your studies, your stay abroad, or your professional career. You can find more information by clicking on the respective language.
Please note that the Language Centre is the point of contact and examination centre only where explicitly stated as such. Please consult any external contacts where given.
In order to gain the university entrance qualification for a German institute of higher education, foreign students have to provide evidence of their German language skills. This can be achieved through any one of the following examination formats: DSH, TestDaF, and telc.
telc – The European Language Certificates
This examination is centralized and conducted at designated telc examination centers, e.g. in Thuringia. Telc test centres can be found on the telc language tests webpage.
You will find all information concerning enrolment and admission as well as conditions for taking the test on the webpage of the telc examination centres.
The Language Centre of the University Jena does not offer preparation courses for telc examinations.
DSH - Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang für ausländische Studierende
This test can take place directly at the University Jena via JenDaF e.V.
In order to take the test you will need to participate in a DSH preparation course.
In order to be accepted for the preparatory course you will need to demonstrate a clear intention to study at the University Jena, a university entrance qualification and German language skills at level B1 according to the CEFR.
Please find more information about a study programme with degree online.
Enrolment and admission can be arranged only through the International Office (Internationales Büro/ IB) of the FSU.
Preparation courses are offered by JenDaF e.V. via the Institute for German as a foreign and second language, and intercultural studies de (Institut für Deutsch als Fremd- und Zweitsprache und Interkulturelle Studien).
The Test-DaF Institut conducts the test at external test centres.
You will find all information concerning enrolment and admission as well as conditions for taking the test on the webpage of the TestDaF-Instituts.
The Language Centre of the University Jena does not offer preparation courses for TestDaF.
Cambridge Certificates, IELTS, and TOEFL are the most commonly recognised international certificates if you need to provide evidence of your English language skills.
If you are planning to study abroad, apply for an internship or similar, always check which test format is preferred.
UK, most English-speaking countries and many other international universities recognise Cambridge Certificates. It is unconditionally valid. The Cambridge Advanced English Certificate demonstrates abilities at C1 level and the Cambridge Proficiency Certificate demonstrates C2 level according to the CEFR.
The Language Centre offers the Cambridge tests in partnership with the Thuringian Association of Adult Education Centres (TVV e.V., Thüringer Volkshochschulverband e.V.).
You will find all information regarding enrolment and admission on the webpage of the TVV e.V.
The Language Centre of the University Jena offers preparation courses for these exams if there is personnel capacity. To join the Cambridge Advanced preparation course you will need to demonstrate an existing ability at level B2 according to the CEFR. Similarly, to join the Cambridge Proficiency preparation course you will need to demonstrate an existing ability at level C1. Time spent abroad can be taken into consideration. You will find our preparation courses in the online administration system Friedolin.
IELTS – International English Language Testing System
This certificate covers several language levels and is valid for two years. UK, most English speaking countries, and many other international universities recognise IELTS certificates. Always check which score is required for your study programme.
You can take the IELTS test at external test centres.
You can find further information regarding enrolment and admission on the webpage of the IELTS organisation.
Enrolment is via the British Council website.
The Language Centre of the University Jena offers preparation courses for IELTS. If there is personnel capacity, you will find these courses in the online administration system Friedolin.
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
It is advisable to take this test If you want to study in the USA, although some universities do accept Cambridge or IELTS certificates. The TOEFL certificate is valid for two years. Always check the score required for your study programme as this may vary.
You can take the TOEFL test at external test centres.
You can find all information regarding enrolment and admission on the webpage of the TOEFL organisation.
The Language Centre of the University Jena usually offers preparation courses for TOEFL. If there is personnel capacity, you will find these courses in the online administration system Friedolin.
The DELF/ DALF certificates provide evidence of your language skills in French and evaluate the following communication skills:
- Listening comprehension
- Reading comprehension
- Written production
- Oral production
They are internationally recognised as the requirements meet the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can take the DELF certificate for levels A1 to B2. You can take the DALF certificate for the advanced language levels of C1 and C2. The certificates are unconditionally valid.
The Language Centre of the University Jena is an accredited test centre for DELF/DALF certificates. Thus, you can take the tests directly at the FSU.
Enrolment, for students and external candidates, takes place via the Institut Français. You will find information about test dates, test centres, and costs on the webpage of the Institut Français Leipzig.
The Language Centre of the University Jena offers preparation courses for these tests. You will find all courses and information in the online administration system Friedolin.
The certificates of DELI and DITALS provide evidence of your Italian language skills. They may be necessary, not only for your studies, professional career, or authorities but to demonstrate your Italian language skills as a teacher.
CELI – Certificati di Lingua Italiana
The Romance Languages Institute (Institut für Romanistik) of the University Jena is an accredited test centre for CELI. You can take the CELI test at several levels, which correspond to the CEFR.
The University per Stranieri di Perugia carries out the tests. Thus, you can take these tests directly at the University Jena.
Enrolment and admission to CELI is via the Romance Languages Institute de of the University Jena.
The Language Centre of the University Jena does not offer preparation courses.
Certificazione di Didattica dell'Italiano come Lingua Straniera
The University per Stranieri di Siena issues the DITALS certificate (level I and II). It provides evidence of theoretical, methodological, and operative skills in language pedagogy for Italian as a foreign language. It is aimed at teachers of Italian who have several years of teaching experience and who would like to deepen their skills as well as obtain extra certification.
The Language Centre of the University Jena is an accredited test centre for the DITALS certificate I and II. Thus, you can take the test directly at the FSU.
If you need more information or if you would like to take the DITALS certificate, please contact Dr. Massimo Minelli.
You can find more information about DITALS on the webpages of the Università per Stranieri di Siena and DITALS. Here, you can also find information provided by teachers that have already gained the DITALS certificate.
CELPE – Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangieros
The CELPE test is the only official Brazilian language certificate for people whose mother tongue is not Portuguese. The Brazilian Ministry of Education (Ministério da Educacao – MEC) is responsible for the test.
The Romance Languages Institute (Institut für Romanistik) of the University Jena is an accredited test centre for CELPE. Thus, you can take the test directly at the FSU.
Enrolment takes place online via the INEP. You receive confirmation of your enrolment directly from the Brazilian MEC. The MEC passes on your data to the Romance Languages Institute of the University Jena only. For more information, please contact the Romance Languages Institute de.
The Language Centre of the University Jena does not offer preparation courses for CELPE.
DELE – Diploma de Español como Lengua Estranjera
This Spanish language certificate provides evidence of language skills at several levels. The Instituto Cervantes issues the certificate on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Certificates are unconditionally valid.
You can find information regarding enrolment and admission as well as information about the conditions for taking part and preparatory courses on the webpage of the Instituto Cervantes Berlin.
SIELE – Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española
You can demonstrate your Spanish language skills with the SIELE certificate.
The test is carried out at various test centres for SIELE.