Language Requirements

At most destination universities of the Erasmus+-Programme the lectures will be in English. However, Italy, Spain, France and in part Portugal might be an exception to that rule because classes are offered only or mostly in the country's official language. You need to hand in proof of language skills in order to apply for the respective exchange opportunities. In the exchange database, you will find a note if the required proof of language skills is not for English but another language.

English as Language of Instruction

On application, you must hand in a proof of English language skills of B2 level or higher. This rule applies regardless of requirements made by your host university and regardless of admission requirements to your study programme at OVGU.

  • Ideally, you hand in a UNIcert III-Certificate.
  • Alternatively, a proof via your high school leaving certificate will suffice as long as the last year of graded English classes does not date back more than 3 years
  • Also, we will accept TOEFL (min. 85 points) and IELTS (min 6.0) certificates that are no older than 2 years or the Cambridge Certificate (CAE or CPE)
  • If none of the above is applicable to you, you can gain proof of language from the Language Centre of OVGU. Please check out available dates early enough!

If you have a proof of language skills that is not listed above, please contact Ms. Caroline Natzel.

EXCEPTION: Students of completely English-language degree programs are exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency. Instead they may upload their current grade certificate at the appropriate place in the online application, which shows that the degree program at OVGU is being completed in English.  This exemption does not apply to the partner university Nottingham (GB), which always requires proof of IELTS/TOEFL.

Other Languages of Instruction

If you have the desire to study in the language of the destination country (e.g., French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish) and if you can demonstrate proficiency in that language at least B2 level of the European Framework Reference for Languages, you are exempt from also having to include an English language certificate with your Erasmus+ application.

Second language of the country of destination

We consider sufficient knowledge of your host country's official language as highly important since it ensures the integration process at your destination.

For the destination countries France, Italy and Spain, A1 proof must be presented at the time of application. If you do not have A1 proof, contact our Erasmus student advisor in time for advice on language courses. The goal is for you to have A2 level national language skills at the start of your mobility.

For all other destination countries, no proof of the second language is required.

Last Modification: 12.06.2024 - Contact Person: Webmaster