Prospective students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in English and American Studies or a Teaching Qualification in Secondary Education are required to complete an assessment test prior to enrolment as a first semester English major or minor.
The Assessment Process:
- Applicants can first be considered for admission to the following programmes after successfully completing the assessment test:
- State Examinations for a Teaching Qualification in Secondary Education with English as a major or minor
- Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies as a major or minor
Enrolment in the 'Magister' programme in English Philology is not possible as this degree programme is no longer offered.
An essential, compulsory component of the overall assessment process is the language proficiency examination. All applicants must sit this test. A sole exception is made for those who have already achieved an adequate score on the TOEFL Test or the IELTS. The English language proficiency exam generally takes place during the middle or end of January (for summer semester enrolment) and the middle or end of July (for winter semester enrolment). No re-sits will be scheduled for those who are unable to attend.
In addition to submitting an application packet, applicants will be permitted to sit the language proficiency exam only after having completed the necessary online registration form by the deadline specified below.
The Assessment Process for Summer Semester 2013:
The assessment process for Summer Semester 2013 has been completed. The applicants were sent the results via e-mail. The letter of acceptance/rejection will be delivered by the German Postal Service.
The Assessment Process for Winter Semester 2013/14:As an obligatory part of the application process, prospective students interested in studying English at the University of Freiburg are required to sit an English language proficiency exam. This exam is mandatory (for exceptions, please scroll down to the section on the TOEFL /IELTS).
- The exam will take place from July 22 to July 24, 2013.
As no re-sits will be held regardless of the circumstances, please ensure that you note the following:
1.) you must submit your application packet prior to the deadline;
2.) you must register for the language proficiency exam in the designated time frame;
3.) you must sit and pass the language proficiency exam in order to be considered for enrolment in one of the English Department's programmes.
Please note that applicants unable to pass the language proficiency exam on the first attempt may re-register for the exam only once more. Sitting the test a third time is not permitted!
The Application Process - A Brief Overview:
The following points are essential steps of the application process. Please read carefully.
1. Submission of the official application form for undergraduate applicants (including Lehramt), obtainable at the Central Offices for Student Affairs in addition to registering for the English Department language proficiency exam
2. Sit the exam (pass/fail).
3. A letter of acceptance / letter of rejection will delivered via the German Postal Service.
4. Enrolment: after receiving a letter of acceptance, you may enrol at the registrar's office during the scheduled dates.
Only first semester (1. Fachsemester) students are required to take part in the assessment process.
Those students who have accumulated sufficient ECTS credit points as an English major need not sit the language proficiency exam. Please contact the Student Advisory Office in order to find out which credits/courses are transferable.
Registering for the Language Proficiency Examination:
- Registration of the English language proficiency exam can be found online under the address listed below.
You have to register for the test for the Winter Semester 2013/14 online between June 15, 2013 and July 15, 2013.
The online registration consists of three steps:
- To complete the online registration form, please click on the following link email@example.com). . (Please note that this page can only be accessed during the specified registration period). Registration confirmation shall be sent via e-mail within 24 hours of registering. This confirmation contains your personal details (please print and retain this document). You will also be asked to enter preferences for test dates of the language proficiency exam online. Your registration can be processed only if all personal details are accurate and up-to-date. In particular, please ensure that you have written your e-mail address correctly, otherwise our confirmation will not be able to reach you. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact Mrs. Susanne Duesterberg via e-mail (
- Please enter your test date preferences online. The link to this site can be found in your registration confirmation. Upon entering your preferred examination dates, you shall receive yet a second e-mail confirming the chosen dates.
- After registration has been closed (15 January for summer enrolment / 15 July for winter enrolment), an e-mail with details of your individual test date will be sent out.
Important: You must have a valid e-mail address in order to register for the language proficiency exam. If you do not have a personal e-mail address, please acquire one before doing so.
Please remember that it is your responsibility to appear on time for your scheduled exam date. Those who come too late will not be able to reschedule the exam regardless whether tardiness was their fault or that of someone else. Those travelling long distances, should ensure themselves sufficient time to reach Freiburg.
Applying for Admissions:
- Please note that the necessary application forms for undergraduate studies are not available on the English Department website, but are to be found on the homepage of the Zentralstelle für studentische Angelegenheiten (Central Office of Student Affairs). The application deadline for commencing studies in summer semester is 15 January and for winter semester 15 July. Additional information regarding your application packet can be found under the following link: http://www.studium.uni-freiburg.de/studienbewerbung
- In other words applicants must complete an application form (see above) as well as register for the language proficiency test by the required deadlines.
- Whoever does not appear for the exam will not be admitted to study at the University of Freiburg. Regardless of the reason (ex.: illness/hospitalisation) no exceptions shall be made. The only other alternative to sitting the English Department language proficiency examination is the 'TOEFL' exam and the 'IELTS' exam. For more information about the TOEFL test/ IELTS, please scroll down to the section entitled TOEFL/ IELTS. Candidates who do not sit the exam or have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS cannot be considered for admission to one of the English Department programmes.
- Furthermore, in order to pass the language proficiency test, applicants must score above 60%. Those who score below are not qualified.
The exam and school marks shall be assessed according to regulations. The proficiency exam will count as 1/3 of the index score and school marks 2/3.
Important: Passing the exam does not guarantee acceptance into an undergraduate programme. For more information regarding on what criteria applicants will be selected, please visit the following link: "www.anglistik.uni-freiburg.de/prospstudents/admissions/info".
About the Language Proficiency Exam:
- This exam is computer-based and will take place in designated rooms at the University of Freiburg. Applicants will be given a total of 60 minutes to complete the exam. Specific details about the test locations will be sent along with the test date confirmation and appear in the English Department website. During the course of the examination period, prospective students will be able to attend an information session about the English Literature and Linguistics studies. The dates of these sessions will be included both in the e-mail containing the test date confirmation as well as posted on this site.
No preparation is required for this exam. If you are, however, interested in preparing for it, you should read newspaper and journal articles. The exam focuses on areas of grammar which are usually considered problematic for native German speakers. This includes, for example, tag questions, relative pronouns, modal verbs, the structure of subordinate clauses, use of idiomatic expressions, word order, tense and aspect.
- The exams for winter semester 2013/14 will take place in language labs (Sprachlabore) 1 & 2 (Rooms K 3042 and K 3043 , basement of University Building III). Click here to view more information about the testing location and directions.
- Please see the German version of this website for the dates of the information sessions.
- By clicking on the link below you can familiarise yourself with the format of the exam. The content is not necessarily representative of that which may appear on the official exam. Mock test
- In order to be accepted into one of the English Department degree programmes, applicants must pass the language proficiency examination and achieve a minimum index score of 60, which is calculated by combining the exam score and final exam results of the German Abitur, in order to be considered by the admissions committee.
If the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of places available, prospective students will be ranked according to their respective index scores. The most qualified students will be granted admission. For more details about the selection process, click here: "www.anglistik.uni-freiburg.de/prospstudents/admissions/info".
How will I be assessed?
To find out how your test scores and Abitur marks will be weighted, we have provided you with a sample: www.anglistik.uni-freiburg.de/studieninteressierte/bewerbung/EFV-Musterberechnung/view/ (pdf 87 KB).
For information about the "Studienorientierungstest" - which is also obligatory for all prospective students - please consult the German version of this website.
- Prospective students may take the 'Test of English as a Foreign Language' (TOEFL) or the IELTS as an alternative to the English Department language proficiency exam. Other certificates such as the CAE, Cambridge ESOL and others will not be recognised.
In order for the TOEFL test score/ IELTS test score to be valid, it may not have been taken more than one year prior to the application deadline. If you would like to submit your TOEFL/ IELTS exam score in place of the language proficiency exam, please include the score in your application packet. Submit your application packet to the registrar's office along with the application form for 'first time study' (undergraduate programmes and Lehramt).
Further information about the TOEFL test, fees, location and exam dates can be found here: TOEFL-Test
Further information about the IELTS test, fees, location and exam dates can be found here:
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