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Prerequisites for Enrollment

Please take note of the following prerequisites for enrollment

  • When registering for the language courses in German as a Foreign Language, English, French, Italian and Spanish, it is a general rule that the students provide proof of previous language proficiency. However, there are exceptions, namely for introduction courses, A1 and A1.1, as well as certain faculty specific courses. Further details can be found in the course descriptions on the course platform.
  • Providing proof of previous language proficiency is also necessary when registering for the courses in other modern foreign languages. The placement will be carried out by individual instructors of the respective courses. If you are uncertain about which level courses you should take part in, please send us an email and we will forward your inquiry to the corresponding instructors.
  • In order for students to register for the courses in the ancient languages, an evidence of language knowledge is partially required. For more information, please refer to the course descriptions on our course platform.



Options of providing evidence of your prior knowledge

Validity of Evidence

Deadlines - Submission of Evidence




Certificate with grade of the preceding course from the Department of Foreign Languages at TU Dortmund University

Certificates cannot be older than two semesters.

Example: You can enroll with certificates from the winter semester 2019/20 and from the summer semester 2020 for the courses of the winter semester 2020/21.

During the enrollment procedure certificates are usually verified automatically by the system.

If you cannot register for a course (red coloring instead of green coloring in the column "Zugelassen"), then you are not qualified for this course. Please check if you have completed the preceding course (it should then be listed in your student account) and contact the secretary's office if necessary.



Officially recognized certificates with inclusion of the CEFR-level and the result


Certificates cannot be older than a year; effective date is the first day of a semester (1st April / 1st October).

Example: You can enroll for courses in the winter semester 2020 with a certificate from 4th October 2019, but not with a certificate from 18th September 2019.

Certificates must be presented to our office before course enrollment starts. Otherwise enrollment is not possible.

Not all certificates are accepted. You can find an overview of approved certificates here.



Certificate of study Anglistik, Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften and Angewandte Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften (only for English)


We will accept your current certificate of study including the information that English is one of your fields of study.

Certificates of study must be presented to our office before course enrollment starts. Otherwise enrollment is not possible.



Placement Test (German as a Foreign Language, English, French, Italian, Spanish)



Only results from the current and the preceding placement tests are valid.

Example: For courses in the winter semester 2020/21 you can enroll with sufficient results of the placement tests from the current course enrollment phase and from the course enrollment phase summer semester 2020.

Placement tests must be finished before course enrollment. The exact procedure of the placement tests is described here.