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DAAD-Language Certificates

To complete a study abroad or internship abroad application, the DAAD requires the following language certificate: www.daad.de.

Students enrolled at TU Dortmund University can acquire this certificate from the Department of Foreign Languages. Requests from external students cannot be considered.


Please note that in general the DAAD exams during the semester break will deviate from the biweekly schedule. You will find the exact dates after logging into the course platform and navigating to "DAAD." We will not be able to offer any additional exam dates during the semester break.


Registration, Documentation, Test Format

In accordance with current DAAD guidelines, the examination for the DAAD language certificate or comparable certificates (for example, J1 visa, Fulbright, etc.) currently takes place in two parts: an oral examination and a written examination.

Those seeking a DAAD language certificate must complete an examination application (max. 10 applicants per appointment) via our online course platform. Log in with your personal UniAccount, then sign up for the written exam under "DAAD" in the menu bar.

Current test dates:

  • The written exam usually takes place at the date and place indicated in our online course platform. Please note that the exam dates are subject to change. Please check the entries on our course platform for the latest update.

  • You may sign up for the oral examination in person after submitting your completed written exam to the proctor. Oral examinations take place on Fridays.

Please note:

  • The registration for a particular date is binding. We reserve the right to delete multiple registrations to enable other students to sign up.

  • You are able to take part in the DAAD exam only once within 6 months.

Be sure to bring the following required documents to the written exam:

  • Student I.D. or proof of enrollment at TU Dortmund University

  • Identity card or other photo I.D. (i.e. a passport for identification)

  • A print out of your completed DAAD Language Certificate Request Form including name, declared major, and the language being tested on all five pages

  • If applicable, a print out of the desired language certificate — if not the DAAD (i.e. J1 visa, Fulbright, Humboldt)

  • If applicable, any previously acquired language certificates or any other relevant documents

  • A letter of motivation written in the target language in which you define the language goals you intend to achieve during your stay abroad. Specifically address what you personally and professionally expect from your trip abroad. Your letter of motivation should be one page (A4), 12 pt. Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced.

Test Format:

Written Examination: 30 minutes

  • Text production on a subject from a predetermined selection of topics

Oral Examination: 30 minutes plus 15 minutes preparation time

  • Reading comprehension (15 minutes preparation): Discussion of a text

  • An interview (about your study, future plans, etc.)

Preparation Tips

Because the DAAD examination tests one’s current language level, specific preparation is not necessary. Nevertheless deeper engagement with the language (for example, with the help of English-language podcasts, videos, reading texts, etc.) is recommended in advance.

For questions please feel free to contact .

Picking up your DAAD Language Certificate

You can pick up your certificate at the (EF 61 / Room 202) during regular office hours. Certificates are available approximately one week after the submission of your written exam.


Recognition of Certificates other than DAAD Language Certificates

Where applicable, a DAAD language certificate can be issued on the basis of another certificate provided the following conditions are met:

  • the certificate indicates the bearer’s level of ability in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

  • the certificate is not older than one year. Exception: UNIcert-certificates and internationally recognized certificates (according to this list) may not be older than 2 years.

Language certificates acquired from the Department of Foreign Languages are also accepted provided they are not older than one year.

For any questions with regard to the recognition of certificates please contact (Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 12:00 and by appointment)


Romance languages or other modern languages

If you require a DAAD language certificate for a Romance language or any other modern language, please contact:

If possible, we will arrange a consultation for examination dates with you and a proctor or the individual examiner.