Language Requirements for European Exchange Students

Is your knowledge of German good enough to study at TU Darmstadt? Find out all about it here.

Please note that within the framework of the Erasmus programme, A2 (CEFR) is the minimum requirement. However, we strongly recommend that you participate in the intensive German language course which takes place before the official start of each semester at TU Darmstadt (in March for the summer semester and in September for the winter semester). This language course is free of charge and a great opportunity for you to improve your German skills. Students with good German skills are also invited to participate.

The same rules apply to exchange students from Russia and Switzerland.

The placement test is mandatory. You cannot participate in the course if you miss the placement test. It assures that you are placed in a course matching your abilities. The course will finish with a final examination. You may obtain 6 ECTS.

Please refer to the following link to get all information on time and place of the intensive German language course, the placement test and the final examination:

If you are participating in a different exchange programme, you don't have to hand in a language certificate.

If you are unable to deliver an A2 certificate to us in time for the application deadline, please send us a document proving that you are taking part in a course leading to A2 level. After completing the course, please submit the certificate to us, at the latest before the beginning of the intensive language course.

If you are taking courses taught in German:

We strongly recommend to improve your knowledge of the German language prior to your stay in Darmstadt. The exams at TU Darmstadt are predominantly in German and there is no guarantee that there will be the option of taking them in English.

If you are taking English taught courses only:

If you are planning to only take classes which are held in English, you need to submit a respective proof of your English knowledge (level B2) instead of the proof of German knowledge. In order to do so, you need to choose suitable courses in English from the range of courses offered at TU Darmstadt and fill in your Learning Agreement accordingly.

Information for Double-Degree Students Only

Different language requirements apply for double-degree students, according to the contract between your home university and TU Darmstadt. Please ask the departmental coordinator of your home institution for detailed information.