Required language skills: Master

Advanced Safety Sciences for Medicines – Master of Science

You have to document your English language skills, for example through IELTS (minimum score: 7) or an equivalent language test.

Language(s) of instruction

The language mainly used in class is English.

Biological Sciences – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
You have to provide documentation of advanced English language skills, minimum level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, documented by either:

  • TOEFL-Test (Test of English as a Foreign Language), minimum 90 points (internet based)
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English, minimum grade C
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System), minimum result: band scale 6
  • Five years of continuous English lessons at a German secondary education school (also abroad) with a minimum grade of 7 points or 'satisfactory'.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of three courses held in English in a previous study programme.
  • We may test your English skills here at the University of Konstanz if they seem to be inadequate. In such cases enrolment depends on the result of the test.
  • English native speakers do not have to document their language skills.

German language skills
 International applicants do not have to prove their German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The MSc in Biological Science is taught in English.

Chemistry – Master of Science

Required foreign language skills
Along with your application, please include documentation of advanced skills in English (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Approved language tests and certificates:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test result of at least 72 points (internet based)
  • Cambridge Certificate: at least a Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test result of at least band 5
  • Five years of continuous English lessons at a German-speaking secondary school completed with at least 5 points (usually certified by the higher education entrance qualification)

This requirement is also met if you can document having attended secondary school, having completed a bachelor’s degree or having studied at least one semester abroad in:
Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa or the United States.


German language skills
International applicants do not have to prove their German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The Master's Programme in Chemistry is taught in English.

Computer and Information Science – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
Required English language skills at least
B2 as defined by the CEFR (short description of level B2)

  • Native speaker or bachelor’s degree from one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
  • Evidence of five years of continuous English classes at  German secondary school level up to the Abitur (German equivalent to A-level), minimum grade “befriedigend” or better
  • Successful completion of a minimum of four courses taught in English in a previous relevant degree programme or exchange programme (ERASMUS etc.) in the Bologna area
  • TOEFL: minimum score: 90 (institution code, name and type: B226 U Konstanz Dept Comp/Info Sci)
  • IELTS (academic test): minimum score: 6
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English: minimum grade: C

Language(s) of instruction

This programme is taught in English.

Economics – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
Proof of sufficient English language skills through one of the following tests:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (minimum grade: C)
  • IELTS (minimum overall band: 6.5)
  • TOEFL (minimum score: 580 points/ paper-based test, 237 points/computer-based test, or 92 points (internet-based test). Our TOEFL code is 8971.
  • Required documentation: original score sheet from one of the above-named tests

Language(s) of instruction

Teaching language is English.

Anthropology and Sociology – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills
You do not have to document any additional foreign language skills.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The language usually used in class and during examinations is German. Some courses are taught in English. Course work can also be completed in English.

Mathematical Finance – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
You have to document your English language skills through one of the following language tests (or equivalent test):

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C or better; International English Language Testing System (IELTS): band scale 6.0 or better; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 points or more (internet-based), 213 points or more (computer-based) or 550 points or more (paper-based); alternatively: evidence of a semester in a study programme taught in English.
  • Applicants who completed the Bachelor's Programme in Mathematical Finance at the University of Konstanz do not have to prove their English skills.
  • Applicants who earned their bachelor's degree outside of Germany: the results of the GRE-test (Graduate Record Examinations);

German language skills
International applicants: documentation of German language skills, level DSH-1 or TestDaF 3 (in all four areas), or a language test recognised as equivalent. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The courses will be held in German or English in agreement with the lecturers. Consequently, study and exam credits can be acquired in either German or English.

Early Childhood – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills for this master's programme.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, (a minimum of 4 points in all four areas). Alternatively you can submit a language test recognised as equivalent or recognised school certificates. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The language usually used in class is German. Coursework and performance assessments may be completed in English or another foreign language, too, if agreed so beforehand.

History – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills
Qualification in Latin (Latinum) and two other foreign languages. You can catch up on missing language skills during your studies.

German language skills

International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The language mainly used in class is German. Courses may also be held in English or another foreign language.

Studies in European Culture – Master of Arts

Required foreign language skills
Additional proof of foreign language proficiency is not required when applying to the master’s programme Studies in European Culture.

German language proficiency
International applicants will need to submit documentation of their German language skills at the level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4 or higher. Alternatively, you may submit other recognized language tests or recognized school certificates. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit officially recognized documentation confirming your German language proficiency along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The language of instruction for the master’s programme Studies in European Culture is generally German – some courses are also taught in English or another European language.

Life Science – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
You have to provide documentation of your English language skills, level
B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages attested by:

  • Documentation of 5 years of continuous English classes at a Geman-speaking secondary school up to Abitur (German equivalent to A-level), minimum grade ‘ausreichend’ (sufficient) or better;
  • TOEFL-iBT: minimum score: 72
  • IELTS (academic test): minimum score: 5.0
  • Cambridge Certificate: Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)

This requirement is also met if you can document having attended secondary school, having completed a bachelor’s degree or having studied at least one semester abroad in:
Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa or the United States.

For international applicants no German language skills are required.

Language(s) of instruction

The Master's Programme in Life Science is taught in English.

Linguistics – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills
You have to provide documentation of English language skills (spoken and written English), level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

  • For the area of specialisation English Language and Linguistics: English language skills level C1 (CEFR)
  • For the area of specialisation Romance Languages and Linguistics: language skills level C1 (CEFR) in the corresponding language.
  • For the area of specialisation Slavic Languages and Linguistics: Russian language skills level C1 (CEFR).

German language skills
International applicants also need documentation of their German language skills, corresponding to level DSH 2 or a minimum of 4 points in all 4 areas of the TestDaf. For the area of specialisation English Language and Linguistics no German language skills are required. 

Language(s) of instruction

Course may be held in other languages than German. Consequently, course work and academic performance assessments can be completed in this language, too.

Literature-Art-Media – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills
You do not have to document any additional foreign language skills.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4.

Language(s) of instruction

The language mainly used in class is German.

Literature (Konstanz Master School of Literary Studies) – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills

  • For the areas of specialisation English Literature and Culture, French Literature, Italian Literature, Iberian and Ibero-American Studies: language skills level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in the corresponding language of the area of specialisation.
  • For the area of specialisation Slavic Literatures: Slavic language skills level C1 of the CEFR.
  • For the area of specialisation Latin Literature: qualification in Latin (Latinum).

German language skills

International applicants additionally need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent.

Language(s) of instruction

German and the language of the chosen area of specialisation.

Graduate study programme for law students who graduated abroad – LLM

No further foreign language skills are required.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills. The following certificates are accepted:

  • DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) Level 2
  • TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with level 4 in all four parts
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C1

If you already studied at the University of Konstanz as an Erasmus student, you can be exempt from this requirement, if you successfully passed exams of law courses in German during this time. The degree certificate and language certificate have to be presented in their original form or as certified copies.

Language(s) of instruction

The language of instruction is German.

Mathematics – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills for this master's programme. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-1 or TestDaF 3. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

German and English

Multilingualism – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills
Documentation of advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Language(s) of instruction

The language of instruction will be mainly English. Upon availability, there might also be courses taught in German or other modern languages.

Nanoscience – Master of Science

Required foreign language skills
Along with your application, please include documentation of advanced skills in English (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Approved language tests and certificates:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test result of at least 72 points (internet based)
  • Cambridge Certificate: at least a Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test result of at least band 5
  • Five years of continuous English lessons at a German-speaking secondary school completed with at least 5 points (usually certified by the higher education entrance qualification)

This requirement is also met if you can document having attended secondary school, having completed a bachelor’s degree or having studied at least one semester abroad in:
Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa or the United States.


German language skills
International applicants do not have to prove the German language skills

Language(s) of instruction

The Master's Programme in Nanoscience is taught in English.

Eastern European Studies: History-Media – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills
You have to provide documentation of advanced skills in a Slavic language,
level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

German language skills
International applicants additionally need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

Courses are taught in German, in English or a Slavic language. Language of examination is – depending on the exam and agreement – German or English

Philosophy – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The language mainly used in class is German.

Physics – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.

German language skills
International applicants please also provide: Documentation of German language skills level DSH-2 /TestDaF 4, or DSH-1/TestDaF 3 with adequate English skills level B2, proved by either: TOEFL-test (87 points or more/internet-based), IELTS (score 5.5 or better), or Cambridge First Certificate (Grade C or better).

Language(s) of instruction

German and English Course work and academic performance assessments can be completed both in English and in German.

Political Economy – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
Proof of sufficient English language skills by one of the following means:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency: minimum grade C
  • IELTS: minimum grade: 5.5
  • TOEFL: minimum grade 87 Internet based points
  • Evidence of five years continuous English classes at the level of a German secondary school with the minimum grade “befriedigend”
  • Completion of at least four classes held in English in a previous relevant degree programme

Language(s) of instruction

Language of instruction is mostly English.

Politics and Public Administration – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills
You have to provide documentation of advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

German language skills
Solely refers to the specialisation Management and Public Administration

International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

Languages of instruction are English and German. You can complete your academic performance assessments in these languages. The master's thesis can be written in English or German.

Psychology – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills for the master's programme. However, as large parts of the research literature are written in English, good English skills are highly recommended.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The language of instruction and examinations usually is German. Some individual courses are held in English.

Psychology, Forensic Psychology Specialization – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills for this master's programme.

Language(s) of instruction

The language used in class is German.

Comparative Studies of German, European, and Chinese Law – LLM

Foreign language skills
You have to document advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, if you are not an English native speaker.

German language skills
International applicants also have to document their German language skills: level DSH-2 or a minimum of 4 points in all 4 areas of the TestDaf or an equivalent language test.

Language(s) of instruction

Teaching languages are German and English.

Social and Economic Data Science – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
Sufficient English language skills through one of the following tests: 

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency: minimum grade C
  • IELTS: minimum grade 6.5
  • TOEFL: minimum grade 92 (internet-based points)
  • or a corresponding equivalent

Language(s) of instruction

Language of instruction is mostly English.

Sociology – Master of Arts

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The language usually used in class and during examinations is German. Courses may be taught in English. Course work and academic performance assessments in these courses can be completed also in English.

Speech and Language Processing – Master of Arts

Foreign language skills

Documentation of advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


For details, please see the admission regulations.

Language(s) of instruction

Course may be held in English or in German. Consequently, course work and academic performance assessments can be completed in these languages, too.

Sport Science – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
You have to document advanced English language skills (spoken and written English), level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages if you are not an English native speaker. You can document your English language skills through one of the following language tests (or equivalent tests):

  • IELTS (result 6,0 or better)
  • TOEFL (internet-based result 90 or better)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE; grade B or better)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE; grade C or better)

Language(s) of instruction

The MSc in Sport Science is taught in English.

Economics and Business Education – Master of Science

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills for the master's programme.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The language mainly used in class is German.