English Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC)

Am I required to submit a certificate of proficiency in English?
Please refer to the Guide for applicants. The DLGS programme is conducted and taught entirely in English. Applicants who are not citizens of English speaking countries, or who did not receive an academic degree in one of these countries, are therefore required to demonstrate their level of English language proficiency in either of these tests:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 7 or higher on a 9-point scale
  • English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 600 for paper based test, 250 for the computer-based test, or 100 for the internet-based test
  • English for International Communication (TOEIC): 490 for listening, 455 for reading, 180 for speaking, and 180 for writing

How do I submit my English language proficiency score?
A PDF scan of your test certificate should be uploaded in the online application form. You will be asked to mail original documents (or certified true copies) as soon as you have been pre-selected for the programme.

How long are my test scores valid?
The test scores are valid for three years from the date of examination.

Do I need to submit evidence of English proficiency if my Master’s programme was taught in English, but in a non-English speaking country?
Yes. If the Master’s Programme was conducted in English in a non-English speaking country (e.g. Germany or The Netherlands) you are required to demonstrate your level of English language proficiency. 

What knowledge of the German language will be required of me?
Your dissertation at TUD can be written in German or English. For foreign students without prior knowledge of the German language, this means that their English language proficiency is decisive. German is therefore not necessary for your academic work – but it will be very useful for your everyday life. The DLGS therefore supports German courses for all its fellows, starting from level zero.