Language Requirements for German/English

Applicants to a Bachelor's degree program or a Master's degree program as well as applicants to the teacher training program must supply proof of competence in the language of instruction if their first (or main) language is not the language of instruction in their chosen study programs. At the University of Zurich, the languages of instruction are German and/or English. Proof of language proficiency of level C1 or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) must be submitted. A list of recognized language certificates is available below.

For acceptance to the University as of Spring Semester 2018, the prevailing legal basis is the regulation on language requirements in the language of instruction dated 25 April 2017 (Reglement über die sprachlichen Anforderungen in der Unterrichtssprache, in German only).

Exemption to providing proof of language competence is granted to holders of a Swiss Matura or vocational school-leaving certificate with the “Passarelle”, holders of a Bachelor's degree from UZH, and holders of several certificates confirming other educational backgrounds (cf. regulation named above).

Recognized German Certificates / German Language Test

 

If they do not have a recognized German language certificate, applicants wishing to begin studies in the Fall Semester 2017 may take the German language test at UZH.

Please note that the UZH German language test will be held for the final time in August 2017, with a repeat exam offered in February 2018 (cf. the Regulations Governing the German Language Test for Non-German-Speaking Prospective Students at the University of Zurich dated 26 May 2006).

The following certificates for German are recognized by UZH and correspond to level C1 or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):

C1 New Goethe-Zertifikat C1 (examination from September 2007)
ZOP Goethe Institut Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung
KDS Goethe Institut Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom
GDS Goethe Institut Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom
DSH Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber an Deutsche Universitäten, class 2 or 3
DSD II    Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK), level II
telc telc Deutsch C1 language test
TestDaF   With an average grade of TDN 4 and at least TDN 3 in all sub-tests
ÖSD Österreichisches Sprachdiplom, Oberstufe Deutsch, level C1
ÖSD Österreichisches Sprachdiplom, Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch, level C2
C2 Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom

Recognized English Certificates / Degree or Study Programs in English

 

Students in the Master's degree programs and study programs offered in English (see list) must submit proof of competence in English:

  • Master of Law UZH Double Degree (General Studies), Master of Law UZH Double Degree (European and International Law), and Master of Law UZH Double Degree (International Business Law)
  • All Master’s study programs at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics with the exception of Business Administration
  • All Master’s study programs at the Faculty of Science
  • All Master’s study programs in English Linguistics and/or Literature

The following certificates for English are recognized by UZH and correspond to level C1 or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):

Certificate Necessary number of points
or title of certificate
IELTS Academic 7
TOEFL* - paper-based 600
TOEFL* - computer-based 250
TOEFL* - Internet-based 100
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) CPE
Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) CAE


* TOEFL Score Reports are accepted only if sent to us by ETS (institution code: 0348).