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General Information on Language Certificates

Please note: In connection with the prevention against the spread of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 (coronavirus), tests for language certificates can only be conducted online or face to face with one candidate at a time. If you have such a request, please contact the coordinator of that particular language. You can find their email addresses below.

Students and staff members of the university can take the exams to obtain a language certificate as needed for certain degree programs, internships, exchange programs, or scholarships. You will receive the certificate immediately after the exam.

The language certificate will specify your current language level according to the Common European Framework (A1-C2). Note that the Language Center does not carry out exams for international standardized certificates such as Testdaf, TOEFL, IELTS, telc, Cambridge Assessment, DELE, or DELF.

We charge a fee of EUR 20.00 for the language certificate, which will be debited from your account by way of SEPA direct debit mandate. Please fill in a direct debit authorization form for Language Center services.

Please note that you cannot obtain a certificate by merely providing documents mentioning your language skills such as a diploma of secondary education.

The procedure for registering and taking the exam for language certificates varies slightly from language to language. You will find specific information in the section dedicated to each language. Since there may be a high number of requests for language certificates, you should allow for a period of at least two weeks until you can take the exam.

Please bring the necessary certificate template with you, which you can find, along with other important documents and templates, on our download page.

Specific details for each language

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen German as a foreign languageGerman as a foreign language

    Your contact person is Dr. Susanne Duxa.

    The exam itself takes about 75-90 minutes depending on your language level. You first take a listening test and will then work on a reading text with a writing task. At the end, there will be an interview of about 10 minutes about the content of the text.

    Please hand the completed SEPA direct debit mandate to the staff at the Service Center (room 024, Biegenstraße 12) before the scheduled time of your exam or email a scanned copy to sz@staff.uni-marburg.de.

    After the exam, the examiner will fill in and stamp your certificate template. You will receive the original if you can provide proof of payment.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen EnglishEnglish

    The temporary contact person is Ruben Bieker
    One urgent request: Before contacing me, please carefully read the information presented on this page (including the general information above), and then ask me specific questions about anything you do not understand. Please refrain from asking me about the general procedure as that is explained in detail here.

    If you wish to go abroad, please inquire with the International Office (ERASMUS and non-European mobility programs), your department, or the school abroad about the specific certificate you will need. Print a copy of the necessary certificate template, complete the items to be filled in by the examinee and bring it with you when you come for the exam. Important: you must have a copy of the certificate template with you when you show up for the exam.

    The exam consists of a written and oral part.

    You will take the written part of the exam at the Self-Study Center through the e-learning platform ILIAS. Please bring a piece of identification to the Center: You must provide identification. The test will involve reading a text on a subject of academic or general relevance, writing a brief summary of the information, and answering a set of comprehension questions (about 1 hour 15 minutes). Preparation is not necessary; however, if you wish to prepare, you can read articles from The Guardian or The New York Times on subjects from within your discipline To take this test, you need to come to the Self Study Center of the Language Center. If you need to work in a quiet environment, it is recommended that you come in the later afternoon or on Friday mornings. Otherwise, there may be noise. Please be aware of opening hours. Note that the written test must be completed by the time you take the oral test.

    Go to the registration for the oral test 

    The registration for the language certificate is binding. Cancellation is possible until four days before the scheduled time of the exam, or else the entire fee is charged. During the registration process, your computer will generate a confirmation as well as a SEPA direct debit mandate. Please print both documents, sign the direct debit mandate, and bring both documents to your appoinment for the oral test. You should register at least three weeks in advance. Do not expect to be able to make an appointment on short notice! Please provide an email address and register for one time slot only. If you block multiple time slots, you will be charged for all of them. You will receive the login information to access the written test on ILIAS at the Self Study Center. You need to take this test before you can take the oral test.

    For your appointment for the oral test, please come to the Language Center and bring the following three documents: your certificate template (filled-in with your information), a signed copy of the SEPA direct debit mandate, and the confirmation. 

    You will receive the language certificate immediately after the exam. It is then valid for two years.
  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen FrenchFrench

    Your contact person is Ariane Wenz.

    If you need a “Language Certificate for Candidates from Germany Applying for a DAAD Scholarship Abroad” and do not yet have a template, please download the necessary DAAD document. Contact Ms Wenz to make an appointment for the on-site exam and to receive the login information for the online test.

    With your inquiry, please send the completed checklist. Take the online test before you take the on-site exam.

    Please hand the completed SEPA direct debit mandate to the staff at the Service Center (room 024, Biegenstraße 12) before the scheduled time of your exam or email a scanned copy to sz@staff.uni-marburg.de.

    The exam takes about 90 minutes, and it consists of a written and an oral part. The written part includes tasks on reading and listening comprehension as well as a production task. After the written part, there will be a 10-minute interview.

    You will receive the language certificate immediately after the exam.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen ItalianItalian

    Your contact person is Dr. Paola Pacchioni-Becker.

    If you need a “Language Certificate for Candidates from Germany Applying for a DAAD Scholarship Abroad” and do not yet have a template, please download the necessary DAAD document. Contact Dr. Pacchioni-Becker  to make an appointment for the on-site exam and to receive the login information for the online test.

    With your inquiry, please send the completed checklist.
    Please hand the completed SEPA direct debit mandate to the staff at the Service Center (room 024, Biegenstraße 12) before the scheduled time of your exam or email a scanned copy to sz@staff.uni-marburg.de.

    The on-site test takes about 90 minutes, and it consists of a written and an oral part. The written part includes tasks on reading and listening comprehension as well as a production task. After the written part, there will be a 10-minute interview.

    You typically receive your language certificate about one week after the exam.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen JapaneseJapanese

    Your contact person is Akiko Sawatari-Elter.

    If you do not yet have a template for your language certificate, please download a copy of the necessary DAAD document. Inquire with Ms. Sawatari-Elter about available times for an appointment.

    Please hand the completed SEPA direct debit mandate to the staff at the Service Center (room 024, Biegenstraße 12) before the scheduled time of your exam or email a scanned copy to sz@staff.uni-marburg.de.

    The exam takes about 60 minutes. You will read a text and work on a production task. After the written part, there will be a 10-minute interview about the subject of the text.

    You will receive your language certificate immediately after the exam.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen SpanishSpanish

    Your contact person is Carmen Bredol.

    If you do not yet have a template for your language certificate, please download a copy of the necessary document for your specific purpose. Inquire with Ms. Bredol about available times for the on-site exam.

    If you would like to self-assess your level before taking the exam, you can take the online-placement test offered by Instituto Cervantes.

    Please hand the completed SEPA direct debit mandate to the staff at the Service Center (room 024, Biegenstraße 12) before the scheduled time of your exam or email a scanned copy to sz@staff.uni-marburg.de.

    The exam takes about 90 minutes, and it consists of a written and an oral part. The written part includes tasks on reading and listening comprehension, grammar and vocabulary as well as a production task. After the written part, there will be a 10-minute interview.

    You will receive the language certificate immediately after the exam.