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Exemption for English Language and Literature (Major, 60 LP, 30 LP subject in a combi bachelor) / Elementary Education with English as the Elective / Applied North American Studies (Major subject) / North American Studies (60 CP minor subject)

Qualifications for an exemption

University degree / school leaving certificate (validity: unlimited)

University degree with English as the first language of instruction - to be proven by:

  • the name of the language of instruction (English) on the Diploma Supplement or
  • a certificate from the university

University entrance qualification in English (school leaving certificate)


German Abitur: Written Abitur exam with at least 11 points (erhöhtes Anforderungsniveau). An Abitur certificate with designated level B2 CEFR or higher is not sufficient for an exemption.

Language certificates (validity: 3 years)
  • IELTS (Academic) (also online): overall result at least 6.0 and at least 6.0 in writing

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) or TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition:
    overall score at least 90 and at least 20 in writing

  • Cambridge Qualifications: B2 First (formerly FCE), C1 Advanced (formerly CAE), C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE):
    overall score at least 173 and at least 173 in writing

  • UNIcert® III

  • PTE Academic (also online): overall score at least 67 and at least 67 in writing

How to get exempted

  • regarding no. 1 (university degree):

    Email a scanned copy of your Diploma Supplement/certificate as an attachment, with your application number and date of birth to: befreiungenglisch@sprachenzentrum.fu-berlin.de
    Applicants for summer semester 2023 need to do this between December 1, 2022 and March 6, 2023

  • regarding no. 2 + 4:
    After receiving your admission letter, submit the certificate to the Student Record and Registration Office together with the other documents required for enrollment.

  • regarding no. 3 (German Abitur):
    Please see the information in German