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Exemption for North American Studies (Mono bachelor)

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 12 points (erhöhtes Anforderungsniveau)

Language certificates (validity: 3 years)
  • IELTS (Academic): overall result at least 7.0

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) or TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition:
    overall score at least 100 and at least 25 in writing

  • Cambridge Qualifications: B2 First (formerly FCE), C1 Advanced (formerly CAE), C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE):
    overall score at least 180 and at least 180 in writing

  • UNIcert® III

  • PTE Academic: overall score at least 76 and at least 76 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 winter semester 2022/23 need to do this between August 1 and September 4, 2022

  • 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