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Placement tests

Placement tests ensure that the course participant's level of competence complies with the level of difficulty of the respective course. If students wish to register for a particular course but have not attended the previous course at the Language Center, they must either take a placement test or present a certificate confirming successful participation in a course at another university language center. The certificate must specify the course level, based on the Common European Framework of Reference of Languages. This rule applies for the following courses:

  • Basic Course II
  • Advanced Course I
  • In-depth Courses I and II
  • Technical Language Courses

Details about where and when placement tests will be held and how to register for them will be available from around July for the coming winter semester and from February for the coming summer semester.

DAAD Language Certificate

If, for example, you require a DAAD Language Certificate for a scholarship to study abroad and do not study at the School of Language and Literary Studies, please contact us to make an appointment for a test. If you study at the School of Language and Literary Studies, please contact the responsible instructors. For further details - also concerning the specialities of certain languages - please refer to the "Information sheet about language certificates (Merkblatt Sprachenzeugnis)"


IELTS (International English Language Testing System) tests candidates' English language skills for study and work purposes. The British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL work together to devise and hold the test. Educational institutions, state agencies and organisations in 120 countries acknowledge IELTS results as binding proof of English language skills.  

More information

The Language Center organizes the IELTS test once a year for Osnabrück University students (minimum number of candidates: 12). The application procedure is currently being reorganized by the British Council. As soon as the Language Center has received the necessary information, you will be able to find details about test dates and how to apply.


TestDaF examination Osnabrück Universtiy is an accredited testing center for TestDaF examinations. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Christiane Beinke (christiane.beinke@uni-osnabrueck.de)