Proof of your English skills is a requirement for admission. Since the Master of Science in Photonics is an all-English program, applicants should be proficient in both written and spoken English. Please see our preferred score levels below. While we understand that the results of these language proficiency tests do not perfectly reflect your real capabilities, we believe that the following test scores (minimum points/grades) indicate a level at which you will be well prepared for the courses of our Master's degree program:

  • TOEFL PBT (550)
  • TOEFL CBT (215)
  • TOEFL IBT (85)
  • TOEIC (780)
  • IELTS (6.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Please note: We do not accept TOEFL ITP assessment tests.

(Due to COVID-19 we will not insist on a renewal if your test has already expired, but please double check with your visa requirements.)

The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English proficiency:

  • Nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, or BSc and MSc graduates who obtained their qualifications in one of these countries.
  • BSc and MSc graduates who have been taught their previous higher academic education completely in English (language statement from the University is required)
  • If you have received a German Abitur and have taken English classes at a German Gymnasium for a minimum of 8 years, we will also accept your Abitur as sufficient proof of your English language skills.

We encourage you, however, to provide us with an additional language certificate to elevate your chances of acceptance.