Language Requirements

This is how much we value language learning at Hochschule der Medien, University of Applied Sciences.

As we are serious about educating global leaders for tomorrow, we need graduates who can engage in many different societies and will be able to build cooperations between them. Foreign language is an important part of this endeavour. The pursuit of foreign language education is not considered a luxury to be sought by a few. Rather, foreign language instruction is a core element of our degree Print Media Technologies.

General Language Requirements
  • Until the third year classes are conducted in English.
  • Students for whom English is not the native/first language, it will be required to demonstrate an advanced level of written and spoken English.
  • German native-speakers are required to study academic English or may study a third language such as French, Italian or Spanish.
    Language classes are compulsory throughout the study.
English Language Requirements

All applicants must have a qualification in English language before they can be admitted to the Bachelor programme Print Media Technologies (PMT), whether their first language is English or not.

All teaching at PMT at Hochschule der Medien (HdM) is carried out in English (with the exception of some German teaching during the third year) and tutors must be convinced that you have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with your course from the start. Therefore, all non-native English-speaking applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:

CEFR – B2 level

IELTS 6.0 overall, 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking. Result not older than 2 years

TOEFL – from 72 overall (including TOEFL ibt Home Edition Online), 18 in reading, 17 in writing, 17 in listening and 20 in speaking. Result not older than 2 years

Cambridge English – C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency CEFR B2 overall and in all components on the Cambridge English Scale Score (160-179)

GCSE English – Grade C, plus qualifications above GCSE level studied in English (eg A levels, BTEC)

IGCSE English  – Grade C English as First Language or English as Second Language, plus qualifications above GCSE level studied in English (eg A levels, BTEC)

International Baccalaureate – 4 at Standard Level in English

Pearson PTE Academic – From 51 overall, with 51 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have:
  • studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
  • studied in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America and have acquired a university entrance certificate.
  • studied in Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Domenica, Grenada, Guvana, Jamaica, Malta, St. Kitts and Navis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and have acquired a university entrance certificate.
Other than the above mentioned qualifications, non-native speakers will need to provide the following language skills or an equivalent certification.
Should you have other qualifications as listed above,  please contact our Admissions Team. All applications are assessed individually and case by case.

The following list is for guidance only:

Bulgaria – Grade 5 in Diploma Za Sredno Obrazovanie – (Диплома за Cредно Oбразование)

Canada – Minimum of 70% in grade 12 English

Czech Republic – Grade 2 in Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce (Maturita)

Cyprus – Grade 17 in Apolytirio Lykeiou

Denmark – Grade 7 in Bevis for Studentereksamen

Estonia – B2 in Passing State Examination (Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with the Riigieksamitunnistus)

Finland – 5 Magna cum laude approbatur in Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamensbetyg (Matriculation Examination)  OR Grade 12 in Baccalauréat

Germany – Grade 12 in English (Englisch Leistungsfach, Allgemeine Hochschulreife)

Greece – Grade 17 in Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou

Hong Kong – HKDSE English 4 overall, 4 reading and writing, 3 speaking and listening

Hungary – Grade 4 in Érettségi Bizonyítvány (Matura)

Iceland – Grade 8 (as a compulsory) in Stúdentspróf (matriculation certificate)

India – 60% or more in English element of HSC

Kenya – C in O-level English of KCSE plus qualifications above this level in English

Lithuania – 75% in Brandos Atestatas (Matura – state exam)

Malaysia – Pass SPM1119A with C6

The Netherlands – Grade 8 in VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs) Diploma

Norway – 4-5 in the English language module of Vitnemal (Upper Secondary School leaving certificate)

Poland – 70% in Extended/80% in Basic in Świadectwo Dojrzałości (Certificate of Maturity)

Portugal – Grade 14 in Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários/Diploma de Ensino Secundario

Singapore – Minimum grade of C6 in Singapore/Cambridge O-level plus qualifications above this level in English

South Africa – National Senior Certificate with 5 or above in English

Spain – Grade 8 in Titulo de Bachiller

Sweden – C (Väl godkänd – pass with distinction) in Avgångsbetyg/Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola (Upper secondary school leaving certificate)

Uganda – Credit Pass in English on EACE or UCE plus qualifications above this level in English

USA – US High School Diploma studied in English with English Grade C (75%) plus SAT or AP qualifications

West African Examinations Council (WAEC ) nations – WASSCE with C6 (awarded in Nigeria by NECO)

Zimbabwe – GCE A-levels with grade C or above in an essay based subject

At the beginning of the first semester, all students who have been admitted are tested for their English language skills.
This is done independently of the admission documents. You must achieve at least the CEFR – B2 level

German Language Requirements

We require no previous German language skills. Non-German speaking students are required to study German as part of the degree. Students will acquire the necessary language skills in German by attending regular German language classes as part of their programme.