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Application – Admissions Test – Admission

We're glad that you're interested in applying to study in the English Department at the University of Freiburg! Here, you will find all the information you need to apply to our undergraduate degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies (major and minor) and the Double-Major Bachelor’s + Teaching Option. Information concerning the application process for our Master's programs can be found under the respective programs of study.

First-year applicants interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Freiburg’s English Department must complete all steps of the application process, including an admissions test. The following covers all relevant information concerning the application, admissions test, and admissions process at the English Department.

We wish you best of luck with your application and look forward to potentially welcoming you as a participant in our language exam and as a new student!

Key Information At a Glance

Program Begin

  • Winter Semester
    – Bachelor of Arts (major and minor)
    – Double-Major Bachelor's
  • Summer Semester
    – Bachelor of Arts (Minor)

Application Period

  • Winter Semester: June 1 – July 15 (B.A. Major and Minor & Double-Major Bachelor's)
  • Summer Semester: December 1 – January 15 (B.A. Minor)

Application Period 2020

Due to the Corona crisis, the application period for the Winter Semester 2020/21 will be extended until August 20, 2020.

Standard Program Length

6 semesters

Language of Instruction



  • Students from EU and EEA countries: €161 student activity fee per semester. No tuition fees.
  • Tuition fees for students from non-EU/EEA countries or for those pursuing a second undergraduate degree came into effect as of the 2017/18 Winter Semester. Read more details here.

Application Process at a Glance

  1. Application
    • Online application form
    • Registration for the admissions test
    • Participation in an online self-assessment to determine if English is the right field for you
  2. Admissions Test
    Participation in the admissions test – passing or failing the English Language Proficiency Exam
  3. Admission
    You'll receive a written letter of admission or rejection from the Registration Office (Studierendensekretariat) of the University of Freiburg
  4. Enrollment
    After you've received a letter of admission, enroll before the enrollment deadline at the Registration Office

This information only applies to first-year applicants. If you wish to apply for admission to a higher semester, please consult the section "Transfer Students" below.


Online Application

The online application for undergraduate admission on the Student Service Center’s website is available for the winter semester from June 1 to July 15 (for the B.A. major and minor & Double-Major Bachelor) and for the summer semester from December 1 until January 15 (for the B.A. minor).

Due to the Corona crisis, the application deadline for the Winter Semester 2020/21 will be extended until August 20, 2020.

Orientation Process

All university applicants in Baden-Württemberg are required to complete an online self-assessment test to determine if their chosen field is right for them. Include proof of completion with your application.

Admissions Test

Our admissions test, the English Language Proficiency Exam, is a mandatory part of the application process for undergraduate programs in the English Department. Applicants must take and pass this exam, which is free of charge, in order for their application to be considered. The sole exception is for those who have already passed certain internationally recognized English tests (see below for more info).

The English Language Proficiency Exam is generally held in late July (and late January, for those applying to begin a minor in the summer semester). In addition to your application, you must register separately for the admissions test.

Admissions Test for the Winter Semester 2020/21

For those applying for admission for the 2020/21 Winter Semester, the English Language Proficiency Exam will be held from August 20 to 22, 2020There are no make-up dates offered.

In order to be considered for admission to the English Department undergraduate programs as listed above, please note:

  • that you must apply for admission before the application deadline;
  • that you must register to take the admissions test before the registration deadline;
  • that you must take and pass the admissions test.


Exam Registration

July 1 – August 17, 2020

The required registration for the exam is generally open analog to the application period and takes place via the Campus Management System, HISinOne.

Please note: Due to the extended application period, exam registration this year will not be possible for the entire period, but will only be open through Monday, August 17. For reasons pertaining to the technical setup of the exam, later registrations can unfortunately not be accepted.

Exam time slots will be assigned on August 18, 2020. You will receive the date and time of your exam by email in the course of the afternoon/evening.

Please note that registration for and participation in the admissions test is not an application for admission to the university but must take place parallel to your application at the Registration Office (Service Center Studium).

Step-By-Step Guide to Exam Registration over HISinOne
(only available in German)

Furthermore, please note that it is your responsibility to attend your assigned exam time slot. There will be no makeup dates offered, regardless of whether your tardiness or absence is your own fault. As such, please plan a sufficient time buffer, particularly if you have to travel far to reach Freiburg.

English Language Proficiency Exam

The exam is computer-based and lasts 60 minutes. No prior studying is required, but for those interested in preparing for the exam, the best way is to read English newspaper and magazine articles. The test focuses on areas of grammar which are usually considered problematic for native German speakers. This includes tag questions, relative pronouns, modal verbs, subordinate clause structures, multi-word verbs, idiomatic expressions, word order, tense and aspect, etc. Furthermore, your reading comprehension will be tested with the aid of two longer texts. The exam questions are either multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank. You can familiarize yourself with the format of the exam by taking our vintage mock exam.

Exam Location

The English Language Proficiency Exam will take place in the University of Freiburg computer labs at Werthmannstraße 4. You'll be able to enter the building in observance of required hygienic measures through Belfortstraße 14. You'll receive more precise information via email prior to your test date.


We – the English Department and the University IT Services' eLearning Division – are managing the admissions test in close contact and coordination with the university's security team. As such, the test will take place in observance of important hygienic measures. This means regular or ongoing ventilation of the testing rooms, disinfection of every work space after each round of testing, observance of social distancing of at least 1.5m (and thus smaller testing groups), required mouth and nose covering for all participants (which may be removed during testing). You'll receive more detailed procedural information as well as concrete instructions via email shortly before your test date.

If you are an at-risk person and/or pregnant, please contact the academic coordinator. We will ensure that you can take the test in a separate room.


Exam Results

You will receive your exam results by email during the week following your exam date.

Alternatives to the English Language Proficiency Exam

The only alternatives to the English Department’s English Language Proficiency Exam are the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System). No other certificates will be recognized.

Our recognition of your TOEFL/IELTS score in place of the admissions test is dependent on the exam date: Your test result may not be dated more than two years prior to the respective application deadline.

In order to take advantage of this alternative, you must submit a copy of your TOEFL/IELTS results to the Registration Office, together with your timely application (i.e. submitted before the application deadline). Test results submitted separately from your application and/or after the application deadline cannot be recognized as an alternative to the admissions test.

English Language Proficiency Exam score equivalencies – TOEFL/IELTS



In order to be accepted into one of the English Department’s undergraduate degree programs, applicants must achieve a minimum index score of 55. This is calculated by combining your score on the English Language Proficiency Exam plus your final Abitur grade or equivalent secondary school GPA.

Furthermore, you must have passed the English Language Proficiency Exam (with a score of 60% or higher) in order to be considered by the admissions committee. If you haven't passed the test, we unfortunately cannot consider you for admission. Your test score and your school grades are given a weight of 1/3 and 2/3, respectively. As such, passing the admissions test does not necessarily guarantee admission. Admissions decisions depend rather on the basis of your test score with consideration of particular grades from your Abitur.

If you neither take the admissions test nor demonstrate equivalent knowledge as outlined under "Alternatives to the ELPA", you will not be considered for admission.

Example Weighting of Test Scores and Abitur Marks

To demonstrate how your test scores and Abitur marks will be weighted, we have provided you with an example.

Second Application

Applicants who have already been refused admission to an English program at the University of Freiburg may register once more for the admissions test and application process. (This second application is only possible at least one semester after the first application). A third application is not possible.

For more details about admissions criteria, see the documents in the next section.

Criteria for Admission

(All documents are available in German only.)

Information Sessions

On each of the English Language Proficiency Exam days, Dr. Gert Fehlner, the Head of Administration, generally hosts an information session about English studies at the University of Freiburg. Additional info sessions for new students are usually held during Orientation Week (before classes start).
Unfortunately we won't be able to offer information sessions in summer 2020, as long-planned construction work restricts our access to suitable university facilities. Thanks in advance for your understanding, and please rest assured that you will still receive all relevant information during orientation week (the week before classes begin), hopefully in person (parallel to a digital alternative).

Transfer Students

Students who have accumulated sufficient ECTS credits in English studies at another post-secondary institution do not need to take the English Language Proficiency Exam. Please contact the English Department’s Administration and Advising Office in order to find out which of your credits or courses are transferable. The Student Service Center has more information on transferring universities or changing programs.

International Students

Please see the information concerning your application and admissions process provided by the office of International Admissions and Services.

General Information

The admissions process may change from semester to semester. As such, we cannot provide definite information more as one semester in advance, and ask you to contact us with concrete questions no sooner than one semester before your application. Please be sure to check this page shortly before your application in case admissions criteria have been updated.

You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the homepage of the University's Service Center Studium.


Sissy Bräuer, M.A.
English Department | Administration
Admissions Officer & Academic Coordinator