Language skills

 

Our Bachelor's and Master's courses of study are offered in both English and German to reflect the international future field of work. The class language of instruction is listed in the curriculum of the course of study. The exam regulations determine language requirements for our courses of study. However, we recommend an understanding of both German and English for all courses of study and specialisations; these recommendations are marked with an asterisk * below.

Both beginner and advanced levels language courses are offered by the RWTH Language Centre for German, English, and other modern languges. The levels listed in the table below are determined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR/GER).

 

Applied Geosciences (B.Sc.) and Georessources Management (B.Sc.)

Our Bachelor's courses of study are offered in German; some classes may be taught in English. Therefore a good written and spoken understanding of English is highly recommended. According to the exam regulations (PO), the following language skills are required:

Bachelor's course of study

Language

GER level

Accepted language certificates for non-native speakers according to the PO

Time of submission

Applied Geosciences (B.Sc.)

German

C1

  • TestDaF (level 4 in all four section)
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH, level 2)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Zweite Stufe (KMK II)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS), Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom or
    Goethe-Zertifikat C1 provided by the Goethe-Institutes
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung II by Sprachen- und Dolmetscher Institutes München
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

Enrollement

English

B2*

* recommended and not requirered language skill

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Georessources Management (B.Sc.)

German

C1

  • TestDaF (level 4 in all four section)
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH, level 2)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Zweite Stufe (KMK II)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS), Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom or
    Goethe-Zertifikat C1 provided by the Goethe-Institutes
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung II by Sprachen- und Dolmetscher Institutes München
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

Enrollement

English

B2*

* recommended and not requirered language skill

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Applied Geosciences (M.Sc.)

The required language skills for Applied Geosciences (M.Sc.) depend on your chosen specialisation and are defined by the exam regulations (PO). In the specialisation Geophysics-Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology (GHI) there are no official English requirements. However, as some classes are offered in English only, good written and spoken English skills are highly recommended. In the specialisation Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) all classes are taught in English. Still, some German skills are helpful for everyday life in Aachen and Germany. The RWTH Language Centre offers German classes at all levels.

Specialisation

Language

GER level

Accepted language certificates for non-native speakers according to the PO

Time of submission

Geophysics-Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology (GHI)

German

C1

  • TestDaF (level 4 in all four section)
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH, level 2)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Zweite Stufe (KMK II)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS), Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom or
    Goethe-Zertifikat C1 provided by the Goethe-Institutes
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung II by Sprachen- und Dolmetscher Institutes München
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

Enrollement

English

B2*

* recommended and not requirered language skill

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Geomaterials (GeoMat)

German

C1

  • TestDaF (level 4 in all four section)
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH, level 2)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Zweite Stufe (KMK II)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS), Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom or
    Goethe-Zertifikat C1 provided by the Goethe-Institutes
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung II by Sprachen- und Dolmetscher Institutes München
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
Enrollement

English

B2

  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) „Internet-based” Test (IBT) with a score of at least 90 points
  • IELTS-Test with a score of at least 5.5
  • Cambridge Test – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a grade of at least B
  • a certification proving at least a B2 level in English (according to the GER), e.g. a german high school diploma (Abitur) only if English was completed through 11th grade (G8) or 12th grade (G9) and all classes were passed.
  • Placement test at the RWTH Langugage Centre of MK 7 or higher

Enrollement

Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR)

German

B1*

* recommended and not requirered language skill

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English

B2

  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) „Internet-based” Test (IBT) with a score of at least 90 points
  • IELTS-Test with a score of at least 5.5
  • Cambridge Test – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a grade of at least B
  • a certification proving at least a B2 level in English (according to the GER), e.g. a german high school diploma (Abitur) only if English was completed through 11th grade (G8) or 12th grade (G9) and all classes were passed.
  • Placement test at the RWTH Langugage Centre of MK 7 or higher

Enrollement

C1

  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) „Internet-based” Test (IBT) with a score of at least 95 points
  • IELTS-Test with a score of at least 6.5
  • Cambridge Test – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Placement test at the RWTH Language Centre of OK 1 or higher

Registration of Master's Thesis

As you are free to change your specialisation after enrollment, you have to hand in a proof of your English language skills when registering your Master's Thesis at the examination board.

 

Georesources Management (M.Sc.)

The required language skills for Georesource Management (M.Sc.) depend on your chosen specialisation and are defined by the exam regulations (PO). In the specialisation Environmental Management (UMA) there are no official English requirements. However, as some classes are offered in English only, good written and spoken English skills are highly recommended. The RWTH Language Centre offers English classes at all levels.

Specialisation

Language

GER level

Accepted language certificates for non-native speakers according to the PO

Time of submission

Environmental Management (UMA)

German

C1

  • TestDaF (level 4 in all four section)
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH, level 2)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Zweite Stufe (KMK II)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS), Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom or
    Goethe-Zertifikat C1 provided by the Goethe-Institutes
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung II by Sprachen- und Dolmetscher Institutes München
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

Enrollement

English

B2*

* recommended and not requirered language skill

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Resource Management (ROM)

German

C1

  • TestDaF (level 4 in all four section)
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH, level 2)
  • Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz – Zweite Stufe (KMK II)
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS), Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom or
    Goethe-Zertifikat C1 provided by the Goethe-Institutes
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung II by Sprachen- und Dolmetscher Institutes München
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule
Enrollement

English

B2

  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) „Internet-based” Test (IBT) with a score of at least 90 points
  • IELTS-Test with a score of at least 5.5
  • Cambridge Test – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a grade of at least B
  • a certification proving at least a B2 level in English (according to the GER), e.g. a german high school diploma (Abitur) only if English was completed through 11th grade (G8) or 12th grade (G9) and all classes were passed.
  • Placement test at the RWTH Langugage Centre of MK 7 or higher

Enrollement

As you are free to change your specialisation after enrollment, you have to hand in a proof of your English language skills when registering your Master's Thesis at the examination board.