English Language Requirements

English language requirements for exchange students differ depending on which courses you apply for.

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All courses for exchange students are carried out in English and we expect that you have sufficient fluency in English in order to cope with your courses from the start.

The required English level differs depending on which courses you apply for:

General courses for exchange students

Level B2 required

You are required to have a minimum of level B2 (CEFR) for all courses offered to exchange students, except for courses in English language and literature.

Level B2 (CEFR) is equivalent to IELTS minimum score: 5.0 or TOEFL minimum score: 60.

How to confirm your English proficiency

We consider your nomination by your home university as confirmation of your English proficiency at level B2. You do not need to submit any test.

Exception for applicants to the Russian-Norwegian Study Grant Programme:

If you apply through this programme, you must document level B2 by submitting required documentation with your application.

Alternatively, you must document level C1 if you apply for courses in English language and literature (more information below).

Courses in English language and literature

Level C1 required

Courses in English language and literature have course codes starting with ENG[xxx]. Students who apply to take ENG-courses must have a minimum of level C1 (CEFR).

How to document your English proficiency

You must document your English level by submitting one of the following tests:

  • IELTS: minimum 7
  • TOEFL:
    • Internet-based test (iBT): 90
    • Paper-based test (PBT): 560
  • University of Cambridge examinations:
    • First Certificate in English: Grade A
    • Certificate in Advanced English: Grade C
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English: Level C1
  • ETS - TOEIC Listening and Reading Test:
    • TOEIC Listening: 490
    • TOEIC Reading: 455
  • Online Linguistic Support (OLS): Level C1

Native speakers of English are exempt and do not need to submit an English test for admission to these courses.