Placement Exam for Class Registration
If you would like to take classes with us, you have to first take a placement test to prove that you have the required level for the class.
If you have not taken a placement test before, please take one of the following online tests (the tests are free):
You may take the test for each language only once per semester.
If you would like to register in the First Phase or Late Registration Phase, you have to take the test by the latest on 03.10.; for the Second Phase the deadline is 10.10. by the latest in order for your registration to be valid.
The exam will provide your result in form of a score. Please remember your score and check our overview to determine your language level to see what level you have reached. There you will also find further details on what you need to know before taking our Digital Placement Exams.
Your score is saved in OpenOLAT, from where we will export it. You don't need to do anything else other than register in STiNE during the registration phases. We will not send you any additional notifications.
Important: You will need to sign into OpenOLAT with your UHH login to take the test. Should you not have received your UHH login yet, please write us an email (testing.sz"AT"uni-hamburg.de).
NEW: Placement results are only valid for 3 years
Have you taken the test within the past 3 years (including 2019)? Then you don't need to do anything. Your results are still in our system. Simply register for the classes in STiNE.
Have you taken the test before 2019? Then please make sure to re-take the test.
Alternatives to taking the test
If you have obtained an internationally recognized langauge certificate (such as TOEFL, IELTS, DELF) or if you have been tested level B2 or higher by the Allgemeinsprachen, you can send in this certificate instead via our web form. Here too, though, this is only valid for 3 years. If you sent your certificate before 2019, you will have to send us a new certificate or take the test.
ALSO NEW: Have you attended two B2 classes? Then you can also use this to register for a C1 class. Please send us the following information via our web form: which two classes did you attended and in which semester did you attended them.
For the languages not listed above (Italian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Portuguese),
the class teachers will decide whether or not your level is sufficient for the class.
Placement Exams for Language Certificates issued by the Language Center (incl. DAAD)
We issue language certificate for: applications for exchange programs (such as ERASMUS, DAAD, and other exchange programs), master applications, other applications or something similar or to participate in classes offered by the faculty of law (for Fremdsprachenscheine).
[Please note: If you would like to take classes offered by the Language Center, you do not need to present one of these language certificates. Please take the online tests listed above.]
The test can be taken once per semester and once in the lecture free period.
For language certificates English
please send a photo/scan of your student ID or alternatively the digital proof of enrollment you can download from STiNE to testing.sz"AT"uni-hamburg.de. You will then receive a log-in code for the test and further instructions on how to proceed. After completing the test, you will receive an electronic certificate from the Language Center via email.
Please note: This is a more elaborate test than the one we use for course participation. So even if you already took the test linked above to take a class with us, you will still have to take this test with log-in code in order to receive a language certificate.
For most ERASMUS and master applications as well as for the classes offered by the faculty of law, this certificate from the Language Center is usually sufficient. If in doubt, please ask the institution you are sending your application to directly.
Should you ADDITIONALLY require a DAAD/bvmd certificate or another special document your exchange institution is asking for, please contact Mr. Feddersen (benjamin.feddersen"AT"uni-hamburg.de) to arrange a telephone appointment for a quick oral exam. Should you have already taken this test with log-in code with us in the past and have received the Language Center certificate, you can of course contact Mr. Feddersen directly. It is not necessary to repeat the test.
For language certificates in French/Spanish
please take the relevant test:
and email a screenshot of your result to
Spanish: Mónica Albizúrez (monica.albizurez"AT"uni-hamburg.de)
French: Carole Beckmann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and arrange an appointment with them for a ZOOM or in-person appointment for the oral examination.
Please understand that we receive a lot of requests and that we are very busy; we will get back to you as quickly as possible.