German language

In order to continue the study programme in Germany for the final year, all students need to pass TestDaF Level 4 (with 16 points). TestDaF means "Test for German as a foreign language". The test can be taken at licensed test centres around the world (one of them at our partner PSG Institute of Advanced Studies), but it is developed and rated by the independent TestDaF Institut in Germany. For general information regarding TestDaF please look here, for information regarding the particular TestDaF levels please look here.

Right from the beginning of their studies in India, all IGCHE students have to attend mandatory German language classes of 800h in total over the first three years. The German language courses are conducted as per international standards, mostly by native speakers.

The regular classes at the Indian universites are accompanied by the IIK (Institut für Internationale Kommunikation) in Düsseldorf. The IIK organizes a Summer School programme for IGCHE students after their second year, and they also provide intensive German language training courses during the gap between the end of studies in India (mostly in April) and start of studies in Germany (in October). These courses take place in Germany and aim to prepare those students who did not pass TestDaF Level 4 right after finishing studies in India in time for their studies in Germany.

A Basic User
A1 Breakthrough or beginner
A2 Waystage or elementary

B Independent User
B1 Threshold or intermediate
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate

C Proficient User
C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
C2 Mastery or proficiency

Below you find a table showing the German language level to be reached after each semester.

Language level 2

Once students reach the end of their third year they will take the TestDaF in February and/or April. Depending on the results there are three options for the students:

  Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Description   Passed TestDaF with 16 points: Prepare to continue to study in Germany in September/October.

Failed TestDaF: Attend classification tests by IIK. Depending on result, follow their suggestion to attend an intensive course in Germany for the recommended duration (one to four months).          

Failed TestDaF: Travel to Germany on your own and attend a German language course, for example at a Goethe Institute. This has to be organized individually without support from IGCHE.
Comment Congratulations!  This is the best option if the student does not pass on the first attempt, as it will not lead to any delays. We do not recommend this, as it usually results in a waste of time and money. 

You can take the TestDaF as often as you like (but you have to pay a fee each time). The result does not expire and the best result counts, so you could register for and/or take the next TestDaF before you know the result of the last attempt. But you cannot combine points from different tests to clear the four parts in several attempts. Also, you should listen to the German language teacher's advice on your readyness for TestDaF. Trying again and again just costs money.

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