CEMS Language Graduation Requirements

All MIM graduates must have language competence in three languages, one of which is English.

The minimum language requirements are the following:

Language 1: English

  • Mother tongue or Proficiency (fulfilled through every requirements and MIM Programme)

Language 2: any language

  • Mother tongue or B2 oral / B1 written level

Language 3: any language

  • Mother tongue or elementary level

CEMS uses the Common European Framework of References (CEFR) for comparing language proficiency in all European languages. There are six levels on the CEFR scale, where levels C2 and C1 describe a proficient user; levels B2 and B1 an intermediate user; and levels A2 and A1 a basic user of a language. CEMS defines A1, A2, B1 as elementary level of studies.

Please note that while these are the minimum requirements needed to pass the CEMS MIM, students are highly encouraged to take language or business communication courses and/or tests at the highest level in as many languages as they master. The CEMS MIM Certificate shows the levels passed.

Acquire more information on approved commercial language courses at selected cultural institutes and commercial language tests that are accredited by CEMS.

Students should be aware that their home school programme’s language requirement may differ from the global CEMS language requirements. Please consult with your Programme Manager for further information.

Language combinations
Students may declare more than one mother tongue. However, the languages must meet the requirements of the three languages (see above). Mother tongues are not tested but a “declaration of mother tongue” is to be filled in upon application to the programme. Students cannot change their mother tongue once they confirm it during application. A declaration is to be filled in for each language declared.
Please note that, although all CEMS schools ultimately require submission of a "declaration of mother tongue" upon entrance into the programme to confirm your mother tongue(s), not all CEMS schools accept declaration of mother tongue as appropriate evidence of mastery of the mother tongue to be accepted into the local master programmes. In such cases, students will need to meet the specific master admission requirements of the given CEMS school.
Certain combinations of similar languages will not be allowed to fulfil the requirements. These are :

  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Montenegrin/Slovenian
  • Czech/Slovak
  • Danish/Swedish/Norwegian
  • Danish/Faroese
  • Dutch/Flemish/Frisian/Afrikaans
  • German/Luxembourgish
  • Russian/Ukrainian/Belarusian
  • Russian/Kazak
  • Spanish/Catalan

Language assessment

Language 2 Language 3
Mother tongue Mother tongue declaration confirming the students's ability to speak and write the language adequately is required. Mother tongue declaration confirming the students's ability to speak and write the language adequately is required.
University Degree / Secondary Education Proof of secondary education / university degree completely fulfilled in a foreign language. Proof of secondary education / university degree completely fulfilled in a foreign language.
C2 / C1 Validity: Forever Courses - Selected language courses at CEMS Universities - Commercial language courses at accredited cultural institutes (1) Exams - Accredited in-house tests at CEMS Universities (subject to availability) - Commercial language tests accredited by CEMS (2) Courses - Selected language courses at CEMS Universities - Commercial language courses at accredited cultural institutes (1) Exams - Accredited in-house tests at CEMS Universities (subject to availability) - Commercial language tests accredited by CEMS (2)
B2 Validity: Max 5 years before the start of MIM year Courses - Selected language courses at CEMS Universities - Commercial language courses at accredited cultural institutes (1) Exams - Accredited in-house tests at CEMS Universities (subject to availability) - Commercial language tests accredited by CEMS (2) Courses - Selected language courses at CEMS Universities - Commercial language courses at accredited cultural institutes (1) Exams - Accredited in-house tests at CEMS Universities (subject to availability) - Commercial language tests accredited by CEMS (2)
B1 Validity: Max 2 years before the start of MIM year Courses - Selected language courses at CEMS Universities - Commercial language courses at accredited cultural institutes (1) Exams - Accredited in-house tests at CEMS Universities (subject to availability) - Commercial language tests accredited by CEMS (2)
A2 / A1 Validity: Max 2 years before the start of MIM year Courses - Selected language courses at CEMS Universities - Commercial language courses at accredited cultural institutes

(1)Cultural institutes accredited by CEMS

(2)Language courses and commercial language tests accredited by CEMS

Please note that elementary level language courses (A1, A2, B1) must have a minimum of 5 ECTS or 60 contact hours.