Language Graduation Requirements

All CEMS MIM students graduate with competence in three languages, one of which must be English (at an advanced level) and another which must be a CEMS language. While these are the minimum requirements needed to pass the CEMS MIM, students are highly encouraged to take language and business communication courses and/or tests at the highest level in as many languages as they master. 

The minimum language requirements are the following: 

*CEMS uses the Common European Framework of References (CEFR) for comparing language proficiency in all European languages. 

Please note: CEMS defines A1, A2, B1 as elementary level of studies.

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 an honour statement confirming the student's ability to speak and write the language adequately may be requested.
  • The current CEMS Languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Afrikaans, Farsi/Tajik, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, Hungarian, Indonesian/Malay, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin), Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
  • The third language can be a CEMS language or any other language. 
  • Certain combinations of similar languages will not be allowed to fulfil the requirements (e.g. Danish/Swedish/Norwegian, Czech/Slovak, Catalan/Spanish, Ukrainian/Belarusian/Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Montenegrin/Slovenian).

Language assessment

A list of language courses at all institutions can be found here. 

Commercial language courses at CEMS accredited cultural institutes such as the ''Goethe Institute'' or ''Alliance Francaise''. 

Visit Language Tests for more information on how to fulfil the language requirements.