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. 

Each student is required to check individually whether they fulfill the language requirements. Students should be aware that the home school's master programme's language requirements may differ from the global CEMS language requirements. We advise to contact the local CEMS Office or the local programme websites to gather information on the local requirements. Not fulfilling the local and/or CEMS language requirements will hinder graduation.

The minimum language requirements are the following: 

*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.

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 Mother Tongue Declaration statement will be requested upon application. Students cannot change their mother tongue once they confirmed it during application. A declaration is to be filled in for each language declared.
  • The current CEMS Languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech/Slovak, 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. These are Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Montenegrin/Slovenian, Czech/Slovak, Danish/Swedish/Norwegian, Danish/Faroese, Dutch/Flemish/Frisian/Afrikaans, German/Luxembourgischer, Russian/Ukrainian/Belarusian, Russian/Kazak, Spanish/Catalan.

Language assessment

  • A list of language courses at all institutions can be found here. 
  • Approved Commercial language courses at CEMS accredited cultural institutes such as the ''Goethe Institute'' or ''Alliance Francaise''. Introductory and elementary courses must consist of minnimum 90 working hours of which at least 60 contact hours. 
  • Selected introductory / elementary language courses at CEMS Universities must have a value of 5-6 ECTS or include minimum 90 working hours of which at least 60 contact hours.
  • Visit Language Tests for more information on how to fulfil the language requirements.