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Language Skills

Dear Applicant,

according to gSmart application criteria  applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English or the language of instruction at the host institution by submitting standardized English/instruction language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS  or equivalent certificate). Proof of proficieny in German language e.g. "B2 Mittelstufe Deutsch/ÖSD Mittelstufe (gem. GERS) ZMP/Goetheinstitut, etc." 

The Selection Committee accepts other documentation as e.g. lecture or course certificates. During the selection process Host Partner Universities contacts will schedule a personal interview with highly ranked candidates via online telecommunication....... The interview serves also as second proof of language skills (

Please be aware, to follow lectures very good command of English, spoken and written, will be essential. 

Specific requirements for degree seeking scholars going to the VU Amsterdam in the Netherlands: