General information on the Common European Framework of references for Languages (CEFR) and UNIcert®

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What is the Common European Framework of References of Languages CEFR) and how do its levels correspond to the levels of UNIcert?

The CEFR provides a comprehensive basis for the assessment of foreign language proficiency with the aim to make the various European language certificates comparable and create a measuring system for the acquisition of a foreign language.

There are six levels:                         

Basic                   (A1 = no UNIcert®, A2 = UNIcert Basis)

Independent       (B1 = UNIcert I, B2 = UNIcert II)

Proficient            (C1 = UNIcert III, C2 = UNIcert IV)

What are the learning outcomes of each level and how long does it take me to finish one level?

CEFR levels

Each CEFR level usually takes 8 SWS (Semesterwochenstunden – workload measurement), i.e. 120 contact hours in a language course + 180 hours of individual studies.

What is UNIcert®?

UNIcert® is a standardized certification system offered by universities that are accredited members of the UNIcert® association. It is in line with the levels of the CEFR and considers various aspects of university education. UNIcert® aims to prepare students for studying abroad.

Major criteria of UNIcert® are:         

  • Transparency of courses and exams        
  • Compliance with minimum standards
  • Clear and user-friendly documentation of the acquired language skills on a two-language certificate
Can I get a UNIcert® at Greifswald University?

The Language Centre is the only institution of the University that is accredited and allowed to award a UNIcert® for various levels in Chinese, English, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Swedish and Spanish (see course offers).

What requirements do I have to fulfil before I can enrol in a UNIcert® course?

You have to do a placement test which you can find on MOODLE. This test can be taken only once.

MOODLE placement tests

I have already acquired language skills at a different institution and will not be able to attend all courses necessary for getting a UNIcert®. Would I still be allowed to take the UNIcert® exam?

A UNIcert® exam can only be taken after having attend the corresponding language course. However, lateral entry in an ongoing course is possible if at least half of the course can still be attended.

What is the difference between a final exam and a cumulative examination?

UNIcert®I and II are awarded either on the basis of final examination or by cumulation of all previously attained course marks. A certificate for stage III, however, may only be awarded on the basis of a final examination.

What does a UNIcert® examination look like at the various levels?
  UNIcert® Basis (A2) UNIcert®I (B1) UNIcert®II (B2) (general or for specific purposes) UNIcert®III (C1) (general or for specific purposes)
Workload 120 - 180 contact hours+ 180 – 270 hours of individual studies 120 contact hours+ 180 hours of individual studies 120 contact hours+ 180 hours of individual studies 120 contact hours+ 180 hours of individual studies
Precondition none A2 B1 B2
Type of exam Cumulative/final Cumulative/final Cumulative/final Final
Exam disciplines Listening/Reading/
Do I have to pay for my UNIcert® exam?

Yes, the exam fee is €15 and is due when you apply for the UNIcert® exam.

Do I also need to register for the UNIcert® exam at the Central Examination office?

No. You need to fill in the interactive application form which you can find on the homepage of the Language Centre and hand it in to your teacher.