How Long Does it Take to Become Proficient in German?

If you plan to enroll in a German-taught program, you'll need to prove C1 level proficiency in German. But what does proficiency mean? And how long does it take?

Definition of C1 proficiency according to Common European Framework for Language

Definition of C1 proficiency according to Common European Framework for Language

Students who plan to reach this level need to put in real time. The biggest mistake many language learners make is assuming that they can just "pick up" the language by living in the country. If you're a language savant, this may be possible, but for the vast majority of students, the only way to achieve real proficiency is through regular and intensive language learning.

According to Language Learning International (LTI), an average student can expect to reach the C1 level (Advanced Mid/High) in between 24 - 44 weeks of intensive language learning. This also requires an immersive language environment, where students are constantly surrounded by the language they're learning, ideally in a country where it is spoken.

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