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Before submitting your application, please make sure to read the application guidelines.

ECLA welcomes applications from students who show a genuine commitment to a liberal education, academic promise, high motivation, a readiness to engage in themes relating to history, literature, philosophy and the visual arts, and strong extracurricular interests that they are willing to share. All successful applicants also demonstrate an ability in English which will allow them to participate fully in seminar discussions and writing assignments.

ECLA's student body is diverse in the range of cultures represented and in the breadth of educational backgrounds. Applicants must have a secondary school diploma, but we also welcome applicants at any stage of an undergraduate programme and from any field of study. There are no prescribed courses that an applicant must have taken.

The Admissions Committee, which includes faculty and staff readers, balances several factors in its decisions including commitment to academic excellence, a passion for learning and positive qualities of character. In the end, the committee looks for students who can flourish and thrive in the ECLA community and, in turn, contribute to its vitality.

Admission requirements:

Students who want to attend ECLA are required to have a high school degree. For admission to the German BA degree programme this degree needs to be recognized by the German State. For information on the prerequisites, visit the database (only available in German), or contact the admissions office.

ECLA's programmes are taught entirely in English. Therefore, applicants need to provide documentation of knowledge of English equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g. TOEFL IBT: 90, IELTS: 6.5. See table below for a detailed list of equivalent test scores.




Level 4




CAE (A-C), CPE (A-C)

TOEFL (paper-based)


TOEFL (computer-based)


TOEFL (internet-based)




International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard or Higher Level (SL/HL)

5 in English

If you have successfully completed one year of High School or University with English as the language of instruction, you will not need an additional test.

ECLA test codes:

If you are sending test scores, use the following institutional codes: TOEFL 8527; SAT 4422.

To contact Admissions Office:

Call +49 30 43733 120 


Send an e-mail to

The mailing address is:      Admissions Office
                                              ECLA European College of Liberal Arts 
                                              Platanenstrasse 24 
                                             13156 Berlin

Students who wish to apply for financial aid can download forms from the Financial Aid page.

Non-discriminatory Policy

The European College of Liberal Arts Berlin admits students of any race, colour, national origin, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, and age to all the rights, privileges, programmes, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college.
It does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national origin, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, and age in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programmes, and athletic and other school-administered programmes.