CEMS Master candidates must be fluent in three languages, either of which may be mothertongue:
- Other CEMS language (currently 25) at B2/B1 oral/written proficiency levels
- any other langauge: CEMS or non-CEMS (same as 2nd language requirements or introductory course worth 5-6 ECTS, or B1 level, accepted commercial certificate/course if taken within 2 years before CEMS MIM year).
In case of students with English as a mothertongue, the student must prove proficiency in two other foreign languages: one from list of CEMS langagues (see below) at B2 oral and B1 written level, and any other language as described above. If a student declares more than one mothertongue, he or she must sign a honorary statement that the student indeed is proficient in that language.
Thus, students’ linguistic abilities (now, mostly in two langagues, with the third that might be at elementary level) are tested or taught (in form of Business Communication Skill Seminar in English and MBC or optional tests/courses in other cases), ensuring the students’ ability to live and work in different cultures and business environments.
For a second foreign language (third language) students may choose currently among 33 foreign languages (CEMS languages):
- CHINESE (MANDARIN)
- CHINESE (CANTONESE)
- FARSI / TAJIK
- IRISH (GAELIC)
- SERBO-CROAT (BOSNIAN, CROATIAN, SERBIAN, MONTENEGRIN)
Some combinations of languages are not allowed e.g.:
- CZECH / SLOVAK
- SPANISH (CASTELLAN) / CATALAN
- DANISH / NORWEGIAN / SWEDISH
- DUTCH / AFRIKANNS
- DUTCH / FRISIAN
- RUSSIAN / BELORUSSIAN / UKRAINIAN (unless these are no native languages of the students)
- RUSSIAN / KAZAKH
- CATALAN / SPANISH
Detailed rules are described in the Guide to CEMS Language Testing.