Knowledge in both German and English is mandatory.
Good language skills in German are equivalent to a B1/B2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Excellent language skills in English are equivalent to a C1/C2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
For our bilingual (German-English) traineeship, we have certain language requirements:
We don't ask the applicants to prove their language proficiency during the online application via certificates, but we ask you to honestly evaluate your personal language skills. Of course, we would be happy to receive your language certificates, but it is not mandatory. During the assessment center the exercises will be conducted in German as well as English. Journalists from language departments will test if you are proficient in other languages. The final interview will also be conducted in German and English.
The DW program languages:
Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, English, French, German, Greek, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Kiswahili, Macedonian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu.