The CEMS MIM is designed for multilingual, multicultural students seeking to build a career abroad where they will interact with people of different nationalities and from different cultures, so language proficiency has a very important role in the curriculum.
Candidates must provide one of the following as proof of completing an English certificate upon submission of their application:
- TOEFL iBT minimum score – 100
- IELTS Academic minimum score – 7.0
- CPE minimum grade of C
- CAE minimum grade of B
- BEC Higher minimum grade of B
- Have passed one of the CEMS-accredited local English exams
- A-level GCSE issued in Singapore
- University degree taught entirely in English and validated by the CEMS Office
They must also be able to prove the following level for their second and third languages respectively:
- A CEMS-accredited language: mother tongue or B2 oral + B1 written level
- Any other language: mother tongue or 5-6 ECTS introductory language course at an elementary level
The CEMS languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch / Afrikaans, Farsi / Tajik, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi / Urdu, Hungarian, Indonesian / Malay, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Montenegrin), Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
For the third language requirement, CEMS students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone.
CEMS uses the Common European Framework of References (CEFR) for comparing proficiency in languages. There are six levels on the CEFR scale, where levels C2 and C1 describe a proficient user, levels B2 and B1 an intermediate user, and levels A2 and A1 a basic user.