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Language skills

Deutsche Welle is an international broadcaster, offering information in 30 languages. As a result, our trainees are equally international, feeling at home in different cultures and working in different languages.

You need to be multilingual if you're aiming to take part in DW's traineeship - you'll be working in English as well as another DW broadcast language. You also need to be proficient in German because our seminars are held in German and English.

Language requirements

  •  Native speakers of a DW program language with excellent knowledge of English and a good knowledge of German
  •  English native speakers with a good knowledge of German
  • German native speakers with excellent knowledge of English

The DW program languages

Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, English, French, German, Greek, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Kiswahili, Macedonian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu

Proof of language skills
• When applying online we ask you to estimate your language skills according to the criteria we list.
• In the next stage (assessment center) exercises are conducted in English and German. Your proficiency in other languages such as Arabic, Chinese or Spanish is judged by DW editors who are native speakers.
• The selection interview in the final stage is conducted in German or English.

Ramon Garcia-Ziemsen DW Akademie

Ramón García-Ziemsen

Head, Journalism Training

T: +49.228.429-2242