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Application: Master of Social Sciences

To apply for the Global Studies Programme, you need to submit the following documents through the online application system:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Motivation letter: Essay (max. 1200 words). Please refer to these guiding questions for your essay.
  3. Certified Bachelor's Diploma & Transcript of Records (with translation if applicable)
  4. Proof of English language proficiency equivalent to/higher than B2 (CEFR) 
  5. Further certificates relevant to the programme
  6. Copy of passport
  7. APS certificate (only necessary for applications from China, Vietnam and Mongolia) 

 

In addition, you need to submit:

  1. Two letters of recommendation. Please use our recommendation letter form only (pdf-file)
    Note information below.

 

The Application deadline is November 30th of each year.

We do not accept any applications after this date. We only accept online applications submitted on the platform linked below. 

Program start is in mid-April 2020. The application platform will open on September 15th, 2019. 

Please carefully read this document as you complete your application:

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Current deadline for the next application period


The application deadline for the Global Studies Programme 2020 is November 30th 2019. The online application platform will be open from September 15th, 2019.

Based on experience from previous years, we recommend submitting the application before October 31st in order to spare enough time for the submission of missing documents.

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Application Procedure


  • Register for the Online Application Platform HISinOne (if you do not have an account with the Campus Management system of the University of Freiburg yet)

  • Complete the Online Application by November 30th, 2019.

  • Print and sign application confirmation page and send it to info@global-studies.com by email before January 15th, 2020.

!!Note that your application confirmation page must be received by the GSP Office before January 15th, 2020 in order for your application to be valid!! 

Carefully read and follow the guidelines here.

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Selection and Admission Process


The selection and admission process consists of two parts:

1. Programm admission by the GSP selection committee

This concerns your qualification and motivation with regard to the GSP curriculum and the programme objectives.

2. Formal admission to the University by the International Admissions and Services (IAS)

This concerns the formal completeness of your application and the verification of your university entrance qualifications, such as your Bachelor's degree and your language certificates.

 

  • You will be notified before Christmas if you have been selected and whether you fulfil all formal requirements prescribed by the University. You will further receive a preliminary letter of acceptance so that you can start you visa process right away.
  • As we have a waiting list, we would kindly ask you to accept your seat on HisInOne as a definitive confirmation that you will join the Programme starting in April 2020. Please confirm the offered seat as soon as possible, but no later than on 6th of January 2020. 
  • In mid-January 2020, you will receive the final letter of admission and you'll be able to do your online matriculation on HISinOne.
  • After applying to the Global Studies Programme, please check your spam folder regularly. It happened before that our mails were not directly received by the applicants.

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Documents

Curriculum Vitae


Your CV should provide a summary of your past experiences, academic and non-academic. Next to your studies, your international experience, internships and volunteer work are important and will be considered by the selection committee. If some of your past internships, projects, activities etc. have a specific connection to GSP components, they can be highlighted in your motivation letter, and/or you can submit additional certificates thereof. Please only include additional certificates if they are specifically relevant to the Global Studies Programme and its components.

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Letter of Motivation


Besides your testimonials, the letter of motivation (max. 1200 word-essay) is the most important element of your application. The essay should elaborate on your study intentions as well as your professional intentions, and it should very clearly convey your motivation for the program. Rather than elaborating on your personal biography or making abstract statements, we recommend focusing on clear and specific reasons for your application, for example by highlighting the links between your academic background as well as your non-academic experiences and the GSP curriculum. You can also include work experience, internships, volunteering, independent projects, etc.

Please follow these guiding questions when you compose your motivation letter.

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Certified Diploma of previous study & Transcript of Records


Your Bachelor's diploma should include the diploma certificate, the diploma supplement and a complete transcript of records. Your documents must be translated to English (or German). French and Spanish-language diplomas and transcript of records do not need to be translated. When you enrol at the university of Freiburg (Immatrikulation), the original, or an officially certified copy** of the document must be presented. If your documents were translated, you need to present the officially certified translation as well as the officially certified or original document.

**Regarding the official certification of documents, please carefully read the following guide: http://www.studium.uni-freiburg.de/de/bewerbung/bls/docs/merkblatt-zu-beglaubigungen

If you are not finished with your Bachelor's degree at the time of sending your application, please submit a certified Transcript of Records and an official interim certificate issued by your university. This interim certificate has to state that you have completed your Bachelor's degree within the past 12 months.

If you do not have your official diploma yet, please submit a certified Transcript of Records and an official interim certificate issued by your university. This interim certificate has to state that you will officially complete your previous studies before April 1st (beginning of first GSP semester).

In both cases, the official diploma, or a certified copy thereof, must be presented when enrolling at the Albert-Ludwigs-University (Immatrikulation).

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Certified English language proof


You have the following options to prove your English language proficiency.

Please indicate the relevant option for you in the online application.

- native English speaker

If you have the nationality of an English-speaking country, you do not need to provide further proof.

Note: If your country has other official languages besides English, you might be asked to provide additional documents for formal admission.

- a Bachelor's degree from an English-speaking university/study programme (English as medium of instruction)

You will need to provide proof through your diploma supplement, your Transcript of Records or a certified letter by the examination office of your undergraduate programme (a statement by a professor is not sufficient!)

- a language certificate from the list below.

The certificate must not be older than two years, and must be an original copy or originally certified.

The minimum requirement for admission is level B2 (CEFR). Applicants should however aim to have an English proficiency equivalent to the level C1 (CEFR) in order to successfully participate in GSP. This will be considered in the selection process.

Minimum test scores for B2:

  • Cambridge Certificate: FCE, CAE or CPE
  • TOEFL: min. 72 points
  • IELTS: min. 5.5 points
  • PTE Academic (min. 59 points),
  • OOPT (min. 61 points),
  • telc B2

 Please have the testing institution send an original score sheet to the GSP Office. If this is not possible, you can submit a certified copy of your scores.

- In special cases, we can accept other equivalent certificates, such as a semester abroad at an English-speaking university. If you are unsure, please contact info@global-studies.com.

 **In any case, the English language proof must be originally certified.**

Regarding the official certification of documents, please carefully read the following guide: http://www.studium.uni-freiburg.de/de/bewerbung/bls/docs/merkblatt-zu-beglaubigungen

If you cannot provide a proof of your English language proficiency by November 30th as part of your online application, you must send the certified documents via email to info@global-studies.com as soon as possible but latest by January 15th 2020 (date of receipt). This is only applicable for the certified English language proof. All other application documents have to be submitted by November 30th, 2019.

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Two Letters of Recommendation


You must submit two letters of recommendation using this template. If you do not find it suitable in your case to submit two academic references, it is possible to replace one with a recommendation letter by your employer or equivalent.

For the recommendation letters, please use the provided template only. Your referees must send their filled and signed recommendation letters as PDF directly via email to the GSP Office:

Please refrain from sending any other formats or additional letters as these will not affect your application. Recommendation letters submitted by the applicant will not be accepted.

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APS Certificate


This only concerns applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia:

In order to apply for a study visa to Germany, it is mandatory to have your testimonials verified by the APS. It is recommended to start the process with APS as early as possible.

More information: https://www.aps.org.cn/

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Contact


  • Have you seen our FAQs?
  • If you have any general questions concerning the application process, contact info@global-studies.com.
  • If you have questions for current GSP students, we are happy to connect you individually.