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Application: Master of Social Sciences



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To apply for the Global Studies Programme – a two-year Master degree programme in Social Sciences – you need the following documents:

  1. Application form. Please use our application form (pdf-file).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Motivation letter: Essay (approximately 1200 words)
  4. Copy of passport (1 page)
  5. Certified proof of your Bachelor of Arts and other relevant testimonials for the programme mentioned in your CV
  6. Certificate of English language
  7. Two letters of recommendation. Please use our recommendation form only (pdf-file).


Please do not staple, bind or tack your documents.

Students ApplicationSend the documents by post in the above mentioned order to the following address:

Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg
Global Studies Programme
Kollegiengebäude IV
Rempartstraße 15
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau

The application deadline is November 30th each year. The programme starts in April of the following year.



Further information:

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Current deadline for the next application period

The application deadline for the Global Studies Programme 2019 is November 30th 2018. The programme starts mid-April 2019.

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Letter of motivation

For your application the letter of motivation (essay) is the most important. The essay should include your study intentions as well as your professional intentions (approximately 1200 words).

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CV & Certified proof of testimonials

Furthermore, your international experience, internships and volunteer work is important. Your certificates as well as the CV and letters of recommendation are of course fundamental. The subject of your Bachelor's degree is less important, although a connection to social science topics should be presented.

If you have not studied social science but your study and/or professional intentions are related to the social sciences and/or you have worked in a field related to the social sciences, and globalization, you are eligible to apply for the programme.

Your transcripts and diplomas should always be officially certified and translated into English (or German). If you are not finished with your Bachelor's at the time of sending your application, please send us an official interim certificate form of your university. The official diploma must be presented before enrolling at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg.

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English language proof

If you are not a native Speaker of English, you need to send proof of English language competence. This can be TOEFL / IELTS / Cambridge Certificate or equivalent, or a Bachelor's degree from an English-speaking University.

You need to have at least one of the following results:

Cambridge Certificate: CAE
TOEFL: min. 100 points or equivalent
IELTS: min. 7.0 points

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Two letters of recommendation

You should send two letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters must be an academic reference.

For the recommendation letters, please use the template provided above only and send it in a sealed envelope (the envelope must be signed by the referee). Please refrain from sending any other formats or additional letters as these will not affect your application.


Application procedure

The final decision about admission depends on the total number of applications and will usually be announced in the beginning of January. We are not able to provide any information about your application documents and the application status until the official deadline expires.

If you are not able to send all of your documents on time, please inform us that you will send the missing documents at a later date. Please note that the basic application documents (application form, letter of motivation, CV, transcripts/certificates, English language proof, copy of passport) must be sent in accordance with the official deadline.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to send your documents back to you. If you want to reapply in the following year, you will need to submit a new set of documents.

In case of applying for the Global Studies Programme, please check your spam folder regularly. It happens occasionally that our mails are not directly received by the applicants.

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Financial aid and scholarships

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any scholarships at the moment. Nevertheless, GSP can provide a letter of eligibility for external scholarships. In the past many Global Studies students successfully applied to scholarships, such as the DAAD, Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM and Deutschlandstipendium.

For your assistance we prepared a helpful register about available scholarships from German organizations for studying in Germany and abroad.

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Please send your application documents to the following address:

Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg
Global Studies Programme
Kollegiengebäude IV
Rempartstraße 15
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact

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