University of Erfurt

Application - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the next application period for the Master's program "Global Communication: Politics and Society?"

The application deadline for admission for the winter semester 2020/21 is 15 July, 2020. The application period starts 1 April, 2020. However, international applicants can already apply as of 1 November, 2019. Since visa processes can take long, we would like to allow enough time for our international applicants.

International students need to send their application to the International Office at the University of Erfurt. German students need to send their application to the Department 1: Registrar‘s Office. In any case you should include the general documents required for application as well as the particular documents required for the Master's program "Global Communication: Politics and Society".  

Early application is strongly recommended if you are applying from abroad!!! 

How do I know if I meet the admission requirements?

All applicants must pass a selection procedure before their eligibility for admission can be confirmed.

We ask for your understanding that we cannot give any statements about your eligibility prior to the official application process. Please note that we can only check your documents in the official application process. Hence, we like to ask you to not send us any documents attached to your Emails. We always try to answer all your individual questions, but we cannot pre-check your application! You have the possibility to demonstrate your motivation and academic background in the required motivation letter comprehensively.

However, we gladly answer any other individual questions via Email:

How can I prove the required knowledge in media and communication and/or empirical methods in my application?

Your Transcript of Records usually documents the scope, evaluation, and content of your prior studies. If you do not come from a relevant bachelor degree within the social science (e.g. communication studies/ /media studies/journalism studies), you can apply if you can prove prior academic knowledge in the respective fields of study.

In this case, we recommend to include an additional list that documents the form of knowledge aqcuisition (e.g. university course, workshop, research project or something similar), a reference in your documents (course number in transcript, additional certificates or something similar), short explanation of contents (certain theories/concepts/methods you have dealt with), and details of workload/credits/scope.

Which language proficiencies are required for the application?

Since the Master's program "Global Communication: Politics and Society" is a predominantly English language consecutive degree, German language proficiency is not a mandatory requirement for your application. The program requires very good English proficiency. We accept different certificates, e.g. TOEFL iBT: 80 or above, IELTS 6.5 or above; C1 (GER). Equally accepted standards are a Bachelor degree in an English language program or six months of English language higher education experience in an English speaking country. If the language of instruction in your prior Bachelor degree has been English, we need an official verification, either in the form of a reference in your certificate or an additional official letter by your University or Department.  

However, we highly recommend improving your German skills before or during your studies so that you can benefit from additional courses that are taught in German and which complement the core curriculum. Moreover, German language skills will help you while you live in Germany and especially internship and job offers usually include basic German language requirements.  

Once you are registered as an official student at the University of Erfurt, German courses of all levels can be taken regularly and for free at the Language Center of the University of Erfurt. In order to improve or refresh your language skills in either English, German or any other language, we recommend to make use of the various offers (e.g. language courses, self-study center) by the Language Center. 

I do have practical experience in the media sector. Will you acknowledge my practical competence?

Although we will acknowledge your practical experiences in the media sector in the context of your professional motivation, you still need to prove academic knowledge in the field of media and communication studies since practical knowledge cannot substitute academic knowledge.

I do not have a Bachelor degree at the date of submitting my application. Can I submit these documents later?

Yes. You can hand in your Bachelor's degree certificate until 15 December each year. In this case you are provisionally enrolled before.  

In cases where the candidate has not yet received their bachelor's degree certificate, the selection committee will determine the candidate’s required mark based on their interview performance. If the candidate achieves that mark, the competent examination committee at the Faculty of Philosophy will admit them. To pass the selection procedure, candidates must achieve at least 60 out of 80 points.

How long does it usually take until my application will be processed?

We process applications continuously and attempt a timely response. However, the time until your response might vary according to the respective number of new applications received. 

After the submission of your application you will either receive an invitation to a personal selection interview or a rejection via Email. Selection interviews take place continuously. Interview slots for all applications which are sent to us towards the end of the application period will usually take place in late July. The time slots will be published at the Homepage in due time.

We kindly request that you refrain from asking about the status of your application since it slows down the whole process for all!



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