University of Erfurt


Application Period for the Academic Year 2020/21

The application period for admission in the Master program "Global Communication: Politics and Society" for the academic year 2020/21 (beginning in October 2020) starts 1 April, 2020 and ends 15 July, 2020. Applications coming from outside of Germany can be already submitted to the International Office at the University of Erfurt as of 1 November, 2019

We are looking forward to your application! 

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

For further information about the application procedure, please read our information about Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) carefully!

Admission Requirements

All applicants must pass a selection procedure before their eligibility for admission can be confirmed. The prerequisites for admission to the program are:

  • a relevant bachelor's degree in the area of media and communication studies or journalism studies. If students do hold a bachelor's degree in another subject area within the social sciences, proof of basic knowledge in the field of media and communication studies is required.
  • prior knowledge of empirical methods (12 ECTS)
  • very good English proficiency: 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 6 months of English language higher education experience in an English speaking country
  • successful participation in the selection procedure, which includes a personal interview. 
  • Information about German language proficiency for students from abroad: German language proficiency is not required for admission. However, we recommend that students who are unable to speak the German language should study German before or during their studies so that they can benefit from additional courses that are taught in German and which complement the core curriculum. Furthermore, basic German skills facilitate living in Germany. German courses can be taken at the Language Center of the University of Erfurt. 

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Application Documents

In addition to therequest for admission to a master program (German applicants) / admission application for internation students (International applicants) you have to enclose the following application documents, which are the decisive basis for assessing your professional eligibility:  

  • letter of motivation in English
    Important Note: Your letter of motivation should contain at least three pages that provide an outline of your previous academic, professional and practical education. We are also interested in your social engagement and your interest in international/intercultural issues and experiences. Furthermore, we strongly recommend that you reflect on your interests, experiences and future perspectives and explain how they relate to the core topics of the master's degree in "Global Communication: Politics and Society". You should mention topics and observations, which are of your own theoretical and analytical interest, in order to help us understand your particular interest in the program.
  • curriculum vitae in English
  • bachelor's degree certificate
    (You can hand it in later if it is not yet available at the date of application)
  • official Transcript of Records
  • for students from another subject area within the social sciences: additional list that documents your knowledge in the field of media and communication studies
  • copy of your university entrance qualification
  • language proficiency certificates
  • certificates of internships or professional experiences where appropriate

If you want to apply for the MA "Global Communication: Politics and Society" please send your written application to the International Office of the University of Erfurt (International applications) or to the Registar's Office (German applications). The application period for the winter term starts on April 1 and ends July 15 and will be continually processed. Applications from abroad can be submitted to the International Office as of November 1. For further information about the process please follow the information provided by the International Office.

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Selection Interviews

After we have checked your written application documents, we will invite qualified applicants to a selection interview in Erfurt. You will receive your invitation via Email. Time slots for interviews in late July and early August will be published early on at our Website. 

If the country of your permanent residency at the time of the selection interview is not Germany, and if you are not able to travel to Erfurt personally, your interview can be conducted via internet telephony.

The interview takes approx. 15 minutes and will be conducted in English. Your letter of motivation provides the basis for our conversation. Hence, the letter of motivation is of special relevance! We will evaluate your communication skills and your ability to assess your own strengths and weaknesses, your ability to construct academically sound arguments and comprehend complex questions, your international and intercultural competence, experiences and interests, and your professional interest in completing the academic master's degree programme in question.  

Candidates can score up to 40 points in the interview. The interviewer(s) will base their questions on the applicant's personal statement (motivation letter), which therefore is of high relevance. Bachelor's degree classifications are converted into points; candidates with a converted mark of 1.0 receive the full score of 40 points. If the converted mark falls short of 1.0, one point is subtracted for every missing tenth (0.1). 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. 

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