For the Master's Program, applicants should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent, more than one year of professional experience in a media-related field and communication skills in German and English.
For the International Media Studies program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent and more than one year of professional experience in a media-related field acquired after the completion of their first degree.
The Master’s Program is bilingual and students will have to provide proof of good verbal and written language skills in both German and English. This is usually given in form of a language test completed in their country of origin from a recognized institution. This does not apply for applicants' native language(s). For a list of accepted German and English language tests and required levels, please see the downloads below.
You can find further information about the German language test TestDaF, about test dates as well as testing locations under the link below.
The program is targeted at students from around the world that want to work in a position of responsibility in journalism or the communications sector. It especially addresses journalists-in-training, media representatives from radio, TV, online and print and communication experts. Those interested must have completed an academic program (bachelor's degree or equivalent) and have acquired at least one year of professional experience in a media-related field after their first degree. The program is bilingual (English and German), whereby English is the prevalent course language.
Especially targeted at:
• Media representatives from radio, TV, online and print
• Journalists-in-training, especially from electronic media
• Journalists and management from community radio stations
• Communication experts
• NGO employees
• Employees from ministries
• Employees from cooperative development groups and projects
• Representatives from regional working groups and national broadcasters
• Media association representatives
You can now apply for the winter semester 2016/2017. Only online applications are accepted. Application will close on 31st March 2016.
Prospective students will have to apply through an online-based system. Please read the information below, before you visit the application link.
Before you start entering your data in the online-application form, please make sure you have alldocuments required for application ready:
• Letter of motivation (signed and dated)
• Current Curriculum Vitae (Europass format, signed and dated)
• Certificate of your first academic degree (including ALL transcripts)
• Evidence of at least one year's professional experience in a media-related field AFTER obtaining your first academic degree (for a full scholarship you must give evidence for at least one additional year of professional experience)
• Certificate of APS (for applicants who completed their first degree in China, Vietnam or Mongolia)
• Evidence of sufficient English language skills (TOEFL IBT: score of 83 or higher, IELTS: score of 6.0 or higher, BULATS: score of 70 or higher, LCCI: level 3) - English language certificates are valid for two years from the date of issue
• Evidence of sufficient German language skills (TestDaF at least level TDN 3 in all four parts of the examination, Goethe Zertifikat at least level B2 or DSH at least level 1)
• Copy of your passport
If you would like to apply for a full scholarship, you will be required to submit some additional documents:
• Recent recommendation letter from a University (with letterhead, official University stamp, signature and date)
• Recent recommendation letter from your employer (with letterhead, official company stamp, signature and date)
• DAAD application form
• High school diploma
Regarding the English and German language skills, please be aware that you will need to provide evidence of sufficient language skills for both languages. If you have knowledge of only one of the two languages, this does not suffice. If one of these languages is your native language or you have completed your entire program of study in either of them, evidence of that particular language is not necessary.
Please note: Documents not originally issued in English or German must also be accompanied by anofficial, certified translation.
Please do not send us original documents unless we ask you to do so. If you are accepted into the program we will later ask you to submit the original, certified documents or official, certified copies to our cooperation partner, the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.
For the online-application, you will be required to perfom the following steps:
1. Please click on the link to the online-application site.
2. Now click on the link "International Media Studies".
3. Now please enter your personal data in the designated fields. Please note that fields marked with "*" are mandatory and information must be provided. Where fields are marked with " ? ", instructions or additional information will be supplied. On the left-hand side you will find a navigation bar to help you navigate the site. You are required to enter your data in the default order. Should you have failed to fill in one of the mandatory fields, you will not be able to access the next column. A mandatory field where no data have been entered will be marked red.
4. In the column "Letter of Motivation" you will be able to explain your motivation and reasons for wanting to take part in the Master's Program International Media Studies. Alternatively, you may upload your statement of purpose as a PDF file in the column "Checklist". If you would like to apply for a scholarship (full or partial scholarship) please mention this in your statement of purpose.
5. When you have completed the data entry process the column "Checklist" will appear, where you must upload the required application documents.
6. When all columns are complete and you have uploaded all required documents you will be able to send your application.
7. After having sent your application, you will receive your personal user name and password. Please make a note of this information as you will need it to be able to track the status of your application.
8. Once you have sent your application you will not be able to make any amendments or additions. You will only be able to upload missing documents.
After the application deadline has expired, a committee of representatives of the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, the University of Bonn, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Deutsche Welle will decide on the award of places. In case your application is approved (you will be informed by email) you will be required to send certified copies of your original application documents to our cooperation partner, the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg as soon as possible. Please note that all copies of documents you submit must be officially certified for authenticity with the originals. In case your documents have not been issued in either German or English, you will need to additionally submit officially certified translations into either English or German. If you have completed the TOEFL as evidence of sufficient English language skills, please have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send your certificate directly to us. You will need to inform them about our institute number, 7977. Only after the verification of your original application documents will we be able to confirm the unconditional offer of a place of study. You will receive more information on this process at the given time.
Tuition Fees, Financing and Scholarships
The tuition fees for the postgraduate, four-semester Master's Program will cost a total of 6,000 EUR. There are a limited number of full and partial scholarships available.
The tuition fees for the postgraduate, four-semester Master's Program will cost 6,000 EUR. Students can either pay the total sum before admission or pay a monthly rate of 250 EUR. Additionally, students have to pay a semester fee (currently of 242.50 EUR) to the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. This fee includes administrative costs, studentship fee as well as a ticket for use of public transport in the area's traffic network. The fee is subject to change. For more information, please visit their homepage.
There are different ways of financing your studies:
We are granting full scholarship to up to 10 applicants each year. Prospective students from developing countries can apply for the full scholarship. The scholarship is 750 EUR per month covering costs for living and accommodation. The tuition fee and the flight will be also reimbursed. A committee will decide which applicants are to receive a scholarship after the application deadline has expired.
For a list countries that are eligible for funding, please see the download below.
If you don't meet the requirements for the full scholarship, you may apply for a partial scholarship. This will cover the costs of the tuition fees of 6,000 EUR. The expenses for travelling, accommodation and living will have to be paid by yourself.
In addition to the above mentioned scholarships there is the possibilty to finance your living costs (approx. 800 EUR per month) and the tuition fees of 250 EUR per month over the course of all four semesters (6,000 EUR in total).
An overview of the average monthly costs students in Germany will have to expect is available on the website of Deutsches Studentenwerk (German Student Union) on the link below.
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