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  1. When is the deadline to apply for the Global Studies Programme?
  2. When will the final decision about admissions be announced?
  3. I am currently a student at an international university conducting its classes in English. Do I still need proof of English language proficiency or is my diploma sufficient?
  4. How do I indicate my grading scale on the application form?
  5. Because of a special situation, I am unable to submit parts of the application (e.g. TOEFL, recommendation letters, transcripts) in accordance with the application deadline. Is it possible to submit these documents a later date?
  6. What criteria are used to evaluate my application?
  7. How do I write a motivation letter?
  8. What are the requirements for the recommendation letters?
  9. I secured a seat on the Global Studies Programme waiting list. What does this mean?

 

Contact

  1. How can I get more information about the Global Studies Programme?
  2. When are the office hours?

 

Programme

  1. If I secured a seat in the Global Studies Programme, can I postpone it until next year?
  2. Does the Global Studies Programme begin  during both winter and summer semester?
  3. Matriculation: How is it done?
  4. How many students join the programme each year?
  5. What careers do GSP alumni typically pursue?
  6. Does GSP provide any scholarships or financial aid I can apply for?
  7. Do all participating GSP institutions provide student accommodation?

 

Internship

  1. Why do an internship?
  2. How long should my internship last?
  3. How do I get credits for my internship?

 


Application

1. When is the application deadline for the Global Studies Programme?

The application deadline is the 30th of November each year. To apply, please download the application form and the recommendation letter. Fill out the form, print it and send it by seperate post to the GSP office in Freiburg.

Address:

Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg
Global Studies Programme
Kollegiengebäude IV
Rempartstraße 15
79098 Freiburg i. Br.
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2. When will the final decision about admissions be announced?

The final decision about admissions depends on the total number of applications and will usually be announced in the beginning of January.

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3. Currently I am student at an international university conducting its classes in English. Do I still need proof of English language proficiency or is my diploma sufficient?

If you are not a native speaker, you need to send proof of English language competence. This can be TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, or a B.A. diploma or equivalent form (English education is not sufficient).

 

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Please state the range of the grading scale used in your educational institution from the lowest to the highest grade. This serves as a point of reference to the grade of your degree.

Different examples of grading scales used globally would be (non-exhaustive):

  • F - A 
  • 59 % - 100 % 
  • 0.0 - 4.0

 

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5.Because of a special situation, I am unable to hand in parts of the application (e.g. TOEFL, recommendation letters, transcripts) in accordance with the application deadline. Is it possible to submit these documents a later date?

If you are unable to submit all of your documents on time (application deadline November 30th) please make sure to send all other documents on time (application form, letter of motivation, CV, copy of passport). Please inform us that you will send the missing documents a later date. Send the missing documents as fast as possible, but no later than the 15th of January. Please note that the basic application documents (application form, letter of motivation, CV, copy of passport) must be sent meeting the official deadline.

In the case of a missing Bachelor's diploma, please send a preliminary diploma meeting the deadline. Afterwards send the original diploma as fast as possible, but no later than the 30th of March.

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6. What criteria are used to evaluate my application?

Your application is ranked according to your B.A. grades, your further qualifications based on your curriculum vitae, proofs of authenticity and your letter of motivation. Please make sure that your application is complete.

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7. How do I write a motivation letter?

Writing the motivation letter is an important step in the application procedure. Before applying, you should read our website very carefully and explore the connected institutions. You should write something about yourself, your academic background, why you want to participate and what you have to offer. Extent: 2-3 pages, approximately 1200 words.

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8. What are the requirements for the recommendation letters?

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 only. Please don't send other formats or additional, more detailed letters. They will not affect your application. The recommendation letters must be enclosed in your application documents in a seperate envelope which is sealed and signed by the referee. Unsealed recommendation letters will not be accepted.

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9. I secured a seat on the Global Studies Programme waiting list. What does this mean?

If you have a seat on the waiting list, there is a chance you will get a seat in the Global Studies Programme. Whenever someone declines his/her participation due to financial, visa or other problems, the next student on the waiting list takes his / her place. For this reason, until February / March, students can move up on the list.

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Contact

1. How can I get more information about the Global Studies Programme?

Please check our website first. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@global-studies.com

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2. When are the office hours?

Consultation hours for students by Caroline Janz (Programme Director) are on Mondays. Otherwise please contact our office (info@global-studies.com) via email.

Caroline Janz: caroline.janz@soziologie.uni-freiburg.de

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Programme

1. If I secured a seat in the Global Studies Programme, can I postpone it until next year?

No, this is not possible. You have to apply again the following year and send in all the necessary documents.

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2. Does the Global Studies Programme begin during both winter and summer semester?

Unfortunately, the Programme only begins in the summer semester. The application deadline is November 30th each year.

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3. Matriculation: How is it done?

International students matriculate at the International Admissions and Services Department (IAS) of the Student Service Center (Sedanstraße 6). Please visit IAS during the matriculation period indicated in your letter of acceptance. You will receive your letter of acceptance and further information about enrollment in the “information for prospective students” packet once you are accepted in the Global Studies Programme.

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4. How many students join the programme each year?

There are 42 seats in the Global Studies Programme each year.

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5. What careers do GSP alumni typically pursue?

GSP alumni pursued a variety of careers. There are three main career paths, namely academia, international organizations (such as the UN or NGOs) and development. Several other alumni are now working in the fields of media, coaching, consulting and politics.

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6. Does GSP provide any scholarships or financial aid I can apply for?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide any scholarships at the moment. Nevertheless, GSP can provide a letter of eligibility for external scholarships, such as the DAAD or others.

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

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7. Do all participating GSP institutions provide student accommodation?

Student accommodation will be provided in Cape Town, New Delhi and Bangkok. For the first semester in Freiburg there will be a limited number of rooms available for international students. For Buenos Aires orientation on how to find accommodation will be provided by the staff of FLACSO.

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Internship

1. Why do an internship?

In order to prepare students for their professional life, an internship of at least six weeks is a compulsory component of the curriculum. The internship should be in one of the prospective areas of later employment. For many students it actually becomes the stepping-stone into professional life.

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2. How long should my internship last?

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3. How do I get credits for my internship?

To get credits for your internship you have to fill out the internship form. Please submit the document in paper and also by email to info@global-studies.com by November 30th.Start of Page Icon