We are pleased that you are interested in applying for the Master's course in Global Studies within our consortium. Please find in the following information on the requirements and a guide on how to apply.
Please note that the 2016 admission round is now closed. Information on the 2017 admission round will be updated by the end of November 2016.
Applicants should fulfil the following requirements:
- A three years bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution* in the field of History or Cultural Studies or Social Sciences or Economics with a minimum of 15% Global Studies relevant courses
- Excellent English skills (minimum B2-level according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or UNIcert level II according to the German Association of Language Centres, Language Teaching Institutes and Institutes of Foreign Languages). The proficiency in English needs to be proven by an official English certificate as listed below “documents to be send”. English native speakers need to provide a proof of knowledge of a language different to their mother tongue on A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- Knowledge of a further foreign language on A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (to be proven by the High School certificate and/or international recognized test score certificates or equivalent proof of participation in language courses)
* The accreditation/recognition is based on the requirements set by the Central Office for Foreign Education. NB: In some countries a further year of study in a Masters course might be necessary in order to be eligible for admission. See also the information provided here.
Admission decisions are made by the EMGS Selection Committee upon the following criteria:
· study results (= academic excellence) and quality/recognition of home institution having awarded the first degree
· motivation, academic potential
· match of previous degree(s) with the Masters course in Global Studies
· work experience/professional qualifications
Deadlines and timetable
The application round for the 2017 intake as well as the Erasmus Mundus scholarship will open in early 2017.
Meeting the application deadline will be established by the date of arrival of the paper application in the Leipzig office AND by having filled in the online application form.
The application deadline for applicants who would like to apply for admission to the programme AND the Erasmus Mundus scholarship elapses on March 15th of each year for the next cycle of the programme starting in fall of the same year.
For applicants who do not want to apply for the Erasmus Mundus grant or who missed the Erasmus Mundus grant deadline it is possible to apply until May 31st of each year as a self-paying student for the next cycle of the programme starting in fall of the same year.
Information on the eligibility criteria for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship is to be found here.
Applicants will be informed at the latest by the end of July about the outcome of their application.
Where to apply
The application for the Master Course 'Global Studies' is only through the Global and European Studies Institute of Leipzig University. Please send your application to the following address:
Erasmus Mundus European Master in Global Studies
Global and European Studies Institute
Documents to send
The application process will be two-fold and is comprised by filling in the online application form AND by posting the in this box listed documents. Only applications of applicants who have filled in the online application form and whose documents are received within the given deadlines (see above) will be taken into consideration for admission/the Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
1. Print out of the online Application form (see box on the right). In the online application the following information will be requested: your home address, your date and place of birth, your e-mail address, your preferred mobility track (preference since final decision on the study places is made by the consortium), information on your high school and university education.
2. A Curriculum Vitae in English (you may e.g. use the Europass CV as a template)
3. Motivation letter in English which explains why you are interested in this particular Master course (1-2 pages). In case you do have a preference for your mobility track please specify in the motivation letter why you would like to study at the respective universities.
4. Proof of nationality (e.g. copy of passport)
5. Proof of residence (only applicable for applicants who would like to apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship). According to the rules set by the EU this proof can be either provided in form of a residence certificate issued by the candidate's municipality OR a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the respective institution. The document must have been issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for the scholarship, i.e. for the 2016 application round after March 15th, 2015.
6. Certified copy or original hard copy (AND certified translation if the document is not issued in English or German) of high school leaving certificate (secondary school diploma)
7. Certified copy or original hard copy (AND certified translation if the document is not issued in English or German) of official transcript of high school results from your high school
8. Certified copy or original hard copy (AND certified translation if the document is not issued in English or German) of university diplomas (if you graduate after the application deadline please send us the degree as soon as you receive it, the decision on the admission will in this case be made on the grades indicated on the transcript of records. Please note that in case of an admission the copy of your certified Bachelor's degree certificate will be needed in August in order to be able to enrol you.)
9. Certified copy or original hard copy (AND certified translation if the document is not issued in English or German) of official transcript of study results from your university
10. Certified copy or original hard copy of English test results. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide test scores for one of the following standardized English proficiency tests:
o TOEFL (international): minimum score of 550 paper-based (or 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based). Please notice that the code number for the Master's course in Global Studies is: 4688.
o IELTS: minimum score of 6,5
o CPE: Grades A, B, C (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
o CAE: Grades A, B (Certificate in Advanced English)
o Applicants who have studied for more than one year in, or received a degree from, a college or university where English is both the language of instruction and the native language are not requested to take one of the above-mentionend proficiency test. An official certificate from the applicants' school/university is required to confirm that English is medium of instruction.
English native speakers need to provide a proof of knowledge of a language different to their mother tongue on A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
11. Proof for knowledge of a further foreign language (different to native language and English) on A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (to be proven by the High School certificate and/or international recognized test score certificates or equivalent proof of participation in language courses)
12. One original recommendation letter by an academic teacher (in a separate closed envelope, signed by the person recommending the candidate and on official letterhead or with the institutional stamp) including the reference's name and e-mail address
13. If applicable: proof of extra-curricular activities and work-experience (e.g. copies of employment certificates)
Please try to avoid the use of plastic/paper files and staples.
All applications are in English and in PAPER.
As indicated above some documents must be included as certified copies and certified translations in English (or German) and in the original language. Documents issued in English or German must be included as certified copies only.
A certification can be made by any authority that does have an official seal with national coat of arms (in Germany these are town hall, police, courts, rectory and notaries) or by the authority who issued the respective document in this case a stamp of the respective authority would be sufficient.
Electronic pre-applications may be sent to indicate an interest especially in those cases where air mail systems are operating under difficult conditions. However the electronic pre-application does not replace the sending of the paper copies as stated above. Along with the electronic pre-application to em(at)uni-leipzig.de please send:
- Scan of the printed online application form
- A copy of your first degree, including completed and official certificates and transcripts of all previous university studies must be submitted. All academic records which are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations
- A letter of motivation in which you explain why you are interested in this particular Master Course (1-2 pages)
- A statement regarding English proficiency
- A curriculum vitae in English
Applicants who earned their university degree in China are requested to submit an additional certificate from 'Akademische Prüfungsstelle Peking' (APS). For further information please visit:
Applicants who earned their university degree in Mongolia are requested to submit an additional certificate from Akademische Prüfstelle Ulan-Bator (APS). For further information please visit:
Applicants who earned their university degree in Vietnam are requested to submit an additional certificate from Akademische Prüfstelle Hanoi (APS). For further information please visit:
In case you do not submit all documents requested by the date of the application deadline the missing documents might effect in a lower score point during the selection procedure and thus might lead to a reduced chance to receive an admission for the programme and/or to be nominated for an Erasmus Mundus grant.
Use of data
Please be informed that in case you are selected for admission to the programme and/or proposed for an Erasmus Mundus grant your data may be used for the purposes of evaluating the Erasmus Mundus Programme and will be made available to the Agency, the EM National Structures, the EU Delegations and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association, acting as stakeholders of the programme.
All self-paying students will be charged with a processing fee of € 75 for the application. We will inform you about the payment details when sending you the admission letter.
Non returning of documents
Please note as well that we do NOT return any of the documents you have sent no matter if you receive an admission to the master's course or not.
If you should have any questions concerning the application or the Master's course, please write an e-mail to Ms. Konstanze Loeke: em(at)uni-leipzig.de.
The application process is two-fold and is comprised of an online application AND by posting the documents listed in the box “documents to send”.
The link for the 2017 online application will be uploaded one week prior to the opening of the 2017 admission.