Frequently asked questions regarding our application process.
There are no tuitions fees, just a small semester fee of €194.30 Euros per term (2021/22).
Students accepted into the program are guaranteed funding for the duration of the program. Its length varies from 3 years in the Social Sciences to 5 years in Economics. This might translate into a scholarship in the first year and research assistant positions in the following years.
We do not require a research proposal at the time of application. However, it is very important to show in your motivation letter that you have a clear idea about your research interests and how these meet with the current research of respective faculty member(s) you would be interested in working with.
Students do not have to find a supervisor prior to the semester start.
No. The program is taught entirely in English.
Applicants are required to upload transcripts into our online application system: official hard copy/
Depending on the program you are applying to, prospective students must provide the following:
Center for Doctoral Studies in Business: GMAT (or GRE) – no exemption
Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics: GRE – no exemption
Center for Doctoral Studies in Social Studies: TOEFL or IELTS
Refer to the admission page of the respective program for more information.
Yes. Submit an official letter from your university confirming the curriculum was taught in English. Add this document to the PDF of your Master degree.
Upload your test-taker´s copy in your online application and ask the testing service to send us the official scores.
Yes. However applicants must provide proof that you completed your Master’s degree by latest 30 November of any given year.
Submit your most recent transcript.
Merge all PDFs into a single document and compress the merged PDF if it exceeds the size limit.
Please attach a writing sample of up to 10 pages (not more than 3500 words, bibliography excluded), e.g. a paper you have written during your studies, a representative excerpt from your thesis, or an essay on a topic related to your research interests.
Do not submit your application as long as documents are missing prior to the application deadline.
Submissions after the application deadline will not be accepted.
You are required to upload a reference issued by your employer.
We are most interested in your academic stays abroad, but will consider work experiences as well.
Two letters of recommendation are required from faculty or scholars who are able to assess your ability and potential for academic research and teaching. We only accept reference letters submitted via our online system.