If you start the study programme in the winter term 2018/2019 or later, the new documents are relevant for you.
If you started the study programme in between the winter term 2012/2013 and 2017/2018, the old documents are relevant for you.
The application process for EU/EEA citizens ends on 30 September 2019. The application process ends on 15 July 2019 for non-EU/EEA citizens. Nonetheless, we strongly recommend to apply by 15 June 2019 for all applicants. Please see below for the details.
The application process for the Master's programme "Democracy and Governance in Europe" takes place in a central online-process administered by the Student Administration of the University of Tübingen. First, we will give you a short overview concerning the admission requirements, the application deadlines, and the necessary documents. Second, we will introduce you to the application process. For any details, please follow the hyperlinks directing you to the central webpages of the University of Tübingen.
|Applicants from within the EU|| |
30 September of the year starting your studies
15 June is strongly recommended
|Applicants from outside the EU|| |
15 July of the year starting your studies
15 June is strongly recommended
Formally, you have to apply as a non-EU/EEA citizen by June 15. As EU/EEA-citizen you have to apply by September 30.
Yet, as the programme starts in mid October with an intensive and mandatory one-week preparatory phase, we strongly recommend to apply by June 15. This leaves enough time for your immatriculation and ensures your participation in the preparatory week. Of course, you can catch up the preparatory week later within the term, but this brings along a lot of extra work. Please feel free to contact the student advisor on the details.
Knowledge in Political Science
Qualified first degree with final grade of 2.5 ("good"), or 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
|German language skills||Level B2|
|English language skills||Level B2|
Certificate of higher education entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung)
Certificate of completion of a basic degree program related to Political Science
Proof of adequate skills in the German and Englisch language
A resume of your academic and professional record to date
An essay of no more than two pages explaining why you are applying for this Master's programme
There are a total of 20 spots available for the Master's program per year. The study programme starts in the winter term only each year. For any exceptions in the course of university or programme change, please contact your Student Councillor Martin Große Hüttmann. Admission to the programme is not restricted.
Courses and lectures are held in German and in English language. Thus, for admission you need both the necessary 1) basic knowledge in Political Science from a undergraduate university degree, as well as 2) the necessary skills in the German and English language.
You have an undergraduate degree
- in Political Science or
- in another social science with a minor in Political Science or
- in European Studies, provided this program included Political Science courses.
- You have an undergraduate average of at least "good" (2.5 or better, or 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale).
If you are an out-of-country applicant and you did not earn your university qualifications at a German-speaking institute, you must demonstrate adequate German language abilities. There are various options for providing this evidence:
Through an adequate Language Certificate
- The “Test of German-Language Ability for University Admission” ("Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang", DHS) with a total score of at least DSH-2;
- The “Test of German as a Foreign Language” (“Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache”, TestDaF), with at least a Level 4 score in all test sections;
- The “German Section” of the assessment test at a Studienkolleg (prepatory college);
- The “German Language Diploma of the Conference of State Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs” (“Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz”, DSD), – Level II or Level C1 (DSD II or DSD C1);
- Certificate confirming a passing score on the “Central Advanced Language Test” (“Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung”, ZOP);
- The minor or major German Language Diploma from the Goethe Institute (“Kleine Deutsche Sprachdiplom”, KDS or “Große Deutsche Sprachdiplom”, GDS);
- The German Language Exam II (“Deutsche Sprachprüfung II“) from the Sprachen- und Dolmetscher-Instituts München.
Through one of the following accredited secondary school qualifications
- The German certificate in the French Diplôme du Baccalauréat, which is earned after attending a bilingual German-French department of a secondary school/high school;
- The US Advanced Placement Test (AP Test) in German;
- The Certificate of Completion of the upper level of secondary instruction from the German-speaking region of the Kingdom of Belgium;
- The Secondary School Completion Certificate from the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg;
- Diploma of completion of secondary schooling with German as the instruction language in the autonomous province of Bolzano-South Tyrol;
- The Certificate of Completion of the international section “German language” on the LiceoGimnasiale "Luigi Galvani" in Bologna;
- The Certificate of Completion of a German-Irish bilingual Leaving Certificate at the German School in Dublin, St. Kilian’s;
- The Certificate of the Polish Matura, that concludes with a bilingual German examination in the German section;
- The Liechtenstein Matura, which is also recognized as evidence that the applicant possesses adequate knowledge of the German language.
There are various possibilities for providing proof of your English language abilities. Which option you choose for demonstrating your English abilities will not affect your application.
Through a Certificate or Attestation
- B2- Level Certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference or the equivalent.
- Proof of participation in courses in English that are recognized by the responsible department as equivalent to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference.
- A written attestation from the supervising department that confirms that you have acquired the required language skills outside of school or university.
Through your first degree
- If your first university degree was earned at an English-speaking university.
You apply for the Master's Programme "Democracy and Governance in Europe" in the Online Application Portal of the University of Tübingen. Further information concerning the application process and the required documents is provided in the portal.
The application process follows two steps: (1) First, you fill out the "online interview" with basic questions concerning your choice of programme. (2) Second, after completing your online application, you print the documents, sign them, and send them enclosing the required documents to the Student Administration by the postal service.
You will find further information for the application to the Master's programme in the Course Information. Please note: For both further informations as well as in the application process you have to choose "Demokratie und Regieren in Europa" (Master) from the drop-down menu (not Politcal Science).
The following documents must be included in your application:
- Certificate of higher education entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung - HZB), Certificate of relevant, subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or a certificate of higher education entrance qualification from another country that is recognized as equivalent to the German HZB by the appropriate government authority in the form of an officially notarized transcript or an officially notarized copy.
- Certificate of completion of a basic degree program in Political Science or in another social science with a minor in political science, or a degree in European Studies, provided this program included relevant Political Science courses.
If you do not have this certificate at the time of application, you can prove that you fulfill the admission requirements by the beginning of the post-graduate degree program based on the progression of your studies and especially on your examination grades/credit points earned up to the submission of your application. If this is not possible by the deadline, your application will be voided.
- Certificates demonstrating your language skills (see below).
- A tabular listing (resume) of your academic and professional record to date. You should highlight your most significant achievements and experiences here (e.g. relevant career or other practical experience, prizes and awards for qualification works or other academic texts or publications), as these qualifications are considered in the selection process.
- An essay of no more than two pages explaining why you are applying for this Master's program.
Questions relating to the application process and the required documents: Please contact the Student Administration concerning these questions. Since the application process is administered centrally, we can't assist you in this regard.
Questions regaring the Structure and Content of the Master's Programme: Feel free to contact your Student Councillor Martin Große Hüttmann concerning any questions directly relating to the study programme.
Please note: Your application will only be considered from the moment all required documents have arrived at the University. So please consider the postal delievery times when applying.