Application Documents

The application process is a two-step procedure:

For the academic year 2022-2023, the information regarding the application process and the deadline for the programme, as well as the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, will be announced in November 2021 on this website.

Step 1

Fill out the online registration form (AlmaWeb) 

Note: Create an account with AlmaWeb, then click „Application“ and „find courses offered“. Please select „Global Studies (winter semester 2021/22, admission restricted, aptitude test required)“

Step 2

Upload all documents listed below to the AlmaWeb portal. Please note: You will be asked to upload the documents in one PDF file and to respect a certain order. The file must be no bigger than 10 MB. You will find more instructions in AlmaWeb during the application process.

Only applicants who have filled out the online registration form and whose documents are submitted before the given deadlines will be eligible for admission to the programme as well as the Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

These are the documents you will need to upload in one PDF file:

1. A curriculum vitae in English

(You may consider using the Europass CV as a template.)

2. Motivation letter in English

This letter should explain why you are interested in this particular master’s programme (1–2 pages). In case you have a preference for your mobility track, please specify this in the motivation letter and why you would like to study at the respective universities.

3. Proof of nationality (e.g. copy of passport)

4. Proof of residence (only for applicants who wish to apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship)

According to the rules set by the European Union, 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.

5. High school diploma or equivalent (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German)

6. Official high school transcripts (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German)

7. University diplomas (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German)

If you graduate after the application deadline, please send us the diploma as soon as you receive it. In this case, admission will be considered based on your university transcripts. Please note that if you are admitted, the copy of your certified bachelor’s degree will be needed by August in order to be able to enrol you.

8. Official transcripts from your university (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German)

9. English test results

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide test scores for one of the following standardized English proficiency tests:

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL international): minimum score of 550 paper-based (or 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based). Please notice that the code number for the EMGS programme is /4688/.

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 6.5 (with no section less than 6.5)

    Cambridge C2 Proficiency  (CPE): Grades A, B, C

    Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): Grades A, B

Applicants who have studied for more than one year at or received a degree from a university at which English was the language of instruction are not requested to take one of the previously mentioned proficiency tests. An official certificate from the applicant’s university is required to confirm that English was the language of instruction.

10. Proof of knowledge of another foreign language

(different from your native language and English) at the A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (to be proven by a high school or university certificate/transcript and/or internationally recognized test score certificates or equivalent proof of participation in language courses)

English native speakers need to provide proof of knowledge of a first and a second language other than their mother tongue at the A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

11. One recommendation letter by an academic teacher

In the event that a hard copy is requested, this letter should be sent in a separate closed envelope. Whether electronic or sent as a hard copy, the recommendation later must be signed by the person recommending the candidate and include the reference’s name and e-mail address. It should be typed on official letterhead or feature the reference’s institutional stamp.

12. If applicable, proof of extracurricular activities and work experience (e.g. copies of employment certificates)

Please note that not submitting all requested documents by the application deadline might result in a lower score during the selection procedure and thus lead to a reduced chance to receive admission for the programme and/or to be nominated for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

Step 3

(only applicable for applicants who receive an admission to the programme)

You will be requested to post the following documents in paper to the admission office in Leipzig by the end of August (the address will be announced with the admission):

  • Certified copy or original copy (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German) of high school diploma or equivalent (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German)
  • Certified copy or original copy (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German) of official high school transcripts (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German)
  • Certified copy or original copy (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German) of university diplomas (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German)
  • Certified copy or original copy (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German) of official transcripts from your university (AND certified translation, if the document is not issued in English or German
  • Certified copy or original copy of English test results

A certification can be made by any authority that has an official seal with a national coat of arms (in Germany, these are town halls, the police, courts, rectories, and notaries) or by the authority who issued the respective document. In the latter case, a stamp of the respective authority would be sufficient.

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 has an official seal with a national coat of arms (in Germany, these are town halls, the police, courts, rectories, and notaries) or by the authority who issued the respective document. In the latter case, a stamp of the respective authority would be sufficient.

Applicants who earned their university degree in China are requested to submit an additional certificate from the Akademische Prüfungsstelle Peking (APS). For further information, visit: http://www.aps.org.cn

Applicants who earned their university degree in Mongolia are requested to submit an additional certificate from the Akademische Prüfstelle Ulan-Bator (APS). For further information, visit:

Applicants who earned their university degree in Vietnam are requested to submit an additional certificate from the Akademische Prüfstelle Hanoi (APS). For further information, visit:

Please note that not submitting all requested documents by the application deadline might result in a lower score during the selection procedure and thus lead to a reduced chance to receive admission for the programme and/or to be nominated for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

Non returning of documents

Please note as well that we do NOT return any of the documents you have sent no matter if you start the master’s course or not.

Processing fee

All applicants who start the programme as 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.

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 evaluation purposes in order to efficiently manage the project, and producing statistics and could be made available to the EACEA, the European Commission, the European External Action Service staff, as well as to other stakeholders of the Erasmus+ programme, such as Erasmus+ National Agencies, National Erasmus+ Offices and the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association as well as staff of any of the participating universities.

Please see in this regard also the information provided by the EACEA on the processing of personal data.