Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School FAQs about the application process

  1. What kind of language proficiency do I need to prove in order to apply for the Graduate School, and how can I prove it?
  2. I can’t provide the necessary language proficiency in English and German in time for the application deadline, but I am currently taking classes and am about to receive the necessary certificates. By when may I upload these?
  3. May I write my dissertation in English? What part of the doctoral studies program will be in German?
  4. I don’t have a European master’s degree. How can I find out whether I am qualified for the doctoral studies program?
  5. I am currently working on a master’s degree in a philological field relevant to the Graduate School, but I am not yet finished. May I still apply? By when do I need to finish my master’s degree? What do I need to upload at this point?
  6. What kind of work sample should I submit with my application? May I upload a non-academic text, e.g. a translation or a short story?
  7. May the letters of recommendation be submitted separately from my other documents, directly by their writers? Does the same deadline apply as for the rest of my documents?
  8. May I submit my application via email?
  9. What expenses should I expect as a doctoral student at the FU? 

1.       What kind of language proficiency do I need in order to apply for the Graduate School, and how can I prove it?

Very good knowledge of German and English are expected. Knowledge at the level C1 GER for one of the two languages is necessary, the other at the level of B1 GER. Native speakers only need to prove their proficiency in the non-native language(s) with a recognized certificate. Recognized as proof of proficiency in German B2 are TestDAF, TDN 3 in all for components of examination; Goethe-Zertifikat B2 DSD I. ForGerman C1 GER following certificates are recognized: DSH 2, ZOP; TestDaF: TDN 4 in all four components of testing; Goethe-Zertifikat C1 or C2; DSD II: degree from a German-speaking program at a German-speaking institution; university entrance diploma that is equivalent to the German counterpart.
Recognized certificate for English B2 GER are: IELTS 5.0; TOEFL Paper 500, Computer 170 or Online 80; Cambridge Examinations: First Certificate (FCE), Advanced (CAE), Proficiency (CPE); 7 years of English in German schools. For English C1 GER: IELTS 6.5; Cambridge Examinations: Advanced (CAE), Proficiency (CPE); TOEFL: Paper 585, Computer 240 or Online 95; degree from an English-speaking program at an English-speaking institution. Further information.

 

2.       I can provide the necessary language proficiency in English and German in time for the application deadline, but I am currently taking classes and am about to receive the necessary certificates. By when may I upload these?

Proof of required language proficiency may be submitted after the application deadline if the applicant can substantiate that the necessary certificates can be submitted in due time – either at the time of the selection interviews in April, but at the very latest on July 1. Applicants for a project scholarship need to submit proof before beginning the scholarship in May at the latest. Please upload a pertinent statement via the application platform before you send off your application.

 

3.       May I write my dissertation in English? What part of the doctoral studies program will be in German?

Generally, dissertations may be written in German or English. However, seminars and colloquia in the Graduate School’s curriculum are in German. Of course, single sessions or events in English are not only possible, but welcome any time. Attention: if you plan on writing your dissertation in a foreign language you will have to prove your proficiency in this language that is equivalent to level C1 GER to the examination office at the time of your admission!

 

4.       I don’t have a European master’s degree. How can I find out whether I am qualified for the doctoral studies program?

A master’s degree or equivalent is the basic requisite for admission to the doctoral studies program at the Graduate School. Foreign applicants may turn to UNI ASSIST to help them figure out how to meet the admission requirements at German universities. Whether a foreign university degree is comparable to a German master’s degree and may be admitted as such is up to the examination offices at the respective institutes of the FU. Applicants may contact ANABIN for further information and assistance.

 

5.       I am currently working on a master’s degree in a philological field relevant to the Graduate School, but I am not yet finished. May I still apply? By when do I need to finish my master’s degree? What do I need to upload at this point?

Candidates may apply even if they have not yet received their master’s degree (or equivalent) at the time of the application deadline – however, you are expected to graduate before July 1. Applicants are also encouraged to upload conclusive documents in lieu of their degree demonstrating their progress and showing they will receive their degree in time (e.g. transcripts, statement of their advisors). Candidat/ies applying for a project scholarship may be enrolled in a master’s studies program past July 1.

 

6.      What kind of work sample should I submit with my application? May I upload a non-academic text, e.g. a translation or a short story?

The work sample is generally an academic article (published or unpublished), or a chapter from the master’s thesis or dissertation. Please do not submit an entire final thesis or dissertation, or any homework papers from one of your seminars. Non-academic texts are also not suitable as a work samplenicht-wissenschaftlic. All texts submitted should be in German or English and adhere to professional standards. In exceptional cases, texts in other languages (such as French or Italian) can be accepted. However, such submissions should not be made without any prior consultation.

 

7.       May the letters of recommendation be submitted separately from my other documents, directly by the reviewers? Does the same deadline apply as for the rest of my documents?

Letters of recommendation have to be uploaded by external reviewers. Enter their pertinent information in the application platform and save this step. The reviewers will then receive a request and a link. Ideally, you will be in touch with your reviewers in advance so that they are informed and know the context for the recommendation letter request. The letters of recommendations should be uploaded by 6 January 2019, or within the context of an application to the Cluster of Excellence “Temporal Communities” by February 28th. A minor exceedance of this deadline by the writers submitting the letters of recommendation is tolerated. You yourself may log on after the application deadline to see whether the letters of recommendation have been uploaded. If necessary, get in touch with your reviewers.

 

8.       May I submit my application via email?

No. Applications are only accepted through the online portal .

 

9.   What costs should I expect as a doctoral student at the FU?

We do not cover travel or moving expenses. The FSGS provides a travel budget for doctoral students (up to 3,000 EUR), which can only be used for academic or work-related travel. 

Semester fees are not reimbursed. The fee’s amount may depend on previous semesters.

Rents and cost of living in Berlin are consistently on the rise. According to official data, you should anticipate 800 EUR living expenses per month.

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