Required Application Documents

  • An outline of the dissertation project (8-10 Pages)
  • A workplan and timetable
  • A table showing relevant activities and experience related to the doctoral program
  • Resume/CV
  • Certificates of all previously acquired academic degrees (certified copies)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Proof of proficiency in German, Minimum level: TestDaF Level B1

Language Certification (German)

In order to demonstrate proof of German skills, the following certificates are considered equivalent to the German Language Examination for University Entrance (DSH 2):

  • TestDaF (TDN 4 in all four parts)
  • Advanced Level Examination (Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung, ZOP) from Goethe Institute
  • Successful completion of a German language course at the student’s home university
  • Other education that corresponds to a German higher education entrance examination

Language Proficiency (Englisch)

For English language proficiency, achievement of leven B2 GER (or equivalent):

  • IELTS 5.0
  • Cambridge Examinations: First Certificate (FCE); Advanced (CAE); Proficiency (CPE)
  • TOEFL: Paper 500, Computer 170 or Internet 80

Evidence of language skills may be submitted later; please make reference to any pending evidence/certificates on your application.

Please send your application to

PD Dr. Hans Feger

Freie Universität Berlin
Deutsch-Asiatische Graduiertengruppe für Geisteswissenschaften
Habelschwerdter Allee 30
14195 Berlin

E-Mail: dagg@zedat.fu-berlin.de