Admission requirements are a degree in a programme of at least six semesters and a successful application.
The documents of application need to include:
- Graduate Diploma of the first programme of study. If the applicant is in the final stages of a programme, confirmation by the registrar’s office is sufficient.
- Transcript of Records
- CV (in tabular form) including information about previous education and practical experiences.
- An exposé of three pages (ca. 1,200 – 1,500 words) that explains the motivation and qualification for the programme. It should contain information about areas of interest and foci in science studies and reflect or confirm previous knowledge from either history, philosophy or economics.
- Proof of language skills in English and German. Sufficient language skills are proven by a qualifying academic degree from either a german- or englishspeaking institution. Sufficient language skills can also be proven by English at the CEFR level of B2 and a level of German laid out in the order of admittance for international students at the University of Bielefeld (e.g., the 'Goethe-Zertifikat' at the level of C2). If, at the date of application, no German language skills could be proven, a level of C1 in English is necessary for applying; in that case, knowledge of German at the level of B1 is to be proven before the HEPS-degree is issued and needs to be learned during the programme.
Further information are found in the so-called Fächerspezifischen Bestimmungen, or Subject-specific regulations.
The Subject-specific regulations (Fächerspezifische Bestimmungen or FsBs) are found on the websites of the “Information on the HEPS programme” of the Bielefeld Information System (BIS). Due to legal reasons the documents are in German.
Information on the HEPS programme (BIS)
We recommend to enter the programme in the winter semester. It is, however, also possible to begin in the summer semester. Application deadline for the winter semester is: September 1 (international students until July 15, if possible). (For later applications contact us directly.) Application deadline for the summer semester is March 1 (international students until January 1, if possible).
The application is to be submitted via the central online portal of the registrar’s office. Online-Portal
There are no tuition fees, but obligatory dues for various services (reduced price meals, public transportation) are charged.