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Below you will find answers to some of our frequently asked questions regarding the application process. If you have general questions about the program or the faculty, you may want to visit our general FAQs.


LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Which certificates are admissible/Can I be exempt from providing a certificate/SCORES?

If your native langague is English or you have graduated from a program that was taught entirely in English, you do not need to submit an English language certificate. All other applicants have to prove that their level is at least equivalent to a B2 in the CEFR. We accept e.g. TOEFL test scores of 87 or higher, IELTS test scores of 6.0 or higher, or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency. If you wish to send your ETS scores (TOEFL, GRE etc.) directly to us, you can do so with the code number for the University of Bonn, M.Sc. in Economics: 7156.

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GERMAN LANGUAGE SKILLS

 

I do not speak any German. Can I still be admitted to the program?

As our entire program is taught in English, you do not to have any knowledge of German in order to be admitted. However, as a basic command of German will make it a lot easier to get around in Bonn or to get to know students form other programs, we strongly encourage international students to take one of the German language classes offered by the Department. These classes start in the first semester of the Master program and are free of charge. 

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APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Should I send the originals of my documents?

During the application process you will need to submit all documents online. Please do not send your application documents by regular mail. Only once you have been admitted to the program, you will need to present your original documents. This process takes place in October when you will formally enroll at the University of Bonn.

How do I need to submit the letter of recommendation?

There is no special required form except that the letter of recommendation should contain the official university letterhead, signature of the professor and be in either English or German. Sample statements which your porfessor could adress include: an applicants achievements compared to those of his or her peers or opinions why the applicant is suitable for the program.

Should I include a letter of recommendation of my employer or a professor?

As we are interested in a letter that speaks of your academic potential as a graduate student. Therefore we strongly recommend that you submit a recommendation letter from your professors and not your employer.

 

What should I include in the "bibliography listing the books and articles that have been covered in your program of study"?

There is no special form required. Please just list the books and/or articles which you used most during your program. This is required to give us a better idea as to what has been covered in your program. If you have used books written in languages other than English or German, please include the title of the English version or translate it yourself. The list should include ten to 15 entries

Do I need to include a GRE with my application?

Including your GRE scores is not required but strongly recommended for non-EU/-EEA/-Swiss applicants. Submitting them will strengthen your application. Please not that high GRE scores alone cannot compensate for an insufficient academic background or less than good grades.

Do my diplomas need to be notarized?

No. However, we only accept official university documents.

Can I also submit GMAT scores?

Yes.

I am an applicant from China. Do I need to include an APS certificate?

We ask all students from China or Vietnam to include a certificate from the APS (Akademische Prüfstelle).

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DOCUMENTS WE DO NOT NEED

Which documents should I not send?

Please note that we do not need the following documents for the application process:

- Your highschool diploma 

- More than one letter of recommendation

- A motivational essay

- Proof of working experience

 

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TRANSLATIONS

Do I need to present a translation of my documents?

We accept documents in either English or German. If you have documents written in other languages you will need to provide a certified translation in either English or German.  

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DEGREES IN PROGRESS

I have not yet finished my current program and do not have my Bachelor degree. What should I do?

In the case that you have not yet completed your Bachelor degree, you may still apply. Instead you will need to upload your current transcript of records, stating all grades of the courses you have completed so far, to our application platform. If you have been admitted to the program, you will need to present your degree certificate once you have received it, or - at the very latest- in December when you register with the Economics Examination Office. Please note: You have to complete all of your courses and/or assignments (including your Bachelor thesis) related to your Bachelor degree before the 30. of September.

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