Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many students can participate? 75.

  2. Do I need German language skills for the M.Sc. REM? No, the course is held completely in English. For your life in Germany it is advisable to speak a little German, especially if you want to find a job here after completing your studies. The university and other organisations offer German courses at different levels, but these are not part of the curriculum and you will have to take them in your spare time.

  3. When is the application deadline for a place in the MSc REM? 15th May each year.

  4. Do you intend to run this Master course every year? Yes, the M.Sc. REM is a continuous programme and a new class of students is admitted every year.

  5. Can I delay my application? No, it is mandatory to apply until 15th May, but you may hand documents in later (e.g. bachelor certificate, complete transcript of records). In case of admission, a preliminary admission will be given until lacking documents are provided.

  6. What are the qualifications requirements? Please refer to section “Admission requirements”.

  7. Can a non-European citizen apply to the course? Yes, the M.Sc. REM is designed as international master study course and applications from all over the world are welcome.

  8. How to apply? See section “Procedures and deadlines”.

  9. Is there an application fee?  No.

  10. Can the references be sent along with the other application documents? Yes, but only in a sealed envelope. Alternatively the professors can send it to us by fax or e-mail directly.

  11. Do I need to prove my English language skills if I took my Bachelor in English? In principle no, but please provide verification that your earlier study courses were completely held in English (proof mandatory).

  12. Can I send my application by e-mail? No, we only accept applications by mail reaching us at latest by 15th May. Applications coming in later cannot be considered.

  13. When does the commission decide on the admission of students to the course and on the chosen core and specialisation sections of the course? By the end of June, and we will unofficially notify you by email as soon as we have the admission commission’s resolution.

  14. May I participate only one part of the program, for instance the specialisation? No.

  15. May I still change my choice of specialisation once the course has started? In principle it is possible to change specialisation once, but there are two constraints: First, you must have the right qualification for the new specialisation from your previous studies; Second, there must be free capacity in the specialisation courses that you want to switch to.

  16. Can occupational activities be acknowledged as internship? In principle this is possible, but it depends on each individual case and must be well founded.

  17. Can I get bursaries for the travel expenses induced by the move to another country? For internships there is funding available from the International Office of Freiburg University.

  18. How much can one expect to pay for living expenses (food, accomodation, etc.)? See section "Finances”.

  19. What possibility is there for students to organise their own project within their master thesis?  You are responsible for finding two professors or other qualified scientists to advise you on your work and assess the submitted thesis. Often, professors announce topics that fit into the scope of their work and that they know are feasible within the time frame of six months. It is also possible to design your own thesis topic and approach potential supervisors with it. In this case, you should prepare a sound research proposal to catch the interest of your potential future thesis advisors. Note that you are not entitled to have a specific professor as your thesis advisor or to working on any topic of your choice. There needs to be mutual agreement between you and your thesis advisors.

  20. Do I get paid during the master thesis? Not normally, but some research institutes that offer thesis topics also provide you with a working contract for that time. No student is entitled to receiving payment for his or her thesis work.
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  22. Who assesses the master thesis? Students need to choose two professors for grading the thesis, one of whom will be the official thesis advisor (‘supervisor’), and at least one of them must have their main affiliation with the University of Freiburg.