FAQ for the online application
Regarding the application requirements
Which documents do I need to hand in?
1. Application form, signed
2. Letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) stating the skills and expertise that qualify you for the study program,
3. Bachelor certificate including academic transcript** (copy),
4. Confirmations of stays abroad, internships and language courses (if applicable),
5. Names and mailing addresses of two scientific referees,
6. Certificate of general university entrance qualification* (copy) as additional information,
7. Curriculum vitae (containing a photo) as additional information.
* The "certificate of general university entrance qualification" means a document that allows you to enroll in a University, usually a high school diploma (equivalent to the German "Abitur", containing subjects and grades) and/or an university entrance test.
** If you also have completed a Master, Postgraduate or other degree or are currently enrolled in a program, please also send us your transcript of records and certificate.
High school and university transcripts should be provided in English. Please provide attested copies where translations were needed.
Which additional documents can I supply?
If you do have confirmations of specific qualifications, such as stipends, awards, internships, extra-curricular courses and activities, language certificates, APS, etc. please add them to your application documents. This can also include confirmation of stays abroad, such as documents attesting semesters abroad or language courses as well as internships, field trips or participation in research projects in foreign countries. These are not mandatory for admission, but they will help us to understand your individual background and motivation for studying Global Change Ecology. If you do not have such certificates, we recommend you attach special importance to your letter of motivation.
What do I need to pay attention to?
We can only consider your application if you have signed the application form yourself and if you have submitted all necessary documents (see above).
I am just finishing my degree and do not have the certificate yet. What should I do?
Please submit your official transcript of records showing that you have completed at least 135 ECTS. If you can obtain a confirmation of your university that you have completed your coursework and are waiting for your certificate, you may also submit this as additional document.
Regarding the online form
Do I have to apply online?
As mailings from other countries may take a long time, we strongly recommend the online application to make sure your application arrives in time. You can also send your complete application documents via mail to the Dean of the Faculty for Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences, University of Bayreuth.
Will I receive a confirmation for the submission of my application?
After submitting your documents through the online portal, you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address you provided.
I did not receive a confirmation, what should I do?
The confirmation e-mail can take some time to arrive after you have successfully submitted your application. Please make sure to check your spam folder. If you are certain that you did not receive a confirmation, kindly send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Regarding the selection process
I have submitted my application and received the confirmation. What will happen now?
You will have to pass an aptitude assessment test consisting of two parts, a pre-selection by means of the application documents and, in case of a positive result, a colloquy.
The application documents (Bachelor certificate and letter of motivation) are each graded in a decimal, five-step scale from 1 = very good to 5 = not sufficient. In case of applicants (or degrees) from foreign countries grades are converted using country-specific factors. If the sum of the single-weighted letter of motivation and the single-weighted Bachelor certificate does not exceed 4.0 points, he or she will be invited to an individual colloquy (interview, 20-30 min.). Only if the colloquy is graded by “very good” or "good" (1.0 or 2.0 in the five-step scale mentioned above) and the sum of the single-weighted interview and the single-weighted Bachelor certificate does not exceed 4.0 points the whole aptitude assessment procedure is completed successfully.
Schedule of the aptitude assessment:
How will the interviews take place?
Applicants from foreign countries do not have to travel to Bayreuth to participate in the interview. Interviews can also be conducted via Skype (preferred) or telephone.
I do not have a Skype Account. What should I do?
We highly recommend to set up an account, as interviews via video conference (Skype) haven proven more advantageous. If this is not an option for you, it will be possible to conduct the interview via phone.
When will I be notified whether I have been accepted?
The pre-selection by means of the application documents will start as soon as we have received your complete documents. The invitations to the interview (with individual appointments) are planned to be send out close to the application deadline (June 15th). The official letters of admittance are usually send out during July. Enrollment is possible until mid of October.
I am an applicant from China, Mongolia or Vietnam. Which special requirements apply for me?
Applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam have to submit an original certificate from the "Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) des Kulturreferats der Deutschen Botschaft" to their application. Please contact the German embassy in your country for more information.
Do I have to provide a TOEFL or IELTS certificate as proof of my English skills?
Currently, it is not compulsory to provide certificates. If you do have proof of your English skills, such as course certificates, confirmation of earlier studies in English or an TOEFL or IELTS test, we recommend to send us these documents.
I wish to apply, but do not have a degree in any of the subjects listed. Can I still apply?
If you feel that your background in your Bachelor is not entirely related to Global Change Ecology, we suggest placing special emphasis on your letter of motivation and why you feel you would be well suited for the study program. Also, providing internships, confirmations of stays abroad or other confirmations showing your engagement in topics related to Global Change Ecology would be beneficial.
If you have further questions, please contact the coordinators via firstname.lastname@example.org.