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Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Graduate Program (M.Sc.) - Global Change Ecology

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions


Please also see the FAQs regarding the application.


Do I need German language proficiency to take the courses of this Program?

All courses are taught in English.

However, proof of knowledge of German language at least level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for international applicants is required latest by the end of the second semester.

The Language Center (Sprachenzentrum) offers German courses for the students. Click the following link for more information (https://www.sz.uni-bayreuth.de/en/).


How much are the tuition fees per semester?

Since 2013 the University of Bayreuth charges no tuition fees. Only a student fee of about 145 € for each term must be paid. For more information, please see here.


What is the Elite Network of Bavaria?

The Elite Network of Bavaria is an initiative to support young academic talents and consists of the following support programs: Elite Graduate Programs, the Max Weber-Program of Bavaria, International Doctorate Programs, Research Scholarships and International Junior Research Groups. The Elite Network of Bavaria is designed for exceptionally self-motivated and talented undergraduate and doctoral students.

The Global Change Ecology Elite study program combines the expertise of the Universities of Bayreuth, Augsburg and Würzburg, with that of Bavarian and international research institutions, as well as economic, administrative and international organizations.
For more information: https://www.elitenetzwerk.bayern.de


Will my academic background suit the requisites of this study program?

The courses in the graduate program require a high level of performance. Students are selected via a standardized aptitude assessment procedure (see regulations for more details) that meets the highest international criteria.
Bachelor degrees related to all fields of environmental science will provide for acceptance to the program, for example: biology, hydrology, meteorology, environmental physics, environmental informatics, geoecology, landscape ecology, geography, science of forestry or agricultural science or an equivalent degree. Also related bachelor degrees in social sciences will be accepted if the person is motivated towards topics of global change which could be expressed in the motivation letter.


What are the opportunities for future career that the students have?

The study of global change ecology relies not only in course modules, but also offers the opportunity to gain practical experience via internships. Internships are possible within four main areas including economy, research, administration and international organizations. In this way, students can build up a scientific and professional network already during their studies.

Science schools aim at integrating students in current developments in the rapidly changing scientific field of global change research. Intensive external and internal courses allow for students to make direct contact with other lecturers and practitioners and peers from other study programs and universities.
For more information, visit news/schools on gce webpage (www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/gce) which has a report of many science schools that the students have engaged in the previous years.


Are there scholarships opportunities?

Regrettably the elite study program "Global Change Ecology" is only funded for teaching, not for the support of students through individual grants and scholarships.

As an international student, you have the opportunity to apply for a study grant at the International Office of the University of Bayreuth.

Unfortunately, first-semester students cannot be funded, i.e. applications cannot be submitted until the 2nd semester of study for funding starting in the 3rd semester of study. Limited funding from the State of Bavaria and the DAAD is available for this purpose.

The application deadline for winter semester is 31 August, and for summer semester 28 February. Grants can be awarded for up to two semesters. For further information see International Office.


Where is the University of Bayreuth located?

The University of Bayreuth is located in the city of Bayreuth, in the State of Bavaria, Germany.

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