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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

FAQ

Here you can find detailed answers to frequently asked questions concerning the MA RTP Program.

Application requirements

How do I find MA RTP on the Uni-Assist website?

How do I contact Uni-Assist?

What is especially important to consider when applying to Uni-Assist?

How to apply without ECTS?

How to prove my knowledge about theories and methods?

Should I hand in copies or originals and in which language?

What is a certified copy and where can I get my documents certified?

Who is permitted to translate documents?

What should my proposal/letter of motivation be about?

What is especially important to consider about my CV?

When will I be informed if I have been accepted or not?

How to apply for visa?

 

Language requirements

What kind of language certification must I provide?

What do I do in case I do not have a certification of my language skills by the end of the application deadline?

 


Application requirements

 

How do I find MA RTP on the Uni-Assist website?

On the first page, you are asked to type in the information about the program you wish to find. Please fill in the following:

  1. line: Wintersemester 2017/18
  2. line: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  3. line: leave blank (please do not select Social Sciences as a research field; the master is not assigned to that field)
  4. line: Research Training Program Social Sciences

 

Please note that you will only be able to find MA RTP on the Uni-Assist website when the application period starts on May 1st and until May 31st.

 

How do I contact Uni-Assist?

Uni-Assist e.V.

Helmholtzstrasse 2-9

D-10587 Berlin

 

Phone: +49 30 666 44 345

E-mail: service@uni-assist.de Fax: +49 30 666 44 390

 

Please provide Uni-Assist with your application reference number when contacting them.

 
What is especially important to consider when applying to Uni-Assist?

As Uni-Assist does give you feedback when forms are missing, please make sure that you hand in your application early enough to be able to add or correct something after the first check.

Make sure that your fee for Uni-Assist is booked on their account before the deadline has ended!

 

How to apply without ECTS?

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. For successfully completed studies, ECTS credits are awarded. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits that are equivalent to 1500–1800 hours of study in all countries respective of standard or qualification type and is used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union. A semester long seminar (about 30 contact hours) delivers 10 ECTS.

If your BA/MA/Diploma certificate does not show ECTS, you can either ask the examination office of your former university to provide a transcript including ECTS which you hand in. Or you hand in a transcript or letter indicating the length of your study program or the amount of study hours.

In order to prove your methodological skills and knowledge in social science theories, please fill in the form ‘Self-Assessment’. Send the form to Uni-Assist together with your application. Uni-Assist can calculate the actual workload of your study program and transfer it to ECTS.

 

How to prove my knowledge about theories and methods?

In order to prove your methodological skills and knowledge in social science theories, please fill in the form ‘Self-Assessment’ (in German, in Englisch). This is especially important if the course title listed on the transcript does not explicitely indicate which theories and methods you've learned. Methods may not only include quantitative but also qualitative methods (such as discourse or content analysis). If you took courses that delivederd less than 20 ECTS in social and/or political science theory or 10 ECTS in empirical social science research methods you can accumulate points from various courses. Send the form to Uni-Assist together with your application. Uni-Assist can calculate the actual workload of your study program and transfer it to ECTS.

 

Should I hand in copies or originals and in which language?

You have to hand in legally attested and certified copies in paper form in addition to the online application. All documents, except for English language ones have to be translated into German by an authorized, state-licensed translator.  

 

What is a certified copy and where can I get my documents certified?

If certified copies are requested by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Uni-Assist, on no account may simple Xerox copies be provided: in this case the application will not be processed! An accreditation is a stamp or seal and signature, by means of which an authorized person confirms that the copy and the original document are identical. In Germany, documents drawn up in German can be certified in your local Citizen Center (Bürgeramt/Einwohneramt). Here you can find a list of Berlin's Citizen Centers:
http://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/121701/
The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin accreditation service certifies only those documents/certificates issued by the Humboldt Universität and German-language documents required for applying to the Humboldt-Universität:
http://www.hu-berlin.de/studium/compass/ssc/beglaub
Documents which are not written in German may be certified in the relevant consulates located in Germany (e.g. Polish documents in the Polish consulate).
If applying from abroad documents may be certified by authorized agencies or notaries.

 

Who is permitted to translate documents?

Translations of the documents to be provided may be done exclusively by a sworn translator. The applicant’s own translations of official documents are not permitted!

In this database you can look for sworn translators working in various languages:
http://www.gerichtsdolmetscherverzeichnis.de

If applying from abroad a list of translators recognized in Germany can be obtained from German embassies and diplomatic agencies.
A certified copy of these documents in the original language must be included along with the translated documents and transcript.

 

What should my proposal/letter of motivation be about?

Please send a two-page document including both your motivation for completing the master’s program and your idea for a doctoral project. You should state your research interest and relevant theories and methods. It does not need to be a sophisticated exposé with a time frame, but should refer to possible academic shortcomings of yours (i.e. what you want to learn and improve during the year of studying), as these are the reasons why you are applying for the MA RTP.

 

What is especially important to consider about my CV?

Your CV must not have any gaps, list all your periods of education or other activities without any break (or indicate a “break”, such as travelling).

 

When will I be informed if I have been accepted or not?

The application deadline ends May 31, 2017. Applicants will most probably be notified in July or August. You will receive a letter of acceptance by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin which can be used to apply for your visa.

 

How to apply for visa?

You can either apply for the visa with the letter of acceptance of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, or already with the confirmation e-mail from Uni-Assist, that your application matches the required criteria.

 


Language requirements

 

What kind of language certification must I provide?

Proof of good English language skills: for example through Abiturzeugnis, TOEFL internet based 87, Paper based 560, IELTS 5.0, UNIcert 3,0, FCE B-C, BULATS, ILEC, LCCI. If English is your mother tongue, (e.g. citizens of USA, Canada, the UK, Ghana) the English test can be waived. In this case please hand in a self declaration. The English test can be waived as well if the language of instruction of your last degree program was in English or if at least 20 ECTS were achieved in an English speaking country or if the language of instruction in your school education was in English. This has to be stated in the diploma supplement or attested by the registrar's office.

Proof of beginner's level German language skills can be submitted in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or A1 level. If German is your mother tongue, the test can be waived. This also applies if the language of instruction of your last degree program was in German. This has to be stated in the diploma supplement or attested by the registrar's office.

 

What do I do in case I do not have a certification of my language skills by the end of the application deadline?

Unfortunately it is ONLY possible to apply to Uni-Assist with a valid language proficiency certification. A document stating your test date does not suffice! Please plan your test date accordingly.