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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Social Sciences

GeT MA Berlin Track / GeT MA for Refugees Initiative

The „GeT MA Berlin Track / GeT MA for Refugees Initiative” wants to enable refugees in Germany to continue their academic education in the field of Social Sciences. The specific asset of the initiative is that students with a refugee status in Germany can study the regular GeT MA program at Humboldt-Universität. The whole program will be conducted in Berlin. Applicants do not have to prove German language skills.


If you have any questions, please contact us directly: info.getma@sowi.hu-berlin.de or +49 (30) 2093-66547


Please note: Applicants need to be in Germany.


The „GeT MA Berlin Track / GeT MA for Refugees Initiative” (GeT MA Berlin Track) enables refugees in Germany to continue their academic education in a master program and to obtain an M.A. in Social Sciences at a German university. It is a new track of the established GeT MA Program.

All applicants holding a B.A. degree or an equivalent degree in a relevant area of study (such as Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, History, Public Administration, Public Policy, Law, Economics, …) are welcome!

GeT MA is an interdisciplinary two-year program taught in English. It focuses on current debates in social sciences such as modernization and democratization, Europeanization and migration. Looking at the cases of Germany, Turkey and other countries allows students to deepen their empirical knowledge of actual political processes in Europe and its neighboring regions.

After graduation students are able to pursue international careers in government agencies, diplomacy, public policy, NGOs, administration, consulting, journalism, teaching or research.

The specific asset of the GeT MA Berlin Track is that the program is taught in English and applicants don't have to prove German language skills.


Please send your application by email stating your motivation to apply, explain your aims and objectives, and describe your academic background. Please also send us your CV and all relevant certificates and diplomas you have obtained. Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held in the first weeks of July.

Latest Application for Fall 2019 intake: June 21, 2019.

Please send the application form by email to: info.getma@sowi.hu-berlin.de.


Persons who are interested in applying for the GeT MA Berlin Track need to submit

  • a copy of their certificate of registration as a asylum seeker (BÜMA) or
  • a copy of their permission of residence (Aufenthaltsgestattung) based on § 55 AsylVfG i.V.m. § 63 AsylVfG or
  • a copy of their residence permit based on international treaties, humanitarian or political reasons based on § 22 bis 26 des AufenthG or
  • a copy of their passport for refugees based on article 28 of the GFK or
  • a copy of their temporary suspension deportation (Duldung) based on § 60a AufenthG

Application Documents

  • Completed application form 
  • Statement of purpose (maximum 2 pages, English).
  • Please state your motivation to apply for the GeT MA program. Explain your objectives and targets, research, fields of interest, and relevant background. Indicate your honor(s), scholarship(s), publications etc.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • It is recommended that you request letters of recommendation from faculty members of the last institution you were enrolled in as a full-time student. Ideally, your referees will be professors who know you well from their courses you attended. The letters must be sealed and be either sent directly to the GeT MA office or handed in together with the application forms. (Please note: References have to be composed in English.)


  • Copy of High School Diploma (e.g. Abiturzeugnis, Baccalauréat, A-Levels)
  • Copies of B.A. degree or an equivalent degree in a relevant area of study (such as Social Science, Political Science, Sociology, European Studies, History, Public Administration, Public Policy, Law or Economics)
  • Records of study or transcripts from all universities attended
  • Certificates attesting language proficiency in English - equivalent B2:
    • TOEFL (internet-based): 79
    • TOEFL (computer-based): 213
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6,5
  • Please fill in the respective fields in the application form and include copies of relevant score reports in your application package. Should you not have your test results yet, please include a copy of the registration form that states the test date.

  • One Writing sample (maximum 10 pages, in English or German)
  • Submit your B.A. thesis, term paper or any writing sample from your previous studies.


    Application deadline: June 21, 2019


For further inquiries please do not hesitate to contact us at any time: info.getma@sowi.hu-berlin.de or +49 (30) 2093-66547


Christian Wilhelm

Dipl.- Sozialwiss. Christian Wilhelm

Manager Int. MA Programs

Tel.: +49 (30) 2093-66547
Fax: +49 (30) 2093-66549


Refugees Welcome at HU | The Welcome initiatives are funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and brought together under the “Refugees Welcome at HU” programme. Under this programme, Humboldt-Universität has bundled a range of offers designed to provide refugees with easier access to the University, an entry into studies and research as well as an easier everyday life at Humboldt-Universität. | Contact: Inse Böhmig, International Strategy Office | Website: hu.berlin/RefugeesWelcome_atHU