Applying to the Joint Master's Programme in English and American Studies

 

Eligibility

Students can apply for the MA English and American Studies if they have completed at least the equivalent of a Bachelor’s or Diploma degree in English and/or American Studies (corresponding to 180 ECTS over six consecutive semesters). Applicants with degrees in other philologies may be considered if their preparation is deemed appropriate. To be eligible, students must have studied at least one quarter of their previous course (corresponding to 45 ECTS) in English or American Studies or another philology. Applicants with degrees in translation or business English must prove that their degree programme contained at least one quarter (corresponding to 45 ECTS) philological studies. In addition, applicants need to send proof that their level of competence in English is C1 or above according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Further information on language proficiency see below.


Visa 

Visa applications might take very long and can delay a student's successful start of the programme. Start the process as early as possible and check with the German Embassy in your country how long it takes. In certain cases, the process will take longer than one semester, so you need to plan your stay in Bamberg in advance. If you encounter any visa issues, you need to inform the coordinators immediately. Please note that the coordinators cannot interfere with embassy procedures.
Moreover, students waiting for visa often encounter problems with housing, etc. Please check our FAQ for more information.


Step 1: Applying to the consortium

 

Click here to enter the online application: Call open 14 January to 31 March, 2020 (receiving date)

In the online application process with the consortium, you need to provide the following documents:

  • University diploma + English translation
  • Diploma supplement + English translation (if provided by your university)
  • Language proficiency: since the language of instruction in the Master’s Programme is English, students who do not possess C2 level (CEFR) of English must document their level of competence in English with a language certificate. Please note that the scores of these tests are only valid for two years. Scores that have been received more than two years before the application deadline therefore can not be considered! Either of the following minimal scores in one of the standardised English language tests must be achieved:
    • TOEFL: minimum of 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test) or 98 (online test);
    • IELTS: minimum of 7.0;
    • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English): "pass";
    • Michigan ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English): "pass";
    • Trinity ISE 3 (Integrated Skills in English): "pass";
    • Pearson PTE Academic: minimum of 76
  • Transcript of your university records + English translation
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English)
  • Letter of motivation (in English)
  • Two academic letters of recommendation (in English): Should your referees prefer to send the letters confidentially, they can either send them via e-mail to Vanja Novak at  the Office of International Relations of the University of Graz (vanja.novak(at)uni-graz.at) or via postal mail to the following address:

Office for International Relations
z.Hd. Jennifer Schumm
Universitätsplatz 3
8010 Graz
AUSTRIA

If your application to the consortium is successful, you will be informed by the academic coordinators via e-mail. You then need to start Step 2: Applying to Bamberg (see below).

Step 2: Applying to Bamberg

An online application at the University of Bamberg has to be filled in and then printed out to be sent via regular mail to the University of Bamberg (Otto-Friedrich-Universität, Studierendenkanzlei, Kapuzinerstraße 25, 96045 Bamberg, Germany). You need to include the following documents (authorized copies only; no originals!). The originals of all your documents must be provided upon enrolment at Bamberg University!

  • school leaving certificate + English/German translation (with which the student is eligible to study at a university in his/her home country)
  • University diploma + English translation
  • Diploma supplement + English translation (if provided by your university)
  • Language proficiency certificate: since the language of instruction in the Master’s Programme is English, students who do not possess C2 level (CEFR) of English must prove their level of competence in English (C1 according to CEFR) upon application. This can be done with one of the following language certificates (indicating the minimal score encessary to prove C1): TOEFL: minimum of 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test) or 98 (online test); IELTS: minimum of 7.0; (Please note that the scores of these tests are only valid for two years. TOEFL or IELTS scores that have been received more than two years before the application deadline therefore can not be considered!)All applicants need to send proof of language proficiency even if their language of instruction in their BA degree was English.
  • Transcript of your university records + English translation

Special conditions apply for students who have earned their certificate(s) in one of the following countries:

  • China, Vietnam: an APS certificate has to be provided
  • Mongolia: an APS certificate should be provided if possible
  • Georgia: Georgian applicants must have all of their documents (school leaving, university diploma, transcript of records, etc.) authenticated by an apostille, i.e. a validation stamp
  • Iran: Iranian applicants need to provide have all of their documents (school leaving certificate, university diploma, transcript of records, etc.) legalized by the German Embassy in Teheran
  • China, Iran, Korea, Turkey, Spain,Colombia: Certificate of university entrance examination