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Before your Studies

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How to Apply

Submit your application to the Master Service Centre of Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

IOCM takes in new students for winter terms only. IOCM's next intake will be for the winter term 2023/2024. The application phase on our university's website opens on 1 April 2023. The application deadlines have not yet been officially announced. Most likely, the deadline for international applicants will be 30 April 2023. The deadline for German applicants is likely to be 31 May 2023. Please check this website again for updated deadlines.

Your application has to include the following documents:

The application, including all documents, must be in English.

You can submit any additional documents you deem relevant, including proof of work experience, stays abroad, or language proficiencies.

Further information can be found in the Online Application Walkthrough for an Application for a Master’s Programme provided by the Master Service Centre.

The selection committee meets twice (in late June for international applications and in mid-August for German applications) and will inform each applicant about their decision as soon as possible thereafter. We look forward to your application!

Study Regulations

The Study Regulations are available in English [pdf, 55 kb] de and German [pdf, 251 kb] de.

Study Requirements

You can access our programme through two tracks. Read both of them carefully. If you do not meet the stricter criteria of track I you might still be admitted based on the criteria of track II:


Track 1

Track 2

You will have access to our graduate programme if you meet the following requirements:

  • You hold a first professional qualification (Bachelor or equivalent) with at least 90 credit points in the field of political science and an overall grade of 1.5 or better.
  • You have acquired at least 20 credit points from classes focused on international relations or international organisations.
  • You have acquired at least 15 credit points in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.
  • You have completed at least one job-oriented internship in international relations or international organisations or studied one semester abroad.
  • Your proficiency in English corresponds to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

If you do not sufficiently meet any of the first four requirements of track I, but your overall grade is at least 2.3 and your studies, curriculum vitae and motivation indicate a particular fit for our programme, you may also be admitted upon consideration of the following factors:

  • The scope and grades of the courses, which are particularly relevant for our Master programme, as well as the final thesis of your first academic qualification;
  • your international experiences as they relate to our programme;
  • your practical experiences and additional qualifications, which may be relevant for our programme; and
  • your individual areas of interest and reflections on the content and requirements of our Master programme, as indicated in your letter of motivation and your curriculum vitae, which inform us about your background, knowledge and skills as well as your personal goals and your capacity to study successfully.

Due to the interdisciplinary character of our Master programme, we very much welcome applicants from relevant disciplines beyond political science, such as European Studies, international law and sociology. We do not expect you to meet all the requirements of track I. Most important for our Master programme is the relevance of your first academic qualification.

Please be aware that you might receive an offer with certain conditions. There is no waiver on the C1 level requirement for English language proficiency. On the other hand, when other criteria such as the methods requirements are not fully met, you may be permitted to fulfil them during the first three semesters of the programme.

If you cannot submit proofs of your prior academic qualification (e.g. because your Bachelor thesis is still pending), you can hand in your most current transcript of records, provided you can document the attainment of at least 140 credit points. In that case, please submit a 200 word (max.) abstract of your Bachelor thesis.

The application process might include a personal interview, which we can arrange via Skype.

After evaluating all applications, we will inform you as soon as possible whether you have been accepted into our programme.

Accepted Language Certificates

You will need to provide proof of your English language proficiency at a C1 level when you apply for our Master programme. Below you will find the most common English language certificates, the relevant scores as well as links to further information. Certificates with temporary validity will be accepted up to a maximum of four years after the date of acquisition.


Cambridge Certificate (Advanced)


IELTS – International English Testing System (7.0-8.0)



a) TOEFL – Internet-based (95 or more )

b) TOEFL – Paper-based (637 or more)

c) TOEFL – Institutional Testing Program (543-626)

RECOMMENDATION: TOEFL offers an At-Home-Version of its internet-based test, which can be highly recommended. You can find out more about it on


TOEIC Test (945-990)


International Applicants

Visa Regulations

If you are an international applicant you should be aware of the German visa regulations. Citizens of European Union member states generally do not need a visa for studying in Germany but others do. Therefore, please check whether you need a visa and observe the relevant deadlines. 

Financial Security and Tuition Fees

It is of utmost importance, that applicants are able to prove the neccessary financial resources to study in Germany. This is an essential part of meeting the required visa regulations mentioned above. Please visit the issue-related website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) via this link, where you can find detailed information about financial security and tuition fees in Germany.

Among others, you can apply for a "Deutschlandstipendium", which is a scholarship funded by our university. The deadline for applications is usually in spring. If you meet the criteria, we encourage you to apply. You can hand in the proof of being accepted in our IOCM programme after the deadline. Further information you will find at: here

Useful Link: The Visa-Navigator

A step-by-step instruction on how to obtain a study visa with admission to a German university, can be found at the Visa-Navigator of the Federal Foreign Office.

The German Higher Education System

If you are not familiar with the German higher education system, we recommend you consult the information provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The DAAD provides general information about Germany and other useful topics such as insurances; they also offer scholarships for your stay.

International Office of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

The International Office of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena can also provide you with further information if needed.

What happens after getting accepted to IOCM?

Congratulations and welcome to IOCM! For international students, all formalities regarding your enrollment are handled by the International Office. The Master-Service-Zentrum (MSZ) is in charge of the enrollment of German students. You will be contacted by the respective office promptly and they will guide you through the enrollment procedure. Moreover, please find an overview over the most pressing information here.