Frequently Asked Questions
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Eligibility & Application Process

When is the next IOCM intake? Show content

IOCM takes in new students for winter terms only. The next IOCM intake is for the winter term 2021/2022. Applications open 1st of April 2021.

When are the next application deadlines for international and German applicants? Show content

The deadline for international applications is 31 May 2021. The deadline for German applications is the 15th of July 2021.

Can you take a look at my application documents and tell me what my chances are ahead of the application process? Show content

The selection committee decides on each application. It is not possible to provide information on individual chances ahead of the application process.

Could we have an informal conversation about the programme in advance so that I can find out whether I want to apply or not? Show content

Due to time and personnel constraints, we can only help with concrete questions and problems. General conversations about the program’s suitability are not possible.

I have a university degree in an unrelated field, but I have work experience relating to IOCM. Can I still apply to the programme? Show content

Generally: yes! Given your background you might qualify for a "Track 2" application to our programme. Please find further information on how to apply here.

When do I know whether my application was successful? When are the letters of admission being sent out? Show content

The selection committee meets twice (in Mid-June and late July) and will inform each applicant about their decision as soon as possible thereafter.

I cannot obtain some of the required documents due to the coronavirus crisis. What can I do? Show content

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Can I apply through uni-assist? Is the application only online? Show content

Please apply through our university website. Please find further information on how to apply here.

I am unsure whether I meet all the criteria for a "track 1" application. Do I need to indicate whether my application is for track 1 or 2? Show content

You do not need to indicate whether your application is for track 1 or 2. Your application will be categorized by the selection committee.

Can I submit additional documents (e.g. internship certificates) with my application? Show content

You can submit any additional documents you deem relevant, including proof of work experience, stays abroad, or language proficiencies. These additional documents can only be taken into consideration if they are in English or German.

The bottom line of the IOCM Application Form asks for totals of my grades, ECTS, and attendance hours per week. These fields cannot be edited by me. Shall I leave them blank? Show content

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What is meant by "provide proof of final thesis"? We don't have final theses in our BA. What am I supposed to do? Show content

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Does my high school transcript of records qualify as a university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate? Show content

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Which English language certificates do you accept? Show content

Please find a list of accepted English language certificates here.

I am an English native speaker. Do I need to provide proof of my English language proficiency? Show content

English native speakers are not required to provide proof of their English language proficiency.

Does my English language BA programme qualify as proof of my language proficiency? Show content

Your BA programme can qualify as proof of your English language proficiency only if the programme's language of instruction is English. Since English language proficiency is very important to us, you are strongly encouraged to provide an English language certificate as additional proof of your language proficiency.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, I cannot take the tests for most of the English language certificates on your list. Only the expensive TOEFL home-based test is available at the moment. Could I hand in my certificate at a later date, given the current circumstances? Show content

While we are aware of the difficulties of the current situation, your application can only be considered if it includes a proof of your English language proficiency. Some of the English language certificates we accept can be earned remotely. See the list here.

Is knowledge of the German language required? Show content

No, you are not required to speak German for any part of the curriculum.

Studying in Jena & Funding

Is teaching in the context of the current coronavirus pandemic on-site or online? Show content

While teaching in the winter term 2020/21 is taking place online, we plan to return to on-site teaching as soon as the situation permits. Up-to-date information on the IOCM during the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.

How much is the tuition? Show content

There is no tuition fee for our programme, only a so-called "semester contribution" of about €250 per semester, which covers administration fees and a mandatory public transportation ticket.

Where can I find information about scholarships? Show content

There are several independent funding agencies in Germany that you could turn to, including the German Academic Exchange Service. For more help with scholarships for international students, please follow this link or contact our International Office at

Do you have dormitories for international students? Show content

German state universities do not have on-campus housing. However, the state student services ("Studierendenwerk") offers rooms/apartments in student residences at reduced rates. Please find more information on student housing in Jena here.

Can I continue my full-time job at a different location and study remotely? Show content

The IOCM is a full-time study program with on-site teaching (except for the winter term 2020/21). It is neither possible to complete the programme remotely nor in addition to the working hours of a full-time job.

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