Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent degree, in biology, psychology, medicine, physics, or related fields. Applications are welcome even if the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application as long as this will be conferred before courses start in October.
Applicants who are not native speakers of English should demonstrate an adequate competence of the English language by acceptable results in an internationally recognized test ( e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, CPE). Participation in such a test is recommended but not mandatory as language skills can also be evaluated during the personal interviews with selected candidates (see Selection and Admission). Proven higher education in English or a reasonably long stay in an English speaking country are also acceptable.
The application period starts on September 15 and ends on January 15 of the year of enrollment.
Prior to preparing the application form,
all applicants should
register online. In the online registration you will be asked to enter your personal data and information regarding your previous education. Successful online registration is confirmed by e-mail. This mail contains a registration number required for your application. The online registration is designed to accelerate the selection and admission procedure but DOES NOT substitute a signed version of all required application documents (see below) which should be sent by air mail or surface mail to the coordination office. Scanned documents submitted by e-mail can NOT be accepted.
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Application Form and Documents:
The application form (pdf file, Adobe Reader required) can be downloaded or processed in your browser window. Please send the two copies of each document indicated below in hard copy to our coordination office.
Required documents to be submitted by January 15 of the year of enrollment (2 copies of each document!):
- Cover Sheet: First page of application form.
- Application Form: Download here. Signed!
- Transcript / Record of Study: Detailed documentation of your academic work (overview of courses at all colleges/universities you have attended; grades if applicable). No certified copies are required for the application process (only later for enrollment).
- Diplomas: Certificates of relevant examinations (e.g. Bachelor's or Master's degree, Vordiplom, Physikum). No certified copies are required for the application process (only later for enrollment).
- 2 Photographs: Indicate your name on the back of both photos!
Additional documents (Submission recommended by January 15. However, application will be processed even if these documents are missing):
- 2 Reference Letters: It is recommended to submit signed letters of two academic teachers who are able to evaluate your personality, academic experience, and intellectual merit (in sealed envelopes if included in your application package; preferably sent to the coordination office directly by post, fax, or e-mail). The referees should use the reference report form (download here) if possible. Reference letters must reach our office by January 15. Reference letters reaching us after January 15 cannot be considered.
We understand that not all applicants may be able to obtain two reference letters. As this may reflect the general policy of the university of the applicant, the Neuroscience program will accept the applications also without reference letters.
- Proof of proficiency in English: If available (see comments above); preferably until January 15; acceptable after the application deadline.
- GRE scores: Offical scores of the Graduate Record Examination. The subject test is recommended but not required.
All submitted documents must be in English or German. Certified copies of documents are NOT required for the application (i.e. regular copies are sufficient). Only upon admission to the program, all relevant documents (e.g. diploma, transcripts) must get certified. This can be done, for example, by the dean's or registrar's office of your university, a German embassy or consulate, or a public notary.
Further information regarding your application and other issues is summarized in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. The program receives many inquiries regarding the application package. Please consult this site before contacting the coordination office.