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Application as Refugee

In the winter term 2019 DW Akademie will be offering the opportunity to qualified refugees from the Cologne area, Bonn-Rhine-Sieg, to become part of the bilingual Master’s Program “International Media Studies” in Bonn.

The final selection for the pre-program "IMS as Refugee" for the intake 2018 has been completed. Applications from qualified refugees for this year’s intake are no longer being accepted.


For the Master’s Program “International Media Studies” DW Akademie is accepting applications from refugees of different world regions. Successful applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification as well as one year of professional experience in a media-related field after having obtained their B.A. They need to provide proof of their language skills in both German and English.

Regarding some requirements refugees receive special support.


Candidates should already provide profound knowledge in English and good knowledge of the German language.

DW Akademie is offering special support for qualified refugees prior to the start of the study program. Starting in spring 2018 suitable candidates will be able to take part in an intensive German language course on B2 level - free of charge to meet the language requirements until the start of the study program. A certificate proving the English language skills (C1) should ideally be already attached to the application.

Proof of Certificates

Regarding the proof of certificates and documentation refugees interested in applying for the IMS-program receive special support. In case of missing documents the individual situation of the applicant will be reviewed and a suitable solution will be found.

First step

Interested refugees should please fill the contact form attached below and send it by mail to DW Akademie in Bonn or email to until 15th of December 2017 with the Subject “IMS-Application as Refugee”.

As soon as we have received your form we will get in touch with you and will answer your questions.


The offer for qualified refugees at a glance (from spring 2018 until the start of the program)

  • Intensive German language course on B2 level including language certificate (TELC B2)
  • Introductory seminars in the field of Political Communication, Media Economics and Academic Work
  • Participation in the Global Media Forum 2018 (Topic: “Global Inequalities”)
  • Award of a partial scholarship when admitted to the Master’s Program (covering the costs of the tuition fees  of 6.000,00 Euro)
  • Individual support and supervision
  • Become part of an international master‘s program offering an unparalleled mix of research, lectures and practical experience