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University Application

Application as Refugee

In the winter term 2019 DW Akademie offers the opportunity to qualified refugees from the area of Cologne and Bonn-Rhine-Sieg, to become part of the Master’s Degree "International Media Studies" at DW Akademie in Bonn.


Applications from qualified refugees for the pre-program preparing for the IMS-intake 2019 will no longer be accepted. The decision on admission of study places will be communicated at the beginning of March. 


For the Master’s Degree "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 2019 suitable candidates will be able to take part in an intensive German language course on B2 level - free of charge followed by the TELC exam 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 in the contact form attached below and send it by mail to DW Akademie in Bonn or email to until 15th of January 2019 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 2019 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 Management and Academic Work
  • Participation in the Global Media Forum 2019
  • 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

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Students of the Master's Program International Media Studies at DW Akademie in Bonn (photo: DW Akademie).

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