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Application Process

Applications for the next intake starting in September 2023 will open in December 2022 until 31st March 2023. Only applications received via the online application portal will be accepted.

Applications for the next intake starting in September 2022 are now open until 31st March 2022. Please read the information below before visiting the application link. (To change the language settings in the application portal to English, please select English in drop-down menu in the bottom right corner.)

Before entering your data in the online-application form, please make sure you have all documents required for application ready:

  • Letter of motivation (English, max. 700 words; font “Arial”, size 10.spacing 1,5; signed and dated)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (English, Europass format, signed and dated)
  • Certificate of your academic degree(s) (including ALL transcripts)
  • Proof of at least one year of professional experience in a media-related field AFTER obtaining your first academic degree (for a scholarship you must provide proof of at least two years of professional experience). You can submit a certificate or letter from your employer as proof of work experience. Please make sure it includes your media-related job title, the dates from and to when you worked in that position, company letterhead, date of issue of the certificate/letter and a signature from your employer. If you were self-employed or worked on media projects, please see the FAQ.
  • Certificate of APS (for applicants who completed their first degree in China or Vietnam)
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills (C1-Level or higher in accordance with the "Common European Framework"). If you completed a degree in which the medium of instruction was English, you should submit written official confirmation from the university that English was the medium of instruction.

If you are applying for one of our ten scholarships, you will be required to submit these additional documents:

  • Recent recommendation letter from a university (with letterhead, official university stamp, signature and date)
  • Recent recommendation letter from your current employer (with letterhead, official company stamp, signature and date)
  • DAAD application form(filled in, signed and dated)

For the online application you will need to perform the following steps: 

  1. Please click the link to the online application portal.

  2. To change the language settings to English, please select English in drop-down menu in the bottom right corner.

  3. Please select “Application Master’s degree” in the menu at the top, then “Admission-free Master's degree programmes” on the next page to get further information on the application process. 

  4. Registration is required to apply, so please create an account before starting your application. You will receive login credentials for the portal via email. Please note that at the end of each application period, all application-related data and inactive accounts are deleted. An account is considered inactive if there are currently no applications, and the last successful login was more than six months ago. 

  5. Now you can start you application. When you log in for the first time, you can select whether you would like to receive automatic updates if the status of your application changes or if you would like to check your status manually. We strongly recommend you activate the update notifications. You can always change your notification settings in the application overview box on the right-hand side. 

  6. In the next step, please select “Winter Semester 2022/23”. You can change the semester in the drop-down menu at the top of the application overview page.

  7. You can now start your application by clicking “Add a request”. Select “Master of Arts” as the degree, then "International Media Studies" as the course of study and “1. study programme semester” for when you would like to begin your studies. 

  8. Now enter your personal data in the designated fields. Please note that fields marked with "*" are mandatory and you must upload all corresponding documents before you proceed to the next step. If the mandatory fields have not been filled in or a document is missing, you will receive a red error notification and the respective fields will be marked in red as well. Next to each yellow information icon, instructions or additional information is provided. On the right-hand side you will see your personal information including your applicant number as well as further information on how to use the application portal and the registrar’s office contact. 

  9. After filling in all sections of the application and uploading all required documents, you will be asked to check and confirm your entries before submitting your application. Please ensure all your entries are correct and the documents you uploaded adhere to the program’s requirements. 

  10. After submitting your application, you will see it listed under “submitted requests” and the status will read “received”. Please note that after your application has been reviewed and deemed to be complete, you will not be able to make any amendments. If you are asked to revise certain entries or uploads, please select “withdraw and edit request” to make the necessary corrections and resubmit your application. If you would like to withdraw your application entirely, please select “withdraw request”.

How does the selection process work?

A selection committee decides on the successful candidates. The committee is made up of representatives from the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Bonn University, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and DW Akademie.

Applications will be reviewed in accordance with the process and criteria stipulated in the Master’s Examination Regulations (§ 3 Admission requirements and Appendix 4 Explanations on the selection and admission procedure). In addition to the admission requirements, the criteria mentioned under “Aptitude review” in Appendix 4 will be considered for your admission i.e. qualifications and motivation, media-related and international experience, knowledge of media and development cooperation, publications or references. Telephone interviews will only be conducted with shortlisted scholarship candidates.

Please note that we only have limited places for practical media seminars and this impacts the number of students admitted to each intake.

If you are accepted into the program, our cooperation partner, the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences will ask you to submit certified copies of your original documents. Please note: Documents not originally issued in English or German must also be accompanied by an official, certified translation. If required for your country, your original documents should also be officially certified for authenticity.

Only after the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg has received the certified copies of your application documents, will you receive your official letter of acceptance into the International Media Studies program. The exact procedure will be explained to you in detail if your application is successful.

You can download all the relevant documents for the application process from our FAQ section .

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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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