Application FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Are letters of reference required?

At the time of application letters of reference are not required.  We may contact the supervisor(s) of shortlisted candidates.

Does the summer school have specific language requirements?

The program language is English throughout. Proficiency in English is therefore required. A formal proof of competence in English (IELTS, CPE or TOEFL) is recommended but not mandatory.

Is there an age limit?

Although we do not have a strict age limit, students need to be studying a Bachelor or Master degree, which means that students are normally relatively young.

How much is the application fee?

The summer school does not charge an application fee.

Which documents should I upload?

Please upload your enrolment certificate and transcript of studies and/or exam results for the last years of your course.  You will also need to upload a proof of enrolment for the next academic year. If this is not possible, you should upload a personal statement with the programmes that you have/will apply for. A CV or cover letter are not required.

My documents are in a language other than English or German - should I provide a translation?

All uploaded documents that are not in English or German should have a translation attached.  The translation can be done by the applicant.

My enrolment certificate for the spring/summer semester is not available yet, what should I do?

Some universities are unable to provide an enrolment certificate for the spring/summer semester at the time of application. Please therefore upload your present enrolment certificate and note in the application that the new certificate will be available later.  Note that if a position is offered a valid certificate will have to be produced.

I am in the final year of my BA studies, can I still apply?

If you are in the final year of a bachelor study and you intend to graduate before 1 July you are not eligible for the summer school, unless you can show that you will enrol in a Master degree in September.

I am in the final year of my Master studies am I eligible for the summer school?

If you are in the final year of a Master study and you intend to graduate before 1 July you are not eligible for the summer school.  In this case you may be interested in our PhD programme.

Where do I find details of the projects offered?

Please check out the websites of the group leaders that are offering positions.  If after this you find a particular group or groups interesting you are free to write directly to the group leader for further information on the project.

I have submitted my application but I have not received a confirmation - when can I expect to hear something?

No extra confirmation is sent when the application is submitted.  All applicants will be acknowledged after the deadline expiration and the results should be published by the beginning of March.

I am having problems uploading documents, what should I do?

Some PDF documents may have an encoding or signature certification which interferes with saving the document in our system.  Therefore before trying to upload please ensure that the PDF is in the correct format or rescan.  If all else fails you may contact the administrator who may be able to upload the documents for you.

Why am I not able to download a pdf of my application?

Most likely one of the documents you uploaded is not a pdf or bigger than 1 MB. The difficulty may also lie with the security settings of the pdf, which is often the case with certificates. Please make sure the pdf you upload can be opened.

I am presently enrolled in a PhD programme, may I apply?

No, the summer school course is intended for undergraduate and Master students only.

I am unable to attend the whole school may I still apply?

Unfortunately the dates for the school are fixed and participants must attend the whole school without exception.