Elite Graduate Program for East European Studies
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Formal requirements

University degree

In order to qualify for the Elite Graduate Program for  East European Studies, you must:

have achieved an “excellent” or “good” grade (for law: “fully satisfactory”) in a relevant university degree (minimum level: Bachelor’s), and meet all other requirements. If you have not yet received your degree certificate when you submit your application, please submit your transcript of records detailing all the mandatory lectures you have attended with the respective grades you achieved.

Language proficiency

Lectures are held in German and English. For this reason, students should have a high level of proficiency in German and a good level of proficiency in English. Students should also have a basic knowledge of at least one East European language.

Evidence of proficiency in German must be supplied in one of the following forms:

  • advanced leaving certificate from a German institute of advanced education (grammar school, technical college, preparatory course etc.);
  • DSH 2: Certificate stating that you have passed the LMU German language test for university admission for international students;
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule: European language certificate;
  • KDS or GDS or Central Advanced Language Test (ZOP) certificate from the Goethe Institute (until 2011);
  • Goethe Certificate C2: GDS certificate of Goethe Institute (since 2012);
  •  level II language certificate from the German Kultusministerkonferenz (conference of ministers of education);
  • “German language test II” by the Munich Institute of Languages and Interpreters;
  • “German as a Foreign Language” test (TestDaF), level 4 in all 4 sections (www.testdaf.de).

East European languages are Albanian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Greek, Croatian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Rumanian, Russian, Polish, Serb, Slovakian, Slovenian, Czech, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Belarus and Turkish.

A good level of proficiency equates to the level achieved in at least five consecutive years of language lessons.

A basic knowledge accords to UNIcert Level 1.

International applicants

In order to enrol on this German-speaking graduate program, your need to be highly proficient in German.

To improve your German language proficiency, your chances of admission and your academic performance, the LMU Munich offers German language courses.

  • Please see here for a list of all preparatory and extracurricular German language courses at Munich University.
  • Please see here for a list of all preparatory and extracurricular German language courses at Regensburg University.
  • Every summer, Bavarian universities and colleges offer German language courses lasting several weeks. BAYHOST offers language scholarships for these courses.
  • The http://www.young-germany.de website, operated by the Foreign Office and the Societätsverlag publishing company, is also of interest for international students. This provides information on career opportunities, developments in research and technology, and the everyday reality of life for young persons in Germany.

Social and community involvement

We are also interested in learning how you are involved in social, community and political work.