Please note that the requirements explained below are effective immediately!

General requirements

If you wish to apply for the master studies program ECUE, you need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • completed Bachelor’s studies of at least six semesters (minimum of 180 Credit Points) in humanities, cultural, social or economic sciences at a German university
  • or a foreign Academic degree (B.A. or equivalent) in humanities, cultural, social or economic sciences (in this case the equivalence of your degree will be examined by the examination board ECUE)
  • submission of an essay
  • good to excellent final grade
  • German and English language skills (see language prerequisites)

Applicants from China, Vietnam or Mongolia

Valid certificate of the German Embassy (Academic Assessment Office, APS) 

Admission Essay

Length: Two - three pages (maximum number of characters: 7.200) plus one page maximum for references

Language: German or English

The essay has to be handed in as pdf-Document at ecue@rub.de and as print-out together with the application documents via post.

The admission essay sould be fulfill the following criteria:

  • the candidate is able to write an essay indepedently and conclusively to one or more of the main topics (European Policy, European Society, European Culture, European Economy, European History) of the MA program ECUE;
  • the candidate is able to consider and to connect normative and analytic-descriptive aspects;
  • the candidate is able to structure his or her own essay in an easily accessible format and to articulate in a both generally comprehensible and academically adequate language;
  • the candidate knows generally accepted academic standards.

The Contents of your B.A. (or equivalent first) Studies

Your study contents are supposed to serve as a profound basis for the master studies program ECUE. Therefore, you need to fulfill one of the following pre-requisites:

  • B.A. degree - 1-subject Program: In addition to your major, you need to have obtained a total amount of 30 Credit Points in at least two of the following subjects: Sociology, Political Sciences, English Studies, Romance Studies, Slavic Studies, German Studies, Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Economics, History, Philosophy.
  • B.A. degree - 2-subjects Program with two majors in Literature and/or Linguistic Studies: In addition to your two majors, you need to have obtained a total amount of 30 Credit Points in at least two of the following subjects: Sociology, Political Sciences, Media Studies, Economics, History, Philosophy.
  • B.A. degree - 2-subjects Program with two majors in Economic Studies (Economics and/or Business Administration): In addition to your two majors, you need to have obtained a total amount of 30 Credit Points in at least two of the following subjects: Sociology, Political Sciences, English Studies, Romance Studies, Slavic Studies, German Studies, Media Studies, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy.
  • B.A. degree – 2-subjects Program with one major in Literature or Linguistic Studies needs to be combined with one of the following subjects: Sociology, Political Sciences, Media Studies, Economics, History, Philosophy, Educational Studies. Or a 2-subjects B.A. program combining the following subjects: Sociology, Political Sciences, Media Studies, Economics, History, Philosophy.
  • An interdisciplinary B.A. studies program combining at least two of the following disciplines: Sociology, Political Sciences, English Studies, Romance Studies, Slavic Studies, German Studies, Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Economics, History, Philosophy. You need to have obtained a total amount of 100 Credit Points in those subjects. Out of those 100 Credit Points you need to have obtained at least 30 Credit Points in non-linguistic and/or non-literature studies.

If you wish to provide evidence of your international/intercultural orientation, which are relevant for the master studies program ECUE, you may do so by handing in further certificates or documents (for example internships in foreign countries and/or international organizations/institutions or stays abroad during your B.A. studies).

Language Prerequisites

Most study components within the Master Studies program are conducted in German as well as English. To be a successful student, you must possess excellent German and English language skills.

International students should have successfully completed standard German language competency testing at the time of application (for example: "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" called "DSH"). In all cases the DSH-test (or its alternative) must be successfully completed by the start of the studies. Alternatives to the DSH qualification include the TestDaF (minimum standard required is 4 x TDN 4 in 4 sub-tests) and the following tests conducted by the Goethe Institute abroad: Goethe-Zertifikat C2, ZentraleOberstufenprüfung (ZOP), KleinesDeutschesSprachdiplom (KDS) or GroßesDeutschesSprachdiplom (GDS). On request a completed German Studies major may also be recognised as an equivalent standard.

Proof of English language skills extends to:

  • TOEFL (internet based from 87 points/ computer based from 227 points),
  • IELTS (levels 9 – 6),
  • FCE, CAE or CPE (Grades A – C),
  • UNIcert II,
  • a completed undergraduate degree in English, including study of the subject English, may also provide for confirmation of requisite skills,
  • alternatively: a proofed regular stay abroad (high-school, college, internship, work) in an English speaking country (minimum six month).