Application

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Application requirements

  • Grades in the “good” to “very good” range
  • Sound knowledge of the language of your host country or the language of instruction
  • A clear idea of your study plans abroad
  • For bachelor’s students: You can apply after completing your first year of study.
  • For master’s students: You can apply once you begin the first semester in your master’s program.

Application materials

Applications are accepted via the online portal. Registration is required. Please fill out the Outgoing University Partnerships form and upload the following application documents:

1. Résumé in tabular form

  • for the USA, Canada, Australia and Israel: in English
  • for Latin America, Russia and Georgia: in German

2. Description of your study plans abroad / statement of purpose

  • for the USA, Canada, Australia and Israel: in English
  • for Latin America: in German, Spanish or Portuguese
  • for Russia and Georgia: in German

3. Copy of bachelor’s degree transcript (only for master’s students)

4. List of all courses attended thus far

  • Either a course overview from PULS or copies of certificates

5. Result of the internal language test at the University of Potsdam (German Academic Exchange Service [DAAD] test) or a comparable language certificate

  • for English (USA, Canada, Australia, Israel and Georgia): please visit the Zessko website  for information
  • Students working toward a bachelor’s degree in English Studies, American Studies and the English Teacher Certification program will find relevant information here.
  • for Russian (Russia): You need a minimum proficiency level of B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR); please contact Dr. Marianne Auerbach at Zessko for a language test.
  • for Spanish (Costa Rica, Argentina and Colombia): You need a minimum proviciency level of B2 in CEFR; please contact Alejandra Navas Méndez at Zessko for a language test.
  • for Portuguese (Brazil): Please contact Ana Lisa Calais e Val at Zessko.

6. A passport photo

7. A letter of recommendation from a university instructor

Please do not upload this document. Instead, submit it in a sealed envelope to the International Office or ask the instructor to send it by email directly to the International Office: larisa.subasic@uni-potsdam.de.

  • for the USA, Canada, Australia, and Israel: in English
  • for Latin America: in English, Spanish or Portuguese
  • for Russia and Georgia: in German or English
  • if possible, not from a language teacher

Application procedure

Because there are normally more applicants than slots in the program, the submitted documents provide a foundation for the initial selection of candidates after expiration of the application deadline. The selected candidates are then invited in for an interview, where a decision is made about the candidate’s nomination for a semester or a year abroad. However, the host institution makes the final decision about admission.

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