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Step-by-step application procedure

Application procedure

Step 1 - Online Eligibility Assessment (OEA)
can be done at any time of the year
Complete the OEA here

In order to know if you are eligible to apply for this programme, please complete the Online Eligibility Assessment (OEA). Within the next two week you will receive an e-mail confirming if you are eligible to apply. If so, further information regarding the application process can be found in step 2. 

Important: The OEA does not substitute the written application, but it helps to determine whether you are eligible to apply or not. Therefore we recommend that you submit the OEA first and only continue with Step 2 and 3 if you are invited to do so by us.
Step 2 - Fill in, print and sign the Online Registration Form (ORF)
can be done only from March 20  to May 15
Complete the ORF here(only fields with * are mandatory). Please klick on "Self-registration"
The ORF-portal will be open only from  March 20.
Please note that it is not possible to upload documents online. They only have to be sent by postal mail, together with the printed and signed online application form.
Switch to English on the buttom of the right corner.
If you have problems with the online registration portal, please include a screenshot of the error message and contact directly the Campus Management Department:  cm@rz.uni-freiburg.de.
Step 3 - Sending your application package by post
Send the following list of documents by post to the address indicated below:
  • Printed out and signed Online Registration Form (see step 2 above)
  • Curriculum Vitae in English (Do not include a photograph)
  • Signed Motivation Letter in English following our guideline (Download Guideline for Motivation Letter)
  • Two recommendation letters from university professor(s) or employer(s). Each recommendation consists of: the MEG Referee Questionnaire (Download Referees Questionnaire) and a Reference Letter written by the referee (there is no template for the reference letter)
  • Previous University education certificates* and transcripts (officially authenticated copies**)
  • Previous High School education certificates* (simple copies)
  • English language certification (officially authenticated copy**). We ONLY accept: TOEFL certificates - institution code 8692 - (paper based 600 points, computer-based 250 points, internet based 100 points or higher) IELTS certificates (band 7 or higher); or Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)

You are exempted from the English certificate if you are a native speaker or in some cases, if you have conducted your whole Bachelor and/or MSc. studies in an English speaking country (not only one year or semester). Please note that due to previous experiences, students from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan must provide one of the above English certificates in all cases.

  • APS certificates (only necessary for applications from China, Vietnam and Mongolia)
  • Proof of additional relevant vocational and work experience (this is not a compulsory requirement, simple copies)
  • All documents should be posted to the following address:


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Fakultät für Umwelt und natürliche Ressourcen
Deans Office
Esther Muschelknautz
Tennenbacherstraße 4
D-79106 Freiburg /Germany
*Certificates and academic transcripts in languages other than English or German must be officially translated into English or German.
** A certified copy is a photocopy of a primary document that has on it an endorsement or certificate that it is a true copy of the primary document. Several institutions or a notary can certify a copy (e.g. the University that issued the document, the local authorities, the embassy, a notary, etc). Please check here for more information.
Please do not put your application into an application portfolio or anything similar. Just put the sheets in an envelope.
Important: All documents must reach our office by May 15 or will not be accepted.

Step 4 - Confirmation of receipt

We will check your application for completeness and you will get a confirmation of receipt by e-mail within a week upon reception. We kindly ask you to refrain from enquiries upon the actual status of your application due to the high amount of applications.

Application Procedure under DAAD Scholarship

The “Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst” (DAAD) has selected the MEG programme as a postgraduate course with special relevance to developing countries and is offering a limited number of scholarships.
For more information on application deadlines and procedure, click here.  

Application deadline

NOTE: For further information on admission eligibility, application procedure, or anything related to the programme, kindly address your questions to the faculty directly and not through the contact form on the website. Contact details of faculty staff in charge can be found here


Quick Facts

Master Programme:

Environmental Governance (MEG)

Start of the Programme:

Winter Semester (October)

Application Deadline:

May 15


2 years (4 semesters)


120 ECTS credits




Group Size:


Offered Since:


Study Fees:

EU-citizens: none

Non-EU citizens*: 1500 € per semester

*DAAD-EPOS Scholarship recipients are exempted from study fees.


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