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Step-by-step application procedure

Application procedure for DAAD-MEG scholarships for applicants from developing countries, deadline October 15, 2023 (for winter semester 2024). Click here.

Application procedure for intake winter semester 2024, with deadline May 15, 2024

Step 1 - Online Eligibility Assessment (OEA), available only until May 7. After May 8 step 1 is not available any more. Please continue directly with step 2. Skipping step 1 does not affect your application.


Step 2 - Online Application

You apply online  from March 23 to May 15, 2024
  • Please note that the portal is not available between 3:00 and 6:00 a.m. Central European time.
  • Switch the language to English in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • When filling in the online application form, please check all info buttons to make sure that you fill in the required information.
  • All documents must be uploaded online (by May 15, 24:00). In the case of admission, the originals have to be presented physically upon matriculation.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is not possible to send or upload documents after the deadline.

References have to be sent directly from the referees to until 24:00, 15 May 2023


You have to prepare/upload the following documents:

2.1. Curriculum Vitae in English, please do not include a photo.

2.2. Motivation Letter in English, following this guideline.

2.3. Two Recommendations

  • Put the names, affiliations, email adresses and postal addresses of your two referees on two seperate blank sheets and upload them. DO NOT UPLOAD the reference letters and questionnaires themselves. These have to be sent from the referees directly to us, see below.  At least one reference has to be from a university professor/lecturer. The second can be from an employer. If you cannot provide an employer reference, send two academic references. Letters which you upload yourself cannot be recognized.
  • Ask your referees to download and complete the MEG Referees Questionnaire and to write a reference letter (there is no template for the reference letter). The referees need to sign (can be electronically)  both documents before sending them by e-mail to or by postal mail to the address indicated on the questionnaire.

2.4.Transcript of Records (original and certified translation if necessary).

The transcript must contain your final grade/GPA and the grading scale of your university

Important: For the assessment of your performance we can only consider your bachelor grade, even if your last degree is a Master´s degree. Therefore, make sure to upload the transcript of your bachelors degree and mind that your transcript must indicate a final weighted average/CGPA and a grading scale. The grade must be NUMERIC (not alphabetical or qualitative). Without this information we do not have the means to assess your performance. If your transcript lacks any of these, please take care to attach an annex with the missing information to your file. Insufficiencies here may lead to miscalculations and even to the discarding of your application. If you  have a Bachelor and a Master degree please also upload the transcript of your Master degree for our information, but keep in mind that we cannot consider the grade of your Master degree.

 If you have not yet finished your Bachelor degree

  • please upload your current transcript. It is no problem to apply without a completed degree as long as you will be able to present your completed bachelor degree by the end of  September 2023 when you matriculate (in case of beeing selected for a study place).
  • please provide your current average grade (very important!). If your transcript doesn´t show it you have to ask your university to calculate it and issue a proof. Without your current average grade your application cannot be evaluated.


2.5. Bachelor’s Degree certificate (original and certified translations if necessary). 

  • Exception: Students from the US and Canada do not have to send a degree certificate it the transcript shows that the degree was awarded.
  • If you have not yet finished your Bachelor Degree, you have to upload confirmations of your university about the number of credits obtained so far (if not stated in the transcript of records); about the grading of the final thesis (if applicable and it not stated in the transcript); about submission or registration of the final thesis (if not stated in the transcript)

2.6. English Language Certificate (originals or certified copies). 

  • Language certificates have to be submitted until May 15. Exceptions are allowed only if applicants can upload the registration proof for a test date until May 15 and provide the test result until June 1. 
  • We accept either TOEFL (iBT 95 points, PBT 600), IELTS (Band 7) or Cambridge (level C1) or PTE (Pearson Academic, score 76). The TOEFL and PTE certificates cannot be older than 2 years; IELTS, Cambridge have no such limit.
  • If the institution will send the certificate directly to us by postal mail, please upload a screenshot of the result.
  • We are registered for TOEFL online verification. Our TOEFL code number is 8692, dept. code 99.
  • For IELTS verification there is no code number and applicants who have not already received a pdf version of their certificate should upload a screenshot of their result, which we will then verify.
    • Native English speakers are exempted from a language proof. They shall upload a copy of their passport.
    • Applicants who followed their COMPLETE university studies in English in an English speaking country (US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) or in a country where English is the official language are exempted from the English Certificate.

2.7. APS Certificate (compulsory for applicants from China,India and Vietnam)

2.8. not mandatory: Proof of work/practical experience (minimum 6 weeks)  

If you have work/practical experience of more than 6 weeks and can provide a proof (e.g. letter from employers, certificates), you can improve your grade in the selection process.Starting and finishing dates must be clearly specified in the proof in order to be valid.

  • Work/practical experience means a fulltime employment or internship. Voluntary work cannot be considered.
  • Internships which have been part of the Bachelor curriculum cannot be recognized.
  • Internships that have been completed after the Bachelor are recognized.

2.9. not mandatory: Proof of a stay abroad, career related (minimum 6 months) 
this can be
  • a semester abroad as exchange student (e.g. Erasmus). Here, 4 months are sufficient.

  • an internship abroad

  • a work experience abroad

Step 3 - Admission


You will be notified by mid-June about the results of the selection process.
In case you get admission you will have to bring or send the originals or originally certified copies of the original documents to  Freiburg for matriculation.
Please note: 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. The contact information can be found here.

Regulations for the Selection Process

The MEG is a programme with restrictive admissions. The selection of applicants is determined by the Selection Statutes. As this is a legal document it is provided only in German. For your understanding we made a summary in English and in easy language.

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, procedures, and required documents for DAAD Applicants click here.