DW Akademie International Media Studies Scholarship Programme 2018 for Journalists to study in Germany
Deadline 30th April 2018
About DW Master’s Program
DW Akademie currently offers the Master’s program “International Media Studies” in cooperation with the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and Bonn University.
The Master’s program gets underway every fall in September and corresponds with the semester schedule of the Rhein-Bonn-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.
The program lasts four semesters. Students write their Master’s thesis in the fourth and final semester.
How is the program set up?
The four-semester Master’s program is a full-time, bilingual program. The curriculum covers a number of areas including journalism and communication sciences, media development and media management.
The Master’s program is unique in Germany and attracts students from all over the world. It combines research, lectures and hands-on media skills in cooperation with Bonn University and the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.
The program is conducted in German and English and offers academic and practical expertise. Students are trained to become professional media specialists who can meet career demands with the required skills and confidence. The program prepares students for management positions within an international environment.
Who can apply?
The program is designed primarily for young journalists, media managers and communications staff who come from developing and transition countries, and particularly from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. However, Germans, EU citizens, Canadians, Americans and Australians can also apply.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and, after graduating, at least one year of professional experience in a media-related field. Applicants must also have a good command of German and English.
The program is particularly aimed at:
- Media workers from radio, TV, online and print
- Young journalists, especially those working with electronic media
- Journalists and managers from community radio stations
- Communications experts
- NGO employees
- Government ministry employees
- Staff working in the area of development cooperation
- Representatives of national broadcasters’ regional working groups
- Media association representatives
What are the visa requirements for foreign students?
Most applicants require a visa from the German diplomatic mission in their country. However, this does not apply to EU citizens or citizens from countries with separate agreements (Dominican Republic, Honduras, Iceland, Monaco, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and USA). You can apply for a visa as soon as you receive confirmation that you have been accepted for the program. Please note: do not enter Germany on a tourist visa! A tourist visa cannot later be exchanged for the required visa or a training-related residence permit.
Prior to your departure, visa-related questions can be answered by the German embassy responsible for your country. If you have visa-related questions after arriving in Bonn, please contact Bonn’s municipal immigration office. Bureaucratic procedures take time. It’s therefore important to contact the German embassy or consulate in your country ahead of time so that you know which documents are required when you apply for the visa.
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How to Apply
Online application system is open between November and March each year to apply for the following winter semester. Please note that only online applications can be accepted.
Prospective students will have to apply through an online application system.
Please read the information below, before you visit the application link.
Before you start entering your data in the online-application form, please make sure you have all documents required for application ready:
- Letter of motivation (max. 700 words; font “Arial”, size 10.; spacing 1,5; signed and dated)
- Current Curriculum Vitae (Europass format, signed and dated)
- Certificate of your first academic degree (including ALL transcripts)
- Evidence of at least one year’s professional experience in a media-related field AFTER obtaining your first academic degree (for a full scholarship you must give evidence for at least two years of professional experience)
- Certificate of APS (for applicants who completed their first degree in China, Vietnam or Mongolia)
- Evidence of sufficient English language skills (TOEFL IBT: score of 83 or higher, IELTS: score of 6.5 or higher, BULATS: score of 70 or higher, APIEL at least Level 3) – English language certificates are valid for two years from the date of issue
- Evidence of sufficient German language skills (TestDaF at least level TDN 3 in all four parts of the examination, Goethe Zertifikat at least level B2 or DSH at least level 1)
If you would like to apply for a full scholarship, you will be required to submit some additional documents:
- Recent recommendation letter from a University (with letterhead, official University stamp, signature and date)
- Recent recommendation letter from your employer (with letterhead, official company stamp, signature and date)
- DAAD application form
- High school diploma
Regarding the English and German language skills, please be aware that you will need to provide evidence of sufficient language skills for both languages. If you have knowledge of only one of the two languages, this does not suffice. If one of these languages is your native language or you have completed your entire program of study in either of them, evidence of that particular language is not necessary.
Please note: Documents not originally issued in English or German must also be accompanied by an official, certified translation.
Please do not send us original documents unless we ask you to do so. If you are accepted into the program we will later ask you to submit the original, certified documents or official, certified copies to our cooperation partner, the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.
For the online-application, you will be required to perform the following steps:
- Please click on the link to the online-application site.
2. Now click on the link “International Media Studies”.
- Now please enter your personal data in the designated fields. Please note that fields marked with “*” are mandatory and information must be provided. Where fields are marked with ” ? “, instructions or additional information will be supplied. On the left-hand side you will find a navigation bar to help you navigate the site. You are required to enter your data in the default order. Should you have failed to fill in one of the mandatory fields, you will not be able to access the next column. A mandatory field where no data have been entered will be marked red.
- In the column “Letter of Motivation” you will be able to explain your motivation and reasons for wanting to take part in the Master’s Program International Media Studies. Alternatively, you may upload your statement of purpose as a PDF file in the column “Checklist”. If you would like to apply for a scholarship (full or partial scholarship) please mention this in your statement of purpose.
5. When you have completed the data entry process the column “Checklist” will appear, where you must upload the required application documents.
6. When all columns are complete and you have uploaded all required documents you will be able to send your application.
7. After having sent your application, you will receive your personal user name and password. Please make a note of this information as you will need it to be able to track the status of your application.
8. Once you have sent your application you will not be able to make any amendments or additions. You will only be able to upload missing documents.
After the application deadline has expired, a committee of representatives of the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, the University of Bonn, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Deutsche Welle will decide on the award of places. In case your application is approved (you will be informed by email) you will be required to send certified copies of your original application documents to our cooperation partner, the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg as soon as possible. Please note that all copies of documents you submit must be officially certified for authenticity with the originals. In case your documents have not been issued in either German or English, you will need to additionally submit officially certified translations into either English or German. If you have completed the TOEFL as evidence of sufficient English language skills, please have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send your certificate directly to us. You will need to inform them about our institute number, 7977. Only after the verification of your original application documents will we be able to confirm the unconditional offer of a place of study. You will receive more information on this process at the given time.
You will find all relevant documents concerning the application process for download in our FAQsection.