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MA International Relations

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
0 EUR
National
0 EUR

Application fee

International 75 EUR
National 75 EUR
EU 75 EUR
Department
Department of Social Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)5
TOEFL-IBT (min)87
GRE (avg)324
GMAT (avg)560

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About this course

The two-year research-oriented master's degree in International Relations is offered jointly since 2003 by the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Potsdam and is internationally oriented.
By university cooperation, students benefit from the extensive regular courses three universities, which covers a wide range of theoretical approaches, thematic subjects and pronounced regional expertise.

The Master's program in International Relations (MAIB) is one of the most competitive courses in Europe. Every year a large number of highly qualified candidates to apply to a limited number of places. The program has an international profile, 40 percent of students have completed their first degree abroad. For an innovative concept, high-quality teaching and a convincing international focus of the Master's program was awarded International Relations (MAIB) a quality label of the DAAD and the Donors' Association for German Science. He was named one of the ten best international master programs in Germany. The MAIB is to extend over four semesters consecutive bilingual program in German and Englisch.Der regular degree program is offered jointly by the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Potsdam. Students visit regularly offered seminars and lectures at all universities involved.

In addition, within the framework of international cooperation, a German-Russian double master program "International Relations" together with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) is offered.

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Eligibility Criteria

Evidence of the English language skills required (level B2) should be submitted in one of the following four formats. Although this evidence is only requested upon matriculation, for your own protection, you should make sure it is available when applying:

  • School certificates: Performance level averaging at least 5 points over the last four semesters of the university admission qualification (Abitur) (qualification stage) on the English advanced courseor 
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (B-C) or 
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Certificate (min. 5.0) or 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, www.ets.org/toefl/): internet-based test with min. 87 points, paper-based test with min. 560 points or
  • UNIcert® II-Zertifikat: 3,0.

It is absolutely vital for Bachelor students to have a good command of German language if studies at Humboldt are to be successful. Most of the courses for the undergraduate students are taught in German! Don't be afraid, even if the course is held in German, students may take the exam in English.

During the application procedure, students have to take an online language test (called "C-Test").This test is the only German certificate accepted. It may not be substituted by any other certificate!

  • Minimum Score: 61 points (out of 100), equivalent to B1-level in the CEFR
  • Applicants who scored 50-60 points will be required to take an intensive German language course before the term starts (e.g. Intensive Language course at HU).
  • If the student does not achieve at least ≥ 61 points afterwards, there is no opportunity to be enrolled at HU.

In certain cases (please contact us - only possible with special permit!) we can deviate from the strict German language requirement. We offer about 5-10 courses in English for Bachelor students, which limits the choice of courses dramatically!

Please note that this is an exceptional rule that does not apply automatically. You will be only able to use this option if you are advanced in your studies and if we agreed on a special case permit prior to your application.

So, especially if students are required to do a certain amount of credits, this may force them to take Master-level courses. These will obviously be more demanding.

For Bachelor students who have the permission to take English classes only, the same language requirements as for Master students apply (see below). Furthermore, a confirmation of your home coordinator that you are allowed to follow master coures is needed!

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Course Modules

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How to Apply

The printed and signed application form, including all the necessary documents in paper form (as
officially authenticated copies), must be received by UNI-ASSIST by the deadline set for the course
chosen.


1. Please note that an application cannot be considered unless UNI-ASSIST has received
all the required documentation within the prescribed period.


The following documents must be attached to an application:

  • authenticated copies of educational certificates obtained so far, including the secondary schoolleaving certificate together with marks received and, if applicable, university entrance examinationdocumentation, evidence of study areas and grades obtained in previous studies, or graduationcertificate;
  • enrolment certificate, if you are a student at another German or European higher education institution at the time you apply for a place at Humboldt, or certificate of exmatriculation (Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung) specifying the areas of study if you have previously studied at another higher education institution in Germany, EU, Iceland, Norway,Liechtenstein or Switzerland;
  • evidence of German language skills (see point 2);
  • German translations of all certificates (exception: documents in English);
  • CV starting with the beginning of school education up till now;
  • a current passport-sized photo;
  • the UNI-ASSIST receipt (proof of fees paid);
  • a photocopy of your passport (authentication is not required).

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