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  • An above-average higher education degree (minimum Bachelor) from a German or foreign academic higher education institution, preferably in law, economics, or political science, with at least 180 credit points (CPs) according to the ECTS system

  • Proof of very good verbal and written English skills 

  • Relevant work experience of 1 to 2 years (students who in their undergraduate studies obtained 240 ECTS points require 1 year, students who have obtained 180 ECTS points require proof of 2 years work experience)


Please submit:

The application period has now ended. Applications for the following year 2018/19 will open in November 2017.

Please submit the hard copy of your application to:

Master of European Studies - Governance and Regulation
Center for European Integration Studies

Genscherallee 3
53113 Bonn

  • Statement of motivation (see application form), answering the following questions:

    * Why are you applying?
    * What are your career goals?
    * What are your qualifications?
    * Why did you choose ZEI’s MES program?
    * What do you expect from the program?


  • Copy of graduate certificate and academic transcript

ZEI accepts documents in English, German and French only. Please submit a certified translation if necessary. Applicants who graduate shortly before the program begins may submit their diploma at a later date.

Please note: access to the program is only possible after the submission of a transcript and a diploma.


  • Certification of fluency in English

ZEI accepts TOEFL and IELTS (or equivalent, at least Level C 1 from the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages)

Native-speakers will automatically be considered proficient in their respective language.

Proof of proficiency in English will be deemed fulfilled if the applicant completed a regular course of studies of at least two semesters in an English-language course of studies or at an institution of higher education in an English-speaking country, as long as the course of studies was held predominantly in English.


  • Reference from employer or internship confirmation

We require evidence of your work experience of either 1 or 2 years (see above). For this, we require a letter from your employer or a reference which states when you were employed and in which role.


Please note: ZEI can only consider complete applications. Documents will not be returned. Thank you for your understanding.

Selection Process   


March 15:  


Deadline for submission of applications (postmark).

Further applications are accepted on a rolling basis for any remaining places.

by mid-June:                             


Candidates will be notified about the decision of ZEI’s admission’s board via post or email. Candidates who have been selected for the waiting list will still have the chance to be selected and invited for a place in ZEI's Master program during summer, if candidates who have been selected in the first selection round withdraw their applications.


by end-July:  

Closure of the selection procedure and final notification.


Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for the entire study course is € 6,500.

Please note that you will be asked to transfer the entire tuition fee within one month after having been selected for the program.

The tuition fee allows access to all courses, field trips, the reading materials and the services of the Career Development Program. Living and housing costs must be covered by the individual. ZEI does not provide financial funding to cover the tuition fee or living and housing costs.



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