How and where to apply

How and where to apply?

Please visit Campo to register for the SDAC masters program and upload the necessary documents for your application.
You can find an introduction to the online portal in this video.

I cannot find the SDAC program on Campo or have a technical issue on the site. What can I do?

Please contact technical support: campo@fau.de

Do I need to write a motivation letter for my application?

Yes, you are required to submit a Letter of Motivation (max. 2 pages).

Where can I send the requested documents?

Please upload your application documents to Campo.

Should I send printed application documents by post?

For the application, it is not necessary to send the documents by post. It is enough to upload the documents to the application portal Campo.

When you are accepted to the study program, printed documents are required for enrollment at the university. You will get more details via Campo after you are accepted and move on to the enrollment process. For more information, please visit the “applying for a Master´s Degree” website here.

Are my documents and certificates valid for the application?

Please contact the Master’s Office in Erlangen.

How can I track my application status?

The application portal Campo shows your application status and sends out notifications as soon as it changes. Please make sure to sign up with an Email address that you regularly use.

Who is required to submit an APS certificate?

APS certificate is required for applicants who have completed previous periods of study in China, India, or Vietnam.

It is not possible for us to make exceptions for APS certificates. By law, applicants from the above countries are required to present these certificates when applying to a German university.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

Applicants will go through the application process only after submitting their entire application documents to Campo. The sooner we receive all the documents needed, the faster we can start reviewing your application and come to a decision.

For more information on the application and selection procedure, please read the Application page.

I was accepted but could not join the program the last time I applied. Is there any way to communicate this matter?

Please contact our program coordinator Oleg Vasilchenko (oleg.vasilchenko@fau.de). 

Admission Requirements

Am I eligible to apply with my BA Degree?

Those who completed previous degrees in a subject that focuses on philology, social sciences, historical sciences, pedagogy, philosophy, religious studies, ethnology, economic sciences, law, psychology, or medical science are eligible to apply.

Can I still apply with a grade above 2.0 ?

Applications which do not meet the grade requirement are challenging in terms of selection, due to the number of applicants. However, we do encourage you to apply if you acquire further qualifications like internships or work experiences related to your bachelor studies.

What is the required English level for the program?

You are required to have at least a B2 Level on the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to apply. If you wish to know more about TOEFL or IELTS scores and their equivalent levels, please visit “Compare TOEFL Scores” as well as “Cambridge English Qualification“. For further information on the comparability of internationally recognized language tests to be accepted as proof of English language proficiency to study at FAU, please read this page.

In what cases are applicants exempted from submitting proof of English proficiency?

No proof of English language skills is required for applicants who have completed their previous academic degrees in English as well as those who are from countries/regions where English is the official language and are considered to be native speakers of English.

However, as the quality of English varies quite a lot internationally, applicants who are not native speakers of English are recommended to submit international language certificates. Additionally, applicants who obtained their academic degrees in English more than three years before applying to SDAC are also encouraged to submit certificates.

What are the required German language skills for the program?

You are required to have at least A1 Level by the end of the 2nd  semester of the Master’s Program.

Do I have to acquire any level of Chinese language or background in order to apply?

Chinese language and background studies are not required to apply for our SDAC program.

I haven't finished my BA thesis yet, can I still apply?

Yes, as long as you have at least a total of 140 ECTS. If you are accepted to join the program, please submit your BA degree certificate within one year.

Studying at the SDAC

Can I take a look at the classes and teaching environment?

Please contact our program coordinator Oleg Vasilchenko (oleg.vasilchenko@fau.de).

Are there any tuition fees for the program and what are the general costs of living and studying in Germany?

No, there are no tuition fees required to apply for the program. However, you need to pay a semester fee twice a year in order to register to start studying and re-register to continue. For more information about the semester fee, please click here.

For general information on estimated living costs, please click here.

Does SDAC provide scholarships?

The SDAC program does not provide any scholarships or grants. Interested applicants are kindly requested to apply individually for suitable scholarship opportunities. For more information about scholarship organizations, applications, and opportunities, please click here.

When should I re-register for my next semester?

For more information on re-registration deadlines, please click here. For semester dates and lecture periods, please click here.