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International scholarship programme

 

In the framework of its EPOS programme, the German Academic Exchange Service provides scholarships for the Master's Degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning More....

What is Regional Science and Why Study it?

Editorial by Prof. Dr. J. Vogt

FAQ Masterprogramm Regionalwissenschaft/Raumplanung am KIT

mit speziellem Fokus auf Strategien für unterentwickelte Regionen
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Wer kann sich bewerben?

Absolventen eines Bachelor- oder Diplomstudiums mit regionalwissenschaftlichem Bezug (Raumplanung, Geographie, Städtebau, Agrar- und Forstwissenschaften o. Ä.), die einen überdurchschnittlich guten Studienabschluss haben und Absolventen (B.Sc. oder B.A.), die bereits über Arbeitserfahrungen in den o. g. oder verwandten Bereichen verfügen.

Für Bewerber, denen Grundlagen fehlen, welche zu Beginn des Masterstudienganges vorausgesetzt werden, gibt es ein Brückenmodul. Dieses gibt Hilfestellung, fehlende Grundlagen nachzuholen.

Who can apply?

Postgraduates with an above-average Bachelor's or licenciate degree in a relevant area of expertise: Spatial planning, geography, urban planning, rural economics, forestry etc. as well as postgraduates with work experience in the above-mentioned or related fields.

Admitted applicants who lack the basic knowledge required at the beginning of the Master's programme may participate in an introductory module helping them to make up for the fundamentals.

Introductory Module

The Master's Degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning is a consecutive postgraduate course based on different study courses in spatial and planning science. Given the large variety of courses in these two fields all over the world, it is not possible to specify all of them. Due to the courses' different emphasis on theory and practice, principles of science and planning pragmatism, graduates sometimes lack basic knowledge of regional science and spatial planning which they are yet supposed to know by the start of studies. Following the recommendation of an accreditation board, an introductory module was created during which the entry level qualifications are specified for each applicant, enabling them to successfully start their studies. The introductory module is held each year in September prior to the start of winter term. By the end of the introductory module, participants will have a broader knowledge on technical and methodological aspects of scientific working and planning strategies. Above, participants will be given advice on when to take up the Master's Degree course, in order to allow them to achieve the best study results possible.

Which application documents do I have to submit?

To apply for admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning, please fill in the KIT Online Application Form and add the following documents (n.b.: this listingis not final and may be subject to changes):

  • A signed hardcopy of the KIT‘s Online application form
  • Certified copies of your high school and university degrees including certified translations unless they are written in German, English or French
  • A topical curriculum vitae (CV) detailing your education and work experience
  • A strong letter of motivation (1-2 pages) explaining amongst others your career goals in the field of regional science and spatial planning beyond the background of the international focus of the Joint Master's programme;
  • recommendation letter or employment reference, if available;
  • a hardcopy of your final thesis, if available;
  • a proof of your health insurance cover;
  • a certificate on your German language expertise proving skills at the level  “A2“ or above according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Applicants with a German university entrance certificate are asked to send a hardcopy of their application including the above-listed enclosures to the KIT Students' Service by 30 September. Applicants with a non-Germany university entrance certificate are asked to send a hardcopy of their application including the above-listed enclosures to the KIT International Students' Office (IStO) by 15 July.

 

Tuition fees

The KIT’s tuition fees amount to 500,- € per semester (08/2014). Exept of DAAD scholars, all students of the Master's programme in Regional Science/Spatial Planning have to pay these tuition fees. In Germany, studying is funded mainly by the government; the tuition fees cover about a seventh part of the real cost.
Additionally, an administration fee
must be paid currently amounting to 138.69 €/semester (08/2014). You can find further information on the administration fee on www.sle.kit.edu/imstudium/gebuehren.php  (available in German only).

Scholarship

A list of scholarship donors is e.g. available at www.stipendienlotse.de, studienkompass.de, mystipendium.de, hochschulkompass.de or in the DAAD’s scholarship database.

Applicants from developing countries may apply for a special DAAD scholarship offered for the Master’s Course in Regional Science / Spatial Planning. For more details, please visit the DAAD‘s
website at
www.daad.de.
 Please note that the application deadline for the type of DAAD scholarship available for the Master's degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning is one year before the actual start of studies. Learn more about the exact application deadline for your home country in the DAAD’s country-specific information.

Once a year, a joint committee of IfR and DAAD checks the scholarship applications and decides on the attribution of scholarships for the upcoming intake. Meeting the following requirements will increase your chances to be shortlisted for a scholarship: 

  • an above-average Bachelor’s or licenciate degree obtained after at least 3 years of university studies in a relevant subject area (spatial planning, geography, urban planning, rural economics, forestry etc)
  • A strong letter of motivation (1-2 pages) explaining amongst others your career goals in the field of regional science and spatial planning
  • Professional experience in the field of regional science / spatial planning or related subject  areas (proved by job references and referees)
  • An official certificate on your German language expertise proving skills equalling the level  “A2“ or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Please send your complete application documents for the DAAD scholarship directly to the Institute of Regional Science by 15 October:

Institut für Regionalwissenschaft

Reinhard-Baumeister-Platz 1

Gebäude 10.50

D-76131 Karlsruhe 

Germany

Lerning German at the KIT

If you want to improve your German language proficiency before entering the Master’s degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning, you can register for an intensive German course with the KIT’s Studienkolleg. According to your level of expertise, the Studienkolleg offers different German courses for a fee of currently 350,--€ per semester.

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