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FAQ

  • How do I prove that I have health insurance?

    The health insurance certificate is transmitted digitally to the University of Bremen by the statutory health insurance companies. This eliminates the need for a separate confirmation from your health insurance.

    The notification is transmitted exclusively by a statutory health insurance company and proves either that you:

    - are insured with a statutory health insurance fund or

    - are not compulsorily insured.

    Please contact your health insurance fund.

    If you are privately insured, please contact a statutory health insurance company of your choice.

    No enrolment will take place without a valid health insurance certificate.

     

  • How do I register with MOIN?

    Internal applicants who already have an account via STUD.IP log in exclusively with the first part of your university mail address (without "@uni-bremen.de") and the corresponding password. A new user account does not need to be created.

     

    External applicants who do not yet have an account via STUD.IP must create a new user account via the applicant portal MOIN (in the "Application" section). The password will be sent to your specified mail address. Please note that the receipt of the confirmation mail can take up to 3 hours.

     

    If it is still not possible to create a user account, please contact us directly by e-mail (masterprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de). Please enter the following data:

    First name
    Last name
    User name in the MOIN portal
    Date of birth

  • I can no longer log in to MOIN. What can I do?

    If you are already a registered student at our university, please contact the Centre for Networks directly. Only there you can be helped regarding your student account.

    If you are not yet enrolled at our university and no longer have access to your applicant account, please send us an e-mail to masterprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de.

    Please include the following data:

    First name
    Surname
    Applicant number
    User name in the MOIN portal
    Date of birth

    We will then reset your password and send you a temporary password, which you will have to change again after your next login.

  • How do I apply for a Master's program?

    You have the possibility to apply online for your desired Master's programme during the application phase. We open our online application portal MOIN for the respective Master's programme about 6-8 weeks before the application deadline. You will find the respective application deadline under the individual tabs of the degree programme.

    Please note that an application is only valid for the selected semester and cannot be transferred to another semester. You would have to reapply for this.

    You apply online via our MOIN portal. Click on the following link: CLICK ME

    Create a user account and start the application. Students of the University of Bremen please use their ZfN account. Select a degree programme and decide whether you would like to apply as a beginner (no credits acquired in the desired Master's degree programme so far) or as an advanced student (at least 10 CP of credits already acquired in the desired Master's degree programme).

    Please also have a look at the next FAQ section "Am I a beginner or am I an advanced student?

  • Am I a beginner or an advanced student?

    Apply as a beginner, meaning for the 1st semester in the Master's degree programme, if you have not yet completed a Master's degree, have never been enrolled in the same Master's degree programme at a German university and have already completed or will soon complete your first degree.

    With your application, you would like to start your Master's degree programme.

     

    You apply as an advanced student, meaning for a higher subject semester in the Master's degree programme (subject semester 2-4), if you have already acquired creditable achievements of at least 10 CP in the desired Master's degree programme or if you were already enrolled at a German university in the same Master's degree programme for which you would like to apply.

    With your application, you wish to continue the Master's degree programme which you have either interrupted or already started at another university.

     

    If you fulfil the requirements as an advanced student, you must apply for a higher semester.

    An application as a freshman would be excluded from the award procedure.

     

    Please also note that you must already provide proof of the Master's achievements amounting to 10 CP for subjects with restricted admission at the time of application.

    For degree programmes with open admissions, you have until 30.09. (winter semester) or 31.03. (summer semester) to provide proof of these credits.

    You can check whether there is an admission restriction by clicking on the tab of the degree programme.

  • Is my university degree sufficient for admission to a Master's programme?

    After receiving your online application, we will check on the basis of your uploaded documents whether your college/university is accredited and whether your university degree generally entitles you to take up the desired Master's programme.

    If you would like to inform yourself in advance, please visit the following websites.

    ►Anabin for colleges and universities outside Germany

    ►Higher Education Compass for colleges and universities within Germany

     

    If you need information on whether your Bachelor's degree programme matches the content of your desired Master's degree programme (e.g. subject area, degree programme-specific requirements, minimum CPs in individual subject disciplines), you can enquire about this in the departments of the relevant degree programmes. The contact persons here are the Study Centre or the coordinators of the degree programmes. You can find an overview on the respective pages of the subjects: by searching for "your" subject you will get to a detailed page.

  • By when do I have to apply?

    You can apply until the end of the day of the respective application deadline (23:59:59 German time). The application must be submitted by sending it to us before the deadline in order to participate in the selection process.

    If you have started an application but have not sent it in time, your application will not take part in the selection procedure for the respective semester.

    The application deadlines can be found under each tab of the degree programme and in the respective admission regulations.

  • Which documents do I have to upload/provide at the time of application?

    At the time of application, you must in any case provide proof of a current overview of grades and achievements (Transcript of Records) and, if already available, your degree.

    Make sure that this is an official representation of your university. Self-generated transcripts or unverified printouts from your student system will not be accepted.

    If you have not yet completed your degree, you must provide evidence of a minimum number of CPs already earned. Please refer to the current admission regulations of your desired Master's programme for the number of minimum CPs. Furthermore, you must upload a current curriculum vitae.

    Depending on the Master's programme, further proof may be required at the time of application. These can be, for example, a letter of motivation, evidence of subject content or language certificates. Please refer to the current admission regulations of the respective degree programmes to find out which documents must be uploaded at the time of application.

  • How do we calculate your average grade?

    If you upload your transcript of records, degree certificate, or other official documentation in your application, we will use the average grade shown on it.  If you upload a transcript that only shows individual grades, we will calculate the average grades as follows:

    The sum of the individual grades divided by the number of individual grades.

    We do not calculate majors or weightings; please take this into consideration when applying. If possible, obtain a certificate with the current average grade from your university if it is not already listed on the documents.

    When calculating and converting international grades, we follow the guidelines of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs at www.anabin.de. If you have a grading system from your university, we recommend that you include it with your application. The conversion into the German grading system is based on the so-called "bayerischen Formel".

  • What is a hardship application?

    Study places in the hardship quota are awarded on online application to applicants for whom non-admission to a degree programme with restricted admission would mean exceptional hardness.

    At the University of Bremen, 5% of the study places in Master's degree programmes are reserved for special hardship cases, and 3% in the Master's degree programme in Business Administration. Recognised hardships can lead to preferential admission.

    You submit the hardship application, including all relevant evidence, independently of the Master's application in the online application portal MOIN. It will only be processed in the Student Secretariat and will not be forwarded to the selection committees. Please make sure that your online application for the Master's programme does not contain any references to your extra hardship application.

    Please note that hardship applications and supporting documents submitted in paper form cannot be considered.

    The hardship application must be submitted by the end of the application period and the admission requirements for the respective Master's degree programme must also be met when submitting a hardship application.

    If you apply for an unrestricted admission programme, you do not need to submit a hardship application, as there are sufficient study places available.

    You can find all further information here: CLICK ME

  • What happens after I send my application?

    After submitting your application, you will receive a corresponding confirmation by e-mail. After the application deadline for the respective Master's programme, the applications are formally checked and forwarded to the selection committees for a final evaluation of the content.

    As soon as we have the results of the selection committee, you will be informed about a possible admission or rejection by e-mail. Please note that the preliminary examination of the applications and the selection process of the selection committees takes some time (usually 6-8 weeks after the application deadline).

    You can check the status of your application online at any time.

    Possible status reports:

    • „Prüfung der Bewerbung“: You have sent your application and it has been successfully accepted by us. It will now be forwarded to the Student Office for formal examination.
       
    • „Prüfung der Bewerbung II“: Your application is formally qualified and is now submitted to the selection committee for content review.
       
    • „Teilnahme am Vergabeverfahren“: The content of your application meets the admission requirements of the desired Master's programme. The ranking list will be created, which applications will be admitted.
       
    • „Ablehnung (keine Kapazität)“: The content of your application meets the admission requirements of the desired Master's programme. Unfortunately, there were not enough study places available. In the event of a subsequent admission procedure, you will automatically take part in it.
       
    • „Ablehnung (keine Teilnahme am Vergabe verfahren)“: Your application does not meet the admission requirements of the desired Master's degree programme in terms of form and/or content.
  • I have sent an incorrect application; what can I do?

    If you have already submitted your application and find out afterwards that something is incorrect or incomplete, please send us an email to masterprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de.

    Until the end of the application period, your application can be reopened by us in these cases. Please note that the application can only take part in the selection process if you have resubmitted the application online by the deadline after the reopening.

    Your email must contain the following information for your application to be reopened:

    First name
    Last name
    Applicant number
    User name in the MOIN portal
    Date of birth

  • I have been admitted; how do I accept the place?

    In the event of admission, you can accept the place by paying the semester fee.

    For degree programmes with restricted admission, the money must be received by the deadline stated in the admission notification. Otherwise, the study place is considered "not accepted" and will be reallocated according to the ranking.

    If you have missed the payment deadline for an admission-restricted degree programme, please contact the Office of Student Affairs. In individual cases, a later payment deadline may be granted.

    You will only be enrolled in the desired Master's programme if all the requirements stated in the admission notification have been met by the deadline.

  • When and where do I have to send my application documents by post to the University of Bremen?

    Only after receiving an admission for the Master's degree programme applied for we will need the necessary documents from you for enrolment.

    You can only access the admission notification online via the MOIN portal. As soon as it is available online, you will be notified by e-mail.

     

    Please note all conditions and deadlines on the notification of admission. If you do not submit the required documents correctly certified within the specified deadline, your admission will expire and enrolment will be excluded.

    You can only be enrolled in the desired Master's degree programme if you fulfil all requirements in due form and time.

    Please send all required documents bundled together to the

    Student Office (SfS)
    Bibliothekstrasse 1
    28359 Bremen

  • How do I prove the required language level?

    Language certificates at certain levels are required for enrolment in a Master's degree programme. Here you can find out how to prove the corresponding levels.

     

    Proof of German language level

    If you have completed your German Abitur or a German-language Bachelor's degree, you can prove that you have reached the German language level C1.

    If you have not completed a German school leaving certificate or Bachelor's degree, levels A1-C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) can only be proven by language certificates.

    Here you will find an overview of the accepted language certificates: CLICK ME

     

    Proof of English language level via the German Abitur

    You can prove the English language level A1, A2 and B1 via the German Abitur (general higher education entrance qualification). Here you will find an overview of the requirements: CLICK ME

    Level B2 can also be proven via the German Abitur. To do so, the acquired language level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) must be explicitly stated in the certificate. If the teaching according to the CEFR is not shown on your Abitur certificate, you can ask your school whether a subsequent confirmation is possible according to the respective state law.

    If you would like to prove the level via the Abitur, please submit both the certificate and the official confirmation of the post-certification of the language level. Click here for more information: CLICK ME

    The English language level C1 can only be proven via corresponding certificates.

     

    Further proof of language proficiency via certificates

    All English levels and levels of other required languages can be verified via certificates. You can find an overview of all recognised certificates here: CLICK ME

    Some language certificates have a validity period. You would find this on your certificate. Certificates without a stated period of validity do not lose this period.

    If you are taking a TOEFL test, please enter the code 5740 for the University of Bremen when sending your result.

     

    Proof of language proficiency without a certificate

    You do not need to submit a certificate if the language of instruction of your Abitur or your completed studies was completed entirely in the required language ("Medium of Instruction"). A confirmation from your school/university is sufficient for this.

    Please make sure early on that you have all the required language skills and that you can prove them correctly and on time. Experience shows that neither test dates nor exhibitions of certificates can be obtained at short notice. Shortly before the submission deadline, it may therefore become impossible to submit the results on time. In this case, enrolment would also not be possible.

    During the examination of your application, we will only be able to check language certificates that must already be available at the time of application. You will not be informed in advance whether we will accept any language certificates that have been uploaded and do not have to be available until the time of enrolment.

    If you still feel uncertain, you can send us your language certificates for verification after you have submitted your application. We will give you feedback as to whether they correspond to the required level and thus whether enrolment would be possible.

    Send us an e-mail with a scan of your language certificate and the following information to masterprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de:

    First name
    Last Name
    Applicant number
    Subject
    Username in MOIN portal
    Date of birth

    Please understand that we will only provide you with information on whether you meet the language requirements of the University of Bremen for the Master's programme you have applied for. Your application will still have to take part in the selection procedure and may be rejected despite the correct language certificate.

  • I am arriving after the start of lectures; who can I contact?

    If you are only able to enter Germany after the start of lectures (for example due to visa problems), please ask the department of the respective Master's degree programme directly whether this is possible. There you can apply for a confirmation for a later admission to studies.

    The Student Office can only confirm your enrolment if you have already submitted all documents in due time.

    Please note that even if you take up your studies at a later date, the documents required for enrolment must be submitted correctly and on time. Taking up your studies at a later date does not entitle you to submit your documents after the deadline.

  • Which certifications and translations are accepted?

    Authentications

    If you have had your documents certified in Germany, we accept them from the following offices:

    Registration offices, local authorities, city administrations (town hall), district administrations, courts, notaries.

    State colleges or universities may only certify certificates and study plans issued by themselves.

     

    If you would like to have your documents certified outside of Germany, this must be done by a diplomatic representation of the Federal Republic of Germany (embassy or consulate).

    If the certification was written in a language other than German or English, the certification must be included in the translation. This can be done by a translator officially sworn in Germany or by the diplomatic representation of the Federal Republic of Germany (embassy/consulate).

    Documents which have not been certified by the above-mentioned authorities will not be accepted.

     

    Translations

    Documents in English and German do not have to be translated. For all other languages, translations must be done by an officially sworn translator from Germany. If you have had your documents translated outside Germany, you will need confirmation from a German diplomatic representation (embassy/consulate).

    Please note:

    If you submit documents that have not been adequately certified or translated, we will inform you of this by e-mail. For enrolment, all documents must be received on time and in the form described.

  • What happens if I do not meet the admission requirements?

    After receipt of your application, it will be checked by us in terms of form and content. If, for example, you do not have sufficient academic achievements, have graduated from a non-accredited college or university or do not meet another mandatory requirement according to the admission regulations, your application will not take part in the selection process.

    You will receive a reasoned rejection and will be informed of this by e-mail.

  • What fees are required for the degree programme?

    A semester fee for re-registration must be paid per semester. You can find the payment deadlines, the amount of the fee and information on the scope of the services included here: CLICK ME

    Please note that in addition to the semester fee, there are also living costs. The following website provides information on the cost of living in Bremen and tells you everything you need to know about student finance and scholarships: CLICK ME

  • When will I receive my semester documents?

    The semester documents including the semester ticket will only be issued after successful enrolment. Matriculation will only take place after the complete submission of all documents mentioned in the notification of admission within the deadline stated there.

    Without final enrolment, you are neither entitled to the semester documents nor can we issue you with certificates for other authorities.

    We will only send the semester documents including the semester ticket to an address within Germany. After we have processed this application, you will receive the documents including the semester ticket by post within the next week.

    If you are located outside Germany, the documents will not be printed and sent. As soon as you can prove that you have a German address, you must submit a change of address application via the Moin online portal. After we have processed this application, you will receive the documents including your semester ticket by post within the next week.

    The application for the change of address is made via the MOIN portal.

    In the online portal Moin, you will be provided with a current certificate of enrolment after successful enrolment.

  • My question has not been answered in the FAQs; who can I contact?

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to send us an e-mail at masterprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de.

    The personal office hours are:

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00 and Wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00. You will find us at the University of Bremen, Bibliothekstr. 1, 28359 Bremen on the ground floor of the administration building.

    You can reach us by phone at +49 421 218-61002 (Mon-Thu 9 am - 1 pm).