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List of all required documents for application

You are directly applying to the Department of Informatics at Universität Hamburg to the IAS Team. The IAS team is a team of professors, researchers, lecturers, and academic advisors. They will read only complete applications and rank your application according to the selection criteria. Those people are most likely the people you will meet as lecturers at your courses.

In order to apply successfully please follow these instructions:

Please check carefully, if you have sent all the required documents in due time. The deadline is the 31st of March. Faxes and e-mails are not accepted. The IAS admission board does not inform you of missing documents or late applications. Your application is considered incomplete if one or more of the required documents are not received before the deadline (via postal mail) and/or if your STiNE online application form is not submitted online. As a result, your application will not take part in the selection process. You can not submit missing documents after the expiration of the application deadline, there will be no reconsideration.

The documents 'do not have to be sent as certified/attested copies when applying. You should not send original certificates since the IAS admission board will not send anything back. However, please note that in case your application is successful, you will need to send attested/certified copies to the University via postal mail within 2 weeks, so be prepared. The notification whether you are accepted or not is send around 15 of May. Official English and German translation of documents are accepted.

Please read the explanations of what documents you have to send and follow the links to more information.

1. Cover-letter-form

  • Please fill in the cover-letter form (with a pdf viewer/reader).
  • Then print the form. In case you are having any problems with filling in the form digitally you can also print the form and fill it in by hand (readable!).
  • Send the printed form via postal mail as the first page of your application.
  • Link to the cover-letter-form: cover-letter-form

2. The University's general online application form (STiNE)

The Universität Hamburg requires you to fill out a general and university-wide online application form on their student platform called STiNE. Submit, print and sign the STiNE online form. Once the application period (15 February - 31 March) has opened, the online application form can be accessed through the STiNE portal: This is only possible within the application period. Some parts of the online application form are in German and therefor rather tricky. Please, see online application form (STiNE) for detailed information on how to fill out the online application form correctly. After filling out the online application form, click submit, and then, print out the summary at the end (Ger: Druckansicht). This print-out has to be signed. This submitted, printed, and signed STiNE application form is one of the required documents which you have to send via postal mail.

Please, note do not click "Freemover", that is the wrong application.

Please, note that the STiNE online form is just the general and uni-wide application form. You still need to send your paper application to the address below. With the paper application, you apply to the Department of Computer Science for a place in the IAS program.

3. Curriculum Vitae

The CV (table version) should include information on your academic and professional career and if you have international experience. It should specifically list information on your background relevant for IAS such as projects on AI or Robotics. Please, evidence such projects through acquired certificates. Project descriptions and outlines on their CS content are especially important if the achieved credits should be counted for the 60 ECTS in computer science. Please, add your average/overall grade (can be preliminary) and your grading scale to your cv next to the information of your degree and provide official evidence for that information.

4. Letter of Motivation

This is the most important document since it accounts for 40% of your ranking score. It has to be written by yourself in the English language. There is a maximum of 1.5 pages that you should not exceed. In this letter, you should explain your motivation to study especially this program. The text should answer the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in the field "Intelligent Adaptive Systems" or what parts are most interesting and why?
  • Why is this program especially suited to complement the knowledge you already have?
  • Why did you choose to study this program at Universität Hamburg?
  • How does this program fit into your academic and professional future goals

The admission board will give high ratings to those letters that show that the student has made a deliberate choice to study IAS and can justify their decision well while also explaining how studying IAS will bring the student closer to the desired goal. The board is looking for students that show high motivation and have a good chance of finishing the program with a high impact on the student's life. The ability to present a well-argued and connected chain of argument is a major ability the board is looking for.

Things that affect the rating adversely are, amongst many, generic letters that are written for multiple applications, letters that are written in bad English or do not follow a good structure.

The admission board does not want to read about the history of informatics, the admission board wants to read something relevant and precise about you.

5. Proof(s) of English language proficiency

Please see formal requirements for details on the required language certificates and further information.

  • Proof of English language proficiency by (or comparable to)
 CEFR/TELC: Level B2
 IELTS: 6.5
 TOEFL: IBT 90, PBT 575, CBT 230
 Cambridge: CAE or CPE

The following evidence may also be accepted:

  • Native English speaker (evidenced by a copy of your ID or passport of a country with English as one of its official languages)
  • Living/studying in an English-speaking country for a long period (3 years or longer) (evidenced by confirmation e.g. letter of your company, university)

Recent application periods have shown that most applicants have been directly rejected without English proficiency test due to a very high number of applicants and/or an unclear evidenced English proficiency. Therefore it is recommended to send in one of the internationally established language certificates as listed above.

6. Transcript of Records

Please see formal requirements for detailed information on the requirements for your transcript of records.

7. Self-made structured table of all core computer science courses

As a formal requirement you need to evidence 60 ECTS in core computer science courses. To do so, please provide your transcript and a self-made table listing all your core computer science courses you have completed. Please, also refer to the listed information under formal requirements regarding questions about the ECTS credit system, the calculation of the required 60 ECTS, modules/courses counted as CS by IAS admission board. Please use this example to provide your evidence of your 60 ECTS credits or more.

8. BSc certificates/diploma supplement

If you have finished your degree send a copy of your degree certificate. You can also apply if you have finished 5/6 semesters and can evidence 150 ECTS credits (or comparable) of your first degree and at least 60 ECTS in computer science. This must be detectable in your official transcript of records showing the amount of already acquired credits and the number of minimum credits required for completion. The final transcript and graduation certificate have to be handed in for enrolment if you are admitted.

9. Your grade

In regards to your overall average grade (preliminary) or final grade, please provide a document with your (preliminary) final grade calculated by your university, even if only 5/6 semesters of the studies have been completed. It can be in GPA or the system used in your university, but it should be submitted in numbers. Make sure you send an official document attested by your university as the IAS admission board does not accept self-calculated final grades nor does the IAS admission board calculate final grades for you. If this information is listed in your transcript of records or degree certificate, then you don't need to provide this extra document.

Please note: If you fail to provide an evidenced grade and grading scale. The grade you are assigned will be the worst possible grade - a grade of 9.9 in selection procedures. This means that applications without a grade will rank behind the last applicant who had provided a grade.

10. Grading scale

IAS admission board needs detailed information on your degree's grading system (alternative names: grading scale/scheme of evaluation/grade classification/range of marks ...) as it is important in our selection process. As the IAS admission board will evaluate and rank all applications, we need the grading scale of your university to make your average or final grade comparable to others. In a lot of cases, official transcripts of records display the university's grading system. Usually, this is a table with all the degree's grades and corresponding information like minimum passing grade and maximum, outstanding or excellent grade, etc. However, if this is not the case for your transcript of records, then please provide this information attested by your university.

Please note: If you fail to provide an evidenced grade and grading scale. The grade you are assigned will be the worst possible grade - a grade of 9.9 in selection procedures. This means that applications without a grade will rank behind the last applicant who had provided a grade.

11. Evidence that your university and degree is recognized in Germany

Admission to a Master degree program at a German university requires an undergraduate degree. This must have been obtained from a recognized higher education institution. The degree also must be equivalent to at least a three year Bachelor that was attained in Germany. It is a prerequisite for an application for the master course "IAS" that your university degree is recognized as equivalent to a Bachelor's degree obtained in Germany.

How to evidence that your university is recognized in Germany?

Yourself and cost-free:

  • Use the database anabin and print out the information about your university
  • Your university needs to be recognized with H+
  • More information here: Anabin

Use fee-based service:

  • The official recommendation of the Universität Hamburg is that you use the fee-based service Uni-Assist
  • Request this service around 1 of December - Otherwise Uni-Assist might not answer you in time
  • More information about Uni-Assist

German authorities endorsement:

An endorsement of recognition from German authorities, including information about the type of higher education entrance eligibility and, if applicable, for a particular subject. The Universität Hamburg accepts the following types of endorsement of recognition:

  • endorsements of recognition from German state transcript recognition offices
  • endorsements of recognition from other German higher education institutions
  • APS certificates from the academic review offices of Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, and Hanoi

For the application to the Master program IAS - it is enough to send in your information from Anabin or sending in an APS certificate.

If you cannot find information on whether your university is recognized in Germany, the admission board has to decide case by case whether your degree sounds eligible or not.

Here you can read the general Universität Hamburg official information : Recognition on educational foreign qualifications.

Please send all documents to:

 Dr. Annika Peters
 Universität Hamburg
 Department of Informatics / WTM / F-214
 Vogt-Kölln-Straße 30
 D-22527 Hamburg

Please, put the documents in this order and make sure that they are not attached to one another (Please do not use staplers, paper clips, folders, etc.):

  1. Cover Sheet
  2. Signed Online Form
  3. CV
  4. Motivation Letter
  5. Language Test
  6. Transcript
  7. Self-made table
  8. Bachelor Certificate
  9. Grade
  10. Grading scale
  11. Anabin print out
  12. everything else

Please check carefully if you have sent all required documents in due time. The deadline is the 31 of March (No postal mail arrives on Saturdays and Sundays at the university). Faxes and e-mails are not accepted. We do not inform you of missing documents or late applications. Your application is considered incomplete if one or more of the required documents are not received before the deadline via postal mail or if your STiNE online application form is not submitted online. As a result, your application will not take part in the selection process. There will be no reconsideration of your application. Also note, that we do not inform you about received postal mail (letters, parcels, envelopes) – Please check with your postal mail provider if you like an acknowledgment.

One final note from the admission board: There are more than 450 applicants and only 20 spaces on the program. We like a neat, well-structured, precise, and complete application. The admission board and team consist of professors, lecturers, advisors, Post-docs who will also teach you once you are accepted.

Additional Documents

Generally, all possible documents that support your application (especially as evidence for the arguments used in your motivation letter) can be included and will be taken into account in the selection process. Please include only documents that are relevant for this application. The selection of documents already shows your ability to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant content and a large amount of radomly added certificates or documents may have a negative effect on your ranking.

Desired documents

  • Documents that add to the evidence needed for the requirements, e.g. additional proofs of language proficiency or higher education courses with computer science content, letter of recommendation
  • Evidence for research or professional and/or international experience relevant to IAS studies.
  • International experience, e.g. a study exchange, shows your ability to adapt to different learning and living environments and should be listed and described as part of our CV.
  • The same holds for professional experience that may show your ability to work in a computer science context.
  • Training courses or extensive experience that shows deep understanding of computer science concepts. This will be taken into account for general suitability for the very specific Master program IAS.

Suitable additions

  • GRE test or other academic tests showing your ability to study in higher education. Such tests are not required but may be taken into account if provided and if they add to the general story of the application.
  • Certificates of contests and competitions can be added if relevant. Please carefully decide whether the certificate can add any additional value to your application.

Undesired documents

  • Full module handbooks. To show that you fulfill the requirement of the sufficient 60 ETCS credits, you have to send the self-made and structured table. Please don't send full module handbooks as the IAS admission team will not have the time to search for core CS courses in those handbooks for you.
  • Certificates that don't add additional information or are not relevant at all. More is not always better since it may show that you are not able to decide what is relevant for the subject and what is not. Select the certificates that best show your abilities.