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IMES FAQ - Prospective Students - Structure

 

I. Questions Before Applying

II. Questions While Applying

III. Questions After Applying

IV. Other Questions

 

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I. Questions Before Applying

When does the application process start?

Can I apply with a degree that is not related to environmental topics?

Can I apply for IMES if I already have a Masters’s degree and/or PhD?

Is it compulsory to submit a TOEFL or IELTS test score?

Can I apply with an older TOEFL or IELTS test score?

Can I apply with an older letter of recommendation?

What should a letter of recommendation include and who can it be written by?

What language should the letter of recommendation be written in? Are there any formal requirements?

Is it compulsory to submit two letters of recommendation?

What are the regulations on translated documents? Which must be officially translated, which can be translated by me?

Can I submit any documents after the deadline?

 

II. Questions While Applying

My contact information (e.g. e-mail address) changed. What should I do?

 

III. Questions After Applying

How long does it take to receive a response after the application deadline passed?

 

IV. Other Questions

Is there a numerus clausus (NC) for applicants?

Are there special regulations for students who have been enrolled into another MA program?

Is there a possibility to acknowledge credit points from previous studies?

Is it possible to study at a partner university for a semester? 

Does the IMES office have a conference grant to cover the cost of registration fee and travel?

What benefit of having an Environmental Sciences degree in addition would you see in regard to jobs and positions?

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When does the application process start?

There are no fixed dates on when the application process starts. Generally, the process starts about two or three months before each deadline. For exact dates, please contact the support team of uni-assist and Klips 2.0. 

Can I apply with a degree that is not related to environmental topics?

Since IMES is an interdisciplinary program, generally, applications with every background are welcome. No prior natural science education is needed since the first and second semester courses are meant to bring both groups on the ''same level''.

However, to increase your chances if your prior degree was not in environmental related topics, make sure to mention/highlight your interest/experience in environmental related topics (e.g. courses, working experience, etc.) and prove it.

Can I apply for IMES if I already have a Masters’s degree and/or PhD?

Generally, you are welcome to apply. If you apply, you need to follow the general process and upload all required documents; in general there is no different procedure if you already have a Master's degree and/or PhD.

However, please keep in mind that applicants who only have a Bachelor’s degree need to be preferred.

Is it compulsory to submit a TOEFL or IELTS test score?

Yes, it is complusory. You must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS test score, unless English is your native language or you graduated from an university where the language of instruction and examniantion was solely English. Unfortunately, there are no other exceptions.

Can I apply with an older TOEFL or IELTS test score?

You may apply with an older TOEFL or IELTS test score unless it is older than two years.

Can I apply with an older letter of recommendation?

Unfortunately no. The letter of recommendation should be specifically written for IMES.

What should a letter of recommendation include and who can it be written by?

The letter of recommendation should include statements on why you are qualified for IMES and must be written by someone who can vouch for your academic skills and recommend you for our program. This person can be e.g. a professor, employer etc.

What language should the letter of recommendation be written in? Are there any formal requirements?

The letter of recommendation can be written in either English or German, we have no preference. The letter is to be uploaded via Klips 2.0 in pdf-format. There are no formal requirements from our side.

Is it compulsory to submit two letters of recommendation?

Yes, it is compulsory, otherwise your application will be dismissed as incomplete.

What are the regulations on translated documents? Which must be officially translated, which can be translated by me?

Generally, everything needs to be translated officially.

Can I submit any documents after the deadline?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please also note that after submitting the necessary documents via Klips 2.0, they cannot be amended/corrected. Therefore, please make sure that you upload the right documents before finally submitting the entire application.

My contact information (e.g. e-mail address) changed. What should I do?

You can easily change your account information in uni-assist and Klips 2.0 in your account settings. If issues occur, please contact the uni-assist and Klips 2.0 support team.

How long does it take to receive a response after the application deadline passed?

Depending on the individual number of applications each year, it can take several weeks to receive a response after the application deadline on Klips 2.0 passed.

However, we work hard to notify each applicant as soon as possible so he or she has enough time to get everything done to come to Germany and prepare to study IMES.

Is there a numerus clausus (NC) for applicants?

The NC depends on the number of applications each year (``örtlicher NC´´). Therefore, it is different every year. From past years experience, the notional cut-off is around 2.0. However, even though your grade is one of the most important factors, the applications are reviewed as whole. If you have special qualifications/experience in environmental related topics, please make sure to mention/highlight them in your application.

Are there special regulations for applicants who have been enrolled in another MA program?

No, there are no special regulations. Depending on if you have an international or German degree you need to follow the respective application process.

Is there a possibility to acknowledge credit points from previous studies?

This is to be decided on a case to case basis. When applying, please use our contact form and state, what modules you want acknowledged for IMES. Also, please provide an accurate description of the respective module and tell us which module of IMES you think can be replaced and why. 

Is it possible to study at a partner university for a semester? 

Studying at a partner university is generally possible after the first year. You need to discuss your plans with the IMES manager.

Does the IMES office have a conference grant to cover the cost of registration fee and travel?

The IMES office does not have any direct funds to cover these costs. Perhaps at faculty level, for that please contact the people responsible for internationalization at Mat-Nat Faculty.

What benefit of having an Environmental Sciences degree in addition would you see in regard to jobs and positions?

The answer to this question will depend on what degree you already possess. However, more and more employers seem to be on the lookout for individuals will an explicit environmental expertise. Our graduates have found jobs in multiple areas. Some choosing to further their academic work with a PhD, some choosing to go into public sector positions, and others directly to the industry. There is not one graduate profile because of your ability to tailor the IMES program to your needs and interests.

To get a feeling of what kind of jobs and positions you can look forward to, feel free to look through our ''Job Opportunities'' section.