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2. How to apply successfully

2.1 Where can I get more detailed information on admissions procedures, course content, and examination regulations?

As with every program at Freie Universität Berlin, International Relations Online (IRO) has been set up by the responsible administrative bodies of the university and approved by the Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur (Department for Science, Research and Culture of the Berlin Senate). All regulations concerning the program are published in “Mitteilungen der FU Berlin” (online). The examination and study regulations are also available on the IRO website.

2.2 Does a successfully passed intermediate exam suffice as a substitute for a university degree?

No, a bachelor or a higher university degree is required. The approval of an equivalent degree is decided upon on a case by case basis and is subject to close review.

2.3 Do I need to submit all transcripts legally attested and in certified translation?

All degree certificates must be legally attested. For further details, see Admission. Furthermore, documents must be submitted in certified translation if they are written in any language other than German or English.

2.4 Which certificates are accepted as evidence of the required proficiency of English (only required for non-native speakers)?

For non-native speakers, we accept the following certificates: "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 80 points (internet-based). Alternatively, the "International English Language Testing System" (IELTS) or the "Cambridge Certificate" will also be accepted.

2.5 Which documentation do I have to provide in order to prove relevant work experience?

We advise you to include any relevant documents that certify specific work experience in your application.
However, no specific requirements concerning certificates of work experience have to be met.

2.6 How can I prove my computer skills?

In order to complete the study program successfully, you should possess sufficient computer skills and equipment to access the internet, display and, as the circumstances require, print electronic course materials, and compose written assignments in common document formats. You will not, however, need to prove your computer skills in your application.