Applications / Admission 2019
The teaching period for successful applicants of application period 2019 will begin on 30 September 2019
– see Timeline Applications 2019
I. Requirements for Admission
Eligibility requirements for admission onto the master’s program:
Students may also apply if they have not yet fully completed their studies.
(1) Students at German universities: At the time of application, applicants from German universities must have a transcript showing that no more than 30 ECTS points are missing before completion of studies is possible. At the end of the online application process, applicants who have not yet completed their studies will receive a form that the examination office of their university has to fill in. On this form the examination office must confirm how many points the applicant has achieved at the point of application.
(2) Students at international universities: Applicants from international universities will need their university to issue an informal but official statement confirming when they are expected to complete their studies. If these international universities use ECTS points, the university's statement has to be supplemented by an official transcript showing that no more than 30 ECTS points are missing before completion of studies is possible. The final graduation certificate must be submitted upon registration (no later than September).
(b) Proficiency in English (B2 level)
The master’s program Mind and Brain is conducted entirely in English.
Proficiency in English must be proven with a recognized language certificate (FAQ 5).
The dated certificate must state the testing facility, achieved level, as well as the date of the last exam.
(I) International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5.5
(II) (Internet-based) English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 72
(III) English for International Communication (TOEIC):
- Speaking and writing: 310
- Listening and reading: 785
(IV) Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
(V) Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC V)
(VI) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
(VII) Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
(VIII) Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC H
(IX) International Certificate in Financial English (ICFE)
(X) International Legal English Certificate (ILEC)
(XI) BULATS – Business Language Testing Service: 60
(XII) DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Language Certificate
- a minimum of C in all skills or
- **** (4 stars) in all skills
(XIII) UNIcert® II certificate: 3.0
- UNIcert® III or IV
(XIV) LCCI (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry) English for Business (EFB): level 3
(XV) Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 51
(XVI) Language certificate from recognized German institutions of higher education for level B2 (with at least 4 contact hours per week) and minimum grade 2.3
(c) Proficiency in German
Applicants do not have to provide a proof of proficiency in German!
(d) Subject test
After applications have been processed, those applicants who submitted complete applications within the period prescribed and whose previous studies fulfill the entry requirements will be invited to take a subject test, most likely at the end of June. The subject tests will take place under supervision in the applicant’s country of residence. Read more about the subject test here.
Recommendations or motivation letters are not required!
II. German applicants
German applicants (i.e., German citizens with a German education background - i.e. students having the German Abitur who also completed their first degree leading to a professional qualification in Germany) apply online via the application portal of Humboldt-Universität.
Please note: German citizens with a foreign secondary school education background or foreign university degrees (bachelor/master) have to apply via Uni-Assist (see section III Foreign applicants).
Applications must include the following:
(a) signed application form
The application form can be downloaded only at the end of the online application procedure with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
(b) certificate awarded for first degree leading to a professional qualification and photocopy of the corresponding Transcript of Records
(c) proof of proficiency in English − see related list under I(b) above
If the certificate awarded for a first degree cannot be provided, the following must be submitted:
- form to be filled in by the university at which the first degree leading to a professional qualification was acquired (the form can be downloaded only at the end of the online application procedure with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
- official overall summary of achievements to date (Transcript of Records)
III. Foreign applicants
Foreign applicants (i.e., foreign citizens having qualifications gained outside German schools or German universities) must submit the documents listed under (a)–(i) as hard copies to Uni-Assist (see address below).
Similarly, German citizens with a foreign secondary school education background or foreign university degrees (bachelor/master) have to apply via Uni-Assist.
Foreign applicants have to apply online via the application portal of Uni-Assist. After filling in the online application form, applicants have to print it out and sign it and send this form PLUS all required documents listed under (a)–(i) below as hard copies to Uni-Assist – for the “Mind and Brain” program applicants do not need to upload PDFs of these documents!
Please note: Do not send the forms and documents to the Berlin School of Mind and Brain!
Read the additional information Uni-Assist provides regarding country-specific requirements for your home country:
(a) Application form, to be filled in online, printed out and signed
The application form can be downloaded only at the end of the online application procedure with Uni-Assist.
(b) Certified copies (FAQ 6) of all certificates and corresponding transcripts of records:
- secondary school-leaving certificate,
- university entrance examination documentation (if applicable),
- evidence of study areas and grades obtained in previous studies,
- graduation certificate.
If certified copies are requested by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Uni-Assist, on no account may simple Xerox copies be provided -
in this case the application will not be processed! For further information please see FAQ 6.
Please note: If the original certificates were not drawn up in German or English, applicants must provide:
- certified copies of officially certified translations into English or German of applicants’ certificates (FAQ 7),
- certified copies of the certificates in the original language.
If the language of instruction in your program was neither English nor German the transcript in the original language is required - even if your university provides you with an additional English-language transcript.
Information regarding “certification” and “translation of documents” (FAQ 6 and FAQ 7).
(c) Enrollment certificate (if at the time of application you are a student at a German or European higher education institution)
Proof of withdrawal from the register specifying the areas of study (if you have studied at a German or European higher education institution)
(d) Proof of proficiency in German: Applicants do not have to provide a proof of proficiency in German!
(e) Proof of proficiency in English (B2 level) − see related list above under I(b)
(f) Complete CV in table form with signature
(g) a current passport-sized photo
(h) a simple Xerox copy of your passport
(i) payment receipt of Uni-Assist fee
See also Uni-Assist’s additional application requirements for applicants from certain countries:
Foreign applicants and German applicants with foreign university degrees should send their applications to:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Please note: All documents must have been submitted in their entirety by the end of the application period. The postmark date will not be considered valid!
IV. Application fees (FAQ 8)
All Uni-Assist applications are subject to a fee of € 75.00.
Every additional application: € 30.00.
Please read about the different payment options that Uni-Assist offers for the application fee:
You can find further information regarding application and enrollment procedures for all students here:
V. Contact and advice
If you have additional questions, please contact the course coordinator:
Dr. Dirk Mende
Tel. +49 30 2093-1792