What happens if I can't provide the necessary application documents?
All admission conditions have to be met before the start of the academic year.
Should you fail to provide the necessary documents, your admission to the programme is void and you are not allowed to participate.
Do I have to provide original documents for the application?
No. The application is completely on-line. As such only electronic copies must be provided.
After you have been accepted the staff may, at their discretion, ask you to provide originals or notarised copies of all electronic documents used in your application.
I cannot accept my place this year. Can the offer be deferred?
In accordance with the official regulations stipulated by the European Commission, an offer or acceptance into the EMLE programme cannot be deferred to the following academic year. As a result, the underlying applicant would have to re-submit his/her application during the following application cycle.
Please note that such applicant, who has previously been accepted, is very welcome to refer to such previous offer in the course of his new application.
I was accepted but I do not like my destinations. Can these be changed?
The admission letter contains an allocation for all three terms. By paying the 500 Euro instalment for the tuition fee, the underlying student officially accepts the allocation stated in the admission letter.
Should an applicant desire to be reallocated to a more preferred location, she/he should contact the admissions staff. The conditions, deadlines and contact details for such such a request are contained in the admission letter.
Please note that reallocation requests can only be accommodated to the extent of available capacities at the respective locations.
What is the reserve list?
All students who fulfil the academic requirements of the EMLE but have not been ranked high enough to obtain one of the limited places in the programme are placed on the reserve list. If higher-ranked applicants decide not to accept the offered place, applicants on the reserve list will be contacted in order of their ranking.
Typically such offers are made between the end of March and the end of April.
I have not been accepted. Can I re-apply next year?
Both applicants who cannot accept our offer this year (see above) and declined applicants are most welcome to re-apply for the next academic year.
Please note that a transfer of this year´s results and/or information to the next year is not possible. The application form and the exact requirements normally change between years. For this reason any re-application has to be started fresh (i.e. the application form has to be filled in again and the required documents have to be uploaded).
Why was my application denied?
Due to the large number of applications, the staff cannot provide individualized feedback on your application. Please refer to the application documents page to check what the relevant rating criteria are.
Can my tuition fees get reimbursed?
Please note that if a candidate does not commence the programme or if he or she leaves the programme the 2nd instalment of the tuition fees will be reimbursed according to the following rules: Until 30 July 100%; Until 15 September 50%; After 15 September no refund of the tuition fee.
"The EMLE program is a unique chance to broaden one's focus and to dive into interdisciplinary research. Having studied political science before, I wanted to learn more about the economic rationales behind the rules that are governing our everyday life as well as about the potentials to improve them. My expectations were more than fulfilled! With the new tools at hand I was able to start a Ph.D. program at the International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation.
Apart from the outstanding academic quality of the program I cannot think of a better way to get to know energetic people from all around the world. Sitting in a Hamburg dorm and enjoying dinner in a 20sqm kitchen with friends from Italy, Russia, Mexico, Bangladesh, India, China, the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Ireland, Israel, Taiwan and Argentina is what makes the EMLE program an experience of a lifetime."
Thimo Pascal Stoll
[EMLE Student 2008/2009]