We are looking for talented students who finished their first academic degree (Bachelor) in social science, political science, history, international relations, law, humanities and economics with good or very good results. Students applying for this programme should have an interest in peace and security and global affairs.

Next call for applications:

The application deadline for 2024 has been extended until March 18.


There application deadline is February 29. A selection committee with professors from both universities chose the candidates. The programme starts in October every year.

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Applications for the MA programmes can be sent via e-mail to the programme coordinators. Photo: Christian Hüller/Universität Leipzig.
  • academic excellence (study results and quality of higher education institution)
  • motivation and academic potential
  • match of previous degree with our Master’s course
  • work experience and professional qualification
  • language skills
  • application form
  • certified copy of original high school leaving certificate
  • certified copy of original university diploma
  • certified transcript of records issued by prior university
  • English test results, if English was not the language of instruction at your previous university
  • curriculum vitae (not longer than two pages)
  • letter of motivation
  • copy of passport

Once admitted to the programme, we are going to ask for

  • certified hard copy of high school leaving certificate
  • certified hard copy of university diploma
  • certified hard copy of transcript of records
  • two passport size pictures

Students will be enrolled at Leipzig University as well as in Addis Ababa University over two years. International students from outside of Ethiopia have to get their Bachelor certificate certified by their Ministry of Foreign Affairs before they come to study.

Fees and living expenses

Our programme is based on tuition fees, but we do no operate for profit. Tuition fees are reinvested in the programme to pay faculty and staff, guest lecturers, language classes, online access to the library of Leipzig, enrollment fees in Leipzig, supervision, visa support, transcripts and graduation documents as well as social gatherings..

Tuition for the Master program are 1.800 € per term, payable every six months. Please note that this master programme is not a scholarship programme. It requires students to prepare their finanical organization beforehand.

Additional costs

  • In addition to tuition fees students coming from outside to Addis Ababa should have approximately 8.000 Birr or 350 € per month at their disposal for accommodation and living costs. We help organizing private accommodation in Addis.
  • For the second term in Leipzig monthly expenses including rent amount to an average of 650 €. We organize accommodation in students dorms which costs 180-220 € per month.
  • At the moment, registration at Addis Ababa University is 200 $ which includes 80 $ admission and 120$ for registration for international students.
  • Local students pay the local fees for registration. The registration fee at Leipzig University is 250 € which includes a public transportation ticket for the city and reduced prices in dining halls.

Funding opportunities

The ways students manage to pay for the programme are diverse and we would like to share these as they might help others who are in similar situations.

The most expensive part is the three months stay in Leipzig, Germany. Accommodation, living expenses as well as health insurance need to be factored in. While we are able to help organize all of it we cannot pay for these expenses. Students are enrolled throughout the entire two years at the German university. It is therefore advisable to look for organizations which support studies in Germany. Some students were successful in applying for funds at the foundations listed below. We recommend to carefully read what these organizations'/foundations' mission and vision are and apply to the one that best suits your particular study goals and interests.

Catholic Academic Exchange Service

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)



Paul + Maria Kremer Stiftung