Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply?

Please apply online only.

The system is up within the application phase, i.e. August 15 - January 15 only.

I need a scholarship for the PPRE. Does the University of Oldenburg offer any?

The University of Oldenburg does not offer scholarships or financial assistance. However, we have a list of scholarships that our alumni were awared under Scholarships and Links.

What subject matter do I need to be familiar with for the programme?

Please check "Application" => "Academic Requirements"

What are the chances of getting a job with a specialization in renewable energy?

At the moment, they are excellent. There are a large number of jobs on all continents and our alumni are well sought-after.

When will I know if I was chosen for the programme?

If you applied for a DAAD scholarship (deadline 15 October) you will know by mid-December, and if you applied to the January 15 deadline you will know by the end of February at the latest.

If you were told that you are on a waiting list, you could be admitted anytime between early July and September, depending on the time when the regular candidates inform us that they will not take part in the programme.

I would like to know why I was not chosen.

Unfortunately, there is no way for us to give individual feedback since we receive hundreds of applications each year. You can only check for yourself if you sent two letters of recommendation, graduated at least with a grade in the Second Upper division (in fact, most of our students have first class degrees) or if you have work experience in the energy and rural development sector, also to make up for average grades or for a subject that is not closely connected to our programme. Finally, your motivation letter is very important, too.

I forgot how to upload my documents.

If that happens please send an email with the subject line "University of Oldenburg Applicant-Number: XXXXX" (replacing the XXXXX with your applicant number and leaving away the quotation marks) to ppre-upload(at)uni-oldenburg.de and attach whatever documents you wanted to upload. You will receive an automatic confirmation email naming the documents you sent if the upload was successful.

Please be aware that the upload account is fully automatic and questions you send there will be deleted without reading.

I would like to apply for a DAAD scholarship. When and how should I apply?

Starting 2014, all applicants have to apply online in our application system. This means that, if you are applying for a DAAD scholarship, you also need to upload all documents we ask for, including the DAAD application form you can find on their website. If this form is missing, you will have to be disqualified, unfortunately, since it is just as important as the other documents we ask for.

Do I have to send you documents by mail, too?

No - you only need to apply online and upload your documents to the online application system. We do not accept paper applications.

I would like to apply both for the DAAD and regular round - how do I do that?

First, you apply as a DAAD applicant. This is also what you check in your online application. You do not have to hand in a financial statement at this stage.

If you were not chosen as a DAAD applicant, you will be notified - along with all other applicants - in mid to late December. You will be asked to give feedback if you would like to be re-considered for the regular round by January 15 and upload a financial statement.
Important: If you tell us to be re-considered but do not send in a financial statement, you will be disqualified.

You will then get feedback in mid to late February about the outcome of that round. This is enough time to hand in a letter of acceptance to other scholarship donors or apply for an educational loan.

Since the DAAD round is the more competitive round, this is a valid option to get into PPRE.

My documents are in a language other than German or English. Do I need notarised translations? Can the notary be local or does it have to be the German consulate/embassy?

We do need translations from languages other than German or English, but as long as you upload your documents online, the concept of certification is not really applicable since these documents are scans you made. Still, we prefer scans of translations by an official translator as opposed to yourself.

I'm missing a document for the application/ my English test date is too late for the result/whole application to arrive in time.

If it's a single document, you can upload it late and send a notification email to ppre(at)uni-oldenburg.de (so that we know you updated your documents), but always at your own risk. If it's more documents than that, your application will not make a good impression. In any case, please make sure you comment on the missing document in the online application process and explain when you will be able to supply it. Please also keep in mind that the later your missing document arrives, the more likely it is to be recorded as missing. If you hand anything in after the deadline it will be at your own risk.

As a general rule, it is always better to upload an incomplete set of documents than nothing at all! Applications with no documents are disqualified immediately after the deadline!

As for the missing English test result, you can also hand it in later via email/upload, but not after the assessment of your application. Please remark upon the missing test result if you have to hand it in late. If you can provide a PDF print of your online result, this is better than nothing.

What kind of document is a financial statement?

This is a statement from you or your sponsor (family, employer) which clarifies your funding - you simply explain to us which scholarships you are going to apply for, which other sponsor you have or that you will apply for an educational loan. You need about 20.000 Euros total for your stay with us: 17.300 Euros (24 months x 720 Euros) for the period of the programme will be needed for living and housing, plus tuition fees have to be paid, which are 1000 Euros per term, i.e. 4000 Euros for the whole programme. You can also send us a bank statement saying that you have enough savings (or your sponsor, respectively). If a member of your family serves as sponsor, an affidavit of support by him or her is appreciated. It is necessary to show that your funding is taken care of in order for you to receive a visa once you are admitted to our programme. The financial statement is compulsory for all non-DAAD applicants; its absence will lead to disqualification.

How do I hand in letters of recommendation? What format do they need to be in? Is there an electronic way to send them?

As we need everyone's documents to be uploaded in the process of using our online application system, we need scans of your letters. This means that you are allowed to open those letters yourself, even if you may have to break a seal.

We do not have a template for the format, but the letter needs to be on official university or company letterhead, signed and stamped.

Your referee can also send the letter by email from his or her university/company email account. Public providers like gmail are not acceptable. The email address for this is ppre(at)uni-oldenburg.de.

I cannot reach my former professors / I cannot provide a letter of recommendation from my current employer because I might jeopardize my job…

You should definitely hand in two letters of recommendation for a realistic chance of being selected, but you can choose other people with sufficient insight into your professional skills. The committee needs a detailed impression of your qualifications in order for you to be selected for the programme.

If you want to show us that you work in a certain company without their knowing, just send us a copy of your work contract.

I need a letter of acceptance from you in order to apply for a scholarship (other than DAAD scholarship programme for developing countries).

We cannot issue letters of acceptance before the actual selection process. Scholarship donors usually do not need the letters of acceptance before we issue them, so you can apply for these and hand in the letter later. The earliest deadlines usually are in the middle of March and we can meet these.

If you need a letter of acceptance for a scholarship programme in December/early January - and only then - please apply for the DAAD deadline and write an email to ppre(at)uni-oldenburg.de so that we put you on the list.

I need proof of personal correspondence with you to apply for a DAAD scholarship.

Actually you do not, but if your local DAAD representative really refuses your application for that matter, just write to ppre(at)uni-oldenburg.de and take our answer - which will be brief - as proof of correspondence. This has always worked in the past.
At the same time, we can assure you that PPRE does NOT need this item in the list of documents and we do regard it as completely irrelevant for your application.

Do I need to write a research proposal?

If you are a DAAD applicant: Yes. If you are a self-sponsored applicant: not a must, but definitely a plus. We do not ask for an actual official research proposal, but something like it. PPRE is a programme with 2 semesters of coursework, so we do not expect you to write an actual proposal for your master thesis, but what we do ask for is a text that gives insights into your specific interest in renewable energy, which disciplines, technologies, applications etc. Be as precise and concise as you can be, so that we know on what level of sophistication you have dealt with which aspects.
The research proposal can be handed in as part of your motivation. The maximum for the whole document is 1 page.

What kind of degree do I need?

You need at least a Bachelor's Degree with a grade in the Second Upper Division or comparable degree with 180 credit points and/or at least 3 years of studying.

I haven't finished my degree yet, can I still apply?

You can for the regular deadline, but you need all transcript of records you can present to us so far and also a confirmation that your studies will be finished by the time our course starts. You also need to clarify when that will be. An expected grade or current CGPA is also important.

Please be aware that you need 2 years of professional experience for a DAAD scholarship, though, so please just apply for the regular deadline if you are still in college.

Do I need work experience to apply?

In order to be eligible for a DAAD scholarship, you need 2 years of work experience. For the regular deadline, it is not a must but certainly a plus. Of course, the energy and rural development sectors are most relevant. Internships or final projects from your previous studies also count.

What work experience is relevant?

Of course, work experience in the energy (and, here, especially RE) or rural development sector is most relevant. Anything related to it might also be of interest. We are aware that, in some countries, work experience in the renewable energy sector is very hard to come by.

I got my degree in an English-speaking country. Do I still need proof of English language proficiency?

No, you don't.

Which TOEFL score do I need to apply?

You need a score 550 in the paper-based test, 213 in the computer-based and 80 in the internet version of TOEFL.

What is your TOEFL code number?

Our TOEFL code number is 4924 but, for application to our programme, you have to (!) upload a scan of your copy. Still, this group of applicants also needs to upload an electronic version of their English test result (if you are not a native speaker of English).

Which other certificates of English proficiency do you accept?

IELTS level 6 (Academic Version - the General Training is not acceptable) and Cambridge Certificate Level C1.

If the medium of instruction at your college was 100% English, you can simply hand in a confirmation of this and you will be fine.

I do not speak German/ I only speak little German.

This is not relevant for the application process. Classes are in English, but there are preparatory German language courses for you to manage your everyday life.

What are the chances of working during my studies with PPRE?

The probability of getting paid during your Master's thesis is high, and there is even a small chance of getting paid during your 2-month internship between the first and second semester. If you manage to get a work contract originating from this internship, there is a small chance of having a job during your second semester, although you really should keep the workload in mind - working during the semester is not recommended for that reason. In any case, the prospect of earning money during these projects cannot serve as a basis for your financial statement.

Generally, if you absolutely want to work during the semester, you might face problems with the language barrier, and there generally are no student jobs in PPRE. What you can do for a chance on the job market is study German *very* hard once you're accepted (which is also highly recommended if you are planning on finding a job in Germany after PPRE), but please, do not rely on earning money in Oldenburg.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is none.