Frequently Asked Questions

Application data:

Q: I haven't finished my bachelor, yet, but the application interface asks me for a bachelor's certificate. What should I do?

A: To assess your application, a transcript of records of your bachelor education so far is sufficient. It should contain a list of your courses (course titles in English) and the grades you achieved.

Q: Who should issue the letter of reference?

A: Such a letter can be written by either the supervisor of your bachelor thesis, a lecturer of one of your main courses or (in Europe) from the local Erasmus coordinator of your faculty.

Q: I have a course list and grades, but only in the teaching language of my university -- not English. Getting a translation will take too long.

We prefer transcripts in English. However, you may send us your records and attach a personal translation in English. This will help us to assess your level of education. In case we need further details, we will get into contact with you.

Time Scheme

Q: What are the exact dates of the summer school - I want to find out if it fits with the teaching periods at my home university.

The Post Bachelor program is quite flexible to make sure we get candidates from all over the world. The following basic schemes are offered:

  • A: Research period: June, July  Cultural Training: August
  • B: Research period: July, September  Cultural Training: August
  • C: Research period: September October   Cultural training: August
  • D: Research period: 6-8 weeks, to be negotiated with the supervisor  

We prefer students to realize one of the schemes A or D, but all periods are possible. In 2014 our first student of the program already arrived in January.

Q: The application period ends in September - but I need to arrange my participation earlier. Can I speed up the process? 

In your letter of motivation you should (amoungst other things) explain to us how the post bachelor program fits into your education plan. If you mention that you are interested in an early start of the visit, we will speed up the evaluation and placement process. In this case you will get an answer to your application within 4 weeks of your application. So if you apply early enough, even a visit in January or February can be realized.

Financial Arrangements

Q: I still do not understand the financial scheme of the program. What costs do I have to expect as a participant?

The graduate school will be covering all basic cost of the summer school: Travel, insurance, accommodation and fees. This leaves the student with the cost of living (food and local transport). From our experience this amounts to about 300 to 400 Euro per month. For students from developing countries, further financial support is possible.

Q: Our university offers travel funds for summer schools, but they usually cover the direct travel costs only, but not the local costs. Can I make some substitutions?

In case students can cover part of the travel or accommodation cost, individual financing schemes can be arranged with the graduate school. This includes partial coverage of the cost of living if airfares are covered by other mobility programs. 

Research Subjects

Q: The program offered by HGS MathComp has the focus on Mathematics and Computer science. Are there similar programs for other topics at Heidelberg University.

The Post-Bachelor program at HGS MathComp was designed in cooperation with the research cluster CellNetworks. This institution, also located at Heidelberg university, offers much the same program for students working in cell biology. Please refer to the   webpage on the Post-Bachelor Program of CellNetworks for details and application.

Q: The application interface asks for two supervisors. Whom should I choose?

Members of the program will be hosted in work groups of HGS MathComp at Heidelberg University. Please visit the web pages to find out which groups would be suitable for your research project. This depends on your personal interests, prior education and plans for your future career. Choose two options for a supervisor and we try to place you into one of these groups (subject to availability of research slots).

Other topics

Q: I have never been outside my home country. Is there some support for me to adapt.

A: All Post-Bachelor students will be teamed with a mentor from the graduate school (usually a senior PhD students). This person will help you to find your ways around at Heidelberg University as well as in private life. This situation is new to many of our guest students -- the office of HGS MathComp is also offering support: From getting your visa to shopping different kinds of food or organizing weekend trips to other German destinations.