Admission to COSOPO.

Here is a step-by-step guide to start the Master's degree program in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare.

COSOPO is a graduate degree program that is organized by the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) and Tampere University (TUNI). Please apply to the program at your home university (JKU).

In order to enroll in the joint Master's degree program "Comparative Social Policy and Welfare", you will have to complete the two following steps: 1) Nomination by the academic board;  2) Formal admission. In order to complete formal enrollment procedures, pay any required tuition fees, and take care of any other administrative details. 

Before applying to the program, please make sure you meet the admission requirements (link).

Next Cosopo Program

Duration

4 Semester
WS 2022 - SS 2024
(Start: September 2022)

Standard Application Period

January 1 - March 31, 2022
Decision on Nomination: April 15

Grace Period

April 1 - May 15, 2022
Decision on Nomination: May 31

Contact of the Academic Board

cosopo@jku.at 
 

Step 1: Nomination by the Academic Board

Please apply to the joint Master's degree program "Comparative Social Policy and Welfare" at your home university (JKU). Only a limited number of study places is available. The academic board will nominate students based on their application.
 

1.a) Application Period for the Nomination by the Academic Board

You can apply for nomination for the upcoming program (WS 2022 - SS 2024) as follows: 

Application period Begin End Decision
Standard application period
(!! Attention !! We recommend international students to apply during the standard application period)
January 1, 2022 March 31, 2022 Mid of April

Grace Period

April 1, 2022 May 15, 2022 End of May

1.b) Application Documents for the Nomination by the Academic Board

Please send your full application (including the documents listed below) as a single pdf.-file to the following e-mail address: 

cosopo@jku.at (Link)

Application Form

Complete the application form (PDF)  Please include your personal information.

Letter of Intent

Submit a letter of intent that includes your interest in the program and your motivation to take part in the Cosopo program (max. 2 pages)

Curriculum Vitae

Please attach a current CV (in tabular form).

Full Transcripts of Records (translated)

Please enclose a copy of your transcripts of records (in English or German) to indicate the content of your studies and your academic performance.

1.3.) Decision on the Nomination

The academic board will render a decision on your application by taking into account both formal admission requirements (Diploma or Bachelor's Degree, English proficiency) and more substantive criteria (academic performance, knowledge in social policy, etc.). The criteria are applied equally to each applicant. We strictly adhere to non-discrimination policies. 

1st decision round (15th April): If you apply during the standard period, your application is considered during a first round. If you are nominated for the program, you will receive a letter of nomination by 15th April (continue with Step 2: Formal Admission). If you are not nominated in the first round, you are put on a waiting list.

2nd decision round (31st May): If you apply during the grace period, your application is considered during a second round together with applicants, who are put on the waiting list. If you are nominated for the program, you will receive a letter of nomination by 31st May (continue with Step 2: Formal Admission).

Unfortunately, only a limited number of applicants can be nominated for the program. If you are not nominated for the program, you will receive a letter of rejection by 31st May as well. 

Please note:

  • Once you have been nominated for the program, you are asked to confirm the nomination for the program. If you do not longer wish to study Cosopo, please decline the nomination and give a chance to another applicant.
  • If you receive a letter of nomination, it does NOT mean that you are formally enrolled in the program. Please continue with Step 2: Formal Admission.  
  • If you have not received any notification letter by June 15th, please don't hesitate to contact us. Please check your spam folder.
  • Please make sure that you meet the formal admission requirements (link) before you apply to the program.
  • If you have any questions about Step 1: Nomination by the Academic Board, please contact the Cosopo program coordinator at the Institute for Politics and Policy (e-mail)

Step 2: Formal Admission

Once you have been nominated for the program (see Step 1), you may officially enroll at the JKU. Click here for more information about the deadlines and steps to be admitted to the university.

Please note: 

  • Please make sure that you meet the formal admission requirements (link) before you apply to the program. Otherwise, you cannot be admitted to the program.
  • Please make sure that you have received a letter of nomination by the academic board (see Step 1). Otherwise, you cannot be admitted to the program.
  • You must complete the admissions procedure at the JKU Admissions Office (Step 2) in order to officially enroll at the university. If you miss the admissions deadline, you cannot enroll and study at the university. 

If you have any questions about Step 2, please contact the Admissions Office directly (e-mail address).

Step 2: Enroll in a Master's Degree Program

Admission

Additional Information for International Students

International students accepted to the program at the Johannes Kepler University may need a valid student visa and a residence permit in order to live and study in Austria. Please contact the Austrian embassy or consulate in your home country for additional information. Students who hold a valid passport from a European Union country or who are citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) do not have to apply for a visa or residence permit.
 

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