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

In order to enroll in the joint Master's degree program "Comparative Social Policy and Welfare", you will have to initially complete the two following steps: 1) Apply for admission to the program;  2) Complete the formal admissions procedure to enroll in the program.

COSOPO is a graduate degree program is organized by the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) and Tampere University (TAU). Please apply for admission to the program at your home university (JKU) in order to complete formal enrollment procedures, pay any required tuition fees, and take care of any other administrative details. 

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

Next Cosopo Program


WS 2020 - SS 2022
(Start: SEPT 2020)

Application Period

January 1 - March 31

Grace Period

April 1 - May 15


Step 1: Application Process

Only a limited number of students will be accepted to the joint Master's degree program "Comparative Social Policy and Welfare". Please apply at your home university (JKU). A final decision regarding acceptance to the program will be rendered by the academic board.

Application Period

You can apply for the next upcoming program (WS 2020 - SS 2022) as follows: 

Winter Semester 2020 Begin End Decision
Standard application period January 1 March 31 April 15
Grace Period April 1 May 15 May 31

Application Documents

Application Form

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

Letter of Intent

Students applying to the Cosopo program will be required to 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).

Bachelor's Diploma and Full Transcripts of Records (translated)

Please enclose the copy of your diploma for either a Bachelor's degree or a Diploma degree program as well as a full transcripts of records with your application. The documents must to be translated into English or German by the issuing university or by an official translator.

In the event that your Bachelor's degree diploma has not been issued due to technical or administrative reasons - but will be issued before the end of the admission period - we will also accept a "temporary diploma" (provisional diploma issued by the university as a replacement for the forthcoming official diploma) or a "Late Bachelor's Degree" (statement regarding your forthcoming degree signed by an authorized official at your university), together with your transcripts of records. After graduation, please submit a copy of your diploma immediately and directly to the Insitute of Social Politics and Policy.

Please note that under formal admission requirements, you will need to submit the original diploma and a notarized, certified diploma.

Proof of Language Proficiency in English (C1)

Applicants are required to be proficient in English (level C1 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Language).

We will accept the following certificates as proof of proficiency in English:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    Scores: 90/internet-based, 575/paper-based
  • IELTS (Academic, International English Language Testing System)
    6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
  • Cambridge Certificate (Advanced Level)
  • Secondary education or Bachelor's degree diplomas taught in English in one of the following countries:
    EU/EEA countries, Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
    You must have resided in the country while studying. Degrees completed online or degrees completed in English in countries other than the ones listed above will not be accepted.
  • Language course certificates (level C1 or higher) issued by an European university
    Graded with an A and with the exception of online independent learning courses

Please enclose a signed copy or the original diploma with your application or submit it by the application deadline at the latest. Please take the review period into account as well as the administrative time period by the issuing organization. The diploma's date of issue should not be older than two years.

Passport Copy

Please attach a copy of your valid passport.

Please send your completed application, including the above-mentioned documents, in the order given and as a single pdf file to the following e-mail address:

or send the application via postal service to

Johannes Kepler University Linz
Institute of Politics and Social Policy
Altenberger Straße 69
A-4040 Linz

Decision on Acceptance to the Program

The decision regarding acceptance to the program will be rendered by the COSOPO academic board, taking your academic qualifications into account. This includes both formal requirements (proof of proficiency in English, Bachelor's degree or Diploma degree) and substantative requirements (professional background, expertise in social research methods and social policy, academic performance). The requirements apply equally to each applicant at each partner university. We strictly adhere to non-discrimination policies regarding the selection of applicants. 

There is no additional entrance examination. 

Applicants who submit an application during the standard application period will be considered during a first round of selection. A limited number of applicants will accepted to the program during the first round of selection. If you are accepted to the program during the first round of selection, you will receive a letter of acceptance by April 15. Those not accepted during the first round will be put on a waiting list. You will receive notification about the board's final decision by May 31.

If you apply during the grace period: Your application will considered during the second round of selection. Any open spots in the program will be awarded between those who applied during the grace period and those on the waiting list. Notification about the board's final decision will be sent by May 31.

As we receive more applications than there are spots available in the program, we unfortunately cannot accept all of the applicants. If you are not selected for the program, you will be notified by May 31.

Please note:

  • If you are not accepted to the program during the first round of selection, this does NOT mean you will not be accepted to the program; it just means you have been put on a waiting list. Only a limited number of applicants will be selected during the first round of selection. Please wait for the final decision.
  • If you do not receive notification regarding acceptance to the program by June 15, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please check the spam folder in your Inbox.
  • Receiving a letter of acceptance to the program does NOT mean you have been formally enrolled at the university. The letter of acceptance means that you have been selected for the program.
  • The JKU Admissions Office will receive official notification by the Cosopo board regarding the selection of accepted applicants. If you have been accepted to the program, you must then continue with formal admission procedures to enroll (Step 3). If you are not accepted to the program, you cannot enroll at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. 

If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator by sending an e-mail to:

Step 2: Formal Admission

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


Please note:

  • The academic board will render a decision to be admitted to the program based on your application (Step 1). You will be asked to commit to the program once you have been accepted.
  • 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 1, please contact the Cosopo program coordinator at the Institute for Politics and Policy (e-mail address)
  • If you have any questions about Step 2, please contact the Admission Office (e-mail address)

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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