International Programmes 2018/2019


Bonn International Graduate School of Mathematics (BIGS) Bonn International Graduate School of Mathematics (BIGS)

University of Bonn • Bonn

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Doctoral degree or degree awarded by
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bonn
Teaching language
  • English

Lectures, courses and events are conducted in English. The student may pass exams in English. The doctoral thesis may be submitted in English or German.

Programme duration
More than 9 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

15 December for the summer semester and the following winter semester
15 May for the winter semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

PhD in Mathematics
Our Graduate School is organised into the following sections:
A - Algebra, Number Theory and Logic
B - Analysis and Differential Equations
C - Discrete Mathematics
D - Geometry and Topology
E - Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computing
F - Stochastics

Types of assessment

Written dissertation, oral examination

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
Integrated internships

Internships are possible.

Teaching/work obligations or opportunities

Assistantships are a frequent mode of funding. Students are not required to prepare and teach lecture courses.

Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • DFG (e.g. postgraduate college)
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
300 EUR per semester
Costs of living
1,300 EUR
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic Admission Requirements

Academic admission requirements include a Master of Science with thesis. In exceptional cases, an outstanding Bachelor's degree may be accepted.

Language requirements

The applicant must submit evidence of proficiency in English. This can take the form of a test (TOEFL, IELTS or similar), a note showing previous instruction in English or the record of English courses taken. The applicant's ability to speak English should be on the level of the TOEFL with results of 550 points (written test) or 80 points (Internet-based test).
The language of instruction is English. The dissertation and exams can be written in English. Members of BIGS are expected to learn some German.

Application deadline

15 December for the summer semester and the following winter semester
15 May for the winter semester

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

Research and teaching assistantships are available.


Initial accommodation can be arranged for foreign students for the first year. After that, private accommodation must be sought.

Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Accompanying programme
Supervisor-student ratio

University of Bonn

An outstanding reputation in teaching and research as well as a unique location make the University of Bonn an especially attractive place to study.
Founded in 1818, the University of Bonn is considered to be not only one of Germany's but also one of Europe's leading research universities. As the home of learning to over 35,600 students, the University of Bonn is also one of Germany's largest institutions of higher education. It enjoys a long tradition as the alma mater of excellent students from Germany and abroad. Currently, more than 4,000 (13%) international students from all over the world contribute to the international character of the university and enrich both academic and social life in Bonn, making the university one of the most internationally oriented in the country.

University Location

The city's charms are hard to miss. Bonn is a beautiful, historic city. It is known as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and is peacefully located on the banks of the Rhine. Nonetheless, the city offers a vibrant and engaging environment to live, work, and study. As the former seat of government, it still houses various governmental institutions, around a dozen important United Nations agencies, and 170 other international organisations. Bonn is also home to major corporations such as Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile International, and the Deutsche Post.