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  1. Naim

    Dear Madam/Sir, I am willing to know one thing that after applying to SynCat program how long does it take for result/response? as I applied on 1st of March 2018.

    1. admin

      All applicants will be notified about the status of their admission within 4 to 6 weeks after the application deadline for the desired term.
      You may however be contacted earlier if there are any open questions which need to be clarified. Thank you for your interest in our program!

  2. layal mahfoud

    Hello, I have a master degree in Physical Chemistry and I would like to foster my knowledge more by studying in your institute, can you advise me what is the first dtep I should do.
    Best Regards
    Layal Mahfoud

    1. admin

      Dear Layal,

      first thing I recommend to do is to read the webpage thouroghly and see if the topics of the courses match your interest.
      If in doubt, feel free to ask further questions.

      Next step, once you decided you want to participate in the program, would be to go through the application process.
      Use the Apply Now button in the top right most corner and follow the instructions there.

      Currently the registration period for winter term 2018/19 is in active mode.
      You can apply for winter term 2018/19 from March 1st to June 1st, 2018.

  3. Topto

    I am a student who has appeared for Bachelors final exams and is about to take my IELTS exam this month. But both results are due after the application deadline. Is it possible for me to apply now and have my respective institutions/boards send in the results after the designated deadline?

    1. admin

      Dear Topto,

      thank you for this important question, which might be of interest for some fellow students as well!

      You can go through our application process while you are waiting for your results.
      Just hand them in as soon as you get them or have them forwarded to us.

      Good luck for your exams πŸ€

    1. admin

      Dear Asghar,

      any applicant who was turned down within one admission periode or did not succeed in getting his/her visa affaires sorted out in time for the start of the semester may try his/her luck again in any of the following admission periodes.

  4. Mina B.

    The visa processing time takes up to 3 months, if I successfully got accepted and the admission response is received by 15th of January, there is a possibility that I will be late at least 1 month later than the starting date of the summer semester.

    Also, what if I missed a semester do I have to apply again for the following semester or do I get a priority to be admitted to the following semester ?

    1. admin

      Dear Mina,

      we are aware of the time sensitivity of visa affairs. Therefore we do our best to swiftly process visa related issues. If necessary we also correspond directly with the respective embassy.

      Due to our dense curriculum it might not make sense to enter the program with a great delay. However, two to three week would probably be ok.

      We can not automatically guarantee admission to the following semester, since it strongly depends on individual qualifications, but previously admitted students who were struggling with visa affairs certainly will have priority within the next admission period.

      If you are experiencing any trouble with paper work, please make sure to let our Admission Team know. We are happy to assist you where ever we can.

      1. Mina Basla

        Thank you very much for your prompt and helpful response !

        As I am interested to apply to the program I wanted to have my transcript of records of the bachelor degree pre-checked, if it’s compatible with the program curricula. Moreover, my bachelor was Petrochemical engineering, and I have strong academic background in the organic/ inorganic and physical chemistry.

        Kindly, is there an email or a person that I can contact to ensure that I am eligible to apply to the program ?

        1. admin

          Dear Mina,

          from what you are writing it seems that the SynCat program would suit you perfectly since it grounds on a sound knowlege in organic and inorganic chemistry. You easily can verify this by checking the module catalogue and by taking a look at the involved academic staff.

          If you like our program just follow the APPLY NOW button and hand in all the necessary documents. However, please make sure to apply during the respective admission period only. We will not review any applications ouside the designated time frames.

          The next admission period, for summer term 2019, will start September 1st and run through December 1st.

  5. Ahmed Sami Shahin

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I have been admitted to your respective master program, but I am now can not obtain the visa due to inability to open a bank account with 8640 euros which I can not afford. The alternative solution is to provide a signed declaration of commitment from a person living in Germany. As a result, Iam kindly asking for your help to provide this commitment to the embassy here in Egypt as 8640 euros is a large amount of money equivalent to about 200000 EGP.

    1. admin

      Dear Ahmend,

      congrats for being admitted to our outstanding program πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜ƒ

      Please contact our study advisor through for details on your financial situation and legal advice.
      As this probably is a common issue there might already exist a pragmatic solution for your problem.

      However, I’d like to emphasis, that in general you should check on all implications before submitting your application.
      Please don’t hesitat to contact our SynCat team through the given email address at any step of your application process if in doubt.

  6. Kaarthik

    I done my in Pharmaceutical technology, my Undergraduate degree covers chemical engineering, Pharmaceuticals, biologicals as well as basic chemistry. Currently I’m looking for my masters.
    I am interested with this Masters in Advanced synthesis and catalysis.
    I need to know whether IELTS is must for doing this elite course.

    1. admin

      Dear Kaarthik,

      thank you for your interest in our program.
      In order to successfully absolve all parts of the syllabus, you need a sound basis of english language skills.

      IELTS in particular is not a must, you may also verify your knowledge by any other certified language test like TOEFL, or what ever is available to you.
      In case the instruction language of your Bachelors program was English, an attestation from your university will also be fine.

  7. Van Nguyen

    Hello, I want to ask about a required document for admission which is ” university admission examination”. Is this document about my result of the exam or the exam’s informations (general info, questions, a range of knowledge invovled….)? Thank you.

    1. admin

      Dear Van Nguyen,

      we need your full official graduation certificate for evaluation of your scores.
      You may however choose to upload any additional information you are considering as helpful ☺️

  8. Andriy Poturay

    Hi, I’m student from Ukraine and I interested in yours program. I need more information about capabilities what you have and give for your students, for example, about possible employment in laboratories during the studying (and maybe later). Would you give me a contact where I can get a consultation about this question? Thanks.

    1. admin

      Dear Andriy,

      we do not have a fixed contingent of students. Instead for each admission period we choose to admit those students who, based on their application, seem to fit best into our program.

      While we do have a very limited number of payed tutorships, we are not able to assign them beforehand.

      After completing the SynCat program you may apply for a payed PhD student position, but again this can not be guaranteed. However, if you prove yourself to be a dedicated student, chances aren’t to bad.

      In general I would advice to make sure you can cover basics costs of living without depending on working opportunities during your master studies.

      Please also check if you are eligible for sponsoring through international exchange programs.
      If you feel you need more personal advice please contact our study advisor through

    1. admin

      Dear Nathaniel,

      thank you for your question!

      The address for submission of documents is:

      Just click on the blue high lighted “SynCat” link, which you find under point 6 in the description for the application process:

      For assistance with any matter concerning your application you are always welcome to contact our study advisor through the very same e-mail address. No shy, she is quite nice 😊

  9. Nilson Neto

    Hello, I am Brazilian and I finish my bachelors degree in chemistry next year, I would like to know how I can increase my chances of being admitted to this program. What are the criteria? For example, internship, published articles, global average at the university where I graduated or the test has more value?
    Thank you in advance

    1. admin

      Dear Nilson,

      we try to keep our admission process as equitable and transparent as possible.

      Therefore we are applying a scoring system, which allows for compensation if specific skills could not be aquired during each indiviudal students study period.

      The highest scores are achived by excellent grades, but also a SynCat topic specific bachelors thesis allows for high ranking.

      There are additional points credited for internships, international study periods, co-authoring of research papers, certified english skills and scientific awards.

      After all of those factors got evaluated, the top candidates get invited to solve a set of chemical problems and discuss them in an informal interview.

      We do not judge by country of origin or reputation of your university 🌎🌍🌏

  10. Yahia Mahmoud

    I’m Cochlea Implant person will that effect my opportunity to join the program? If no; I would ask if there any special requirements in admission? and the policy of university such case?

    1. admin

      Dear Yahia,

      We honor diversity and individuality and therefore take great care to make sure to give equal opportunity to each and every student applying to our program.

      In order to keep our students free from harm during their extensive lab work, we ask students which experience health restrictions, to go through a critical self assessment. Their and their fellows students lab safety has top priority.

      However, if you where able to absolve a bachelors program in chemistry or applied sciences at your university, there is no doubt that you can successfully absolve the SynCat program under the same health conditions.

      In order to grant full support and, if necessary, adopt your exam or work schedule, we need to know as soon as possible about any concerns you might have and which matters are demanding special attention.

      We will assess each request on an individual basis. If in doubt, please contact our study advisor through for further clarification.

      The University of Regensburg offers a range of services for students with special needs, which of course are available in their full extent to international students.

      There are formally no particular requirements for students with special needs during the course of admission.

  11. Nahid Hasan

    Dear Sir,
    My question is regarding the evaluation test. Is any particular topic or syllabus for chemistry knowledge test? If yes, could you provide me a guidance?

    Thank you.

    1. admin

      Dear Nahid,

      thank you so much for your very important question!

      We are very well aware that it might be difficult for foreign students to get a feeling for the exact nature and academic level of entry knowledge we ask for.

      Therefore, we are currently working on a selftest tool, which will be randomly displaying questions originating from bachelor study tests taken here at the University of Regensburg. Furthermore, we might, in future, be able to provide some sort of SynCat “pre-class” for remote studies. We will keep you updated about that through our webpage!

      For now it might be a good idea to have a look at our youtube channel. Especially the organic chemistry lectures of Prof. Reiser could give you an appropriate impression:
      We are in the process of video taping inorganic lectures as well, they might appear on our youtube channel soon 😊

      While the admission test questions will cover organic and inorganic questions only, we do expect our SynCat students to have a sound knowledge in all basic fields of chemistry.

      I hope this helps a bit. Don’t hesitate to ask, if you have any further qestions!

  12. Taiwo

    Thanks for this opportunity. I have been long to see this during my undergraduate days. Please, on the application form, there are two boxes for summer and winter, can someone tick both boxes as the first one may not be positive but can be considered for the next one?

    1. admin

      Dear Taiwo,

      thank you for giving us the opportunity to clearify this matter!

      You may apply for one specific term at a time only.
      Therefore you will have to choose between summer or winter term. Please check one box only.

      However, in case you got turned down or you had to cancel after admission, due to what ever reasons, you will get one more chance.
      You would have to repeat the full application process though, in order to take advantage of this option.

      After two shots, we will reject your papers.

      Hope this piece of information was usfull to you!
      Just let us know, if you have any further questions or concerns πŸ™ƒ

    1. admin

      Dear Arjun,

      the chemical problem, which we ask you to solve as one step within our admission process, falls either in the inorganic or organic chemistry category. We offer you one question from each field. You may choose either one after you got both revealed.

      Since we apply a rather sofisticated scoring system which involves many different aspects, solving the chemical problem is not a major knock out criterium. It rather gives you the opportunity to increase your overall score if the focus of your studies did not center around basic organic and inorganic chemistry.

      Don’t let the prospect of an “online exam” deter you from a profound and motivated application.
      Best of luck πŸ‘πŸ»

  13. Rakhimjon

    Dear admin
    I would like to know some information about the second stage of the selection process. what will be the topic of the interview? is it organized to check my English skill or to discussing my answer to “chemical problems” which was the 1st stage of the selection process
    thank you in advance

    1. admin

      Dear Rakhimjon,

      thank you for this question, which might be of interest for other applicants as well!

      The during the admission process scheduled interview has quite an informal character. The main purpose is to get to know the student a bit more personally and to get an impression about his/her deeper motivations that triggered the interest for our SynCat program.

      We are definitly not checking any language skills. So, no worries about that!

      While the interview is not strictly about testing your chemistry knowlege, it will take some chemical questions as the basis for casual exchange. Also exemplification or explanation of your answers to your question sheet, which is part of the admission procedure, might be subject of the interview.

      Hope this information is helpful to you! Please ask if you have any more questions!

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