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Application deadlines in 2020:

  • January 15 (1st priority deadline for all applicants)
  • March 1 (2nd priority deadline for all applicants)
  • April 15 (3rd priority deadline for all applicants)
  • June 30 (4th priority deadline for all applicants, including EU applicants)
  • September 15 (rolling admission deadline for German and EU applicants)
  • September 28: on-campus start of the presessional courses in Jena
  • November 2: on-campus AND online start of the M.Sc. Photonics courses


A note on ASP's reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic (updated 17 October 2020)

Dear students and applicants to our MSc Photonics program,

the academic world is facing enourmos challenges and uncertainties since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.  However, Germany is dealing with it in a very responsible and successful manner. Germany has one of the most modern and efficient health systems in the world which has led one of the lowest infection and death rates of all large-area western democracies.

  • The city of Jena, where the ASP campus program is hosted, was the first of all German cities to achieve a stop of the local spreading of the Covid-19 virus. Already by the beginning of May 2020, research and education at the University are continued. The start of the new semester in October/November 2020 was never at risk, and we have been regularly proceeding with the application and enrollment procedures as usual.
  • We have switched to blended learning and built capacities to teach all lectures and seminars online. Students can follow these courses and perform self-studies, regardless of their location. We are also testing and adapting further innovative digital teaching, like Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) modules in optical laboratories and internships. However, we also want to give students access to our photonics labs and train them on-campus, as soon as this is individually possible.
  • We are aware of ongoing Visa issues. Since many Visa offices are closed, we experience backlogs and delays in Visa applications, along with international travel restrictions. Our experienced administrative team is working hard to support all students to get their Visa in a timely manner.

On November 2, 2020, the new M.Sc. Photonics semester will start on-campus for those who are in Jena, and online for everybody else. We will find an individual solution for anybody who cannot arrive in Jena on time. Please get in contact with We hope to welcome many of you here in Jena as soon as possible!


Applicants for the M.Sc. Photonics must have obtained or be about to obtain a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in Physics, Natural Sciences, or Engineering. The final decision on granting or refusing acceptance is made by the Abbe School of Photonics evaluation committee. Students commencing their studies at our School should ideally have basic or in-depth knowledge in

  • mathematics (complex numbers and functions, function theory, linear and vector algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations, vector analysis, integral theory) and
  • physics (electromagnetic field theory/Maxwell's equations, solid state physics).

Application requirements

The following documents are required for the online application:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) or Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) degree comprising significant exposure to physics fundamentals, or an equivalent or higher degree in the same areas. A strong background either in classical physics, mathematics and/or electrodynamic theory is advantageous. If you have not yet finished your current academic degree, you may apply likewise with a preliminary transcript of records including all completed courses thus far;
  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV) of one or two pages in length. (Please list all stages of your education chronologically, starting with your high school graduation or equivalent. You should also give a clear statement as to your current status and/or occupation including potential information on (un-)employment or parental leave. Chronological order also means that the CV should not leave any open or unidentified time slots. Any prizes, scholarships or extraordinary social, cultural or sportive activities may also be listed.);
  • a letter of motivation (500 words at maximum and to be typed);
  • a copy of your passport;
  • your high school (=secondary school) leaving certificate with marks;
  • a transcript of records with marks;
  • a proof of English proficiency by
    • TOEFL or an equivalent English test (minimum points/grades): TOEFL PBT (550), TOEFL CBT (215), TOEFL IBT (85), IELTS (6.5), or
    • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) exam or Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) exam, or
    • German "Abitur".
  • language exemptions: The following students are exempted from providing the proof of English proficiency:
    • Nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada, or BSc and MSc graduates who obtained their qualification in one of these countries.
    • BSc and MSc graduates who have been taught their previous higher academic education completely in English (language statement from the University is required).
    • holders of German "Abitur" with sufficient exposure to the English language.
  • If applying for a scholarship of the Abbe School of Photonics, two academic letters of recommendation from two different referees (professors) are required. A template for these letters can be downloaded here; however, the template is not mandatory to be used by the referees. Please make sure that each letter of recommendation is signed. If one or both referees rather prefer personalized, free-style recommendation letters, they should contain a quantitative performance statement of yours, a date and an official headline/stamp from the higher education institution the referee is affiliated with.
    Note: If you are not applying for a scholarship but for the direct enrollment at the Abbe School of Photonics only, you do not need to provide letters of recommendation, and in doing so, there will be neither an advantage nor a disadvantage concerning your application.   

Please check the scholarship information and apply for scholarship funding if you are eligible. Please indicate for which scholarship(s) you have applied. If you apply for a scholarship of the Abbe School of Photonics you should apply as early as possible since the decisions on scholarships will be made during the rolling admission process.

If you have more questions, please consider our FAQs. Please note that we cannot accept applications via post or email.