Requirements and application deadlines


  • A university degree based on at least 3.5 years of full-time studies (equivalent to 210 ECTS credits)
    •  If your university degree is based on less than 3.5 years of studies, you may be accepted on the basis of a special procedure determining additional qualifications.
  • At least one year of professional experience in the area of human rights,
    • or one year of professional experience in another field in combination with practical experience in human rights work on a volunteer basis.
  • Proof of English language skills
    • Your English skills have to be in line with level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Generally, this requires the submission of a recognised language test like IELTS, TOEFL, UniCERT, Cambridge etc. Exceptions can be granted by the admissions committee to applicants who have completed a university degree with English as the sole language of instruction in an English-speaking country.

Application deadlines:

The programme only starts in the winter term. This year’s applications will be accepted between the 3 February and 30 June. Decisions will be taken in March, May and July. To have your application reviewed in March or May, it has to reach us by the last working day of the previous month.

Please note that in some cases, processing visa applications may take several months. We therefore strongly advise applicants who require a student visa to apply early, preferably by the end of February.