Admission

Admission requirements 

We welcome applications from prospective students with a wide variety of backgrounds, all related to the field of urban management and development. Each application is considered carefully, taking the individual potential of the applicant into account. Before you start your application, please read the application procedure and admissions information carefully.

2- or 3-week short courses 

Education

At least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to the chosen course. Three year bachelors program is a minimum requirement. Evidence of this education (degree certificate) must be provided to access a program.

Sufficient command of English

 

The courses are designed for individuals who are comfortable reading, speaking, and listening to English, and who can actively participate in team projects, presentations, and classroom discussions conducted in English. While we do not require proof of English language proficiency, we expect that you are sufficiently fluent in English in order to fully understand and participate in all aspects of the program. IHS reserves the right to refuse or withdraw admission if we believe English ability does not meet these standards.

Motivational statement

IHS offers post-graduate programs for exciting and motivated urban professionals. IHS expects candidates to explain why they are motivated to study at IHS. The motivational statement is an opportunity for candidates to explain how an IHS course and its content relates to their professional development. Failure to express sufficient understanding of IHS course content will affect the progress of an application.

3-month short courses

Education

At least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a field related to the chosen course.

Proof of a sufficient command of English

 

If English is not your mother tongue an English language test or, in some cases, other proof of English proficiency is required. We accept certificates from TOEFL or IELTS as official language tests.

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language (Institutional TOEFL code: 7633)
Score: 575 (paper-based) - 232 (computer-based) - 90 (internet based, with writing sub-test at least 20)

IELTS – International English Language Testing System
Score: 6.5, no sub-test lower than 5.5 (Writing sub-test at least 6.0)

Students who have completed their studies in English previously may not necessarily (there is no guarantee) need to provide a proof of English language test completion. In such cases students can submit the following two documents (both of them) for consideration:

  • An example of a previously submitted, substantial essay or thesis in English.
  • Confirmation from the institution that the language of instruction was entirely in the English medium.
Motivational statement

IHS offers post-graduate programs for exciting and motivated urban professionals. IHS expects candidates to explain why they are motivated to study at IHS. The motivational statement is an opportunity for candidates to explain how an IHS course and its content relates to their professional development. Failure to express sufficient understanding of IHS course content will affect the progress of an application.

Working experience

At least 2 years working experience relevant to the chosen course