CILAS Application Form 2016-2017
Dear prospective student,

Thank you for your interest in CILAS' yearlong study programme in the liberal arts. We invite you to fill in the application form to the best of your abilities. Together with current students and fellows, we review and screen applications carefully, and select promising candidates for the second (and final) stage of the admissions process.

The photograph of the feluka below is meant to set the stage for writing this application. In other words, slow down and enjoy the ride. Should you have any questions, you can contact us at

On behalf of CILAS,

Karim-Yassin Goessinger and Shuruk Mohamed
Programme Directors
Presenting CILAS
Watch this video to make sure you understand what CILAS is about.
Warming Up
A song *
Please introduce yourself through a song. Copy and paste a link into the box below.
Two truths and a lie *
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself. (You will get the chance to tell us which one the lie is when invited to CILAS during the second stage).
Your name *
Feel free to share your given name, including your family name, as well as a name you like to go by, i.e. a nickname.
Flexible scheduling *
CILAS schedules (the same) classes in the morning and in the evening. Please indicate which track you wish to pursue for the duration of the first trimester. Classes are scheduled on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You will be required (!) to attend class along your indicated track.
Commitment *
During the first trimester students are required to commit to four core courses (2 hours a day on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays), and one lab (flexible scheduling after signing up). As a student you will spend around 10 hours a week at CILAS in class or on lab-related activities, in addition to individual course and lab-related work outside CILAS. During the second and third trimester students are required to commit to two thematic courses per trimester (+ lab).
Illustrate and justify *
Please share an (audio)-visual that illustrates the power of imagery, e.g. a scene from a movie, a photograph, a performance, etc. Explain your choice in at least 100 words.
Your contact info *
It would be useful to know your e-mail address and phone number so that we can invite you to CILAS for the second stage of the admissions process.
High school attendance *
Why CILAS? *
What do you hope to gain from and contribute to CILAS? Please share with us at least 200 words about why you want to join and how you see yourself taking an active part in CILAS.
Grand Finale
Reflective Essay *
''All seeing is essentially perspective, and so is all knowing. The more emotions we allow to speak in a given matter, the more different eyes we can put on in order to view a given spectacle, the more complete will be our conception of it, the greater our ‘objectivity’." -- Friedrich Nietzsche. \\ Please compose a short essay of at least 250 words inspired by this quote. To assess your essay, we will look at how you structure it; how you present your ideas; and how you express yourself in English. Please give your essay a title and indicate your word count at the end. Take time, speak from the heart and be reminded that good essays are not written, but revised and re-written. Cut and paste your essay into the box below.
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