FAQ

Only for students starting in Winter Semester 2021/22 in the following study programs: Operational Excellence (M.B.A. and Eng), General Management (M.B.A) and Software Engineering for Industrial Applications (M.Eng.)

For further questions relevant for international students for all degree programs (such as accommodation, health insurance, etc.), please see our FAQs for degree-seeking students.

Is the winter semester 2021/22 planned online or on-campus? (as of July 5, 2021)

Hof University is no distance-learning university. Our teaching concept is built on close personal interaction in an on-campus environment. In general, our teaching mode depends on the pandemic situation and politic regulations in Germany. Due to the positive tendencies at the moment, we assume to offer most of our lectures on campus in winter semester 2021/22.

If the pandemic situation in your home country should not allow you to travel to Germany, we will find a solution to assure your successful studies from abroad in winter semester 2021/22.

Therefore there are two options for our prospective students:

  • Option 1 Studying on campus: You want to study on-campus (i.e. in-person) and want to come to Hof BEFORE November 30, 2021 if visa and travel restrictions allow for it. Please be aware,  that due to the pandemic situation in-person capacities might be limited. Please also note, if you arrive in Hof AFTER November 30, you still might not be able to participate in in-person teaching due to limited capacities. In this case you will have to complete the semester until January 25 online even if you are in Hof.
  • Option 2 Online studies: You wish to study completely online in WS 21/22 and will come to Hof only in time for the exams starting on January 26, 2022 if visa and travel restrictions allow for it.

All applicants, who have paid their first semester fees, will receive information on how to choose their option in due time. Please be patient and check your emails regularly! Thank you!

How should I proceed with my visa process? (as of May 4, 2021)

Even if you may not be able to travel to Hof for the start of the winter semester 2021/22, you should proceed with your visa process. Due to the starined situation at the Embassies and Consulates, we strongly advise you to go ahead with your visa application as quickly as possible.  

 

What will happen if I have not yet received my visa when classes/exams start on-campus again? (as of July 5, 2021)

If the pandemic situation in your home country should not allow you to travel to Germany, we are prepared to offer classes in hybrid or online mode to assure your successful studies. Please note that not all lectures will be available on demand. It is highly recommended and sometimes mandatory to participate live in the online sessions.

Can I choose now to complete my entire first semester online? Based on this, I need to arrange my accommodation and book my flight ticket. (as of July 5, 2021)

As explained in question 1 above you have the option to study semester 1 online until January 26, 2022 (start of examination period)

We do not recommend booking a flight ticket before you have received your visa. The pandemic situation not only influences our teaching mode, but might also affect your visa situation and in consequence your arrival to Hof.

As explained in your information letter, our Housing Office can help in finding accommodation in Hof. However, accommodation contracts are usually offered for periods of either 6 or 12 months (March – August and September – February). The Housing Office will start looking for an accommodation for you after you have informed them about your visa situation. You will get an individual offer considering your priorities according to the available rooms. If no more rooms are available, you will have to arrange your accommodation on your own.

Can I postpone my admission for one or more semesters? (as of May 4, 2021)

Your admission cannot be saved for summer semester 2022 or any of the following semesters. In case you want to start later, you will have to apply again via Primuss portal during the official application period. The examination board reviews all incoming applications based on the current criteria for each semester. Therefore, admission for the following semester(s) cannot be guaranteed.

Do you recommend beginning my studies this winter semester, even if I might have to complete my first semester online entirely? (as of May 4, 2021)

Yes, we recommend starting your studies this winter semester.

For the time we cannot realize on-campus lectures, we offer comprehensive online teaching as well as online exams if necessary. Nevertheless, we only recommend studying the entire semester online if it cannot be avoided due to the pandemic circumstances on either your or our side.

When is the payment deadline and can it be extended? (as of May 4, 2021)

The payment deadline is mentioned in your admission letter (July 15).

If we have no record of your payment on this date, you need to show a confirmation from your bank/loan sponsor confirming that and when the payment will be made (latest August 1). Without this confirmation, payments cannot be accepted after July15. In any case, you have to accept the study place in Primuss.

In which cases can my tuition fee be refunded (as of May 4, 2021)

If you have paid your tuition fee but have not yet received any student credentials for participating in online lectures, a partial refund is possible until August 31, 2021. You will get back the tuition fee minus an administration fee of 500 € and any bank charges incurred. In individual cases, the head of the Graduate School will decide if a complete refund is possible in case sufficient supporting documents are provided. If you think this applies to you, please send an email to graduate.school<script type="text/javascript">document.write('&#64;');</script>hof-university.LÖSCHEN.de.

In which cases can I NOT receive a refund after I paid the fee? (as of May 4, 2021)

As soon as you have received your student credentials for participating in online lectures, no refund will be possible.

Also, after participating in any lectures (online or on campus), no refund is possible.

Do you offer a scholarship for financing my studies? (as of May 4, 2021)

We are a public University; therefore, the fees of our Graduate School are calculated on our ongoing costs. In contrast to many other universities worldwide our fees are quite moderate. Thus, we do not offer complete scholarships as we do not have any side income.

However, we provide partial scholarships. After completing the first semester, overachieving students may apply for partial scholarships, which are financed by companies, institutions like the DAAD, or the government. Besides, we implemented an additional special scholarship program for students of our Graduate School with outstanding academic performance during the first semester at our university. These partial scholarships are financed directly by the Graduate School and our supporting association.

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