FAQ

Please note: The University is closed from December 23 - January 7 over Christmas break. E-mails sent during this time will only be read and answered after January 7!

Only for students starting in Summer Semester 2021 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.

Will lectures be held online or on campus for first semester students in summer semester 2021? (Updated Oct. 26)

Our teaching concept evolves around lectures on campus for as many students as possible and if possible. Partly, we offer blended-learning lectures that are a combination of on-campus and virtual learning. In case any lecturers cannot perform on-campus lectures due to belonging to COVID-19 high-risk groups, these lectures may have to be conducted online. We highly recommend students to participate in the live online sessions instead of only listening to the recorded sessions. Please note that not all lectures are recorded and available on demand. For some lectures live participation in the online sessions is mandatory, e.g. because interaction with the lecturer and the other students is a requirement.

Due to the very dynamic pandemic situation in various countries, it is unclear if all student visa for summer semester 2021 will be issued in time. You are requested to apply for your visa as soon as possible. However, a first semester online is possible in case German Embassies or Consulates do not issue visa despite your early application.

Hof University offers an Orientation Period prior to each semester, starting on March 3, 2021. It will be held online for all students. On Monday, March 15, 2021 we will have an opening session on campus. Lectures start on March 16, 2021.

What will happen if I do not receive my visa in time due to Corona? (Updated Oct. 26)

This will not cause any problems regarding your study start, as there is the possibility to participate in all lectures online in summer semester 2021. 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.

You can start online and join on-campus lectures later during the semester. However, this must be arranged individually by contacting graduate.schoolhof-university.LÖSCHEN.de in advance. Nevertheless, we do not recommend studying the entire semester online and you are responsible for applying for your visa and coming to Hof/Germany as soon as it is possible.

Please note: If you arrive during the semester, you might have to arrange accommodation privately without support from our Housing Office.

Can I postpone my admission for one or more semesters? (Updated Oct. 26)

Your admission cannot be saved for winter semester 2021/22 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.

When is the payment deadline and can it be extended? (Updated Oct. 26)

The payment deadline is mentioned in your admission letter (January 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 February 15). Without this confirmation, payments cannot be accepted after January 15. Furthermore, you have to accept the study place in Primuss.

In which cases can my tuition fee be refunded (Updated Oct. 26)

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 February 22, 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.schoolhof-university.LÖSCHEN.de.

In which cases can I NOT receive a refund after I paid the fee? (Updated Oct. 30)

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? (Updated Oct. 30)

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.

When will I be officially enrolled? (Updated Oct. 26)

The official enrolment for the Master’s program will be conducted online by the student affairs office before March 14, 2020, once the fee has been payed and all required documents have been submitted. You will receive an automated email about this.

 

Can I choose now to complete my entire first semester virtually? (Updated Oct. 26)

Hof University is no distance-learning university. Our teaching concept is built on close personal interaction in an on-campus environment. Therefore, we expect you to come to Hof for the semester start as soon as you have the possibility to travel and stay in Hof during your studies on-campus. If, however, you cannot come to Hof due to verifiable travel regulations and visa restrictions, you can study online.

Do you recommend beginning my studies this summer semester, even if I might have to complete my first semester online entirely? (Updated Oct. 26)

Yes, we recommend starting your studies this summer semester. If lectures on campus are not possible, online lectures and exams will be held. When starting this semester, you will not lose significant time for finding valuable internships later as compared to students from other University. Nevertheless, we do not recommend studying the entire semester online and you are responsible for applying for your visa and coming to Hof/Germany as soon as it is possible.

What will happen in case there are any restrictions regarding lectures on campus due to Corona? (Updated Oct. 30)

In case there will be significant restrictions to on-campus-lectures because of the COVID-19-Virus, we will offer all lectures and exams online.

Only for enrolled students in the following study programs in Winter Semester 2020/21: 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.

What will happen if I do not receive my visa in time?

This will not cause any problems regarding your study start, as there is the possibility to participate in all lectures online in winter semester 2020/21. Please not that not all lectures will be available on demand. It is highly recommended and sometimes mandatory to participate live in the online sessions.

You can start online and join on-campus lectures later during the semester. However, this must be arranged individually by contacting graduate.schoolhof-university.LÖSCHEN.de in advance. Nevertheless, we do not recommend studying the entire semester online and you are responsible for applying for your visa and coming to Hof/Germany as soon as it is possible.

Please note: If you arrive during the semester, you might have to arrange accommodation privately without support from our Housing Office.

Can I postpone my admission for one or more semesters?

Your admission cannot be saved for summer semester 2021 or any of the following semesters. In case you want to start next year or 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) is not guaranteed.

Can my tuition fee still be refunded?

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?

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.

Are there any consequences in case I start lectures on campus later than other students? When is the deadline to arrive for winter semester 2020/2021?

There is no official deadline for your arrival in Germany. You can switch from online-only to on-campus lectures during the semester, because all lectures are available online. Please note, that it is highly recommended and sometimes mandatory to be present in the online sessions.

We recommend arranging your study start on-campus (i.e. joining lectures on-campus) individually by contacting graduate.schoolhof-university.LÖSCHEN.de in advance. For all other arrival questions, information is available in moodle portal. Before your departure to Hof/Germany, please pay attention to the current travelling information and quarantine regulations. Risk areas are regularly updated by the RKI here.

Can I choose now to complete my entire first semester virtually?

Hof University is no distance-learning university. Our teaching concept is built on close personal interaction in an on-campus environment. Therefore, we expect you to come to Hof for the semester start as soon as you have the possibility to travel and stay in Hof during your studies on-campus. If, however, you cannot come to Hof due to verifiable travel regulations and visa restrictions, you can study the entire semester online. As of now, your second semester (Summer Semester 2021) is planned on campus.

What will happen in case there are any restrictions regarding lectures on campus due to COVID-19?

In case there will be significant restrictions to on-campus-lectures because of COVID-19, we will offer all lectures and exams online.

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