FAQ

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.

Is the summer semester 2021 planned online or on-campus? (Updated Jan. 28)

Hof University is no distance-learning university. Our teaching concept is built on close personal interaction in an on-campus environment. Unfortunately, the pandemic currently does not allow us to teach on-campus. As of today, we have to assume that we may not be able to go back to regular on-campus activities before the beginning of May 2021. Therefore, we offer live online sessions and highly recommend students to participate in those instead of only listening to our 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 lecturers and other students is a requirement.

Exams, which will take place in July 2021, are planned to be held in presence, though.

In conclusion, you may start the summer semester remotely/online, but you should plan for a transfer to Hof during the semester to benefit from as much on-campus teaching as possible.

Those who would like to come to Hof to be on-site when we switch back to on-campus teaching are most welcome to do so.

We will keep you updated about the development of the pandemic situation and the decisions taken by the University Management.  

Do I have to be in Hof as of March/May (as explained in the physical presence letter and information letter I received)? (Updated Jan. 28)

We asked all students arriving from abroad to come in time before the semester start in order to be able to start lectures on-campus in time after quarantine. However, as of today, we have to assume that we may not be able to go back to regular on-campus activities before the beginning of May 2021. Therefore, your physical presence will not be necessary before we switch back to on-campus teaching because you can participate in all lectures online.

How should I proceed with my visa process? (Updated Jan. 28)

Even if you do not travel to Hof for the start of the summer semester 2021, you should proceed with your visa process. As Embassies and Consulates in multiple countries are still behind schedule with the processing of the visa applications we strongly advise you to go ahead with your visa application as quickly as possible.  

The fact that we start the semester remotely should allow most of our students to receive their visa in time to come to Hof when on-campus teaching restarts.

What will happen if I have not yet received my visa when classes/exams start on-campus again? (Updated Jan. 28)

In the unlikely case that you will still not have your visa in hand by the time we teach on-campus again, the Graduate School will allow you to continue the semester online until you can join the lectures on-campus. 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.

Regarding the on-campus exams in summer semester 2021, we will find a solution for your individual situation as well.

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. (Updated Jan. 28)

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 by the time on-campus lectures can be offered again. If, however, you cannot come to Hof due to verifiable travel regulations and visa restrictions, you can study online (please see also the first question above).

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? (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.

Do you recommend beginning my studies this summer semester, even if I might have to complete my first semester online entirely? (Updated Jan. 28)

Yes, we recommend starting your studies this summer 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? (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 Jan. 28)

The official enrolment for the Master’s program will be conducted online by the student affairs office before March 14, 2021, once the fee has been payed and all required documents have been submitted. You will receive an automated email about this. This email will also inform you about the further process of receiving your student login credentials and your campus-card. 

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