FAQ

Only for admitted students for Winter Semester 2020/21 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.)

UPDATE: Will lectures be held online or on campus?

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 might have to be conducted online. We highly recommend participating 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 participating live in the online sessions is mandatory, e.g. because interaction with the lecturer and the other students is absolutely necessary.

Due to the current situation, it is not clear if student visa for winter semester 2020/21 will be issued in time. Therefore, a first semester online is possible if you cannot receive a visa.

Please note: The Orientation Period, as well as German language courses starting on October 1, will be held online for all students. Official semester start is October 1, 2020. Lectures on campus will start on November 2, 2020. German language courses will be also in-class form this day on.

UPDATE: 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.

UPDATE: 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.

When is the payment deadline and can it be extended?

The payment deadline is mentioned in your admission letter (July 31).

If we have no record of your payment on July 31, you need to show a confirmation from your bank/loan sponsor confirming that and when the payment will be made. Without this confirmation, payments cannot be accepted after July 31. Furthermore, you have to accept the study place in Primuss. The last possible day for receiving the payment is August 31. Afterwards, payments cannot be accepted.

In which cases can my tuition fee be refunded?

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 September 11, 2020. 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?

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.

When will I be officially enrolled?

The official enrolment for the Master’s program will be conducted online before September 30, 2020, once the fee has been payed and all required documents have been submitted. You will receive an automated email about this.

 

UPDATE: 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.

UPDATE: 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.

UPDATE: Do you recommend beginning my studies this winter semester, even if I might have to complete my first semester online entirely?

Yes, we recommend starting your studies this winter 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 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.

How can I book accommodation with the Housing Office? I do not know when I will be allowed to travel to Germany during the semester.

If you need help with finding a place to stay whenever you come to Hof in Winter Semester 2020/2021, please see your information letter in Primuss and follow the steps for registering in moodle Portal. Please fill the Accommodation Application in moodle as soon as possible. After you have paid your fee and filled your application you will receive an email from the Housing Office explaining the further steps. You will not receive an offer for a room without having a confirmed visa appointment date. Nevertheless, please apply for accommodation as soon as possible, as rooms are allocated based on the principle “first come, first serve”.

NEW: Do I need a German health insurance if I study online?

Current regulations allow students living abroad to study online without having a German health insurance. However, as soon as you enter Germany for study purposes, you are required to have a valid German health insurance.

Students under the age of 30 years:

Before entering Germany for study purposes, you are obliged to take out a valid German public health insurance. If you started your studies online from abroad because of visa/entry restrictions, you have to submit a valid German public health insurance via Primuss portal BEFORE leaving your home country. You will then have to pay the insurance fee for the entire semester (even for the time you studied from abroad) as public German health insurance contracts for students are always valid for the entire semester. 

Please note: Studying online from abroad is only possible for students who cannot study in Hof due to current visa/entry restrictions. As soon as embassies are open, all students are obliged to apply for a visa and come to Hof as soon as possible!

Students 30 years and above:

Before entering Germany for study purposes, you are obliged to take out a valid German private health insurance. If you started your studies online from abroad because of visa/entry restrictions, you have to submit a valid German private health insurance via Primuss portal BEFORE leaving your home country. Your health insurance provider will inform you about the fee regulations according to your specific contract.

Please note: Studying online from abroad is only possible for students who cannot study in Hof due to current visa/entry restrictions. As soon as embassies are open, all students are obliged to apply for a visa and come to Hof as soon as possible!

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