FAQ

Only for students starting in winter semester 2022/23 in the following study programs: Digitalization and Innovation (M.B.A.), Operational Excellence (M.B.A. and Eng.), General Management (M.B.A) and Software Engineering for Industrial Applications (M.Eng.)

(as of May 05, 2022)

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 2022/23 planned online or on-campus?

Hof University is no distance-learning university. Our teaching concept is built on close personal interaction in an on-campus environment. Immediate exposure with the German study and work environment is one of the most important success factors of our programs. Therefore, the winter semester 2022/23 is planned to be held on campus.

We request that you have submitted the complete visa application by 15.08.2022 at the latest in order to enable the visa to be issued as quickly as possible.

You are expected to be physically present at Hof University latest on October 17, 2022 (meaning almost two weeks after the start of the lecture on October 6). Hof University cannot issue any extension letters for late arrival.

After that deadline you will be able to join only up to 2 online courses. Please note, if you attend only these 2 online courses in the first semester, you will have to study an extra semester which will be charged with 500 Euro tuition fees (please take a look at the fee structure: https://www.hof-university.com/graduate-school/fee-structure.html).

What would happen if I arrive later than October 17?

If you arrive after October 17, unfortunately there will not be any housing support and you will have to look for accommodation by yourself.

Exception: we only recommend students to come to Hof if they have already a confirmed reservation for a room or flat before they arrive.

Please keep in mind, we cannot integrate students being abroad in our on-campus lectures. There are no hybrid teaching formats anymore. If you arrive within the first weeks of the semester, you must work on the topics on your own. After October 17 you will be able to join only up to 2 online courses. Please note, if you attend only these 2 online courses in the first semester, you will have to study an extra semester which will be charged with 500 Euro tuition fees ( please take a look at the fee structure: https://www.hof-university.com/graduate-school/fee-structure.html

What happens if I have a confirmed accommodation and cannot come to Germany?

If you have to cancel your room, because you do not get the visa, you have to cancel your reservation immediately.

After your cancellation the Housing Office starts to find a new tenant for your room. Should we not be able to find anyone, because your cancellation came too late, you will have to come up for the rental costs worst case until the end of the semester.

How should I proceed with my visa process?

You should proceed with your visa application latest until August 15, 2022. Due to the strained situation at the Embassies and Consulates, we strongly advise you to go ahead with your visa application as early as possible to join our on-campus lectures.

We highly recommend you to give an IELTS or TOEFL test in order to speed up your visa process at the visa authorities as the medium of instruction certificate might not be sufficient for this.

 

What will happen if I have not yet received my visa when classes take place on-campus?

If you should not be able to travel to Germany before October 17, 2022, you could attend up to 2 online courses Please note, if you attend only these 2 online courses in the first semester, you will have to study an extra semester which will be charged with 500 Euro tuition fees ( please take a look at the fee structure: https://www.hof-university.com/graduate-school/fee-structure.html).

If you decide to come after October 17, please keep in mind that it is your own responsibility to catch up the missed lectures (on-campus). Moreover, the Housing office won’t offer you support and you will have to look for accommodation on your own.

Nevertheless, if you already have reserved a flat/room you should come to Hof as soon as possible after receiving your visa.

Can I postpone my admission for one or more semesters?

Your admission cannot be saved for summer semester 2023 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?

Yes, we recommend starting your studies this winter semester as the current pandemic situation in Germany allows us to offer on-campus lectures.

When is the payment deadline and can it be extended?

The payment deadline is mentioned in your admission letter (July 22, 2022).

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 15). Without recording your payment or receiving the confirmation on time, payments cannot be accepted as completed for the winter semester 2022/23.

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/offline lectures and orientation weeks events, a partial refund is possible until September 15, 2022. 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@hof-university.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 any lectures (online or on campus) no refund is possible. Moreover, if you have attended any event of the orientation week (e.g. Intercultural Training or Academic Writing), no refund will be possible.

We won't refund tuittion fees after September 15.

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.

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