FAQs for International Degree-seeking Students

The following information is valid for all international applicants and admitted students pursuing a complete Bachelor's or Master's program (including all Graduate School programs) at Hof University.

Exchange students, please refer to the FAQs for Exchange Students.

For students of our Graduate School programs, please find additional information here.

APPLICATION

How can I apply for a Bachelor's or Master's program?

You can apply via our Primuss Application Portal.

Please note that an application is only possible during the application period.

Applications via post or email will not be considered.

Do I have to apply via uni-assist?

This depends on the program you are applying for. You can find an overview of all programs that currently require uni-assist before application via Primuss here.

For uni-assist application, no documents have to be sent via post.

Where can I find the application deadline?

There are different deadlines for our programs. You can find an overview here.

Please note that applications submitted after the deadline can no longer be accepted, even if you are already registered in Primuss portal.

What requirements do I have to fulfill in order to get an admission?

There are different requirements for our Bachelor‘s and Master’s programs. For specifics, please have a look at the homepage of the program you wish to apply for. You can find all of our programs here.

Is my certificate/degree accepted for admission? Can you check my document(s) and tell me whether I can apply?

Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to pre-check any documents via email before application. In addition, we cannot transfer any foreign grades and credits into ECTS system before you have officially applied. If you are unsure if your previous degree/school education is sufficient to study in Germany, please see the Anabin database by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK). If you want to have your grades transferred into ECTS, you can have your documents checked by uni-assist before application via Primuss (obligatory for all Bachelor’s and some Master’s programs).

The decision whether your degree/documents are accepted for admission are solely made by the examination board after reviewing your application that you submitted via Primuss portal. If you fulfill the requirements mentioned on the website of your desired study program, we encourage you to send your application via Primuss portal during the application period. There is no application fee.

Can I be admitted if I do not fulfill all requirements but have work experience in a relevant field for the study program instead?

No. You can only be admitted if you fulfill all requirements for the program.

All documents accepted to fulfill the requirements are mentioned on the website of the study program as well as in the study and examination regulations. Relevant work-experience cannot compensate for other missing requirements such as German skills, for instance.

Can I apply for more than one program?

Yes. You can apply for different programs within the application period via Primuss portal.

Do I have to send my documents via post? Do the documents have to be officially approved by my local embassy?

No. The application process is entirely online. Please do not send any application documents via post, as they will not be considered.

Also, you do NOT have to have your documents be approved by your local embassy for application. During the application process, please upload originals or certified copies of your documents (including translations if necessary).  In case there are any doubts about the validity of certain documents, we might ask you to send the officially approved version of the documents during the application process.

Can I submit certain documents after the application deadline? I do not receive my language/degree certificate in time.

No. All documents must be submitted by the deadline mentioned in Primuss application portal.

Can I apply via an agency?

Hof University does not work together with any agencies in Germany or abroad for recruiting students.

There are no advantages for students applying through agencies in Primuss application portal. On the contrary, it is necessary that you inform yourself from the beginning of the application/admission process about all necessary steps. We do not communicate with agents on students’ behalf. Further, we do not send any documents/information via email that agents might have missed in the application portal. Therefore, we do not support applications via agencies and strongly recommend all students to apply on their own.

Where can I find more information about the study program (e.g. module descriptions)?

Specific information, you can usually find linked on the homepage of the study program.

Further, all study and examination regulations (SPO) are accessible here.

Module descriptions for all programs can be found here.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

When do I have to submit my German language certificate?

For all programs that require German skills on any level, the certificate must be submitted within the deadline mentioned in Primuss application portal.

Does Hof University offer preparatory German language courses?

Hof University does not offer any preparatory German courses for visa or admission purposes.

For all enrolled international students, Hof University offers preparatory German courses during the Orientation Program shortly before the start of the semester. These courses are free of charge.

Does Hof University offer German language courses that I can attend once I am admitted or enrolled as a student?

Yes, we do! For all enrolled international students, Hof University offers preparatory German courses during the Orientation Program shortly before the start of the semester. Further, we offer German and other language courses for all enrolled students at Hof University during the semester. All of our language courses are free of charge for enrolled students at Hof University.

Please note: We do not offer any preparatory German courses for visa or admission purposes.

HEALTH INSURANCE

Which health insurance do I need for enrolment?

For enrolment, you are legally required to have a valid health insurance. We do NOT accept any travel insurances, though they might be required for your visa process. For enrolment, different health insurances will be accepted depending on your age and country of origin. For details, please have a look in your information letter available in Primuss together with your admission letter or check out our website here.

Can you recommend a health insurance provider?

The University is not allowed to recommend health insurance companies. Please do your research on the options available to you and choose a provider who offers appropriate service for your individual situation.

When is the deadline for submitting the health insurance certificate? Can I apply for insurance after I have arrived in Germany?

You can find the deadline in your checklist and information letter available in Primuss together with your admission letter. In case there is any extension, you can see the date in Primuss portal. In any case, you have to submit a valid health insurance certificate BEFORE your arrival in Germany.

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!

I am already living in Germany and have my EHIC (European health insurance card). Can I upload a copy of the card in Primuss?

No. Though you have a valid German health insurance, this card is not sufficient for enrollment. Also, simple membership confirmations are not sufficient.

Please ask your health insurance company for a confirmation for Universities/ “Bescheinigung zur Vorlage bei der Hochschule” and upload this document in Primuss. Many insurances provide this document for download in your membership online portal.

VISA AND ENTRY

The German embassy in my home country is currently still closed/does not accept new applications. I cannot apply for a visa appointment. What should I do?

Please check the website of your local embassy regularly for updates. As soon as a visa application is possible, you are obliged to apply for a student visa for entering Germany (even if you started your studies online). After you have received your visa, you are required to come to Hof/Münchberg for your studies.

There is a long wait list for visa appointments in my country. Can the University contact the embassy to speed up the process so that I can arrive in time for the semester start?

We are aware that visa appointments are limited in some countries and there might be a waiting time of several months. However, the University cannot speed up the visa process. We are not in contact with any embassies or have any influence on the waiting times or outcome of visa applications. The decision is made on a high political level, which we cannot influence in any direction.

Can I get a letter confirming that my physical presence is necessary for Winter Semester 2020/2021? (Updated on Sept. 9)

Please find the letter in Primuss portal together with your admission letter.

ENROLLMENT

When will I be officially enrolled? When can I get my enrollment certificate?

The official enrolment 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.

Your enrolment certificate will be available to download at the end of September after you have received your student credentials.

ACCOMMODATION

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 (if you need a visa). Nevertheless, please apply for accommodation as soon as possible, as rooms are allocated based on the principle “first come, first serve”.

How can I apply for accommodation?

All information about how to apply for accommodation in Hof or Münchberg you can find in your information letter available with your admission letter in Primuss. For applying for accommodation, you have to register in moodle portal. You can either ask the Housing Office to support you in finding accommodation, or certainly, you are also allowed to look for an accommodation by yourself.

When can I expect an offer from the Housing Office?

If you wish to use the support of the Housing Office, all details about your room will be mentioned in your individual offer. You will receive your offer via email after you have done all steps as required (see information letter in Primuss!) and there still is capacity. If you have completed the application and all steps required our Housing Office is trying their best to find a room for you and will contact you soon via email. Please wait for the their email and do not ask for any updates in the meantime.

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