FAQs

Bachelor

Requirements

What requirements do I have to meet in order to study for a bachelor’s degree?

The admission requirements for the bachelor’s degree program are a high school diploma or equivalent occupational certificate, including an internship; passing the entrance examination; and a personal interview. In exceptional cases, admission is possible without a high school diploma or equivalent occupational certificate. In such cases, the applicant must have completed vocational training, have at least three years of work experience, as well as pass a two-day entrance examination at BiTS.

Is there a numerus clausus?

No, admission to BiTS does not depend on your school grades. BiTS has a specially developed entrance examination that is designed to get to know you better and find out more about your strengths and weaknesses. Your admission to BiTS is determined by the results of these tests.

Can I apply before finishing my high school diploma or equivalent?

Yes, you can submit the certified copy of your high school diploma or equivalent at a later time.

General

What are the deadlines for applying?

The deadline for applying for the summer semester is February 15th, and for the winter semester September 1st.

How can I apply for a bachelor’s degree program at BiTS?

What we need from you is the completed application form, your résumé in a tabular format, including a photograph, a certified copy of your high school diploma or equivalent, as well as a covering letter.  You can also send the documents to us by mail – or apply online and upload them.

How can I complete the entrance examination for a bachelor’s degree program?

After BiTS has received your application, our Student Guidance Office will contact you to arrange a date for you to take the entrance examination. The entrance examination for bachelor’s degree programs takes place at least twice a month. You can find further information on the entrance examination as well as upcoming examination dates on our application pages.

Are there any preparatory courses before studies commence?

Yes, various preparatory courses may (have to) be attended.

Where can I live?

It is possible to live on campus in Iserlohn. Information is available from Löna Immobilien GmbH, who manages the student dorm.

BiTS in Berlin has an arrangement with Schlachtensee student village: Private student accommodations with a direct streetcar connection to BiTS.

In addition, there are plenty of private accommodations available at all three campuses. Notices can be found on the relevant real estate websites online and in the local daily and weekly newspapers. Alternatively, you can ask our Student Guidance Office about what accommodations are currently available.

Where can I find information about financing my studies?

BiTS has arrangements in place to assist students with the financing of their studies. You can find an overview of the various options for financing your studies in our brochure “Tips on financing your studies” and on the page “Fees & Finances".

Is there a chance that I can visit a lecture at BiTS in advance to get an impression of the program?

Yes, we offer regular trial studies, including sample lectures at all campuses. Alternatively, you can make individual arrangements to sit in on the lectures and get an insight into life at BiTS. Further information and trial study dates are available from the Student Guidance Office. 

Who can I contact should I have any questions about studying at BiTS?

The BiTS Student Guidance Office is there to answer any questions you may have about applying and our course structure, and to provide assistance – in one-to-one consultation if desired.   

What is the difference between a university of applied science and a university?

In general, courses at universities of applied sciences are more practical in nature. Lectures are delivered more so in the style of tutorials; that is, there is more interaction between lecturer and students. At BiTS, the practical orientation is particularly well developed, because our lecturers work in other (in some cases their own) firms in addition to teaching at BiTS. In contrast, universities provide an in-depth theoretical education that is generally more academic and less applied in nature.

What does the state accreditation of BiTS and the accreditation of the study programs by FIBAA mean?

State accreditation of the programs is an important indication of the quality of a private university. The accreditation of individual courses ensures that the same standards are universally adhered to and that quality criteria are met. The same goes for state accreditation. Ultimately, this is the only way to guarantee that qualifications from private and state universities are at an equal level.

What is the difference between a B.A and B.Sc., and an M.A. and M.Sc.?

The titles Bachelor and Master have replaced the former German Diplom titles. This changeover took place as a result of European higher education reform, the so-called Bologna Process. The Bachelor titles (B.A. and B.Sc.) designate a primary university degree and professional qualification that can generally be obtained after six semesters. It forms the basis for the more advanced master’s degree (M.A. or M.Sc.). The master’s degree program consists of a further four semesters and forms the basis for a doctorate. Consecutive master’s degree programs of study build on the content of the respective bachelor’s degree program and non-consecutive master’s degree programs are, accordingly, separate from the bachelor’s degree program. This hierarchical structure established comparable standards, which was an important step towards a European Higher Education Area.

The difference between the titles Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.), and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) lies solely in the orientation of the individual program. The B.A. and M.A. qualifications are geared towards the social sciences and liberal arts, while the B.Sc. and M.Sc. qualifications are geared towards the natural sciences or are technical in nature.

Master

Requirements

Which requirements do I have to meet in order to study for a master’s degree at BiTS?

The admission requirements for the master’s degree program are: completion of a bachelor’s degree with a final grade of at least “good” (2.5), otherwise a letter of recommendation from the previous university is required, and a personal interview in German and English.

General

What are the deadlines for applying?

The deadline for applying for the summer semester is February 15th, and for the winter semester September 1st.

How can I apply for the master’s degree program at BiTS?

What we need from you is the completed application form and documents needed for the master’s degree program, your résumé in a tabular format, including a photograph, a certified copy of your high school diploma or equivalent, as well as a certified copy of your bachelor’s degree. You can send your documents to BiTS by mail or you can apply online and upload them.

When will I have my interview for the master’s degree program?

After BiTS has received your application, our Student Guidance Office will contact you to arrange a date for your interview.

Where can I live?

It is possible to live on campus in Iserlohn. Information is available from Löna Immobilien GmbH, who manages the student dorm.

BiTS in Berlin has an arrangement with Schlachtensee student village: Private student accommodations with a direct streetcar connection to BiTS.

In addition, there are plenty of private accommodations available at all three campuses. Notices can be found on the relevant real estate websites online and in the local daily and weekly newspapers. Alternatively, you can ask our Student Guidance Office about what accommodations are currently available.

Where can I find information about financing my studies?

BiTS has arrangements in place to assist students with the financing of their studies. You can find an overview of the various options for financing your studies in our brochure “Tips on financing your studies” and on the page “Fees & Finances".

Is there a chance that I can visit a lecture at BiTS in advance to get an impression of the program?

Yes, we offer regular trial studies, including sample lectures at all campuses. Alternatively, you can make individual arrangements to sit in on the lectures and get an insight into life at BiTS. Further information and trial study dates are available from the Student Guidance Office. 

Who can I contact should I have any questions about studying at BiTS?

The BiTS Student Guidance Office is there to answer any questions you may have about applying and our course structure, and to provide assistance – in one-to-one consultation if desired.   

What is the difference between a university of applied science and a university?

In general, courses at universities of applied sciences are more practical in nature. Lectures are delivered more so in the style of tutorials; that is, there is more interaction between lecturer and students. At BiTS, the practical orientation is particularly well developed, because our lecturers work in other (in some cases their own) firms in addition to teaching at BiTS. In contrast, universities provide an in-depth theoretical education that is generally more academic and less applied in nature.

What does the state accreditation of BiTS and the accreditation of the study programs by FIBAA mean?

State accreditation of the programs is an important indication of the quality of a private university. The accreditation of individual courses ensures that the same standards are universally adhered to and that quality criteria are met. The same goes for state accreditation. Ultimately, this is the only way to guarantee that qualifications from private and state universities are at an equal level.

What is the difference between a B.A and B.Sc., and an M.A. and M.Sc.?

The titles Bachelor and Master have replaced the former German Diplom titles. This changeover took place as a result of European higher education reform, the so-called Bologna Process. The Bachelor titles (B.A. and B.Sc.) designate a primary university degree and professional qualification that can generally be obtained after six semesters. It forms the basis for the more advanced master’s degree (M.A. or M.Sc.). The master’s degree program consists of a further four semesters and forms the basis for a doctorate. Consecutive master’s degree programs of study build on the content of the respective bachelor’s degree program and non-consecutive master’s degree programs are, accordingly, separate from the bachelor’s degree program. This hierarchical structure established comparable standards, which was an important step towards a European Higher Education Area.

The difference between the titles Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.), and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) lies solely in the orientation of the individual program. The B.A. and M.A. qualifications are geared towards the social sciences and liberal arts, while the B.Sc. and M.Sc. qualifications are geared towards the natural sciences or are technical in nature.

Dual Programs