FAQs

Bachelor

Requirements

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

The admission requirements for the bachelor degree programme 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 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE).

Is there a numerus clausus?

No, admission to University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) does not depend on your school grades. We have 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 our university 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 application deadline for the winter semester is 1 September (Non-EU: 1 September*) and for the summer semester February 28th (Non-EU: February 28th). After these deadlines there will be a waiting list procedure for available study places each semester. If you already have a valid student visa for Germany, you can apply within the official application deadline.

* Please take into consideration delays e.g. with entry visa.

How can I apply for a bachelor degree programme at University of Applied Sciences Europe?

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 easily upload the documents online.

How can I complete the entrance examination for a bachelor degree programme?

After University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) has received your application, our Student Guidance Office will contact you to explain everything about the Online-Test and to arrange a date for your entrance interview.

Are there any preparatory courses before studies commence?

Yes, various preparatory courses may (have to) be attended. Please contact our Study Guidance Office for more information.

Where can I live?

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

University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) in Berlin has an arrangement with Schlachtensee student village: Private student accommodations with a direct train connection to campus.

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?

University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) 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 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) in advance to get an impression of the programme?

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 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE). 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 University of Applied Sciences Europe?

The University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE)'s 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 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE), the practical orientation is particularly well developed, because our lecturers work in other (in some cases their own) firms in addition to teaching at the university. 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 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) and the accreditation of the study programmes by FIBAA mean?

State accreditation of the programmes 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 degree (M.A. or M.Sc.). The master degree programme consists of a further four semesters and forms the basis for a doctorate. Consecutive master degree programmes of study build on the content of the respective bachelor degree programme and non-consecutive master degree programmes are, accordingly, separate from the bachelor degree programme. 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 programme. 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 degree at University of Applied Sciences Europe?

The admission requirements for the master degree programme 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 application deadline for the winter semester is 1 September (Non-EU: 1 September*) and for the summer semester February 28th (Non-EU: February 28th). After these deadlines there will be a waiting list procedure for available study places each semester. If you already have a valid student visa for Germany, you can apply within the official application deadline.

* Please take into consideration delays e.g. with entry visa.

How can I apply for the master degree programme at University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE)?

What we need from you is the completed application form and documents needed for the master degree programme, 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 degree. You can easily upload your documents to University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) online.

When will I have my interview for the master degree programme?

After University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) 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 Wohninvest Immobilienmanagement GmbH, who manages the student dorm.

University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) in Berlin has an arrangement with Schlachtensee student village: Private student accommodations with a direct train connection to campus.

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?

University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) 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 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) in advance to get an impression of the programme?

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 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE). 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 University of Applied Sciences Europe?

The University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE)'s 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 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE), the practical orientation is particularly well developed, because our lecturers work in other (in some cases their own) firms in addition to teaching at the university. 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 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) and the accreditation of the study programmes by FIBAA mean?

State accreditation of the programmes 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 degree (M.A. or M.Sc.). The master degree programme consists of a further four semesters and forms the basis for a doctorate. Consecutive master degree programmes of study build on the content of the respective bachelor degree programme and non-consecutive master degree programmes are, accordingly, separate from the bachelor degree programme. 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 programme. 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 Programmes

Finance

If I paid my deposit, when and how much do I have to pay again?

Payments are made according to your contract – please refer to the first page of your contract. You pay your first semester’s fee, minus the amount of your deposit.

How is the discount/ bursary/ scholarship calculated when I start studying with you? How much do I have to pay each semester?

Please refer to the first page of your study contract for your semester payment breakdown. If you have further questions, please contact service.center@ue-germany.de.

Who should I contact if I have any questions related to my invoice?

Your first point of contact should be service.center@ue-germany.de.

Why does my invoice not show the deposit paid on it?

We are working on a technical solution to show the deposit amount on the invoice. The invoice shows the full semester amount. As written on the invoice, the deposit amount can be deducted.

Why does my invoice not show the deposit paid on it?

 If there is any information about your discount missing on the document, please contact service.center@ue-germany.de. They will be able to check the system in accordance with your contract/letter of admission and the related information. After which, our finance department will be able to issue a new invoice.

Do I need to pay the full sum of fees even if I have paid the deposit?

If a deposit is made, it can be deducted from the invoice.

Who will confirm and when whether the funds I sent to your account have arrived?

In case of a timely and proper payment according to the payment terms in the contract, finance will not confirm the payments received. Only in the case of overdue payments will finance send a payment reminder.

I don’t have Student ID – can I still pay the Semester fee?

If the student received an invoice for the semester fee, there is a debtor-id on it (same as the student-id) and the invoice number. Students should use this as reference number for the bank transfer, so we can allocate the payment to their debtor account. If the student needs to pay the deposit, there are references (application number) on the payment request.

What payment methods are available?

We accept bank transfers for all non-EU students.
EU students can pay monthly via standing order.

Do I have to pay the tuition fees in monthly instalments?

EU students have the option to pay in monthly instalments via Sepa direct debit or a standing order.
Non-EU students need to pay according to their contract or pay the full amount in advance.

KFW* – Who is eligible? What is the situation? (EU, Non-EU) and deadlines.

Students are eligible if they are of German nationality. More information can be found here under ‘Who do we support’.
For further advice on how to apply, you should speak to your programme consultant.

*Financing group

How can I finance my studies?

Our programmes are self-funded and therefore need to be privately financed. EU students may be able to access Government loans (KFW/Bafoeg) and pay their fees in monthly instalments.

How much does the semester abroad cost?

Semesters abroad are a great way to broaden your learning experience. A range of options are available to students and are subject to eligibility. The cost of the semester abroad will depend on the option you choose:

  • If you decide to study abroad with ERASMUS (only in Europe), you will need to pay your UE semester fee. You may also receive funding from ERASMUS. You will not need to pay at the institution where you are taking your study abroad semester. 
  • If you decide to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, you will need to pay the UE semester fee plus tuition fee to the abroad institution. The amount of the tuition fees vary. In some cases, you will pay an addition fee to UE (2,500€) but no additional fee to study abroad institution.  
When can I pay the first semester fee?

All students that are enrolled will receive an invoice from the service center and/or the finance department with information on how to pay.

Can I pay my tuition fees later once I receive my invoice?

Students should pay according to the details of their contract (payment terms). The latest date to do so is the first day in class.

When will finance contact me about the tuition fees?

You will be sent an invoice to pay the tuition fees before the start of your semester. 

Post-enrollment, Student Services & Academic

What placement support do you provide?

Please see the international guide where you will find contact details of our Welcome Centre or a student support officer.

Where can I go to study my semester abroad? Can I stay in Germany? How does it work?

We recommend all students consider a semester abroad however this is not mandatory. They are the perfect way to broaden your academic experience. You are also able to do an internship semester instead of a semester abroad.

When do the SuSe21 lectures start?

Lectures start on 29 March 2021.

How many hours a week will the lectures be held?

As per the curriculum, 18 hours per week according to your individual schedule. You will have an individual timetable for each semester of your studies. This is designed individually for each programme. The number of days you need to attend campus will depend on the scheduling of your lectures and will be shared with you at the start of the semester.

I have contacted student services and the examination office. I have waited over two weeks for a respond and am yet to hear anything. What shall I do?

Every inquiry is important to us and the UE Service Centre works hard to ensure you receive accurate and relevant information. We aim to get back to you within 48 hours. For general information, please use our chat feature on our homepage, consult the online campus and regularly check your UE email address for updates.

How many days do I need to wait until someone replies to my e-mails?

During busy periods, such as just before the semester begins and exam periods, we see an influx of enquiries. We recommend you check your UE e-mail account frequently and utilise the online campus at first. The Chat Bot on our homepage may be able to help answer general queries. We aim to respond within 48 hours.

I have not received my invoice for the semester fee at the start of the semester. Why is that?

We would have sent the invoice to your UE e-mail account (private account for first semester students). Please also check your spam folder. Should any issue occur, please contact our Service Centre.

Where can I pay the funds?

Please provide a bank transfer of the tuition fee to the account mentioned in the contract.

I have not received payment confirmation after sending the funds but I need one. Who should I contact?

Please contact our Finance Office

Do you provide support with visa applications?

Yes. Please contact our Welcome Services.

What do I need to apply for student visa?

To apply for your visa, you will need the following documents:

  • A valid passport (issued within the last 10 years and with at least 12 months’ validity left after the scheduled return)
  • Visa application form and signed declaration
  • An A4 size photocopy of your passport details page
  • 3 passport-sized photos according to size specifications
  • A cover letter that covers the purpose and the duration of the stay
  • Letter of admission from UE (electronic version)
  • Proof of tuition fee payment
  • Proof of language proficiency of the language of study (English or German)
  • Proof of other academic qualifications, where applicable

For further information, please contact our Welcome Services.

On the visa form, they are asking for contact person details from the university. What details do I need to provide?

Please contact Welcome Services for further information.

Is it applicable for me to send all the necessary documents online, or do I not need to post them?

In principle, you will have already submitted the necessary documents electronically during the application process. If something is still missing after enrolment, you can submit the remaining documents to our Service Centre electronically. Original documents need to be provided as soon as you arrive in Germany.

Does the embassy accept the documents you e-mailed me?

Yes, they do. Please contact your student advisor or the Welcome Services to find out if the embassy will ask for additional admission documents.

Why don’t you send your admission letter and contract electronically? Can I receive them via post? like that?

We send everything electronically to ensure it is sent safely and directly to the recipient; this is also the most economically friendly way to send documents.

Will you keep my documents after I have registered on campus? If yes, which documents and for how long?

We don’t keep your original documents. You will only be required to show them to student services.

When will we get update on: lecture starts, class schedules or registration day?

In the first week of March, you will receive the necessary information regarding the above.

I have not been contacted by anyone and the semester has started / my lectures are due to start. Who should I contact?

Please check the online campus for any updates and should issues arise, please contact our Service Centre.

When is the deadline to pay my semester fee?

All deadlines will be mentioned within your contract. The tuition fee should be paid by the first calendar day of the respective start of the semester, 1 March or 1 September.

Who do I need to give my original documents on campus?

Please hand in your documents at the UE Service Centre or welcome desk.

When do I need to hand in my original documents on campus?

Please hand the documents in as soon as you arrive in Germany.

What original documents do I need to hand in when registering on campus?

Please bring your High School Certificate (Hochschulzulassung/ A-Levels/ Abitur or equivalent) and be prepared to sign your initial contract. This is a legal obligation in Germany in order to officially enter university education.

Which documents do I have to have certifyi for enrolment?

You would not need to certify any documents. You can show us your original documents and we will compare your original documents with our copies.

Do I have to come to Berlin to sign the original contract or are there other options?

You can also send us the signed contract by post. In this case, you have the responsibility to ensure that the contract reaches us.

Do you have to come to campus to be enrolled or are there different ways of studying?

While there are restrictions in place due to COVID-19, everything can be done via post. However, as soon as you are in Germany, you will need to present your original documents. 

How and when can I get my semester travel card?

Usually, you are able to collect your card one week before semester starts. For enrolled students, please check your UE e-mail account for information. For first year students, please check your private mail.

Who should I contact if I have questions about my semester travel card?

Please contact our Service Centre

How can I register if slots in the citizens' office are taken?

For Berlin: Check and refresh the page of the Bürgeramt* at different times of the day. It is possible to get an appointment the next day or sometimes even the same day. It may be that the appointment is not in your local area. 

* citizens' office

Does my travel card start from the day I receive it?

The semester ticket is valid from 1 March until 31 August (summer semester) and 1 September until 28/29 February (winter semester). 

Does UE offer a support service for students looking for jobs?

We offer a student support service for those looking for a suitable internships and career opportunities. For individual coaching and careers support, please contact our Service Centre.

Where can I find my class schedule?

We provide an online campus which contains all the relevant information regarding your schedule. You will receive your IT login details by e-mail, as well as support on how to navigate the system.

Why does the semester start on the 1 March / 1 September and my classes only at the end of the month? What happens inbetween these dates?

For enrolled students: You will receive your individual schedule within the upcoming weeks. Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the semester will being online. Please review communication from the rectorate and individually contact your programme leader for more information.

For first year students: We are currently working on your study schedules and, until 30 April, your lectures will be taught online as per statutory regulation in Germany. We will keep you updated within the upcoming weeks regarding returning to campus.

How many extra-curricular courses will there be in a semester which is not included in the tuition fee?

The semester abroad is not included in the tuition fees. There are also events and presentations which are offered free of charge.

Is it compulsory to attend events, workshops or extrac-curricular activities that we need to pay for?

No. Any events not included in your curriculum are not compulsory.

Do I have to pay the public transport ‘Semester Ticket’ fee if I’m studying the course online?

Yes, the semester ticket is a discounted ticket based on a solidary system and therefore exemptions are strictly regulated. 

How do I apply for my public transport Sesmester Ticket? Who do I need to contact?

You do not need to apply for the ticket. You will be automatically contacted regarding the semester ticket.

What are the modules I will be studying?

All of the information regarding the course modules are provided in the overviews on the website. You can also contact your programme consultant for more information.

How is the semester being carried out in the coming months?

UE is obliged to follow the official regulations of the government which is currently only allowing online tuition until the end of May. Exemptions exist in special circumstances. Please visit the online campus and contact your programme leader if you require further information.

Can I have an accommodation letter with fees and all the facilities mentioned?

Our Welcome Centre will help you with all your questions about accommodation, health insurance and much more.

At what times of the day will my classes take place if I’m studying online?

Classes normally can take place Monday to Saturday between 8:30 and 18:45 CET. You can find the exact details in your timetable.

Is there a discount for transportation for students studying in Berlin?

As student at UE, you will receive the discounted semester ticket which you can use for bus, underground, suburban trains and certain regional trains. UE will contact you regarding the semester ticket.

When will I receive the enrollment details?

In the first week of March, you will receive key information about the Welcome Days and information regarding enrolment week.

When will I hear from the university regarding my timetable?

You can access your timetable in the Online Campus. 

When will I receive my log in details?

You will receive your login details approximately two weeks before lectures start.

Who should I expect the log in details from?

Login details will be sent from noreply@ue-germany.de. Please watch out for the e-mail and make sure you check your spam/junk folder.

Will I be able to access my classes easily? What will I need to access them?

You will be able to access your classes via Microsoft Teams. As soon as you have been enrolled, you will automatically be given access to the virtual classroom in Teams.

Do I get support with accommodation?

Yes, we do offer support with accommodation. Please contact our Welcome Services for further information and guidance.

When is the best time before my studies start to start looking for housing/accommodation?

It is best to start looking as early as possible (usually finding accommodation can take 4-8 weeks), however, you should not sign any rental agreements until you receive your visa. 

Is there a study overview?

You will have an overview of the curriculum of your programme and a timetable for your lectures for every semester.

What support will I get with my course?

The UE Service Centre is dedicated to answering your administrative questions regarding lectures, exams, etc., the UE Service Center will be at your disposal. Academic questions can be addressed to your programme leader, who is be responsible for the academic aspects of your programme.

What rank is your university in Germany and globally?

Our current rankings are:
CHE & U-Multirank 2020: We are ranked as one of the top 10 private universities for business administration.

In which countries is your certificate accredited outside Germany?

UE is an officially accredited university in Germany. Our programmes and certificates carry the same value as any other degree obtained from a German public institution.