Students who live abroad or who completed their prior education abroad are welcome to study at the FernUniversität in Hagen. You can find a summary of the most important information about applications and enrollment for international students below.
For further questions about or assistance with enrolling at the FernUniversität with international qualifications, the International Student Admissions Office is your first point of contact.
Enrolling with International Qualifications
In order to enroll in a bachelor's degree program you will need a school leaving certificate or other qualification which is comparable to the German Abitur.
In order to enroll in a master's degree program, you must have completed a higher education degree which is comparable to the required German degree.
Whether your prior qualifications are considered comparable to the required German qualifications for admission is determined by the guidelines of Germany's Central Office for Foreign Education. You can find more information about these guidelines at the Central Office for Foreign Education's "anabin" information portal. Anabin is unfortunately only available in German.
The FernUniversität’s International Student Admissions Office will check the comparability of your educational credentials as part of the admissions process.
German Language Proficiency
The FernUniversität's degree programs are primarily taught in German. Applicants who did not complete their prior educational credentials at a German-speaking institution must provide a recognized certification of their German language proficiency. The FernUniversität does not offer any preparatory German language courses or exams.
Language Certifications Recognized at the FernUniversität:
Certification of Copies
The majority of your documents for enrollment must be submitted as officially certified ("amtlich beglaubigt") copies.
Any German public authority with an official stamp (or "Dienstsiegel") may certify copies. The certification, which must be written in German, confirms that the copy matches the original document.
If a German public authority within Germany refuses to certify a copy of a document written in a foreign language, you can turn to your country's consulate or embassy in Germany, the FernUniversität's regional and study centers, or churches organized under German public law.
Please note that translation agencies are not public authorities and therefore may not certify copies.
Outside of Germany, the only official institutions which may certify copies and translations are German embassies and consulates or local FernUniversität regional and study centers. The exceptions to this rule are the German-speaking countries Austria and Switzerland. In these countries, an official public authority or public notary may certify your documents.
Translating Your Documents
Any documents written in a language other than German or English must be translated into German and submitted as an officially certified copy. The translation must be carried out by an officially sworn ("vereidigt") translator or interpreter.
Since such translations can be costly, please do not send us the original translation. You can have a copy of the translation officially certified by a public institution, just as you can with the original document.
Proof of Health Insurance
All full- and part-time students in Germany are required to show proof of health insurance coverage at enrollment. If you live abroad and are not bound by the German requirement to carry health insurance, you can explain this in your application. In this case, you do not need to submit documentation of your health insurance.
If you live in Germany, you must submit proof of your health insurance coverage with your application for admittance. You can find an overview of the forms of documentation we accept here:
As a rule, it is not possible to receive a student visa for a distance learning program at the FernUniversität, since the study materials can be sent abroad and you can study at the FernUniversität from outside of Germany. Exceptions are only made for certain individual seminars, internships, or in-person exams.
How to Apply
There is no separate application or registration process for international students or students who completed their prior education outside of Germany - you can simply apply using the FernUniversität's standard application form. The necessary forms, instructions, and lists of required documents can be found at the link below.
You can apply for enrollment in a degree program between June 1st and July 31st to start in the winter semester, and between December 1st and January 31st to start in the summer semester.
For Further Assistance
International Student Admissions
Mon. - Fri. from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please be sure to make an appointment before visiting us in person!
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