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FAQ

Applications and deadlines

Why should I study at the hwtk?

The hwtk can provide you with strong practical orientation to your subjects and chosen field through the option of studying in our dual work–study model and through the practice-oriented teaching for students in all study models. The university is also strongly aligned with international interests and matters, which is very important in today’s business world.

Where is the hwtk campus?

You can study at either our Berlin or our Baden-Baden campus.

When is the application deadline?

The hwtk has no application deadlines. You can apply at any time of the year. Studies commence at the beginning of either the summer semester or the winter semester.

When does the winter semester start? When does the summer semester start?

The summer semester starts on 1 April. The winter semester starts on 1 October.

How do I apply?

Please start your application with the hwtk’s online application form. We’ll need a cover letter, your CV, and an application photograph as well as certificates and/or transcripts. In some cases we might need further documents, for example, proof of your language skills or the internships you’ve done.

Can I apply even if I don’t have my school leaving certificate yet?

Yes, of course. In this case, please submit your school leaving certificate (Abitur, Fachhochschulreife, or equivalent) as soon as you receive it.

What should I include in my cover letter?

A cover letter is usually one to two pages long. You should explain your motivation for wanting to study for the particular degree and, if applicable, why you chose a particular specialisation. You should also highlight any concrete practical experience and your personal strengths. Please note that your cover letter is for both the university and, if you apply for the dual work–study model, potential companies where you might do your work experience.

Should I address the cover letter to the hwtk or to potential cooperating companies?

It’s best to use a general form of address: ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ or ‘To whom it may concern’. When you apply to study in the dual work–study model, your letter should address the requirements of both the hwtk and potential cooperating companies. The hwtk’s address should be used in the section where the receiver’s address goes.

Should I apply directly to cooperating companies?

No, you need not apply directly to the cooperating companies that are listed on the hwtk website unless it is explicitly stated that direct applications are possible or desired. As a rule, the cooperating companies have instructed the hwtk to preselect candidates. However, you can and should make your own applications to companies who are not yet hwtk partners. This increases your chances of getting a place in the dual work–study model at the hwtk. If you have any questions about applying, please don’t hesitate to contact the hwtk’s Student and Company Services.

If I’m equally interested in two specialisations (first and second choice), should I also prepare two cover letters?

Yes, in this case please submit two cover letters (one for each specialisation) and make a note about it in the comment field of the online application form.

How long will it take for my application to be processed? When will I receive feedback?

As a rule, we promptly process applications for full-time studies or distance learning. Applicants for the dual work–study model who have already been accepted by a cooperating company usually also receive prompt feedback. We start the matching process for applicants who do not yet have a cooperating company approximately half a year before studies commence, or even longer before that. Being matched with a cooperating company in our network is however not guaranteed. That is why you should also independently apply to companies if you would like to increase your chances of being admitted to study in the dual work–study model.

How can I submit additional documents (e.g. school leaving certificate) later?

Please use our additional application form.

Is it possible to transfer directly from another university to study at the hwtk?

Transferring to the hwtk is generally only possible at the beginning of a new semester. In this case, as with a normal application, you would need to apply via our online application form, so that we can verify whether you meet the admission requirements for the relevant hwtk degree programme.

Can modules or courses completed at other universities be recognised and credited by the hwtk?

Yes, as long as these modules or courses are from a field that corresponds with the applicable hwtk catalogue of modules. The Registrar’s Office will determine whether it is possible for you to receive credit for previous courses completed.

What level of mathematics is required to study at the hwtk?

For bachelor’s degrees, lectures in business mathematics start at the German Abitur or Fachhochschulreife level.

How much mathematics is covered during a degree?

Beyond the lectures in business mathematics, your studies are complemented by other mathematics components such as financial control, statistics and business performance management.

What English level is required?

The admission requirements for the Bachelor’s in Business Administration and the Bachelor’s in Business Informatics include B1 level English. The Bachelor’s in International Management, which is taught on campus in English, and the Master’s in Business Management and Development require B2 level English. Proof of English proficiency can be provided by the TOEIC test, TOEFL iBT test or equivalent academic achievement or existing knowledge. BA Business Administration students complete four semesters of compulsory English courses during their degree. The first course starts at the German Abitur or Fachhochschulreife level. Getting started should therefore not present any problems.

hwtk CareerTool

What is the hwtkCareer Tool?

The hwtkCareer Tool is a platform that expands the application process with an online applicant account. For applicants to the dual work–study model, hwtkCareer makes visible available work–study places for which they can submit a matching request.

How does applying with the hwtkCareer Tool work?

At the start of the application process, you must create an account. After your account has been activated, you can submit applications for all the degree programmes and study models you are interested in. As part of your application process, you will be asked to submit a letter of motivation for each separate application you make. Please consider and plan for the amount of time it will take you to complete these tasks.

After successfully completing your application, a student advisor will go over your documents and then get in touch with you.

Should I write a separate letter of motivation for each degree programme or each specialisation I choose?

Yes. Regardless of which study model you choose, your letter of motivation is an important part of your application to the hwtk. It is important for us to understand your motivation for applying so that we can optimally support you and your process.

Where can I see the available places to study in the dual work–study model?

The available places to study with one of our cooperating companies in the dual work–study model can be seen on the work placement company portal, which is part of the hwtkCareer Tool. Once your complete dual work–study application has been submitted, your student advisor will give you access to the work placement company portal. There you will be able to see all the available jobs and, if applicable, submit matching requests for your chosen specialisations (first and second choice).

I can’t see any available jobs for my chosen specialisation in the work placement company portal. Am I doing something wrong?

No, you likely aren’t doing anything wrong. The hwtk regularly contacts its cooperation partners to find out which companies can take on dual work–study students. However, we unfortunately cannot guarantee that there will be jobs that match your chosen specialisation.

My matching request was denied. What does this mean?

A matching request might be denied for various reasons.
Usually it means that the company already has enough applicants. If you are uncertain about anything, please contact your student advisor.

Can I work on my application after submitting it?

Yes. With the hwtkCareer Tool, you can work on any part of your application after you submitted it. However, if you want to choose a different degree programme, you must start a new application.

Can I withdraw my hwtk application?

If you change your mind and do not want to study at the hwtk, you can easily delete your application on the hwtkCareer platform. Your data will be archived automatically.

International applicants

Can international students study at the hwtk?

Yes, we see ourselves as an international university and citizens of all countries can apply.

What requirements must international applicants meet?

Non-native speakers of German must include proof of German level B2 with their application for a bachelor’s degree. For an application to a master’s programme, non-native speakers of German must include proof of German level C1. Proof can be provided by, for example, language proficiency tests successfully completed at a language school. If your university entrance qualification (school leaving qualification) was obtained abroad, you will also need to apply via uni-assist. They will check whether you can study in Germany with the qualifications that you have. Do take note that application via uni-assist takes approximately four to six weeks.

Where in Germany can I have my qualifications from abroad recognised?

The Berlin Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Family [Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie] is responsible for the recognition of qualifications from abroad. You’ll find more details, including contact information, office hours, required documents, etc., on the Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie’s webpage for recognition of foreign qualifications (German only). For the process involved in having a bachelor’s degree recognised, you can consult the anabin information portal (German only).

Does the hwtk offer degrees taught in English?

Starting from the winter semester 2018/19, the hwtk will offer a BA in International Management*, taught on campus in English, which students can enrol in as full-time or dual work–study students. The MA in Business Management and Development can also be completed in English.

*Accreditation in process

Admission requirements

What are the admission requirements for a bachelor’s degree at the hwtk?

The admission requirements for the Bachelor’s in Business Administration and the Bachelor’s in Business Informatics (distance learning) are:

  • General or restricted university entrance qualification (allgemeine or fachgebundene Hochschulreife or Fachhochschulreife) or an equivalent university entrance qualification (e.g. admission to higher education through vocational qualifications and professional experience) and, if applicable, passing an entrance exam
  • Application via uni-assist, if your qualifications were not completed in Germany
  • Online submission of application documents with letter of motivation, CV, photograph, and transcripts
  • Proof of English level B1 in the form of a TOEIC test, TOEFL iBT test or equivalent academic achievement or existing knowledge
  • Non-native speakers of German: Proof of German level B2

The admission requirements for the English-language Bachelor’s in International Management are:

  • General or restricted university entrance qualification (allgemeine or fachgebundene Hochschulreife or Fachhochschulreife) or an equivalent university entrance qualification (e.g. admission to higher education through vocational qualifications and professional experience) and, if applicable, passing an entrance exam
  • Online submission of application documents with letter of motivation, CV, photograph, and transcripts
  • Application via uni-assist, if your qualifications were not completed in Germany

Non-native speakers of English: Proof of English level B2

What are the admission requirements for a master’s degree at the hwtk?

The admission requirements for the Master’s in Business Management and Development are:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree in the field of business economics or administration, economics, management, or another degree with at least 30% business and economics content
  • Online submission of application documents with letter of motivation, CV, photograph, and transcripts
  • Non-native speakers of German: Proof of German level C1
Is there a limit on the amount of students who can study at the hwtk?

At this point in time, the hwtk has not imposed any limits on student numbers. Your final school grades are therefore not immediately relevant for acceptance to the hwtk. If you are interested in the dual work–study model, however, your grades might be relevant for the matching process with partner companies, since some companies highly value good grades. However, poor grades do not mean that you will be excluded: Every business field has different criteria that play an important role (e.g. practical experience, language skills, time spent abroad, or involvement in other spheres such as social projects, sports, etc.).

Can I apply to the hwtk with Fachhochschulreife?

Yes. Since the hwtk is based in Berlin, you should however check whether your Fachhochschulreife qualifies either in the state of Berlin or in all German states. This is usually noted at the bottom of the certificate. If recognition in Berlin or all German states does not apply to your qualification, you will need to have your Fachhochschulreife recognised by the Berlin Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Family [Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie].

Where in Berlin can I have my Fachhochschulreife from another German state recognised in Berlin?

To have your Fachhochschulreife from another German state recognised, you need to contact the Berlin Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Family [Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie]. You’ll find more details, including contact information, office hours, required documents, etc., on the Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie’s webpage for recognition of school leaving qualifications (German only).

Can I also apply to the hwtk even if I have neither Abitur nor Fachhochschulreife (or equivalent)?

Yes, this is possible if you have completed at least two years of state-accredited vocational training in the field of the degree or specialisation you are interested in and worked in that occupation for at least three years. If this is the case, you can apply to a bachelor’s degree programme as a person with vocational qualifications (beruflich Qualifizierte/r according to § 11 BerlHG). For admission, you may also need to complete an entrance exam at the hwtk. This exam has a written and an oral component. It contains both general questions and questions related to the vocation you trained for.

Tuition fees and financing

How much does studying at the hwtk cost? What are the study fees?

You can find an overview of the fee structure as well as information on financing options on the hwtk tuition fees page.

Are there any additional fees?

The tuition fees include all aspects of your studies (registration, lectures, exams and transcripts and certificates). You will thus generally not be charged any additional fees. Students at the hwtk receive a VBB (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) student semester ticket for the Berlin tariff zones ABC. The fee for this ticket is charged by the VBB, so the cost is not included in the tuition fees.

The cost of books is also not included in your tuition fees. Please see the FAQs Library section for more details.

Does the cooperating company cover a dual work–study student’s tuition fees?

Yes, cooperating companies usually cover a dual work–study student’s fees; in some cases they also cover the cost of the semester ticket for public transport.

Do cooperating companies financially compensate students above and beyond covering their tuition costs?

Whether or not students receive additional compensation depends on the company they work for. If additional compensation is paid, this amount is negotiated between the company and the student.

Besides possible compensation from a cooperating company, what other possibilities do I have for financing my studies?

The hwtk is a state-accredited institution, so you can apply for funding through BAföG, the German Federal Training Assistance Act. You can find more information about BAföG on these websites:

Further financing options to cover your living costs include student loans (e.g. the KfW Student Loan), scholarships and bursaries, or working part-time while you study. If you have questions about financing your studies, please contact the htwk’s Student and Cooperating Company Services. You can also find useful information on financing your studies on the Finanzier dein Studium website (German only).

myStipendium offers an overview of available scholarships and bursaries (German only). Information on scholarships from thirteen German organisations for the promotion of young talent is available on this StipendiumPlus webpage. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research also offers the Stipendienlotse database for searching for scholarships and bursaries (German only).

Study plan

On which days will I have classes?

Dual work–study and full-time students will predominantly have classes on two fixed consecutive weekdays (20 hours per week): either Mondays and Tuesdays, or Tuesdays and Wednesdays, or Thursdays and Fridays. The exact days will be determined before the start of the semester and communicated to you and, if applicable, your company in good time. Distance learning students have the option of coming to campus for three attendance days per semester. Each attendance day will fall on either a Saturday or a Sunday.

Are there any bridging courses taught before studies commence (e.g. for mathematics)?

At this point in time, the hwtk does not offer any bridging courses. If there is enough demand, such courses could perhaps be presented in the future. Generally, however, your Abitur, Fachabitur or equivalent knowledge should be sufficient for getting started with your studies and following the lectures.

Does the hwtk offer additional tutoring during the degree programmes (e.g. in mathematics)?

If requested by students, tutorials can be arranged. Please contact the university management or the Registrar’s Office if you have such a request. Students can also form their own study groups and ask their lecturers if questions or problems should come up. The lecturers and the Course Administration section might be able to recommend external tutors.

Is a semester abroad or some time abroad included in my studies?

At this point in time, our German-language degrees do not include a semester abroad or time spent abroad in their curricula. You could, however, spend some time abroad in the Erasmus+ Programme or by arrangement with one of our partner universities (as a semester abroad or an internship abroad) as part of your studies. For more details, please contact our International Office. The BA in International Management (taught on campus in English), includes a semester abroad in the fifth semester.

When can I switch between study models?

At the end of any given semester, you can submit your application to switch between study models within your degree programme. Switching between study models may change your tuition fees (amount and/or whether a company covers it for you or you pay it yourself). You’ll find an overview of all fees on the hwtk tuition fees page.

Will I have to study longer if I switch between study models?

No, the models are coordinated such that a change in study model will not increase your time to complete the degree.

What kind of exams or evaluations can I expect at the hwtk?

During your studies you may encounter written exams, presentations, seminar papers, term papers, practice papers, simulation games, projects and language tests. The type of exam or evaluation will depend on the degree programme and the level of your academic progress.

Dual work–study model

With which companies does the hwtk cooperate?

You’ll find a selection of our cooperating companies on the hwtk’s dual work–study model webpage. Please note that not all of our cooperating companies are included in this list. Please do not directly apply to these companies, unless it is explicitly noted that you should. As a rule, the cooperating companies have instructed the hwtk to preselect candidates.

If I have applied to study in the dual work–study model at the hwtk, will I automatically be matched with a hwtk cooperating company?

No, being matched with a cooperating can unfortunately not be guaranteed. The hwtk will first consider your application and check your documents. If your application is complete and you meet the admission requirements, your application will be passed on to one or more cooperating companies.

There is however no guarantee that your application will match or be passed on to a cooperating company. Cooperating companies make their own decisions on whether to take on dual work–study students. The hwtk decides whether you are admitted to the university.

Can I look for my own cooperating company?

Yes, you should also take initiative and apply to companies. If a company accepts you, this increases your chances of getting a place in the dual work–study model at the hwtk.

Must the company already be a hwtk cooperation partner?

No, you can also look for companies who are not yet cooperation partners of the hwtk. They can then become a cooperating company, as long as they meet the hwtk’s criteria.

How do I find a suitable company?

Finding a suitable company will require taking initiative and being persistent and dedicated. You can start your search with online search engines, online job boards or job advertisements in daily newspapers. A call or an email to a company is usually enough to establish whether a company would be interested in taking on a dual work–study student in cooperation with the hwtk. You will usually find that companies that take on vocational training apprentices (Auszubildende or Azubis) are also open to taking on dual work–study students. It will thus generally be worth your while to contact companies that also have such vocational training places available (Azubi-Plätze). If a company is interested in taking you on, you can contact the hwtk’s Student and Cooperating Company Services. They will support you in the steps that follow.

What requirements must the company fulfil?

The company must be able to prove that a dual work–study student will be tasked with duties relevant to all fields covered during their studies and that someone in the company will be available to them as a point of contact. Additionally, the company must orient itself according to the hwtk’s framework for the particular specialisation. Companies can request more detailed information from the hwtk’s Student and Cooperating Company Services.

Can a dual work–study student switch between cooperating companies?

It is generally envisaged that you stay with one cooperating company for your entire degree. Should problems arise, our Student and Cooperating Company Services team or the chancellor of the hwtk will gladly discuss the situation with you. We can discuss your position and search for potential solutions together. Quitting your job should be the last resort, when all other options have been exhausted. In principle, however, you could change your cooperating company if it is necessary. If this is the case, you would need to find a new cooperating company before the end of the semester and/or contact Student and Cooperating Company Services. Please note that you cannot be uncoupled from a cooperating company for a significant amount of time, because you could lose your status as a dual work–study student. If you are not able to find a new cooperating company, you also have the option to switch to full-time studies or distance learning at the beginning of the new semester. The duration of your studies at the hwtk will not be affected by this change.

If you have any questions, Student and Cooperating Company Services will gladly assist. You can come by during office hours for consultations on Wednesdays from 14:00 to 16:00, or you can make an appointment.

How do I find a new cooperating company if I want to change companies?

For cooperating companies listed on our website, the hwtk manages the connection of students and companies (unless it is explicitly stated that applications should be made directly to the company). Most cooperating companies are interested in applicants who will join them from their first semester of studies and can start at the beginning of the coming semester or the semester after that. Only in exceptional cases will the hwtk be able to match dual work–study students who have already started their studies with a company, namely if a company is explicitly looking for a student who has already completed some semesters. You are therefore the primary responsible person as far as finding a cooperating company is concerned. However, do not hesitate to contact Student and Cooperating Company Services if you should have any questions.

Full-time studies

How are full-time studies organised? (How many hours are taught each week?)

Classes for full-time students, just like for dual work–study students, take up 20 hours per week, on two fixed consecutive weekdays. The other days of the week are available for the necessary self-study as well as internships or employment as a working student. All study models comprise the same amount of semesters for a given degree programme.

As a full-time student, is it compulsory to complete an internship during my studies?

According to the hwtk’s catalogue of modules, bachelor’s students in the full-time study model must complete an internship of 150 hours, as established in a written confirmation from the company. Before an internship starts, it must be approved by the hwtk programme director for the degree. If you submit proof that you have completed vocational training that is relevant to your degree programme, this can contribute to fulfilling the internship requirements.

What is the difference between full-time studies and the dual work–study model?

If you choose the dual work–study model, you will spend three days a week at your cooperating company. In the full-time study model, you can choose how to use your free time: You could seek employment as a working student, do an internship or concentrate fully on your studies. In the dual work–study model, you will be required to write up practice papers that are related to your cooperating company, whereas in the full-time study model you will write seminar papers.

Both dual work–study and full-time students attend the same classes at the hwtk on two consecutive days a week.

Distance learning

What is it like to be a distance-learning student?

You study by yourself from home. You will regularly receive paper study materials via post. At the same time, you have the option to download all the relevant study materials from our campus platform.

How many attendance periods are there during a semester of distance learning?

The hwtk offers three optional attendance periods during each semester of distance learning. Most of the relevant content will however be presented to you in the form of webinars or online lectures, usually Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00.

Where can I write my exams as a distance learning student?

As a distance learning student you can write your exams at any of the hwtk’s 12 distance learning centres. From four possible dates to write exams each semester, you must select and register for one.

Is it possible to extend my distance learning studies if I need more time?

Yes, by arrangement with the hwtk, it is possible to extend your studies.

Degrees and accreditation

Are hwtk degrees state-accredited?

The hwtk is a state-accredited university. All the degrees offered by the hwtk at present have been accredited by the ACQUIN accreditation agency. BA International Management is currently being accredited.

What is the value of a hwtk degree?

In accordance with the German Qualifications Framework (DQR) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), a level six bachelor’s degree is an undergraduate degree that qualifies a graduate to either enter a profession, in middle management of companies or other organisations, or gain entry to a master’s degree programme (e.g. at the hwtk or another private or public university). Among other things, you are able to solve problems and independently implement measures towards specific development goals in a specialised field of work or study. A level seven master’s degree qualifies you, for example, for positions in higher levels of management. You are able to recognise, analyse, manage and review complex requirements and processes.

What does the job opportunities landscape hold after successfully completing a hwtk degree?

Equipped with a hwtk bachelor’s or master’s degree, you will have a variety of options. During your hwtk degree, you will have enjoyed constant exposure to practice-oriented course content and dual work–study students also graduate with professional experience. This puts you in a much better position than graduates whose qualifications are limited to either vocational training or a theory-based degree.

Library

Does the hwtk have a library?

Yes, the hwtk has its own libraries, both in Berlin and Baden-Baden. The libraries are open to all hwtk students from Monday to Friday. Interested parties from outside of the hwtk can also use the library. Please check or inquire about the opening times of the library on the relevant campus.

Beyond the books in the library, hwtk students can also access e-books from a large pool of online resources.

Is the cost of books included in the tuition fees, or do I need to cover the cost of books myself?

No books are included in the tuition fees. You can however borrow books from the hwtk library at no charge. If you need particular books for a course, you can make a request for the library to order and add them to the library catalogue.

Can all books be borrowed, or does restricted use apply?

Both. Some books are limited to in-library use and cannot be borrowed. All other books can be borrowed.

hwtk and iba

How do the hwtk and iba fit together?

The hwtk University of Applied Sciences and iba University of Cooperative Education both belong to F+U Group.

Can I transfer from iba to the hwtk?

In principle, you can, as long as you meet the admission requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. You will need to apply via the hwtk’s online application form. You can have modules you have completed to date credited according to the hwtk’s regulations. This process requires that you complete a form and provide the hwtk with the relevant documents. You can request the form from the hwtk’s Student and Cooperating Company Services.

Do the same admission requirements for the hwtk master’s degree programmes apply to iba graduates and external applicants?

Yes. You’ll find the general admission requirements for a hwtk master’s degree programme under the FAQs Admission requirements section.



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