Frequently Asked Questions at SRH Fernhochschule – The Distance Learning University.
Can I study even if I do not have a general qualification for university entrance? What are ECTS credit points? How much are the tuition fees? Can I transfer credits from previous studies or training? Here you will find the answers to your questions. Also, feel free to watch the videos related to our FAQs.
The quickest way to enrol with us is to send your application for one of our distance learning programmes to our online application portal.
If you prefer not to use our online application portal, simply download the application for enrolment from our website, complete it online, and email it – as a PDF file, together with your documents in the usual formats (JPG, PDF, PNG) – to email@example.com
All Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes can be started on the first day of each month. Since the lectures and examinations are repeated continuously, it is possible to start your studies at any time without any problems. Please allow 2 weeks for processing and submit your application for enrolment in good time.
Some of our study programmes require that you hold an “aptitude discussion” before admission. During this conversation, you will be given subject-related guidance by the study programme director. This phone conversation will usually last around 30 minutes. The main idea behind this conversation is for both you and us to find out whether you are likely to be able to meet the academic requirements of the degree programme in the time available to you.
Yes. Basically, you can transfer credits earned in other degree programmes or apart form higher education. You can only transfer credits that are not an admission criterion for your chosen study programme (this is why you cannot transfer credits from your general university entrance qualification, for example).
You can only transfer credits that meet the requirements of the Act on Higher Education (LHG) of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. Nor can we take into account skills you have gained from your professional experience. We will be happy to check for you which modules we can recognise or transfer, based on your previous expertise – free of charge and with no strings attached.
Due to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), study achievements are internationally comparable and recognised. 180 credits are required for successful completion of the Bachelor's programme. For the Master's degree, 60, 90 or 120 credits are required.
Your tuition fees can vary depending on the chosen financing option. The costs of the Bachelor's programmes are usually 419 euros per month with the Flex 1. The costs of the Master's degree programmes are usually 699 euros per month with the Flex 1 model. After paying the regular fees you have the option of extending your course of study until the end of twice the standard period of study free of charge and can thus design your studies flexibly.
With our Flex models, you decide which monthly tuition fees best suit your personal situation. No matter which Flex model you choose - the duration of your studies and the full benefits are the same in all cases. Our Flex models Flex 2 and Flex 3 (if available) can only be booked for students residing in the EU and in Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom. For more information visit the following link or contact us directly.
You can obtain a scholarship, a student grant (BAföG), an education cheque, educational leave, a study loan or a training loan to help pay for your distance learning programme with us.
You can withdraw from your distance learning contract at any time during the four-week test period (28 days) at no charge. After this time, if the programme does not live up to your expectations, you can terminate your studies for the first time with a notice period of six weeks to the end of the first semester. Once you have completed your first semester, you have the option of terminating your distance learning programme with a notice period of three months to the end of the month.
If you pursue distance learning with us, you will generally be able to study while living abroad. You will be able to sit “examinations abroad”. To do so, you will need to look for a suitable institute close to your place of residence (a Goethe-Institut, a German school abroad, a German embassy, etc.) that is willing to hold examinations on our behalf. We will be happy to help you proceed further.
You can choose when to take examinations: we offer
- “examinations at home” (e.g. online tests, case studies and term papers) and
- “live examinations” (e.g. presentations, role plays and written examinations.
For most examination formats, no prior registration is necessary. Should registration be necessary, then it is possible to register via our E-Campus.
We hold written examinations on eight weekends a year, each with six freely selectable time slots – at all of our 21 examination and study centres throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. If earlier credits are equivalent to examinations required on your programme, you can apply to have them transferred.
You can resit examinations twice, i.e. you have a maximum of three attempts in total.
After the standard period of study has expired, the study programme at SRH DLU can be extended for twice the standard period of study free of charge. If you need more time to complete your degree after the double standard period of study has ended, we will charge a monthly administration fee.
You will study flexibly, without the need for rigid semesters. In other words, we will suggest a course of studies for you – but it is up to you to decide when you book, study and complete each module.
Our module box enables you to do this. You can take up to five study modules in parallel. Once you have successfully completed a module, you decide what you want to take next. You are free to set the pace and the order in which you take your modules. Alternatively, you can also follow our established course of studies, which we suggest in the curriculum.
Yes, as evidenced by the hundreds of graduates in employment who complete their distance learning programmes with us each year. We have designed our study programmes to ensure that you will be able to complete your degree while in employment or training. More than 90% of our students are in employment. Our experience therefore shows that distance learning can be pursued successfully alongside employment.
It is up to you to decide on the work intensity and duration of your studies by determining when you want to take the next module, at which point you will request the relevant study materials.
You can also choose when to take your examinations. We offer “examinations at home”, such as online tests, case studies and term papers, as well as “live examinations”, e.g. written examinations.
We hold written examinations on eight weekends a year, each with six freely selectable time slots – at all of our 22 study centres.
96% of our students who register for the final examination successfully complete their studies.
Once you have passed all of the examinations in your modules, as well as your Bachelor or Master’s thesis, we will award you with a nationally and internationally recognised degree, and will issue your degree certificate and examination certificate. You will also receive a Diploma Supplement, written in English, making it easier for your qualification to be compared internationally.
We offer you an outstanding, internationally recognised study programme. As a system-accredited university with permanent state recognition awarded by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, we bear the quality seal of the German Accreditation Council. All degree programmes and certificate courses have been given governmental approval by the Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht (State Central Agency for Distance Learning, ZFU).
The fact that distance learning is highly regarded by potential employers is demonstrated by our numerous cooperative activities with partners from the field. The study concept enabling study for people in employment or with other responsibilities is also supported by many of our students’ employers. This is because it enables students to apply the theory they have acquired to practice straight away.