Reorientation and changing degree programmes

General information about reorientation

If you are thinking about changing your degree programme or about leaving university and doing something completely different, you should first ask yourself the following questions:

  •     Is studying at a university really what I want to do?
  •     What can I improve about the current situation without changing degree programme or dropping out completely?
  •     Is doing a degree the right thing for me, but my present course is not the right one for me? What would I rather study?
  •     Have I tried out the alternatives?

Please bear in mind that a change of degree programmes or university, or dropping out of your course can effect your financial situation (e.g. BAföG) and existing insurances.

If you would like to apply to HFU, please make sure you meet the application deadlines. These are valid both for students who are already studying at HFU and want to change their degree programme, and for applicants who would like to change to HFU.

Changing your degree programme at HFU

If you are already studying at HFU and would like to switch to the first semester of another degree programme at HFU, you should apply online over the Hochschulstart portal. The HFU Admissions Office also requires a completed application form, which can be printed out from the Hochschulstart portal online after you have entered your personal information there. A recent passport photo and documents such as certificates, CV and the documents for the selection process are also required. If you no longer have officially certified documents, the Examinations Office can provide you with the documents from your original application.

If you are already studying at HFU and would like to switch to a higher semester of another degree programme at HFU, you will have to submit a paper application form, a new passport photo and documents such as certificates, a CV and documents for the selection process. If you no longer have officially certified documents, the Examinations Office can provide you with the documents from your original application. Changing courses is only possible prior to the start of lectures.

Contact the Student Administration/Examinations Office for more information.

Changing to another university

If you would like to change to another university and to take the same degree programme or a programme with similar content to that at HFU, it is possible that you you can have some courses accredited or can start in a higher semester. Check with the Academic Counselling Office or Examinations Office of the university. You can also check here how you should go about applying.

If you are not only changing universities but also changing degree programmes, we also recommend that you contact the Admissions Office or Academic Counselling Office of the university.

Alternatives to studying at university

If you are thinking about dropping out of your study programme you may once again be faced with the question, "What should I do?"

It is often useful to work out what your interests, skills and values are and to collect careers information. A visit to the job information centre might help or a talk with one of the advisors from the Job Centre.

One possibility is to apply for vocational training which will qualify you for a career in a particular type of work. An internship or voluntary work can help you to decide what it is you want to do. They can also be a useful way of filling in the time until you begin your vocational training.

Further information, tips, vocational training and job offers, as well as company profiles which are specifically geared towards those who wish to discontinue their studies can be found here: www.studienabbruch-und-dann.de

What can I do if I have been suspended?

What can you do if you cannot continue your course of study at HFU because you have failed all attempts at an exam or have been suspended?

If you wish to continue to study at HFU, you can apply for another course of study. Your application will be handled in the selection process in the same way as other applicants who are not yet matriculated. Acceptance is possible if the new course of study and the original course have different course content (i.e. until pre- or interim examinations or the whole programme is different). For further information please contact the Admissions Office.

If you wish to continue the same or similar course of studies at another university, the new university will check whether this is possible. If you wish to change universities and your course of study, you should find out whether you have to begin in the first semester and whether credits can be transferred or you can enter a higher semester. In any case, you should check in advance with General Academic Counselling or the Admissions Office of the university.