Changing Courses and Universities

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What if I want to change my course or change universities?

If you are considering changing degree programmes you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is studying at a university really what I want to do?
  • What can I improve in my current situation without changing courses or dropping out of university?
  • Do I want to study, but my present course is not the right one for me? If so, what would be the right course?
  • Have I tried out the alternatives?

Please bear in mind that changing your study programme, place of study or dropping out of university can affect your financial situation (e.g. BAföG) or insurance.

If you want to apply to HFU, please follow the application deadlines. These are valid for both students who are already matriculated and wish to change courses, and for students who wish to change to HFU.

Information about the necessary application forms are available from the Admissions Office.

Changing degree programmes at HFU

If you are already studying at HFU and want to change to the first semester of another degree programme at HFU, then you must submit an application form (Zulassungsantrag) and a new passport photo. You will also need to provide additional documents such as certificates, a CV and documents for the selection process. If you no longer have a certified documents available, the Examinations Office can provide you with the documents from your original application.

If you are studying at HFU and want to change to a higher semester of another degree programme at HFU, you must submit an application form (Zulassungsantrag) and a new passport photo. You will also need to provide additional documents such as certificates and a CV. If you no longer have a certified documents available, the Examinations Office can provide you with the documents from your original application. An unadjusted transcript of records must also be submitted. Changing courses is only possible prior to the start of the lecture period.

Further information can be requested from the Admissions Office.

Changing to another university

If you want to change to another university to study the same degree programme or one with similar course content, you should find out from that university in advance whether your credits can be transferred, whether you can advance with your studies to a higher semester and how you should apply. Student services or the admissions office in the new university should be able to help you with this.

If you also wish to change courses at the new university, it is also advisable to contact their student services or admissions office in advance for information.

Changing from another university

If you wish to change from another university to HFU to study in the first or a higher semester and have already studied the same or a similar course, you should submit an application form, CV, photo, an unadjusted transcript of records and the required certificates.

If you wish to study a different degree at HFU, you should submit an application form, CV, photo and the required certificates. If your application is successful, proof of ex-matriculation from the previous degree programme must be provided at latest before matriculation at HFU. For further information, please contact the Admissions Office.

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, you must check with the student affairs office or admissions office of the new university 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, whether credits can be transferred or if you can enter a higher semester. In any case, you should check in advance with student services or the admissions office of the university.

If you wish to apply to HFU and failed an exam at, or have been suspended from, another university you can find more information in the Examinations Office FAQs.