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Bachelor Requirements

For Arts Programmes

  • The fundamental requirement for admission to the bachelor’s degree programme at University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) is a higher education entrance qualification, which you will have achieved with your high school diploma or equivalent. You may also be accepted on the grounds of your vocational training and an additional three years of occupational experience (BerlHG § 11). Our university will review your details and let you know immediately upon receiving your application whether you meet the requirements for acceptance to the programme. Furthermore, all our applicants undergo a portfolio review and a personal interview.

For Business Programmes

  • The admission requirements for the bachelor degree programme are a high school diploma or equivalent occupational certificate, including an internship; passing the entrance examination; and a personal interview. In exceptional cases, admission is possible without a high school diploma or equivalent occupational certificate. In such cases, the applicant must have completed vocational training, have at least three years of work experience, as well as pass a two-day entrance examination at University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE).

No, admission to University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) does not depend on your school grades. We have a specially developed entrance examination that is designed to get to know you better and find out more about your strengths and weaknesses. Your admission to our university is determined by the results of these tests.

  • Yes, you can submit the certified copy of your high school diploma or equivalent at a later time.

First, fill out the application form on the our website. Upload a certified copy and the certified translation in German or English of your high school diploma or equivalent. In case you have already studied in the area of design, please also submit the copy and the certified translation of your transcript. Once we have gone through your application and work examples, we can then evaluate whether you are suitable for studying at University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE). If yes, the study guidance will invite you to an interview. Please bring  along the following documents to the interview: a tabular résumé, with a photo attached, together with your general high school diploma or vocational certificate as a certified photocopy and a certified translation in English or German. Your application is only complete if it contains a portfolio with a number of examples of your artistic work. If you are applying from abroad, you may hold the interview via Skype.

With the portfolio you show us your passion for the chosen study programme! The portfolio consists of a selection of design projects. It is up to you to decide how you would like to present yourself and which work samples you consider suitable. It may be useful to specifically supplement the projects you already have. Our university provides suggestions for this at regular portfolio workshops. Above all, orient yourself to formats that fit your chosen subject and show that you feel particularly at home there. This will provide you with a basis for the subsequent admission interview with the professor in your field of study.

The portfolio can therefore be compiled subject-specifically, but may also be more broadly based. The following are supplementary requirements from the individual degree programmes.

Film + Motion Design

A selection of 5-8 creative works or project excerpts which show your keen interest and your previous experience in the field of Film + Motion Design. E.g.: showreel, short film, analog or digital animation, motion graphics, flip book, storyboard, picture story, photos, drawings, sketchbook, files: texts, images as PDF or JPEG files, videos as MP4, Vimeo or YouTube links.

Communication Design

5-10 visual or interactive projects, or 20 single pieces (with accompanying image series, sketches and/or other visual/textual material) Original work. E.g., illustrations, poster series, collages, paintings, sculptures, short films, animations, applications or websites, as well as text-based conceptual projects. Also excerpts from sketchbooks, and research development where applicable. All work should be accompanied by a short text reflecting on the project or work.

Game Design

Up to 10 work samples made by you: characters, renderings, concept art, design documents, game executables. All images and text in a single PDF file. (Including a game executable (.exe) that works on Windows dramatically increases your chances of being accepted.) A text describing why you chose these work samples to apply. Send a ZIP archive e.g. via WeTransfer.

Illustration

Portfolio (analogue or digital) with 15 to 20 personal works (no Highschool Assignments) It is not limited to drawing. The Portfolio can include the Process (Sketchbooks, Sketches, Concepts) and should show the interest for the field. Theme based series of works are welcome

Photography BA

5-8 series of photos and fewer individual images (all in all at least 20 images). The photographic projects can be supplemented by other media such as videos, drawings and graphic design

 

Admission interviews are welcome to take place online: To do so, prepare the portfolio as a PDF or send a link to download these files.

 

Interviews take place every month at the universities in Berlin, Iserlohn, and Hamburg. You will receive the dates from the study guidance after submitting your application.

 

Yes, § 11 of the Berlin University Regulations allows entry for subject-specific occupational experience. Please mention this in your application.

Essentially, the same rules apply to you as they do to German applicants. You must apply online and successfully pass the interview. Upon selection of a German-speaking programme, you will need a certificate of German-language ability (Test-DAF 4/DSH 2). Upon application for an English-speaking programme, you should likewise be able to demonstrate English-language ability (min. Level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages). German skills are not required if you study an English-taught programme.

Yes, all foreign students in Germany require a health insurance. This means that almost all students (there are only a few exceptions) have to be insured over a statutory health insurance company (public health insurance). Beside the health insurance they also need a compulsory nursing care insurance. A proof of a health insurance is an obligated condition of enrolment. Without this proof an enrolment is not possible. For detailed information please visit www.germanyhis.com and www.hiffs.de.

Master Requirements

For Arts Programmes

The fundamental terms of admission for the master’s degree programme at our university are a bachelor’s degree with 180 ECTS credits. Should this be in a non-design subject, UE will review the artistic work you’ve submitted to decide whether you can be accepted. Following submission of all relevant documents, we will check these and immediately inform you as to whether you meet the requirements for acceptance. Furthermore, all our applicants undergo a portfolio review and a personal interview.

 

For Business Programmes

The admission requirements for the master degree programme are: completion of a bachelor’s degree with a final grade of at least “good” (2.5), otherwise a letter of recommendation from the previous university is required, and a personal interview in German and English.

First, fill out the application form on the our website. Upload a certified copy and the certified translation in German or English of your high school diploma or equivalent. In case you have already studied in the area of design, please also submit the copy and the certified translation of your transcript. Once we have gone through your application, we can then evaluate whether you are suitable for studying at UE. If yes, the study guidance will invite you to an interview. Please bring  along the following documents to the interview: a tabular résumé, with a photo attached, together with your general high school diploma or vocational certificate as a certified photocopy and a certified translation in English or German and a portfolio with a number of examples of your artistic work. If you are applying from abroad, you may hold the interview via Skype.

  • For the 60 ECTS version: Undergraduate degree (Bachelors) with at least 240 credit points according to European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
  • For the 90 ECTS version: Undergraduate degree with at least 210 credit points.
  • For the 120 ECTS version: Undergraduate degree with at least 180 credit points. 

With the portfolio you show us your passion for the chosen study programme! The portfolio consists of a selection of design projects. It is up to you to decide how you would like to present yourself and which work samples you consider suitable. It may be useful to specifically supplement the projects you already have. Our university provides suggestions for this at regular portfolio workshops. Above all, orient yourself to formats that fit your chosen subject and show that you feel particularly at home there. This will provide you with a basis for the subsequent admission interview with the professor in your field of study.

The portfolio can therefore be compiled subject-specifically, but may also be more broadly based. The following are supplementary requirements from the individual degree programmes.

Visual & Experience Design

Up to 10 examples of your best creative work – commercial and/or non-commercial. The Visual & Experience Design program accepts applicants from a wide variety of fields including graphic/communication design, advertising, digital product design, architecture, fine arts, exhibition design, visual and sound design, etc.. Please also include a comprehensive CV detailing education, employment and professional practice.

Innovation Design Management

Up to 10 examples of your best creative work. The Creative Computing program accepts applicants from a wide variety of fields, but is most suited to those who already have a digital design background. Due to the technical nature of the program, coding skills are a plus, but not necessary for admittance. Please include a CV detailing education and professional practice.

Photography

Your portfolio should consist of at least 20 photos. It is particularly desirable to see from the selection of images, that the applicant works on thematically coherent series.

New Media Design

Up to 10 examples works may focus on artistic, conceptual, formal, or technical capabilities. We accept a range of different fields: architecture, visual communication, product design, game design, exhibition-making, interior design, sound design, motion design, event installation, performance. Portfolio submission may also demonstrate basic digital understanding in creative coding as well as analog works e.g.: collage, sculpture and animation. Please include a short descriptive text with each work outlining your process and implementation.

Creative Computing

Up to 10 examples of your best creative work. The Creative Computing program accepts applicants from a wide variety of fields, but is most suited to those who already have a digital design background. Due to the technical nature of the program, coding skills are a plus, but not necessary for admittance. Please include a CV detailing education and professional practice.

 

Admission interviews are welcome to take place online: To do so, prepare the portfolio as a PDF or send a link to download these files.

Interviews take place, as required, at the campus or digitally. You will receive the dates from the Student Guidance Office following submission of your completed application. 

Yes, all foreign students in Germany require a health insurance. This means that almost all students (there are only a few exceptions) have to be insured over a statutory health insurance company (public health insurance). Beside the health insurance they also need a compulsory nursing care insurance. A proof of a health insurance is an obligated condition of enrolment. Without this proof an enrolment is not possible. For detailed information please visit www.germanyhis.com and www.hiffs.de.

Essentially the same rules apply as to German applicants. You must apply online and successfully pass the interview. For the international English-speaking master’s degree programme, you will need a certificate of English-language ability (European Framework of Reference for Languages B2 and/or certified in the interview).

 

General

Our student advisor are there to answer any questions you may have about applying and our course structure, and to provide assistance – in one-to-one consultation if desired.   

What we need from you is the completed application form, your résumé in a tabular format, including a photograph, a certified copy of your high school diploma or equivalent, as well as a covering letter.  You can easily upload the documents online.

You can apply to UE all year round, however you should note the application deadlines.

The application deadline for the winter semester is 1 September (Non-EU: 1 September*) and for the summer semester February 28th (Non-EU: February 28th). After these deadlines there will be a waiting list procedure for available study places each semester. If you already have a valid student visa for Germany, you can apply within the official application deadline.

* Please take into consideration delays e.g. with entry visa

Yes, we offer regular trial studies and info sessions, including sample lectures from all campuses, more often as webinar at the moment. Find out more about our webinars and on campus events.

The programmes starts at all locations twice a year. For the summer semester, classes start in March; for the winter semester, they start in September.

 

For Bachelor

The programme covers six semesters (not ALBA or dual programmes) . Allowances for previously completed examinations are possible and will be considered by the Examinations Office and the Department Dean. The programme includes a practical-learning semester or a semester abroad in the 5th semester.

 

For Master

The programme covers 2, 3, or 4 semesters. Allowances for previously completed examinations are possible and will be considered by the Examinations Office and the Department Dean.

 

For Bachelor

The 5th semester is specifically set aside for a practical-learning semester or a semester abroad. You have the opportunity to do a work placement within Germany or abroad, or to complete a semester abroad at another university.

 

For Master

No, the one-and-a-half-year master’s degree programme does not include a semester abroad or practical-learning semester.

 

For Bachelor

The bachelor’s degree programmes at UE requires you to obtain 180 ECTS credits.

 

For Master

The master’s degree programme at UE requires you to obtain 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits.

Yes, various preparatory courses may (have to) be attended. Please contact our Service Center for more information.

After UE has received your application, our Student Guidance Office will contact you to explain everything about the Online-Test and to arrange a date for your entrance interview.

Yes. With the acquisition of a state-accredited bachelor’s degree from UE you may take part in the master’s degree programme at our university or another university. Please note that the admission criteria for master’s degree programmes vary from university to university.

 

The accreditation of the programmes is important for proving the quality of a university and its programmes. Through accreditation of individual programmes, these bodies guarantee that the same standards are observed and quality requirements are met. For these purposes, the state accreditation also guarantees that graduation from private and state universities are comparable. Germany’s ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency) is a well-known and recognized accreditation agency.

For Bachelor

The bachelor’s degree programme encompasses approximately 25 hours of attendance per week per semester, plus around 15 hours of preparation and follow-up work per week. Furthermore, workshops and projects take place outside of teaching hours. The lecture period spans 15 weeks per semester.

 

For Master

(E.g. 3  semesters) The master’s degree programme encompasses 21 to 23 hours of attendance per week for the first two semesters; the third semester encompasses three hours of attendance per week. Additionally, around 20 hours of preparation and follow-up work will be required per week. Furthermore, workshops and projects take place outside of teaching hours. The lecture period spans 15 weeks per semester.

All students at UE have access to our intranet. Here is where you can find timetables, among others, for viewing and downloading. There is also a blog system, which provides information on news and events regarding the programmes. An online gallery offers you a platform for presenting your own artistic work to the public.

The student contract can be cancelled each semester until the end of the semester. The exact deadlines are listed in each respective contract.

Yes, it is possible to transfer upon completing an interview. The recognition of examinations and the possible admission into a higher semester is undertaken by the Examinations Office and the Department Dean. Please provide all relevant documentation with your application.

As a private institution, the UE receives no public funding and is therefore financed solely by tuition fees. Please find more information in here.

UE is a state-accredited university. Thus, you may apply for BAföG (government-supported funding). Please contact the our Student Guidance Office or respective BAföG office for details. A large percentage of our students take out a student loan. These are offered by every major bank as well as, for example, by the KfW bank. All of them offer low interest rates for students.

Expenses for first-time occupational training, or for first-time studies that also include first-time training, are considered extraordinary expenses according to the current laws and up to EUR 6,000 may be deducted from taxes. If occupational training or studies preceded first-time completed occupational training or first-time completed studies at University of Europe for Applied Sciences, then these are considered income-related or company-related expenses and may be fully deducted from taxes, granted the expenses (tuition fees, transportation costs, etc.) are due to future income sources. Furthermore, these are considered income-related expenses when the occupational training or the first-time studies take place within the scope of employment (employment as a trainee).

For further information, please consult a tax advisor or your respective tax office.

Foreign students can find more information in regards to financing, etc., on the website for the Deutsches Studentenwerk – the German National Association for Student Affairs.

In general, courses at universities of applied sciences are more practical in nature. Lectures are delivered more so in the style of tutorials; that is, there is more interaction between lecturer and students. At UE the practical orientation is particularly well developed, because our lecturers work in other (in some cases their own) firms in addition to teaching at the university. In contrast, universities provide an in-depth theoretical education that is generally more academic and less applied in nature.

Yes, with completion of a state-accredited master’s degree programme, you may complete your doctorate degree at a partnering or other university. 

Finance

Payments are made according to your contract – please refer to the first page of your contract. You pay your first semester’s fee, minus the amount of your deposit.

refer to the first page of your study contract for your semester payment breakdown. If you have further questions, please contact our Service Center.

 

We are working on a technical solution to show the deposit amount on the invoice. The invoice shows the full semester amount. As written on the invoice, the deposit amount can be deducted.

 If there is any information about your discount missing on the document, please contact our Service Center. They will be able to check the system in accordance with your contract/letter of admission and the related information. After which, our finance department will be able to issue a new invoice.

 If there is any information about your discount missing on the document, please contact our Service Center. They will be able to check the system in accordance with your contract/letter of admission and the related information. After which, our finance department will be able to issue a new invoice.

If a deposit is made, it can be deducted from the invoice.

 

In case of a timely and proper payment according to the payment terms in the contract, finance will not confirm the payments received. Only in the case of overdue payments will finance send a payment reminder.

If the student received an invoice for the semester fee, there is a debtor-id on it (same as the student-id) and the invoice number. Students should use this as reference number for the bank transfer, so we can allocate the payment to their debtor account. If the student needs to pay the deposit, there are references (application number) on the payment request.

We accept bank transfers for all non-EU students.
EU students can pay monthly via standing order.

EU students have the option to pay in monthly installments via Sepa direct debit or a standing order.
Non-EU students need to pay according to their contract or pay the full amount in advance.

Students are eligible if they are of German nationality. 
For further advice on how to apply, you should speak to your programme consultant.

Our programmes are self-funded and therefore need to be privately financed. EU students may be able to access Government loans (KFW/BAFöG) and pay their fees in monthly instalments.

 

Semesters abroad are a great way to broaden your learning experience. A range of options are available to students and are subject to eligibility. The cost of the semester abroad will depend on the option you choose:

  • If you decide to study abroad with ERASMUS (only in Europe), you will need to pay your UE semester fee. You may also receive funding from ERASMUS. You will not need to pay at the institution where you are taking your study abroad semester. 
  • If you decide to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, you will need to pay the UE semester fee plus tuition fee to the abroad institution. The amount of the tuition fees vary. In some cases, you will pay an addition fee to UE (2,500€) but no additional fee to study abroad institution.  

All students that are enrolled will receive an invoice from the service center and/or the finance department with information on how to pay.

Students should pay according to the details of their contract (payment terms). The latest date to do so is the first day in class.

You will be sent an invoice to pay the tuition fees before the start of your semester. 

Post-enrollment, Student Services & Academic

We recommend all students consider a semester abroad however this is not mandatory. They are the perfect way to broaden your academic experience. You are also able to do an internship semester instead of a semester abroad.

 

As per the curriculum, 18 hours per week according to your individual schedule. You will have an individual timetable for each semester of your studies. This is designed individually for each programme. The number of days you need to attend campus will depend on the scheduling of your lectures and will be shared with you at the start of the semester.

Every inquiry is important to us and the UE Service Centre works hard to ensure you receive accurate and relevant information. We aim to get back to you within 48 hours. For general information, please use our chat feature on our homepage, consult the online campus and regularly check your UE email address for updates.

During busy periods, such as just before the semester begins and exam periods, we see an influx of enquiries. We recommend you check your UE e-mail account frequently and utilise the online campus at first. The Chat Bot on our homepage may be able to help answer general queries. We aim to respond within 48 hours.

We would have sent the invoice to your UE e-mail account (private account for first semester students). Please also check your spam folder. Should any issue occur, please contact our Service Centre.

Please provide a bank transfer of the tuition fee to the account mentioned in the contract.

 

To apply for your visa, you will need the following documents:

  • A valid passport (issued within the last 10 years and with at least 12 months’ validity left after the scheduled return)
  • Visa application form and signed declaration
  • An A4 size photocopy of your passport details page
  • 3 passport-sized photos according to size specifications
  • A cover letter that covers the purpose and the duration of the stay
  • Letter of admission from UE (electronic version)
  • Proof of tuition fee payment
  • Proof of language proficiency of the language of study (English or German)
  • Proof of other academic qualifications, where applicable

For further information, please contact our Welcome Centre

In principle, you will have already submitted the necessary documents electronically during the application process. If something is still missing after enrolment, you can submit the remaining documents to our Service Center electronically. Original documents need to be provided as soon as you arrive in Germany.

Yes, they do. Please contact your student advisor or the Welcome Centre to find out if the embassy will ask for additional admission documents.

We send everything electronically to ensure it is sent safely and directly to the recipient; this is also the most economically friendly way to send documents.

We don’t keep your original documents. You will only be required to show them to student services.

In the first week of March, you will receive the necessary information regarding the above.

Please check the online campus for any updates and should issues arise, please contact our Service Centre.

 

All deadlines will be mentioned within your contract. The tuition fee should be paid by the first calendar day of the respective start of the semester, 1 March or 1 September.

Please hand in your documents at the UE Service Centre or welcome desk.

 

Please hand the documents in as soon as you arrive in Germany.

Please bring your High School Certificate (Hochschulzulassung/ A-Levels/ Abitur or equivalent) and be prepared to sign your initial contract. This is a legal obligation in Germany in order to officially enter university education.

You would not need to certify any documents. You can show us your original documents and we will compare your original documents with our copies.

You can also send us the signed contract by post. In this case, you have the responsibility to ensure that the contract reaches us.

While there are restrictions in place due to COVID-19, everything can be done via post. However, as soon as you are in Germany, you will need to present your original documents. 

Usually, you are able to collect your card one week before semester starts. For enrolled students, please check your UE e-mail account for information. For first year students, please check your private mail.

Check and refresh the page of the Bürgeramt* at different times of the day. It is possible to get an appointment the next day or sometimes even the same day. It may be that the appointment is not in your local area. 

* citizens' office

The semester ticket is valid from 1 March until 31 August (summer semester) and 1 September until 28/29 February (winter semester). 

We offer a student support service for those looking for a suitable internships and career opportunities. For individual coaching and careers support, please contact our Service Centre.

We provide an online campus which contains all the relevant information regarding your schedule. You will receive your IT login details by e-mail, as well as support on how to navigate the system.

For enrolled students: You will receive your individual schedule within the upcoming weeks. Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the semester will being online. Please review communication from the rectorate and individually contact your programme leader for more information.

For first year students: We are currently working on your study schedules and, until 30 April, your lectures will be taught online as per statutory regulation in Germany. We will keep you updated within the upcoming weeks regarding returning to campus.

The semester abroad is not included in the tuition fees. There are also events and presentations which are offered free of charge.

 

No. Any events not included in your curriculum are not compulsory.

 

Yes, the semester ticket is a discounted ticket based on a solidary system and therefore exemptions are strictly regulated. 

You do not need to apply for the ticket. You will be automatically contacted regarding the semester ticket.

All of the information regarding the course modules are provided in the overviews on the website. You can also contact your programme consultant for more information.

 

UE is obliged to follow the official regulations of the government which is currently only allowing online tuition until the end of May. Exemptions exist in special circumstances. Please visit the online campus and contact your programme leader if you require further information.

Our Welcome Centre will help you with all your questions about accommodation, health insurance and much more.

Classes normally can take place Monday to Saturday between 8:30 and 18:45 CET. You can find the exact details in your timetable.

 

As student at UE, you will receive the discounted semester ticket which you can use for bus, underground, suburban trains and certain regional trains. UE will contact you regarding the semester ticket.

In the first week of March or September you will receive key information about the Welcome Days and information regarding enrollments week.

 

You can access your timetable in the Online Campus. 

You will receive your login details approximately two weeks before lectures start.

Login details will be sent from noreply@ue-germany.de. Please watch out for the e-mail and make sure you check your spam/junk folder.

You will be able to access your classes via Microsoft Teams. As soon as you have been enrolled, you will automatically be given access to the virtual classroom in Teams.

Yes, we do offer support with accommodation. Please contact our Welcome Centre for further information and guidance.

It is best to start looking as early as possible (usually finding accommodation can take 4-8 weeks), however, you should not sign any rental agreements until you receive your visa. 

You will have an overview of the curriculum of your programme and a timetable for your lectures for every semester.

 

The UE Service Centre is dedicated to answering your administrative questions regarding lectures, exams, etc., they will be at your disposal. Academic questions can be addressed to your programme leader, who is be responsible for the academic aspects of your programme.

Our current rankings are: CHE & U-Multirank 2020: We are ranked as one of the top 10 private universities for business administration.

UE is an officially accredited university in Germany. Our programmes and certificates carry the same value as any other degree obtained from a German public institution.

Guest students

All international students who are matriculated at a university may study at our university for one or two semesters as a visiting student. Students from our partner universities as well as from other institutions are welcome at UE.

If you are a student at a partner university, please register with us through your home university. After you have been nominated by your university we will get in touch with you regarding the next steps. 

If you are a student at a university outside our network, please apply through our online-application form

June 1st, for the winter semester beginning in September.

December 1st, for the summer semester beginning in March.

In Germany, the academic year is divided into two semesters:

  • The winter semester is from September to February. Exams takes place in Mid-February.
  • The summer semester is from March to July. Exams takes place in Mid-July. 

UE offers course packages for each semester with a total of at least 30 credit points according to the ECTS standard (regular workload). Each course package contains a set of courses that can be studied with us during the semester. Please have a look at our portfolio of courses and their language offerings.

If you are interested in our Masters, please contact International Affairs or the Service Centre directly to see which courses we offer.

Language skills of at least the B2 level (CEFR) in either German or English are required. Should your native language be neither English nor German, please include proof of your language skills with your application. 

  • Your résumé in a tabular format.
  • Certified copies of your high school diploma or equivalent occupational diploma.
  • Portfolio with your own artistic design work (see section 'BA' about the detailed programme-specific portfolio advices)
  • Social or charity projects, for example projects that you have worked on or are working on.

ERASMUS+ students:

  • No fees at UE

Students from partner universities:

  • Depends on the individual contract. Please talk to your current university.

Free-movers (students from universities outside the network):

  • Bachelor’s degree programme: regular tuition.
  • Master’s degree programme: regular tuition.

UE participates in the ERASMUS+ programme and gives guest students with an ERASMUS+ scholarship a heartfelt welcome. Talk to your current university to discover if they have an ERASMUS+ contract with UE, because the application process for an ERASMUS+ scholarship is through your current university.