General information about studies and the Anhalt University
What is the difference between a college and a university study program?
The Anhalt University is a college for applied sciences and has similarities and differences in its setting compared to a university.
One difference is the duration of study. The duration of a bachelor's degree at a college usually lasts one semester longer than at a university. This is due to the practical semester that you have to complete at a college.
To study at a university, you need the general university entrance qualification or the subject-specific university entrance qualification. To study at a college, you only need the advanced technical college entrance qualification.
The academic degrees "Bachelor" and "Master" are equivalent. It is independent whether it was acquired at a university or a college. However, studies at a college are more practice-oriented than at a university. This includes not only the practical semester, but also the intensive contacts to the regional economy and local institutions. Likewise, unlike their university colleagues, professors at a college must have worked in practice for at least three years.
What are free-admission study programs?
There is no limit to the number of study places with open admissions. Every applicant who fulfills the admission requirements will be admitted to the program.
What are restricted admission programs?
An NC procedure is carried out in accordance with the requirements of higher education law. For study programs with restricted admission the number of study places is determined on the basis of existing teaching capacities.
The Anhalt University of Applied Sciences does not have any NC restrictions. However, for selected courses of study an aptitude test procedure applies.
What does (Direktstudium) mean?
Direct studies (also called on-campus class) refers to the type of studies in which the student is at the university location during the study period and can actively participate in courses.
What means studying a second degree?
After completing a first academic degree (eg. bachelor’s degree program, Magister, Staatsexamen, diploma), you can pursue a further course of study (second degree) at the same level.
What does “Studienkolleg” mean and where can I find information about it?
At a “Studienkolleg” international students are prepared for studying in Germany. In order to do so, courses must be completed in order to acquire linguistic and technical knowledge and skills and to acquire independent knowledge. Information about the “Studienkolleg” can be found under the following link: https://www.hs-anhalt.de/hochschule-anhalt/einrichtungen/studienkolleg.html
Where can I find information on the individual degree programs?
Information about our degree programs can be found under the following link: www.hs-anhalt.de/nc/en/study/orientation/study-guide.html
If you are still uncertain which degree program is the right one for you, the General Student Advising Service can help you with your choice of the degree program.
Where can I find study documents such as examination and degree program regulations or the module manual?
All regulations, such as examination and degree program regulations, internship regulations, etc., can be found on the university website under “Rules”.
Module manuals can be found on the university page for the specific course of study.
If I have questions about a degree programm, who can I ask?
If you have general questions, the Student Advising Service can help. Please use our contact form.
For subject-specific questions, please contact the degree program advisor or the degree program coordinator.
What makes the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, with its three locations, so special?
The Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, with its three locations in Bernburg, Dessau and Köthen, is not only connected as a university but also in its diversity of the academic education. At the "green" location in Bernburg, the focus is not only on nature and life, but also on economic aspects. The "creative" location in Dessau combines design, architecture and the construction and measurement of living space. Köthen, on the other hand, is the classic modern "engineering" location. By the way, the administrative heart of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences also beats here.
Are there living facilities near the campus? Where do I have to turn in this regard?
At all three locations, the Studentenwerk Halle, housing cooperatives and private providers operate a diverse range of housing options. You can find comprehensive information on our homepage under https://www.hs-anhalt.de/en/life.html on the topics of living, leisure, work and family - separately for each location.
Where can you meet the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences "in person"?
A list of current dates is published here: https://www.hs-anhalt.de/hochschule-anhalt/service/allgemeine-studienberatung/asb-on-tour.html
University entrance qualification
Kann ich ohne Hochschulzugangsberechtigung / Abitur studieren?
Berufliche Qualifikationen werden als Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB) anerkannt, wenn es sich bspw. um
• Meister im Handwerk nach der Handwerksordnung,
• Fortbildungsabschlüsse nach dem Berufsbildungsgesetz oder von Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademien,
• Abschlüsse von Fachschulen entsprechend der „Rahmenvereinbarung über Fachschulen" oder
• vergleichbare Abschlüsse im Gesundheitswesen sowie im sozialpflegerischen und sozialpädagogischen Bereich
handelt und der beruflichen Aufstiegsfortbildung eine abgeschlossene Ausbildung von min. 2 Jahren voranging.
Weitere Informationen dazu finden Sie auf unserer Hochschulseite.
Berufstätige, die noch keine HZB besitzen, können an einer Feststellungsprüfung teilnehmen, um diese zu erlangen.
Die Feststellungsprüfung besteht aus zwei Teilen:
• schriftlich (max. 2 Stunden, studiengangspezifische Inhalte)
• mündlich (max. 30 Minuten, Allgemeinbildung, spezielle berufliche Kenntnisse)
Die Zugangsvoraussetzungen dafür sind:
1. Realschulabschluss/gleichgestellter Abschluss
2. abgeschlossene Berufsausbildung von min. 2 Jahren mit Bezug zum Wunschstudiengang
3. Berufstätigkeit von min. 3 Jahren mit Bezug zum Wunschstudiengang.
Is it possible to study mechanical engineering with a baccalaureate degree in social work?
Yes! At Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, you can take up a bachelor degree program regardless of the focus you choose.
How can I have my advanced technical certificate (Fachhochschulreife) recognized?
After receiving the certificate of the academic part of the Fachhochschulreife from your school (eg. Gymnasium/ Fachgymnasium, Gesamtschule or Abendgymnasium/Kolleg), the Fachhochschulreife can be awarded if sufficient practical work of at least one year is proven. This proof can be provided by:
- a recognized completed training occupation or
- at least two years of completed vocational training (vocational school) or
- a career qualification for career group 1 or
- a military or alternative service, federal voluntary service or
- a practical activity of at least one year (internship).
The award of the Fachhochschulreife must be applied for at the responsible state education authority after completion of the internship or training.
How do I apply as a professional without a university entrance qualification?
Who can be admitted to the assessment procedure for professionals without a university entrance qualification?
Admission to the assessment procedure is open to those who:
1. Have at least a secondary school leaving certificate or an equivalent qualification – earned in Germany
2. have successfully completed at least two years of vocational training in a field qualifying for the respective course of study
3. have worked for at least three years in a profession qualifying for the respective course of study.
There are currently no documents available in this area.
Change of study program or university
How can I change a degree program internally at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences?
You are already enrolled at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and want to transfer to another degree program from our range of courses? Then please note the following information:
A transfer to a degree program without admission restrictions must be applied for at the Student Services within the deadline for re-registration (by 15.03. or 15.09.).
A transfer to a restricted-admission program is made via the regular admission requirements. In this case an application must be submitted via SSC portal before the respective application deadline. Students of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences who have previously applied via uni-assist, please additionally upload the uni-assist test report.
Further information can be found here.
I would like to transfer from another college/university to Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. Is this possible and if so, what do I have to consider?
A change of university/college (within Germany) requires a regular application for the respective study program via the SSC applicant portal of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Information on the crediting of achieved coursework can be found under „recognizing coursework“
Transfering from an international university to Anhalt University you have to apply via uni-assist!
If I change my degree program or college/university, I would like to have my achievements credited. Where do I have to turn to?
The coursework and examination result achievements of your previous studies can be credited upon application. Please contact your degree program advisor for more information. You can find more information here https://www.hs-anhalt.de/en/study/during-your-studies/formalities/recognizing-coursework.html.
All about the application
What documents are necessary for the application?
For an application you need your diploma (school/college), if necessary a language certificate, a copy of the identity card/passport. Additional documents may be required. Information on this can be found on the overview pages of the respective study program or at uni-assist/in the SSC applicant portal.
Are there application deadlines to adhere to?
To ensure that nothing stands in the way of your studies, it is important to adhere to the application deadlines. Under the following link https://www.hs-anhalt.de/en/study/paths-to-university/academic-calendar.html you will find all application deadlines at a glance.
How long does the application process take?
The question about the duration of an application process cannot be answered in a general way. First, your documents are checked for completeness. If your application is first checked by uni-assist, it may take some time until we receive your application. This always depends on the volume of applications.
If all documents are complete, you will promptly receive an offer of admission for open-admission programs (usually Bachelor). For courses of study with restricted admission, the department first conducts an aptitude test. Here, too, everything depends on the number of applications.
Can I check the status of my application in the online portal?
Yes! You can always view the status of your application on the SSC Applicant Portal
For login please enter your username and password.
I am a foreign citizen and have obtained a bachelor's degree in Germany. Am I therefore an educational resident (Bildungsinländer) - a foreign national who gained higher education entrance qualification in Germany?
No, educational residents are foreign citizens who have attended a German school or university or the Studienkolleg in Germany or abroad and have acquired the higher education entrance qualification for Germany through their graduation.
Where can I submit my application?
All applicants who have completed their school-leaving certificate or first degree in Germany or visited the Studienkolleg should register on the SSC applicant portal.
Applicants with an international school or university degree submit their application to the uni-assist portal.
Important note: Anhalt University of Applied Sciences offers online application and enrollment without submitting hardcopies of documents. Please do not send any hardcopies of application documents (no paper documents).
Admission and enrollment
There are currently no documents available in this area.
Fees and more
How much is the semester fee?
The semester fee consists of the fee for the Studentenwerk Halle and the student union. In addition, there are course fees and supervision fees, e.g. for part-time and some selected English-language courses. You can find more information here.
I have already completed a degree program. Do I have to pay a second degree program fee?
A second degree program fee of EUR 250 is charged in case you have already graduated from a university in Germany and are pursuing another, a second, degree at the same level as your first degree (Bachelor's or Master's). In case you are asked to pay additional fees as part of your studies at Anhalt University (such as a degree program fee, an administrative fee for a program, a guest auditor fee) you will only have to pay one of these, namely the one with the highest amount of fees (cf. § 3 Gebühren- und Entgeltordnung für Studium, Lehre und Weiterbildung / German only).
I have already studied several semesters, do I have to pay long-term tuition fees?
No, the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt decided in its session on 07 May 2020 to abolish long-term tuition fees. As of the winter semester 2020/2021, long-term tuition fees will no longer be charged.
Is it possible to pay off tuition fees in installments?
No, it is not possible to pay the tuition fee in installments. Proof of payment in full must be provided when enrolling or re-registering for the new semester.
What are the financing options for a degree program?
Under the link "Financing" you will find different possibilities to increase your monthly budget. The Deutschlandstipendium and various other scholarships are presented. You can also access the job portal of Anhalt University.
Whom to contact regarding BAföG?
Please contact the Studentenwerk with any questions regarding BAföG.
Is there a semester ticket for bus and tram (local public transport)?
There is no semester ticket for local public transport at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. Deutsche Bahn and Mitteldeutsche Verkehrsverbund GmbH (MDV) offer various ticket options for frequent travelers.
Deutsche Bahn: https://www.bahn.com/en/view/offers/index.shtml
By when do I have to re-register for the next semester?
For the following winter semester: 15th July - 15th August.
For the following summer semester: 15th January - 15th February.
I forgot to report back in time. What do I have to do now?
Please report immediately to the respective person in charge at the Student Service Center. In case of a late re-registration, a fee of 15 EUR will be charged.
Further information and contact persons can be found here.
- Where can I register for my exam?
What happens if I forget to register for the exam in time?
Without timely registration you will be excluded from the exam. Please contact your examiner immediately. He or she may still be able to admit you to the examination.
How can I be exmatriculated?
To do so, please complete the Application for De-registration and submit the letter to the Student Service Center (SSC). The form can be found on our university website.
You can find more information here.