FAQ - frequently asked questions

The most frequently asked questions have been categorized under the following headings.

 
Organizational questions

Question: What fees, such as tuition and administrative charges, can I expect to pay when I study at the FH Kufstein?
Answer: The tuition fee is €363.36 per semester. Additionally, there is also a nominal fee (study year 2013/14 €18.00 per semester) for the Austrian Student Union (ÖH).

Question: How is my tuition used by the FH Kufstein?
Answer: The tuition fees collected from students flow directly into the budget for the educational side of operations at the FH Kufstein, to cover or partially cover the costs of, e.g., maintaining the library, contracting external lecturers, organizing student excursions, and providing equipment for student use, which includes scanners, printers, and printing quotas.

Question: I understand that I have to pay a deposit when starting my studies. What’s that all about?
Answer: A deposit amounting to €363.36 is collected from each student at the beginning of the first semester. In the second semester of study, this deposit is used to pay the tuition fee. Further information about the deposit can be found in the Study Agreement.

Question: Who has to pay a tuition fee deposit?
Answer: EU, EEA and Swiss citizens do not have to pay a tuition fee deposit. Third-country applicants who apply for the master program “International Business Studies” have to pay a tuition fee deposit of € 100 with their online application. The application documents will be checked and processed as soon as we have received your payment.
The tuition fee deposit will be credited against the tuition fees on commencement of studies. Applicants who do not fulfil the admission requirements, fail to attend the entrance examination or decide not to take up the offer of a place will have their deposit refunded, less bank charges and exchange rate differences.

Question: Is a down-payment towards tuition fees required?
Answer: Applicants who are EU or EEA nationals and applicants from Switzerland are not required to make a down-payment towards tuition fees. Applicants from other countries are required to make a down-payment of € 100 towards tuition fees as part of the online application process for the Master’s programme in “International Business Studies”. As soon as this payment has been received, the application documents are checked and passed on for processing.
For those students who take up a place on the programme, the down-payment towards fees is offset against their tuition fees. Where applicants do not meet the admission criteria, or fail to participate in the entrance procedures or do not take up the offer of a place, the down-payment towards tuition fees is refunded minus charges and exchange rate differences.

Question: May I transfer credits I attained at secondary school (e.g., a business academy or technical school) or another tertiary institution (e.g., university, university of applied sciences)? Will the FH Kufstein exempt me from courses where a credit transfer is possible?
Answer: Credit transfer and exemption may be possible for successfully completed examination requirements or certified coursework in specified fields. The director of studies of the degree program the student has been accepted to is responsible for deciding whether transfer and exemption can be granted.

Question: The academic year is divided into two semesters, winter and summer. When do these terms start and end?
Answer: Generally speaking, the winter semester runs from the end of September to the of January, and the summer semester starts at the beginning of March and stretches until the beginning of July. The exact starting date of the first semester will be communicated in a personal letter or e-mail.

Question: Could I start my studies at the FH Kufstein in the summer semester instead of in the winter semester?
Answer: The students in the degree programs at the FH Kufstein follow a specific curricular build-up, and therefore it is only possible to matriculate in the winter semester (end of September).

Question: Is it possible to get a scholarship to study at the FH Kufstein? Are there special scholarships for the study-abroad semester?
Answer: The FH Kufstein does not provide financial aid to students, except in the form of special achievement awards (e.g., Best Brains). However, there are many institutions and agencies which make scholarships and other forms of financial aid available to students. Have a look here.

Question: Does the FH Kufstein provide housing for students?
Answer: Yes, students can apply for and rent single- and double-room studio apartments in the International Student Residence in Kufstein. Klick here for further information.

Question: If I would prefer to find an apartment off campus on my own or with some friends, what’s the best way to go about it?
Answer: In cooperation with the Austrian Student Union (Österreichische Hochschülerschaft – ÖH), a Housing Department was created, and via an online platform a listing is published with all registered apartments that are available. 

Question: What is the typical class size for a lecture or other courses at the FH Kufstein?
Answer: Very often class size depends on the number of students enrolled in a given degree program for a given year. However, in general, the maximum class size for lectures is 70. For language and IT courses, for example, the program’s class is broken down into smaller groups.

Question: Are there any lectures and courses held in English?
Answer: Yes, as part of the international strategy of the FH Kufstein, a number of courses in the degree programs is held in English. For one, students should thus be well-prepared to participate actively in the classes during their semester abroad. Moreover, a strong English-language background should give students an edge when working in an international environment.

Question: How big is the building of the FH Kufstein?
Answer: The building has 6,500 m2 of floor space. There are 34 lecture rooms plus some study rooms for students (including a computer room). The FH also has its own library and cafeteria.

Question: Is attendance compulsory for all courses?
Answer: In general, yes. Attendance is checked and documented by means of attendance lists in all lectures. With a note from the doctor and for other good reasons, students may be excused from their classes (please contact the administrative assistant of your degree program).

Question: Are all degree programs at the master level offered in the part-time format?
Answer: Not all of them; some master degree programs are full-time programs. Nevertheless, the basic concept behind the master programs at the FH Kufstein is a part-time format so that students can benefit from the synergies between work and study.

Question: For which bachelor degree programs is there a semester abroad and is it compulsory for all students?
Answer: All full-time bachelor programs oblige students to spend a semester abroad at one of the partner universities of the FH Kufstein. The curriculum of the degree program “International Business Studies” even requires that students go abroad for two semesters. The part-time bachelor degree programs, because their students are also working professionals, do not have a semester abroad in their curriculum; instead, these programs offer their students a compulsory study trip that lasts approximately 2 weeks (subject to change).

Question: Do the master degree programs also have a compulsory study-abroad semester or study trip?
Answer: The degree programs at the master’s level do not have a study-abroad semester in their curriculum. However, they do offer their students a compulsory study trip that lasts approximately 2 weeks (subject to change).

Question: For the professional internship, do I have to find a placement abroad or can I take a position in a company in Austria? How long should the internship last?
Answer: Ideally, the professional internship should be done abroad. The internship may be done at a company in Austria if the company is internationally active. In any case, it is essential that students chose an internship related to their direction of study. The minimum duration of the internship is 10 weeks.

Question: Which foreign languages can I study at the FH Kufstein?
Answer: In most degree programs, English is offered as the first foreign language and French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian can be studied as a second foreign language. Students should be aware, however, that it is not always possible for the FH Kufstein to offer all languages in a given year: the specific demand for certain languages by the students determines the courses that can be organized (a minimum number of participants is required for a course to start). Other foreign languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese as well as supplementary second foreign language courses are offered through the extracurricular Michelangelo Program.

Question: What are the different types of courses?
Answer:

Lectures
In lecture-type courses, the course instructor plays a major and active role in conveying mainly theoretical knowledge and demonstrating practical applications to the students. In general, students are evaluated by means of a summative examination that is administered at the end of the course.

Tutorials
In tutorials, students are offered the opportunity to apply, test and train their recently acquired knowledge in the context of practical assignments and case studies provided by the instructor. This type of course format also allows the instructor to determine how well the students have grasped the studied concepts and, wherever necessary, give additional input by way of various didactic approaches. The students are usually evaluated over the duration of the tutorial (formative assessment).

Integrated courses (including those courses focused on personality development, in particular, social skills)
Integrated courses offer a dynamic environment focused on practically-oriented education and training. They are particularly valuable in preparing students to meet the demands of higher level courses in their studies and of the professional world. As determined by the course instructor, students are evaluated using either a formative or summative approach.

Projects and internship
For projects, students work in small groups (5-10 persons) on realistic assignments, which are generally defined by external clients such as companies and other organizations. The students take responsibility for the management of their project, and present their results in the form a project report or presentation. In this type of course the instructor takes on the role of project coach. In general, students are evaluated based on their performance as they progress through the project (formative assessment).

Seminars and workshops
In seminars, the students take a decidedly active role. Under the guidance of the instructor, students work independently or in small teams on specific problems in order to consolidate their knowledge of the subject matter. It is up to the students to select the problem-solving approach, apply the appropriate methods, and work on a solution to the problem. The students wrap up the process by writing a paper and doing a presentation in front of the class. The instructor, in the role of coach, provides support to the students as necessary. In general, students are evaluated by two or more partial examinations during the course (formative assessment). The Bachelor Seminars I and II are an exception: here the bachelor theses I and II represent the final examination papers (summative assessment) for the respective course.

Excursions
Excursions (study week abroad) give students an intensive opportunity to refine their intercultural competencies. The students are given responsibility for organizing a large part of the excursion themselves. In cooperation with the partner institution that is the destination of the excursion, classes are offered and visits to companies are arranged, during which students learn about and discuss the cultural and economic particularities of the respective country.

Compulsory electives
Compulsory elective courses are offered as part of the curriculum in the master degree programs. Students choose from several available options to give their studies a specific focus, while also fulfilling the credit requirements for the degree. These electives are also open to qualified exchange students who have come to the FH Kufstein for their semester abroad.

Extra-curricular electives
For extra-curricular (non-credit), continuing education courses offered at the FH Kufstein, please visit the site of the Michelangelo-Program.

Examinations

Examinations are to take place in a timely manner after the subject matter has been covered in the context of the course. The exact examination procedure – including contents, methods, and evaluation criteria – for a course as well as the possibilities for repeating failed examinations are transparently communicated (e.g., by way of the course syllabus) to the students by the instructor at the beginning of the course.

 In general, examinations are either summative or formative. Summative examinations are comprehensive examinations that test students’ understanding of the material and concepts covered during the course, and are thus usually held at the end of the course. The grade a student achieves on the exam is also the grade the student is awarded for the course. For courses that use the formative approach, students are generally evaluated by means of two or more partial examinations, which might include some combination of a mid-term and final exam, written papers, homework assignments, and in-class presentations, etc.

 

Questions regarding the application process

Question: How can I apply to study at the FH Kufstein?
Answer: The FH Kufstein only accepts applications submitted online . Applicants will find a comprehensive description of the application procedure in the introduction to the online application as well as in the Guidelines for Applicants.

Question: Which documents do I need for the online application?
Answer: In the process of the online application, you will need to upload the documents listed below. Please use the file formats indicated and be aware that the maximum size for each document is 5 MB. The documents are:

  • your curriculum vitae in tabular layout (format: odt, doc, docx, pdf);
  • copies of your certificates, transcripts, diplomas, etc., or, if applicable, a copy of your latest school report card (format: pdf, jpg, jpeg, gif);
  • if available, documents confirming your practical experiences, for example, employment or internship certificates and/or letters of reference from employers (format: pdf, jpg, jpeg, gif);
  • a recent portrait photo of yourself (format: jpg, jpeg, bmp, gif).

 Please note that your online application can only be concluded if all of the steps (including document upload) have been fully completed. To confirm that you have successfully completed the online registration, you will receive, at the end of the process, an e-mail notification with a summary of the information you provided.

Question: What is the deadline for submitting certain documents (e.g., school-leaving certificate, bachelor diploma, or other diplomas), which are still in the process of being issued?
Answer: If you have been accepted to study at the FH Kufstein and have signed and sent in your Study Agreement, then all outstanding documents must be submitted at the latest by the first day of the first semester. Without the required documents it will not be possible to start studying.

Question: Would it be possible to take the entrance test at the FH Kufstein this year and then apply next year?
Answer: Unfortunately not. The entrance test is only valid for the impending academic year.

Question: What is the deadline for submitting my application?
Answer: You will find an up-to-date list of deadlines here.

Question: Is there a regulation like the numerus clausus?
Answer: Unlike in Germany, in Austria there is no numerous clausus regulation (restricted admission based on grades point averages). However, students must successfully pass an entrance examination and interview to study at a university of applied sciences.

Question: What does the admissions procedure at the FH Kufstein look like?
Answer: The admissions procedure comprises two parts. In a first step, candidates take a written (computer-based) entrance examination, which is in essence an intelligence test. Candidates who successfully pass the exam are invited to a personal interview. The general assessment of the candidate also takes into consideration any prior or current professional experience related to the field of study.

Question: How exactly does the computer-based entrance examination work? And what exactly will be asked in the interview? When will I find out whether I have been accepted to study at the FH Kufstein?
Answer: Before the entrance test starts, the examination proctors describe the admissions procedure as well as the functionality of the computer-based test. In general, it is a multiple-choice test, which means that students have to select the correct answer or answers to the question from a number of answer possibilities (usually four of five). Each question informs the candidate whether only one or several answers are correct. In the interview, candidates are asked to elaborate on their motivation for wanting to study in the degree program they have applied to. The interviewers also engage the candidate in a dialog about general and professional issues related to the field of study. The interview is conducted in both German and English. Candidates are notified within 14 days whether they have been accepted or not.

Question: Could I start my studies at the FH Kufstein in the summer semester instead of in the winter semester?
Answer: The students in the degree programs at the FH Kufstein follow a specific curricular build-up, and therefore it is only possible to matriculate in the winter semester (end of September).

Question: What are the admission requirements that I must fulfill in order to start a bachelor’s degree program at the FH Kufstein?
Answer: Candidates must have at least one of the following qualifications.

  • General qualification for university entrance.
  • German qualification for entrance to a university of applied sciences in a related field; additionally, students must take the qualification examinations in Mathematics, German and English (at the level of secondary-school leaving exams) within the first two semesters of study at the FH Kufstein.
  • Certificate of eligibility to study in a specific field at the tertiary level.
  • Vocational diploma.

 Successful completion of a (minimum) 3-year vocational school at the secondary level or an education in the dual system (apprenticeship related to the degree program you are a candidate for); additionally, students must take the qualification examinations in Mathematics, German and English (at the level of secondary-school leaving exams) within the first two semesters of study at the university of applied sciences. Students from the dual system must also provide proof of a minimum of 2 years work experience in a related industry.

Question: What are the admission requirements for starting in a master’s degree program?
Answer: To begin a master’s degree program, a candidate must have a diploma from a tertiary institution (bachelor degree or the traditional Diplom from a university or university of applied sciences).

Question: Am I eligible to begin studying if I have completed an apprenticeship?
Answer: Yes, if you have successfully completed a (minimum) 3-year vocational school at the secondary level or an education in the dual system (Austrian apprenticeship), then you are eligible to begin studying at a university of applied sciences. However, within the first two semesters of study at the university of applied sciences, students with this background must take the qualification examinations in Mathematics, German and English.

Question: What is the procedure for taking the qualification examinations in Mathematics, German and English?
Answer: For all new students who begin studying without a secondary school-leaving examination or a general university entrance qualification, the FH Kufstein provides preparation courses for the compulsory qualification examinations in Mathematics, German and English. These prep courses are offered through the extracurricular education platform Michelangelo. Enrollment in the German course is obligatory; participation in the Math and English courses is voluntary but highly recommended. Exam candidates can choose the examination dates that best suit their own schedule; however, candidates should keep in mind that all exams must be passed within the first two semesters. In connection with this, candidates should be aware that the English and Math exams are only administered in the winter semester and the German exam is only administered in the summer semester.

Question: Who is obliged to take the qualification examinations in Mathematics, German and English?
Answer:

  • Candidates who have successfully completed a 3-year vocational school at the secondary level or an education in the dual system (Austrian apprenticeship related to the degree program you are a candidate for);
  •  Candidates with a German qualification for entrance to a university of applied sciences in a related field, and with poor grades in the subjects German, English, and Mathematics.
Questions to the Network of FH Kufstein Tirol

Question: How many partner universities does the FH Kufstein have? May I select the partner university I would like to attend for my semester abroad? (relevant only for full-time degree programs)
Answer: The FH Kufstein has a network of partner universities that currently comprises over 160 institutions. As regards the selection of a partner institution for the semester/year abroad, students must first enter their preferences for specific institutions into a list circulated by their degree program. The degree program staff then allocates the students to the places at the partner institutions, taking into consideration the students’ preferences. The grade point average of the students also plays a role in the allocation process: in cases where more students wish to go to a university than there are exchange places, the students with the higher GPA are given priority. The International Relations Office (IRO) at the FH Kufstein is there to prepare students for and to support them in making the most out of their foreign experiences.

Question: Which project partners and partner companies does the FH Kufstein have?
Answer: The FH Kufstein has an impressive network that includes over 300 well-known companies such as BMW, Siemens, Sandoz, PricewaterhouseCoopers, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Intel, Volkswagen, Telekom Austria, Bosch, KPMG, to name just a few.

Question: Where do the professors and lecturers at the FH Kufstein come from?
Answer: The faculty of the FH Kufstein is very international. A majority of the full-time faculty members have their roots in Austria or Germany. The language lecturers are typically native speakers.

Question: Are FH graduates recognized and well-received by companies and other organizations?
Answer: Thanks to the practically oriented education and the international qualifications, given by the semester and internship abroad, graduates of the FH Kufstein are regarded as highly qualified employees in their field. In fact, the partner network of the FH Kufstein supports this claim: more than 40% of our graduates have their first contact with their future employer through the professional internship.

Questions on permeability in the higher education system – bachelor / master / doctorate

Question: With a diploma from the FH Kufstein, can I go on and do a doctoral program?
Answer: With the successful completion of a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences like the FH Kufstein, students are eligible for continued study at the doctoral level in the same field, at a university in Austria or abroad. In other words, a master’s degree from the FH Kufstein is an internationally recognized degree.

Question: How is a university of applied sciences (in German: Fachhochschule or FH) different from a regular university?
Answer:

  • Students can expect to graduate from an FH in a fixed number of semesters.
  • FHs have compulsory attendance for all lectures.
  • The curriculum and examination schedule of the degree programs at FHs are predefined.
  • FHs have a limited number of places in each degree program they offer.
  • Because of the way they are structured, FHs have sufficient capacity with regard to lecture rooms, lecture room seating, computer workstations, project and meeting rooms, technical equipment (copy machines, printers, scanners, etc.), and so on.
  • Because of the good student-lecturer ratio at the FH, students can expect personal supervision from the FH faculty.
  • The latter three points mean that FH students don’t have the problems of overflowing lecture halls and delays in getting into tutorials and seminars.
  • FHs offer a scientifically grounded, vocational education at the tertiary level.

Question: After graduating from the FH Kufstein with a bachelor degree, I intend to go on to do a master degree. Do I have to do the master’s degree in Kufstein, too?
Answer: Not at all. A bachelor’s degree from the FH Kufstein is an internationally recognized degree. Therefore, with a bachelor’s diploma you are eligible to continue your studies in a master’s program elsewhere. However, please be aware that the entrance requirements and criteria for your next step at another institution may differ significantly, and therefore must be considered carefully.

Question: I have a bachelor’s degree from a university. Am I eligible to do a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences (FH)?
Answer: Generally speaking, yes. However, the entrance requirements for individual institutions or specific master’s programs may vary, and therefore these should be considered carefully before investing time and energy in the application process.

Question: What is the exact designation of the degrees that can be attained at the FH Kufstein?
Answer: For most of the degrees conferred at the FH Kufstein, the designation is:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business (B.A.); or
  • Master of Arts in Business (M.A.).

For Example Graduates of the degree programs Web Business & Technology or Industrial Engineering & Management are awarded a

  •  Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).
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