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English-language study courses

Application Procedures and Requirements

Our English-language degree courses are highly demanded both on a national and international level - everybody can apply! However, the application procedure for international applicants depends on their individual requirements. Below you will find an overview of the applicant groups, the respective application procedure as well as information on deadlines and admission requirements for the following degree courses:

Business Administration with Informatics B.A.

Application Periods

The degree course Business Administration with Informatics starts in the winter semester. The application periods are as follows:

  • German applicants and applicants from EU countries: Please check the starting date of the application period from May onwards. End of application period: 31 July
  • Applicants from non-EU countries: Beginning of March to 15 July

A summer intake is only possible for higher semester students who switch university. For this purpose, please contact the BBA Administration Office in advance.

Entrance Requirements

The necessary qualification for the study course Business Administration with Informatics has to be proven by:

  • Higher education entrance qualification equivalent to the German higher education entrance qualification (Abitur). You can check country-specific requirements and information on proof of eligibility here.
  • English language proficiency. The proficiency of English language can be proven, for example by a TOEFL-test with at least 575 points (paper-based), 232 (computer-based) or 91 (internet-based). Alternatively, a minimum score of 6.5 is necessary for the IELTS test.
  • An internship/work placement is not required

Application Procedure

When applying for the Bachelor’s degree course Business Administration with Informatics, please make sure to choose the suitable application procedure for you. Applicants from Germany and the EU apply via the university portal. Applicants from non-EU countries apply via uni-assist.

Here you can find further information on the application procedures.

Overview application procedure

Required Documents

All documents must be submitted in the original language and in a German or English translation by a sworn translator.

  • Secondary school leaving certificate / higher education entrance qualification (Abitur, Baccalaureat, GCE….).
    As a rule you need to document your educational background from your secondary school leaving certificate up until your present educational level.
    Please submit all certificates in full: you must always submit both your certificate and the corresponding subject and grade summary in full, any appendices to your certificate (e.g. a Diploma attachment) or individual pages have to be included. If your subject and grade summary does not include the applied grading system, please include information on the grading system used by your school or university as well.
  • If available, transcript of records of previous university studies with declared overall average grade.
  • If available, proof of Studienkolleg-Abschluss / Feststellungsprüfung
  • The proficiency of English language can be proven, for example by a TOEFL-test with at least 575 points (paper-based), 232 (computer-based) or 91 (internet-based). Alternatively, a minimum score of 6.5 is necessary for the IELTS-exam. Proof of German language proficiency is not required.
  • If you have a subject-linked higher education entrance qualification, this must be linked to a subject in economics (W or WW) or a technical subject (T or TI).
  • When indicated: additional certificates ( see list at uni-assist).

Enrolment

After admission and after receiving an admission letter, you will need to upload the following documents to our university portal in the course of enrolment:

  • Proof of health insurance cover or exemption from compulsory insurance; a copy of the insurance card is not sufficient.
    For the online application, it is necessary to enter the insurance data of your health insurance agency (insurance number and name of the health insurance agency). Proof of health insurance cover or certificates do not have to be uploaded, but will only be sent to us electronically by the health insurance agency! If you have private health insurance cover, you must contact a statutory health insurance agency with a private insurance certificate. The statutory health insurance agency will then electronically report your exemption from the statutory health insurance obligation to the South Westphalia University.
  • A simple copy of your identity card
  • Exmatriculation Certificate in the original, if you have already studied at a German higher education institution
  • Confirmation that you are still eligible to take exams at a German university
  • Power of attorney for minors under 18 years of age

Please make sure to bring the originals or certified copies to Germany. If you are not able to present the documents you have uploaded or if we discover that forgeries have been uploaded, we reserve the right to exmatriculate you immediately.

Overview of the enrolment procedure

International Management & Information Systems M.A.

Application Periods

The Master’s study program “International Management & Information Systems – (IMIS)” starts in the summer semester. The application periods are as follows:
  • German applicants and applicants from EU countries (including Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway): From December 1 until January 31
  • Applicants from Non-EU countries: From May 15 until November 15

Entrance Requirements

The necessary qualification for the study program “International Management & Information Systems – (IMIS)” has to be proven by:
  • 210 ECTS from previous Bachelor’s or Master’s study programs, of which at least 180 credits must be from a completed Bachelor’s study course in Business, Business Informatics, Economics or similar field of study with a cumulative grade of at least equal to the German grade “Good” (2.5) or the relative ECTS grade A or B. You can check country-specific requirements and information on proof of eligibility here.
  • English language proficiency: The applicants must prove their English language qualifications either by an IELTS-Test with a minimum score of 6.5 (a minimum band of 6.0 is required for reading and writing) or a TOEFL-Test with at least 575 points (paper-based), 232 (computer-based) or 91 (internet-based).
  • An internship/work placement is not required. German language skills are not required.

Application Procedure

When applying for the Master’s study program International Management & Information Systems (IMIS), please make sure to choose the suitable application procedure for you. Applicants from Germany and the EU countries (including Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) should apply via the university portal. Applicants from Non-EU countries should apply via uni-assist.

Here you can find further information on the application procedures.

Application in a Nutshell

The following graphics represent the application procedure in a simplified way for the respective applicant categories:
Applicants' Application Path

Steps for Non-EU / International Applicants

Steps for EU / German Applicants

Steps for FH-SWF Applicants

Steps for admitted students

Required Documents

All academic certificates and transcripts (Bachelor's, Master’s etc.).
As a rule you need to document your educational background from your secondary school leaving certificate up until your present educational level.
Please submit all certificates in full: you must always submit both your certificate and the corresponding subject and grade summary in full, any appendices to your certificate (e.g. a Diploma attachment) or individual pages have to be included. If your subject and grade summary does not include the applied grading system, please include information on the grading system used by your school or University as well.

All documents must be submitted in the original language and in a German or English translation by a sworn translator

  • If available, transcript of records of previous university studies with a declared overall average grade.
  • Proof of English language proficiency either by an IELTS-Test or TOEFL-Test.
    Proof of German language proficiency is not required.
  • If you are an international applicant, please check the list from uni-assist for additional certificates/documents ( see list at uni-assist).

Enrolment

Once you receive the admission letter, you will need to upload the following documents to our university portal for enrolment:
  • Proof of health insurance coverage or exemption from compulsory insurance; a copy of the insurance card is not sufficient. For the online application, it is necessary to enter the insurance data of your health insurance agency (insurance number and name of the health insurance agency). Proof of health insurance cover or certificates do not have to be uploaded, but will only be sent to us electronically by the health insurance agency! If you have private health insurance, you must contact a statutory health insurance agency (public health insurance company) with a private insurance certificate. The statutory health insurance agency will then electronically report your exemption from the statutory health insurance obligation to the University.
  • A copy of your identity card/passport
  • Exmatriculation Certificate in the original, if you have already studied at a German university
  • Confirmation that you are still eligible to take exams at a German university

Please make sure to bring the originals or certified copies to Germany. If you are not able to present the documents you have uploaded or if we discover that forgeries have been uploaded, we reserve the right to exmatriculate you immediately.

International Management & Information Systems - Online M.A.

Application Procedure

To apply for International Management & Information Systems – Online please make sure you are in the right category as an applicant. You will either be considered as an EU applicant (application via the FH SWF online portal) or as a non EU-applicant (application via uni-assist).

Application Periods

The application periods for the Master's degree courses at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences may differ in some cases.

Entrance Requirements

For admission to the Master’s program IMIS Online, applicants are required to prove the successful completion of a Bachelor’s program, their professional expertise, and their language skills.

Successful completion of a Bachelor’s program

  • of at least seven semesters with a volume of 210 credits or a diploma degree course in economics (business) or business informatics or a comparable degree course with an overall grade at least equal to the German grade "Good" (2.5) or the relative ECTS grade A or B,

OR

  • of a six-semester Bachelor's program with a volume of 180 credits in economics (business) or business informatics or a comparable degree course with an overall grade at least equal to the German grade "Good" (2.5) or the relative ECTS grade A or B, AND
    • an additional qualification requirement defined by the examination board of the Master's program,
    • OR proof of relevant qualified practical professional experience from a subject-specific project for at least six months in addition to 12 months of practical professional experience.

Professional expertise

Proof of relevant, qualified practical experience of at least twelve months after completing a course of study qualifying for a profession.

Language Requirements

Proof of language qualification: current TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based), 91 (internet based); IELTS Academic band 6.5 (minimum band of 6.0 is required for reading and writing). The burden of proof does not apply to applicants who have acquired their general or subject-linked higher education entrance qualification at a German institution. Visit the Information sytem to recognise foreign qualifications (anabin - only german content)

Required Documents

Please click here for an overview of all necessary documents you have to send with your application.

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management M.Sc.

Application Procedure

To apply for Systems Engineering and Engineering Management please make sure you are in the right category as an applicant. You will either be considered as an EU applicant (application via the FH SWF online portal) or as a non EU-applicant (application via uni-assist).

Application Periods

The application periods for the Master's degree courses at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences may differ in some cases.

Entrance Requirements

The necessary qualification for the study course Systems Engineering and Engineering Management has to be proven by

  • a) a degree (bachelor or diploma) in a course of studies of at least seven semesters
    b) or a bachelor´s degree in a course of studies of six semesters PLUS one semester of additional qualification according to the conditions of the Board of Examiners. Enrolment at the Fachhochschule Südwestfalen during this additional qualification is limited to one semester,
  • Proof of English language has to be testified by a TOEFL/IELTS test in which at least the following points have to be obtained:
    • 575 (Paper based)
    • 232 (Computer based)
    • 90 (Internet based) or
    • IELTS: 6.5
  • proof of ability: the ability for the master course is considered as adduced if the applicant has completed the previous mentioned course of study (bachelor or diploma) with a good result (at least comparable to the German grade "Gesamtnote Gut").

Required Documents

Please click here for an overview of all necessary documents you have to send with your application.

Informatics and Business M.Sc.

Application Procedure

To apply for Informatics and Business please make sure you are in the right category as an applicant. You will either be considered as an EU applicant (application via the FH SWF online portal) or as a non EU-applicant (application via uni-assist).

Application Periods

The application periods for the Master's degree courses at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences may differ in some cases.

Entrance Requirements

A successfully completed Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 210 ETCS and a specialisation in Business Informatics, Industrial Engineering, Business Administration or Computer Science. The study courses must fulfil minimum requirements with regard to the acquisition of ECTS in the fields of computer science and business administration, for details please refer to the examination regulations.

The specific study requirements can be found in the PDF's here.

Required Documents

Please click here for an overview of all necessary documents you have to send with your application.