The following FAQs provide answers to frequently asked questions during your studies and should be a first orientation guide for you. You have other or additional questions? We would be pleased to clarify these in more detail in a personal conversation. Simply make an appointment with your respective contact person, we look forward to meeting you!

The exact course of studies varies from course to course and is regulated by the Study and Examination Regulations (SPO). The SPO describes the course of studies in the standard period of study. The standard period of study corresponds to the number of semesters required for a full-time course of study. The actual length of study can correspond to the standard period of study or exceed it by a maximum of 3 semesters. If not all module examinations are successfully completed after this time, the student loses the right to take the examination and thus the admission to the course. (Example: With a standard period of study of 7 semesters, the maximum study time is 7+3 = 10 semesters)

Important! It should be noted that all module examinations of the basic study period must be passed after 4 semesters (or after 5 semesters if participating in the support programme semester 1+).


  • When participating in the support programme Semester 1+, the standard period of study can be extended by a maximum of 4 semesters. (Example: standard period of study 7 semesters à maximum study time 7+3+1= 11 semesters)

But what happens if an exam was not passed or could not be taken in the exam e.g. because of illness?

In general: A failed exam must be made up for in the following semester. (Exception for courses of study that start only once a year and in special individual cases)

As a rule, it is no problem to take a failed examination in addition to the examinations from the current semester. However, if several exams have not been passed, it can be difficult to take them in addition to the exams from the current semester. In this case, it is advisable to draw up an individual study plan. We would be happy to advise you on this!

If you have failed one or more exams for the second time or if you were unable to complete the module exams within the prescribed time (What is the standard period of study?), you lose your right to take the exam. First of all, this means that you will not be able to continue your studies at the HFT for the time being. You will then be given the opportunity to submit an application for further admission or an extension of the deadline ("Härteantrag") within a specified period. The Examination Committee will decide on this request. If the application is approved, you will be given the opportunity to write the examination a third time or your deadline will be extended. If your application is rejected, you will lose your right to take the examination.

Be curious! As a rule, studies are voluntary. In contrast to school, you can choose your subject more or less freely. Therefore, you should have a great interest in the contents of the subject, critically question the given facts and remain curious beyond that...

Make up your mind! On the one hand, of course, for the right studies, but also against them in an emergency. The ability to reflect and clarity of thought always take you one step further.

Show initiative! Studying does not only mean achieving good grades. It is about gaining experience and knowledge. Use your studies to look beyond your own nose.

Be on your own! Especially in terms of 'learning', this is sometimes a big step if you come straight from school. Independent development of content and solutions is a process that is expected relatively quickly at the university, but at the latest in professional life.

Develop personal responsibility! Of course, you can enjoy academic freedom from now on, but this does not mean that you have to ignore all the rules. For example, it shows respect for the teacher to be punctual and attentive...

Work as a team! Of course only where it is possible and desired. Learning from others and exchanging knowledge is an essential part of studying and also of later professional life, and deep friendships can also develop. And even when things go "wrong", you will learn how to solve conflicts, which is important not only in later professional life.

This range could certainly be expanded at any time and even if it sounds banal, we would like to ask you to take it to heart. Ultimately, it will help you to successfully design and complete your studies. And not only that, if you aspire to a responsible job after your studies, qualities such as the ability to reflect, decision-making skills and a sense of responsibility will certainly bring you a great deal closer to your goal...