Information for Prospective Students

Are you interested in studying at the FernUniversität? Are you looking for information on which study programs we offer and how distance learning at the FernUniversität works? You can find the answers to your questions here.

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FernUniversität in Hagen

The FernUniversität in Hagen is Germany's only state distance learning university. With over 73,500 students, it is also the largest university in Germany. The FernUniversität offers accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs with a flexibility that makes it easy to combine studying with your career or family obligations.

What Can You Study?

You can choose from more than 20 bachelor’s and master’s programs as well as numerous opportunities for continuing education in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology, Business and Economics, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Law.

How Does Studying at the FernUni Work?

You can study when and where you want, which lets you be flexible with your time and location. You will work with printed study materials, use digital media such as online seminars and virtual lectures, benefit from teaching and learning tools like wikis and blogs, and attend a few seminars on campus.


Most courses and modules at the FernUniversität are taught in German. If you did not complete your university entrance qualification at a German-speaking institution, you will need to provide certification of your German language proficiency in order to enroll in a degree program. The FernUniversität does not offer any preparatory German language courses or exams.

Is the FernUniversität Right for You?

Thanks to the flexibility we offer, distance learning at the FernUniversität is a good option for prospective students in a variety of life situations.

  • No matter where you are, you can take your studies with you. Thanks to the flexible distance learning program, the FernUniversität is a good option both for German students living abroad and for international students. Study materials are available online and/or sent around the world via postal services. You can take your exams in nearly any country in the world. For students in Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary, we have regional and study centers which provide local support, and our central student advising service offers online events and individual online advising for students living abroad.

    The International Student Admissions Office can advise you about whether you are eligible to enroll at the FernUniversität with your qualifications, as well as provide information about the process of enrollment.

  • For students who have already started their careers or who have family obligations, the flexibility of the distance learning program at the FernUniversität makes it an ideal choice.

  • What would you like to do after you finish school? Study or gain work experience? Why not both? Studying at the FernUniversität gives you the option of gaining practical experience while also completing your degree.

  • Would you like to study at a university, but you do not have a formal university entrance qualification? You can! If you have certain vocational experience and qualifications, you may be eligible to enroll in a bachelor’s program.

  • The flexibility offered by the study programs at the FernUniversität makes it especially suitable for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses. In addition, the FernUniversität offers a variety of services and support to meet your individual needs.

  • Are you still in school, but your classes are not challenging enough? Or would you like to check out your options for university studies before you finish school? The FernUniversität makes this possible.

What Does it Cost?

A complete bachelor's program costs between approximately 1,650 and 2,100 euro, while a master’s program costs between approximately 750 and 1,400 euro. These estimates are based on a base fee of 50 euro per semester and course costs of 8 euro per ECTS credit, plus a student body contribution which is currently 9 euro per semester.

When Can I Start?

You can begin your study program either in the summer semester or the winter semester. The registration period for the summer semester is December 1st through January 31st. For the winter semester, you can register between June 1st and July 31st.