Study Programs

In contrast to studying at a traditional university, distance learning at the FernUniversität in Hagen offers you maximum flexibility in terms of your time and location. You can simply plan your studies around your individual life circumstances. This is made possible through the use of blended learning, which combines face-to-face instruction with online learning.

We offer a broad range of internationally accredited bachelor's and master's programs in five faculties. In addition, we have continuing education programs to support you in your career. Our Open Access Studies program is available without admissions requirements and allows you to pursue further education based on your individual interests.

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Bachelor's Programs

To enroll in a bachelor's program at the FernUniversität, you will need a German higher education entrance qualification (either a "Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife" or "Zeugnis der fachgebundenen Hochschulreife"), an equivalent internationational qualification, or relevant vocational experience.

Information about international qualifications

Information about vocational qualifications (German)

You can view a list of the bachelor's programs offered at the FernUniversität below, with links to further information in German about each program.

List of bachelor's programs at the FernUni

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Full time: 6 semesters / Part time 12 semesters

Faculty of Psychology

Full time: 6 semesters / Part time 12 semesters

Enrollment only in the winter semester, online self-assessment required (German)

Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

Full time: 6 semesters / Part time 12 semesters

Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

Full time: 6 semesters / Part time 9 semesters

Faculty of Law

LL.B.: Full time: 7 semesters / Part time 10 Semester
First Legal Examination: Full time: 9 semesters / Part time 14 semesters

To help your decision: voluntary online self-assessment (German)


Master's Programs

To enroll in a master's program at the FernUniversität, you will need a completed bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification. For certain master's programs at the FernUni, there are additional admissions requirements.

Information about recognition of international qualifications

You can view a list of the master's programs offered at the FernUniversität below, with links to further information in German about each program.

List of master's programs at the FernUni

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Full time: 4 semesters / Part time 8 semesters

Faculty of Psychology

Full time: 4 semesters / Part time 8 semesters

Enrollment in the winter semester only

Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

Full time: 4 semesters / Part time 8 semesters

Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

Full time: 4 semesters / Part time 6 semesters

Faculty of Law

Full time: 3 semesters / Part time 4 semesters


Continuing Education

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The FernUniversität's continuing education programs are aimed primarily at working professionals who wish to build on their practical experience with academic education. The FernUniversität offers a variety of forms of continuing education. You can find more information on the programs offered and their requirements on our German-language website.

Continuing Education (German)

Open Access Studies

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The FernUniversität's Open Access Studies program (or "Akademiestudium") is similar to auditing a course at a traditional university. It is available to anyone, regardless of age or previous educational experience, and there are no entry requirements. You can find more information about Open Access Studies at the FernUniversität on our German-language website.

Open Access Studies (German)

Discontinued Programs

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As a rule, it is no longer possible to enroll in these programs. Please refer to the relevant faculty's information regarding the courses and exams offered. You can find more information on our German site.

Discontinued programs (German)

Preparatory Courses

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The FernUniversität offers you the chance to get ready for your study program with individual preparatory courses for certain programs. You can find more information about our preparatory courses on our German-language website.

Preparatory courses (German)

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