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As a modern European university, the FernUniversität in Hagen sees internationalization as a quality feature for all its areas of activity – whether this takes the form of academic study, teaching, research, or administration. Open-mindedness, a willingness to understand other cultures and respectful interaction are a fundamental prerequisite for this.

Internationalization has been firmly anchored as a key objective for the university through the establishment of the office of the Vice-President for Continuing Education, Knowledge Transfer, and International Affairs. Organizationally, it represents a task that must be implemented jointly by all departments of the university.

The team at the International Office is on hand to advise and support all university students and staff with their internationalization projects.


Information for:

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    Students and Prospective Students

    Would you like to gain international experience in distance learning?

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    Doctoral Students

    Would you like to gain experience abroad during your doctorate and/or improve your foreign language skills?

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    Teaching Staff

    Would you like to integrate international components into your teaching? Would you like to teach together with international colleagues and/or go abroad yourself?

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    Would you like to conduct research together with international colleagues? Are you looking for international funding programs?

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    Would you like to gain experience abroad and/or improve your foreign language skills?


Upcoming Events

Online: MCE Empowering Seminar on 16 February 2024, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

On 16 February 2024, the Empowering Seminar/discussion forum titled Micro-Credentials: Integration, Recognition/Accreditation, Digital Certificates will be held in cooperation with the EADTU and the AI Campus 2.0 project of the FernUniversität in Hagen.

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The FernUni’s two research pillars in the field of micro-credentials, the MCE project and the AI campus 2.0 project, are harnessing synergies by hosting an Empowering Seminar.

The seminar, facilitated by the EADTU, will offer participants – both FernUni staff and international experts – a chance to look at the opportunities and challenges of integrating study offerings from external institutions into the academic curriculum.

The event will address the urgent and delicate issues of integration, recognition, and accreditation of micro-credentials, as well as questions of recognizing short learning program certificates and receiving credits for certificates achieved through learning outside the university. And last but not least, there will be a discussion about digital certificates.

The seminar will take place online. You can find the agenda below.

Agenda (PDF 2 MB)
More information (PDF 177 KB)

Contact for registration and questions: Dr. Mirna Zeman

Upcoming: International Stammtisch on Wednesday, 28 February 2024

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Our next International Stammtisch will be taking place as an International Lunch at 12 noon at the FernUni dining hall: all are welcome!

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What Does the International Office Actually Do?

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The International Office deals with the strategic orientation of the FernUniversität's internationalization efforts and also provides advice and support for various projects, such as stays abroad.

Description of the organization chart

The graphic represents a circle that is divided into three areas. In the middle is the logo of the FernUniversität.

The following areas are distinguished by color:

  1. Strategy
  2. Service & Support
  3. Mobility

1. Strategy

  • Strategic internal and external internationalization
  • Representation in international networks
  • Expansion and maintenance of the partnership network

2. Service & Support

  • Support for teaching staff in the internationalization of the curriculum
  • Advice on international funding opportunities (e.g., DAAD, Erasmus+, etc.)
  • Welcome Service
  • English proofreading and translation service

3. Mobility

  • Advice on international mobility for university staff
  • Administration of funding programs (e.g., Erasmus+, STIBET, etc.)
  • Organization of and advice on Staff Weeks, job shadowing, etc.

Do you have any suggestions, ideas, or questions about internationalization at the FernUniversität in Hagen? Feel free to get in touch with us.

Contact details for the International Office

Internationalization Fund

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With the Internationalization Fund, we would like to create an incentive to support innovative projects with international partners and thus boost the internationalization of the FernUniversität in a targeted manner.

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Useful Information

International Guests

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Welcome to the FernUniversität in Hagen! Find the most important information for your stay.

Virtual Mobility

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Innovative and international digital projects at the FernUniversität.

Internationalization in Action

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Get a glimpse of the diverse international cooperations, activities, and events at the FernUniversität.

International Office

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Your point of contact for questions or assistance with international affairs at the FernUniversität.

International Office | 10.05.2024