Studying at the XU Exponential University of Applied Sciences: More than just a degree.

All explorers and adventurers, lateral thinkers and brilliant spirits:

We are founding the XU Exponential University of Applied Sciences! It shall be your gateway to a world that is more and more characterized by digital technologies, new digital business models, and new forms of work and organization, but also by increasing interdependencies and dramatic breaks. In this world, there are more opportunities open to young people than ever before - as innovation drivers in traditional companies that need to change and innovate; as exponentially thinking start-ups challenging these traditional companies; in public organisations taking the step into a digital future; as researchers or consultants developing and implementing transformation concepts.

The XU therefore not only wants to impart excellent digital business or digital engineering skills to you, but also to sharpen your view for the context of your later work - for political, social, legal and cultural framework conditions; for transformation processes that run parallel to technological developments in digitization; for the necessity of international perspectives. The XU wants to encourage you to break old rules and realize crazy ideas. We want to support you in establishing partnerships and friendships that accompany you through your professional life and offer you a place that remains a source of inspiration for you.

Admission requirements

General admission requirements

If you want to begin your studies at XU, you must meet the following requirements and go through our admission procedure.

Bachelor's program

If you wish to enroll in a bachelor's degree at XU, you must meet the following requirements:

  • general higher education entrance qualification
  • subject-related higher education entrance qualification or
  • technical college entrance qualification.

With these documents you can prove your general qualification for university entrance:

  1. graduation certificate of a general secondary school (Abitur) or
  2. graduation certificate of a technical secondary school (Fachabitur) or
  3. graduation certificate of a two-year higher commercial school in connection with vocational training or
  4. the attainment of the Fachhochschulreife (graduation certificate) by attending the upper secondary school, in conjunction with a one-year guided internship or
  5. any other certificate of advanced technical college entrance qualification.

Master's program

If you wish to enrol in a master's degree at XU, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Proof and a certificate of the first academic degree (Bachelor, Diplom, Magister, etc.) - certified, with a grade of at least "good" (2.5) and at least 180 ECTS CP for consecutive Master's programmes and 240 ECTS CP for continuing Master's programmes.
  • Recommendation letter from a higher education institution if the minimum average has not been reached. For a higher education degree obtained abroad: corresponding documents in German or English (with certification of the documents obtained abroad by an official translation agency).

Special Requirements:

 

To successfully complete the master's program, you need a degree in Business Administration or Business Informatics. As an applicant with a related degree, you can have the equivalence of your studies checked in a case-by-case examination. The course of study must have taught the central specialist competences for the master's program in the scope of 30 CP in business administration and 20 CP in information systems.

In addition, you need at least three years of professional experience in a responsible activity relevant to the course of study (proof e.g. by a certificate, a reference or an employer's certificate) for the continuing Master's programme in Digital Transformation Management (M.A.).

Study without university entrance qualification

Even if you do not have a higher education entrance qualification, you may be able to study at XU if you are professionally qualified and have completed certain further training courses.

The possibility of studying without a higher education entrance qualification applies to persons with vocational qualifications who

  • an advanced further training course in accordance with the provisions of the Crafts Code, of the Vocational Training Act or comparable federal or state regulations or
  • have completed a vocational school education at a state or state-recognised vocational school within the meaning of § 28 of the School Act or a comparable education in another federal state or
  • have completed a vocational training program at a state or state-recognised vocational school within the meaning of § 28 of the School Act or a comparable education in another federal state or
  • have completed a vocational training program in a profession similar to the intended course of study and similar to the intended course of study. have completed at least two years of vocational training and have worked in the profession for at least three years or
  • one year at a higher education institution on the basis of a vocational qualification (i. d. R. two university semesters) in another federal state.

    Language skills

    For admission to studies, certain language skills are required. Since some of the courses can be held in English and you will be studying abroad for a semester (full-time bachelor) or a few weeks (summer school, part-time bachelor, master), you will need good English language skills that correspond at least to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The required language skills must be proven by the presentation of a recognised certificate.

    If your mother tongue is not German, we require proof of your German language proficiency which at least corresponds to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or, according to the German Language Examination for University Admission, to level DSH 2 or an equivalent proof.

    Recording procedure

    If you wish commence in a bachelor's program at XU, you must apply for a place and create an essay on a subject related to the program. In addition, you must pass a mathematics test and possibly a language test.

    If you wish, we will gladly prepare you for the tests. And of course we discuss all results with you and decide very quickly whether you can start at XU.

    If you wish to commence in a master's degree at XU, you must apply for a place and create an essay on a topic related to the degree program. In addition, you must prove your interest in the desired course of study in an interview. If required, you must also take a language test.

Application for a university place

Bachelor studies

You must submit the following documents in order to apply for a place at our university:

  • Certificate of general higher education entrance qualification, subject-related higher education entrance qualification or higher education entrance qualification or a comparable foreign qualification (certified)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Other certificates, evidence

If degrees or certificates were obtained abroad, the corresponding documents must be submitted in German or English (certification of documents prepared abroad by an official translation agency).

After the examination of the documents the invitation to the admission procedure [link to the admission procedure] will be issued. If you have passed this, you can register at the XU!

Master's degree

You must submit the following documents in order to apply for a place at a university:

  • Certificate of the general higher education entrance qualification, the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or the advanced technical college entrance qualification or a comparable foreign qualification
  • Certificate and a certificate of the first academic degree (Bachelor, Diplom, Magister or similar).) - certified, with a final grade of at least "good" (2.5) and at least 180 ECTS CP for consecutive Master's programmes and 240 ECTS CP for continuing Master's programmes.
  • recommendation letter from a higher education institution if the minimum average has not been reached.
  • letter of motivation
  • curriculum vitae
  • other certificates, evidence (for continuing Master's programmes): Proof of at least three years' professional experience)

If degrees or certificates were obtained abroad, the corresponding documents must be submitted in German or English (certification of documents prepared abroad by an official translation agency).

After examination of all documents, an invitation to the admission procedure is issued. If you have passed this, you can register at the XU!

Recognition of previous knowledge

Have you already acquired previous knowledge from a first degree course, an apprenticeship or a professional activity in your future field of study or adjacent fields? If so, you may be able to have the competences you have acquired professionally credited towards your studies.

How does it work? Read on!

There are two different procedures for the recognition of competences acquired in the workplace: general recognition and individual recognition.

A blanket recognition is decided by the university for individual courses of study. Which professional competences are recognised and to what extent is regulated by the respective examination regulations specific to the course of study.

 

Individual recognition is possible, for example, in the case of academic achievements at other universities, training and/or further training and/or several years of professional activity. Individual recognition normally refers to individual modules from the XU degree programmes - these no longer need to be taken in the event of recognition.

This is how the recognition procedure works

1. blanket recognition

In the case of flat-rate recognition, you should contact the Examination Office at the beginning of your studies and submit a written application for recognition of previous achievements. Please enclose certificates of your professional qualifications and/or further education qualifications, evidence of the duration of your professional activity and, if applicable, other evidence (internships, etc.). Please note that only certified certificates can be taken into account.

 

We will then examine your application and notify you in writing within two to four weeks. A copy of this notification is sent to the responsible course director and to the examination office, which records the modules in the examination administration in the event of recognition of previous performance. Notes cannot be transferred. The recognized modules are marked with "passed" in the certificate and are not included in the calculation of the overall grade.

2. individual recognition

In the case of flat-rate recognition, you should also contact the Examination Office at the beginning of your studies and submit a written application for recognition of previous achievements. Please enclose evidence of potential recognition of intermediate work, e.g. semester reports, diplomas (studies, training), work references, internship references, third-party opinions. This evidence must show which advance work you have done and to what extent (e.g. coding course in Web Development at the Academie xy for 120 hours). Please note that only certified certificates can be taken into account.

 

 

 

We will then examine your application together with teachers from the departments and send you a written notification within two to four weeks. A copy of this notification is sent to the responsible course director and to the examination office, which records the modules in the examination administration in the event of recognition of previous performance. Notes cannot be transferred.

 

The recognized modules are marked with "passed" in the certificate and are not included in the calculation of the overall grade.

 

 

If you have any questions in advance, please contact us.

 

Regulations for part-time studies

You want to study part-time? You can do it at XU! XU also intends to offer all courses of study as part-time courses. And already today, all study programs are accredited full-time and part-time. Find out here about our special regulations for part-time studies.

structure of the part-time study programs

For some of our part-time students we offer their own courses, others study together with full-time students. Adapted to your time resources, XU has changed, among other things, the number of semester hours per week and thus the number of courses per week, the time of the courses and the duration of the semester. Compared to full-time degree programs, part-time degree programs are extended by at least two semesters, while the master's degree program is extended by one semester.

Semester week hours

The part-time bachelor degree programs (180 ECTS CP) at XU are structured in such a way that students can complete their studies in eight semesters (four years) with a number of semester hours per week of 16 to 18 hours.

In the part-time master programs (120 ECTS CP) based on the bachelor programs, the number of semester hours per week is 14 to 16 hours. In the last semester only the master's thesis is written, so that the part-time master's program can be completed in six semesters (three years).

In the continuing part-time master's programs (60 ECTS CP), the number of weekly semester hours in the first two semesters is 16 hours. In the last semester only the master's thesis is written, so that a part-time master's program can be completed in three semesters (one and a half years).

A free extension of the study period is possible with an informal application to the examination office. If the standard period of study is exceeded by more than two semesters, an administration fee will be charged.

Temporary location of courses

The semester plan provides for work-friendly, family-friendly and leisure-time periods for courses and examinations.

In the part-time study programs, two to three evenings per week are available for courses and examinations (e.g. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.). If necessary, an additional day on the weekend is scheduled (Friday afternoon/Saturday).

If other preferences should arise in the study groups, XU will respond to these wishes subject to the availability of personnel and organization and allow for different event times. Possible event times/types are:

  • Block events in the week,
  • Block events on weekends,
  • Courses in the afternoon/evening in the week or
  • a combination of block and evening courses.

Semester duration

The semester duration of the part-time study programs is adapted to the needs of the students and is 18 to 20 weeks, so that up to five weeks more time is available for the acquisition of the learning contents compared to the full-time study program. This helps to equalise the study, reduce the weekly workload of the students and distribute the workload more evenly over the semester.

Examinations

When designing the examinations, XU ensures that a balanced mix of examinations, term papers, presentations, oral examinations or other examinations is taken during the development of the study programs, so that the examination phase at the end of the courses is not overloaded. Examinations and, if necessary, oral examinations are usually taken after the courses. Homework and presentations can be created during your studies. The teachers make sure that the burden on the students is appropriate. The processing time of term papers or case studies is extended according to the duration of the semester.

Link between studies and profession

part-time students are basically supported in bringing content and experience from their work into the course and vice versa. In particular, suitable topics from operational practice can be dealt with within the scope of project work or examination services, such as term papers, case studies and the like.

Support of part-time students

Pre-Study Care

The XU already offers prospective students a target group-specific service that enables them to study alongside their career/family/nursing care.

Study counseling. In the student advisory service, interested parties can find out everything they need to know about studying at XU. Our study program managers and heads (professors) advise and supervise the prospective students of a study group from the admission procedure to the completion of their studies and beyond - they are the central contact persons and are supported by supplementary service departments (e.g. Examination Office, International Office).

recording procedure. The admission procedure that every applicant for a study place must go through is arranged in such a way that it can also be attended in addition to school, work or other activities, irrespective of the format of the study program. These procedures will start regularly at around 4 p.m. and will also be carried out at weekends, particularly in the summer when many applicants are in the admission procedure.

Support during your studies

The XU puts a special focus on the supervision of students during their studies and the guarantee of opening hours in order to accompany students optimally.

Support by teaching staff. Our part-time lecturers are personally available until about 8 p.m. on the days when courses take place. In addition, they regularly offer separate office hours, which are well timed for the students. If our teachers cannot be present, they can be reached by chat, call, video call or e-mail or arrange individual appointments. This allows our students to clarify questions about their studies directly with the appropriate contact person even after work.

 

Support by administrative staff. In addition to professors, staff from the various administrative departments are also available for part-time students. Staff from the Examination Office, the International Office or the Career Center will be available at least once a week until around 8 p.m..

An individual exchange via call or video call is also possible at any time.

 

Care after graduation

The supervision of our students does not end with their graduation, but is consistently pursued.

This is why regular surveys of graduates are also conducted in part-time study programs in order to obtain feedback on the contents of the program and, in particular, on the application of the contents in professional life and on the design of the courses. XU pursues the goal of binding its alumni to the university on a long-term basis. Alumni are invited to events of all kinds, e.g. lectures or courses, where they can give prospective students the chance to study part-time at first hand or act as mentors during their studies.

Rules on compensation for disadvantages

 

The XU has developed special regulations for students with restrictions and students on maternity leave or parental leave. Students who are physically, mentally or psychologically incapacitated or ill and are therefore unable to take the exams in the prescribed form can apply to the examination board for alternative exams. In addition, students are able to take advantage of protection periods in accordance with § 3 and § 6 of the Maternity Protection Act and periods of parental leave.

In principle, the XU takes into account the special needs of physically, mentally or psychologically impaired students and implements the necessary measures for their integration in all areas, especially in teaching and thus in examinations, counselling and support. The course contents, the course of studies and the examinations are designed in such a way that the studies can be completed within the standard period of study. The requirements of students with childcare and care responsibilities are taken into account.

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