FAQ - Studies



Why should I study?

In contrast to conventional vocational training, a study degree provides more diverse opportunities. What is more, an academic degree offers excellent professional prospects. It constitutes a better drive for one’s personal career. Even in economically troubled times, academics have better job prospects than non-academics.


Why should I study at the Open Institute?

At the Open Institute theoretical study content is combined with practical content. Thus learning contents can be directly applied in professional practice. Purely theoretical study contents are kept to a minimum. At the same time lecturers provide optimum personal support. Using modern study approaches, studies can be designed in a flexible way.


Are the study programs offered by the Open Institute state-recognized/accredited?

Yes. Apart from the state recognition of all of our partnership universities, study programs are fully accredited as well.


Can I study without higher education entrance qualification (Abitur)?

Obtaining admission to studies without higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) depends on the respective higher education institution’s study regulations. In the event that higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) is an admission requirement for a particular study program, it can be obtained at a partnership grammar school taking into account previous other achievements (e.g. from vocational training).


What departments can I study in?

Taking up studies in collaboration with our partnership universities can be done in the following departments: Business, Management & Law, Medicine, Health & Social Science, Humanities, Engineering & IT, as well as Media, Communications & Culture.


What degrees are on offer?

On offer in the departments mentioned above, in collaboration with partnership universities, are Bachelor, Master, MBA, DBA, and PhD programs.


How are the study programs structured?

The study programs are modular in structure and typically designed individually based on students‘ previous knowledge.


Are there any compulsory attendance events?

During studies there are attendance events which are reduced to a minimum due to the part-time study concept, and which usually take place online.


What kind of examinations need to be taken during studies?

Each module includes the completion of an examination, either online or in the form of a term paper, project paper or case study.


How and where do examinations take place?

Where possible examinations are taken online. Examinations requiring personal attendance are reduced to a minimum as much as possible or dispensed with altogether.


What happens if I fail an examination?

As a rule, study materials are well designed, such that proper exam preparation is ensured. Should an examination be failed just the same, it can be repeated up to four times.


Can previous study achievements from another educational institution be recognized for a study program offered at the Open Institute?

Yes. Examinations taken at other educational institutions can be recognized for study programs offered at the Open Institute. For this purpose, even prior to enrollment in a study program, it is possible upon presentation of relevant documents to confirm which of the previous study achievements can be recognized.


How can I obtain further information on my desired study program?

Further information on one’s desired study program can be obtained via the contact form, by email, or by telephone.


How can I enroll for a study program, and which documents do I have to submit?

In addition to the enrollment form, the following documents must be submitted: idendity card or passport, curriculum vitae, graduation diploma, previously obtained diplomas and diploma certificates. All documents of students within the European Union must be submitted in notarized form. Students outside the European Union also require an apostille in addition to notarization. In the event that further documents are required, applicants will be notified accordingly.


When can I begin my studies?

Studies can be started at any time.


What is the duration of each study program?

The standard period of study for Bachelor programs is three to four years, one to two years for Master and MBA programs, as well as two to four years for DBA and PhD programs.


Can I shorten my period of study?

Yes. In the event that previous study achievements have been made at other educational institutions, they can be recognized, thereby shortening the standard period of study. What is more, combined study courses such as MBA/DBA courses have a shorter period of study compared to individual MBA and DBA studies.


Am I required to undergo selection or admission test procedures to be admitted to studies?

Certain study programs such as medicine or law may require undergoing a selection or admission test procedure. Should such an admission procedure be required, there is the option of targeted and intensive preparation through the Open Institute.


Who provides me with support during my studies when it comes to administrative questions?

In the event of administrative questions arising during studies, assistance will be provided by the Open Institute’s support team, which can be reached by email or telephone.


Who provides me with support during my studies when it comes to academic matters?

Support in academic matters during studies will generally be provided by the respective supervisor.


How many hours of study should I schedule per week?

Each student has a different learning style – some learn more quickly, others more slowly. As a general rule, one should schedule eight to twelve hours of study per week.


Can I reconcile my studies with my professional activity?

Extra-occupational studies invariably pose major challenges. Thanks to individual support, flexible study opportunities and study program optimization, one’s studies can always be reconciled with one’s professional activity.


Is there a way to combine studies at the Open Institute with gaining practical experience abroad?

Yes. The Open Institute has several possibilities to introduce students to companies offering internship placements. Please note, however, that internship placements abroad are sought-after and therefore always limited in number.


What do tuition fees at the Open Institute amount to?

Tuition fees at the Open Institute vary according to partnership university, study program, study duration, and recognition of previous achievements. Prior to enrollment, however, all tuition fees will be displayed fully and transparently as well as agreed upon with binding effect.


Are there any other costs in addition to tuition fees?

Apart from tuition fees, further fees may be incurred for the recognition of previous study achievements. Should such fees be incurred, they too will be fully and transparently displayed as well as agreed upon with binding effect. Further additonal costs such as travel costs, internet and telephone costs, or costs relating to the acquisition of additional or recommended literature shall be borne by students themselves.


What are the programs‘ languages of instruction?

Study programs are typically conducted in English, but also quite often in German or Russian.


Are studies completed abroad equivalent to study programs in my home country?

Yes. If a university is state-recognized in the country of residence as well as its study programs accredited, studies completed abroad are equivalent on an international scale.


What are the career prospects after completing a study program?

Career opportunities after the successful completion of a study program are very good. The average share of academics in OECD countries amounts to 37%. The best career prospects exist for graduates in the field of business, medicine, social science, healthcare, and engineering.