FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Admission - Eligibility

Higher education entrance qualification

A foreign University Entrance Qualification (UEQ) typically consists of the school diploma earned in the applicant‘s home country or a combination of a higher education admission exam, school diploma and years of postsecondary study.

You can find out whether your higher education entrance qualification (UEQ) from your home country qualifies you to study directly in Germany or whether you first have to attend a preparatory course (Studienkolleg) at the information portal on the recognition of foreign educational qualifications (ANABIN).

Also, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) operates a website where you can check whether your school leaving certificate qualifies you to study in Germany.

If you have a foreign university entrance qualification, it must be evaluated by our university as part of the application process. Please note that from 2021 on we will no longer cooperate with Uni-assist and this examination will be carried out exclusively by our university.

 

English language proficiency

The programme "Sustainable Business and Technology" is offered entirely in English. It is therefore necessary to provide proof of language qualification (e.g):

  • TOEFL® Test (internet-based: 71 / computer-based: 178 / paper-based: 489)
  • IELTS (band 5.0)
  • TOEIC® Test (Listening and Reading 707 + Speaking 144 + Writing 135)

    TOEFL and TOEIC are registered trademarks of ETS in the United States and other countries.
  • English as examination subject or advanced course with grade “good” or “very good” (Information for German students: Abiturzeugnis Leistungskurs Englisch mit mindestens 10 von 15 Punkten im Durchschnitt der letzten zwei Schuljahre oder Abiturzeugnis Grundkurs Englisch mit mindestens 11 von 15 Punkten im Durchschnitt der letzten zwei Schuljahre)

The aforementioned proofs of English language do not have to be provided if school or studies have been completed in English, if you are a native speaker or come from a country where the official language is English

How to apply?

Prior to starting the appropiate application procedure, please check in the DAAD admissions database or at www.anabin.de whether you can be admitted directly to a degree programme at Trier University of Applied Sciences with your higher education entrance qualification.

The application process differs depending on the origin of the higher education university entrance qualification.

Apply here, if you got your higher education entrance qualification from outside Germany.

Apply here with german higher eudcation entrance qualification.

Do I need to know German for this program?

No, the program is taught in English. As a special advantage, German language modules are included in the program.

Is it possible to apply through Uni-assist?

From 2021 on, we will no longer cooperate with Uni-Assist and this examination will be carried out exclusively by our university.

Admission - Required documents

Application Form

Please remember to attach all required documents and provide us with all information for a successfull application. For this, you need to downlad the application form. There you will find a detailled listing of everything that has to be submitted to us via post.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume

Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume

Your Curriculum Vitae or resume with your complete school/college/university history is also one of the required documents in your application.

A CV should not exceed two A4 pages. It allows you to list your educational career and the work experience you have obtained so far. Do not worry if you do not have any professional experience yet. 
 

Certified English language proficiency

To be able to participate in small-scale education, a good command of English is essential. You therefore must prove your proficiency in English in your application. Just have a look at English language proficiency.

Proof of payment for the processing fee (70.00 Euros)

If you have a foreign university entrance qualification, it must be evaluated by our university as part of the application process. Therefor we charge a processing fee of 70.00 Euro for checking your documents. Please note that the evaluation will only take place when we can book the corresponding receipt of money.

Please ensure that this fee is paid in advance to the following bank account. Please note that payment reference must be stated exactly, otherwise your payment cannot be clearly allocated.

Recipient: Landeshochschulkasse Mainz/HS Trier
Bank: Landeshochschulkasse Mainz/HS Trier, UCB
IBAN: Deutsche Bundesbank Filiale Mainz DE25 5500 0000 0055001511
BIC-code: MARKDEF
Reference:  6671-1566-BIR 11113/02 SBT “First name, Surname, Date of birth”

Certification of the documents

Officially certified copies must always contain:

  • the imprint of the official seal in the original and
  • the signature of the certifier in the original

In the case of an officially certified copy with several sheets, it must be clear that each page is from the same official certification.

  • With official seal: The official seal must be visible on all pages. For this purpose, the person certifying the copy staples the pages on top of each other in an offset manner and stamps them with the official seal. Thus, each page bears a part of the official seal imprint. The declaration of certification and signature is then sufficient on only one page.
  • With cord and embossed seal: When notarized by a notary with a cord and embossed seal, the declaration of notarization and signature suffices on only one page.

Institutions that are able to officially certify / notarize documents:

  • issuing institutions, e.g. schools, universities and language schools,
  • the Ministry of Education in your home country
  • the German embassies and consulates
  • the cultural department of the embassy of the country from which the certificate originates,
  • notaries who are authorized to carry out official certification in your home country.

Important: Translators are not allowed to certify documents in the original language.

Checklist for required documents

The checklist for the required documents you can find here.

Admission - Submission of documents

Postal mail submission of your application

Remember, that all of the required documents have to be submitted to us via post mail. Ensure, that you attached the bank recipt of 70 Euros for the processing fee. All required documents have to be send to one the following addresses (whether the postal address or delivery address depends on the respective postal or delivery service):

Postal Adress:                                                                         Delivery Address:
Umwelt Campus Birkenfeld                                                   Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld 
Admissions „Sustainable Business & Technology“              Admissions „Sustainable Business & Technology“                      
PO Box 1380                                                                            Gebäude 9914
55761 Birkenfeld                                                                     55768 Hoppstädten-Weiersbach
Germany                                                                                  Germany

When is the deadline?

Applications should be submitted by         

15 May for non EU and non EEA applicants        

31 August for EU and EEA applicants

Can I apply online?

Unfortunately, it is not possible at the moment.

Do I have to submit my application form online or send it via postal mail?

An online application is not possible. Pleas send all required documents along with the application form via the postal mail to our campus address:

Postal Adress:                                                                         Delivery Address:
Umwelt Campus Birkenfeld                                                   Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld 
Admissions „Sustainable Business & Technology“              Admissions „Sustainable Business & Technology“                      
PO Box 1380                                                                            Gebäude 9914
55761 Birkenfeld                                                                     55768 Hoppstädten-Weiersbach
Germany                                                                                  Germany

Start to prepare your stay in Germany

Student Visa

After having received an admission to our program, please apply for a student visa at the German embassy in your home country. Since a visa process can take several months, we kindly suggest applying for an appointment as soon as you receive our admission letter. Usually, you will have to present the following documents in order to apply for a visa:

  • Admission letter from our university
  • Certificate confirming health insurance cover
  • Proof of financial resources
  • Certificate of English language or an equivalent

Important: Do not enter Germany as tourist. A tourist visa cannot be converted into a student visa.

To get further information on how to fund your studies in Germany you can check the DAAD website

Accomodation

A limited number of student apartments are available directly at the campus. They are reasonably priced, come fully equipped and provide high-speed internet access as well as being connected to our university intranet. Alternatively, private accommodation can be found on several online portals as well as the homepage of the Studierendenwerk Trier. We strongly urge you to arrange your accommodation before arrival. This accomodation guide will help you.

Apartment-finding websites on the internet are:

Please also check our internal Facebook group.

Financing your studies

Prices for food, accommodation, health insurance, clothing, cultural events, etc. are basically in line with the EU average. You will need around 853 Euros a month to cover your living expenses. The largest expense is your monthly rent.

Before you begin your studies, you will have to prove that you have sufficient funds to finance your studies in Germany. A proof of financial resources can be provided in various ways:

  • A blocked account with a security deposit of 10,236 Euros a year
  • An affidavit of support (a document an individual signs to accept financial responsibility for another person, usually a relative)
  • A scholarships confirmation

Please note that we do not provide scholarships for applicants. The DAAD provides different scholarships for foreign students:

To get further information on how to fund your studies in Germany you can check the DAAD website.

Health Insurance

If you’d like to study in Germany, you have to have health insurance. You will need to present proof of health insurance when you enrol at university and apply for a residence permit. Make sure to take care of your health insurance status before you come to Germany. For further information check the DAAD website.

Please have a look at our a step by step explanation of the procedure for applicants at the Environmental campus Birkenfeld. 

Adress & Arrival

All information concerning your first arrival at the campus you can find here.

International buddy program

In the International buddy program, exchange students and other new international students are matched with "local" / more experienced students from Trier University of Applied Sciences. The local buddys will help their partners with questions and take part in communal events organized by the International Office.

Please note that the primary purpose of the international buddy program is cultural exchange; buddys are not obliged to assist in formalities such as enrollment or room search. For any organizational issues, please contact the International Office.

Information about your studies

Information on the current semester

Corona is affecting every people's life. So in order to provide you and your fellow students a safe study environment, we request you to inform yourself here on current information from the presidency. 

All information for the current semester you can find here.

Semester fee

All information about the semester fee you can find here.

Your qualifications as a graduate

Expertise in Economics and Engineering:

As a generalist with a profound technical and economic background, you solve problems at the interface between business and technology.

Sustainability Awareness:

You understand, articulate, create and critique the theory behind sustainable development and companies‘ attempts to integrate sustainable approaches into their everyday business practices.

Change Management and Leadership:

You have the understanding of the fundamental methodologies and concepts to plan, coordinate, budget and evaluate projects, as well as to manage the risks and people involved.

Multilingual and Intercultural Competencies:

You improve your ability to recognize and understand potential obstacles and to develop and apply strategies to enhance communication. A new language also increases your job opportunities.

Employability and Career Planning:

As an industrial engineer educated in Germany, you have excellent job chances in all areas of the economy. You also qualify for further Master degree programs.

Careers for Industrial Engineers

With the elimination of trading barriers and the increase in international connectedness, worldwide markets have opened up for companies. But a worldwide market also means increasing competition: Business decisions have become more complex, and the demands on companies’ performance are growing.

More complex, divided work processes mean more specialized employees. We need generalists to solve the resulting problems at the interface between technology and business.

With their comprehensive perspective on production and business processes, industrial engineers are experts in solving interdisciplinary problems. When engineers without sufficient economic knowledge encounter economists with a limited technical background, the workflow suffers.

Industrial engineers understand designers and production planners, project managers, sales and marketing staff. They have a comprehensive view on business processes and solve problems with a view on technology as well as business. Industrial engineers make sure products work – and sell.

Communication on a global scale is essential in the global work environment of industrial engineers and an integral part of their day-to-day job. They handle complex issues with international partners, using their intercultural skills on a daily basis. With their awareness that business is both global and local they make sure that multinational companies consider cultural, regional and individual needs, accompany and mediate the global integration of small- and medium-sized regional businesses, and take advantage of new trends and opportunities in the digital economy.

Job chances for industrial engineers educated in Germany are excellent. They work in all areas of the economy, in small and large enterprises, industry and commerce, consulting and insurance, utility companies and the public sector:

  • Marketing, technical sales and distribution
  • Innovation management, product development
  • Production planning and manufacturing
  • Materials management and logistics
  • Controlling and business optimization
  • Quality and environmental management
  • Consulting and management
International buddy program

In the International buddy program, exchange students and other new international students are matched with "local" / more experienced students from Trier University of Applied Sciences. The local buddys will help their partners with questions and take part in communal events organized by the International Office.

Please note that the primary purpose of the international buddy program is cultural exchange; buddys are not obliged to assist in formalities such as enrollment or room search. For any organizational issues, please contact the International Office.

Will study achievements that I have completed at another university be recognized?

In principle, the recognition of achievements that have been made at other universities is of course possible. However, this implies that the corresponding subjects must be identical in terms of content / learning goals and the respective working hours. In order to check this, it is necessary that

  1.  You prepare a short synopsis of your previous achievements and corresponding modules with the respective modules of the SBT course. Please note that the relevant evidence from the issuing university must be credibly presented and substantiated.
  2. In the next step, this documentation must be coordinated with the respective professors responsible for the modules (see Module Descriptions). Please note that the corresponding original documents must be submitted. 
  3. If sufficient coverage is ensured, the achievements will be recognized and finally confirmed in a last step by the head of the course.

A legally binding decision on credit recognition can only be made after the student’s official enrollment at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld.

Which electives are offered?

Specific “Elective” modules for this program will be announced at the beginning of each semester and published here.

You can register for these courses as usual in Stud.IP. Please note that there may be limitations on the number of participants for some courses. Also, we would like to point out that, if your language skills allow it, you can also choose other subjects from German bachelor courses. Please note that these must cover the volume of 5 ECTS. It may be advisable to consult with the responsible professor in advance.

Please note that the following modules cannot be considered as an elective:

  • Zweite Fremdsprache
  • Fachsprache Englisch
  • Business Englisch
  • Sprachen I
  • Sprachen II
  • Sprachen III
  • WUR in der 1. Fremdsprache
  • WUR in der 2. Fremdsprache
How do I register for an Interdisciplinary Project (IP)?

The coordination of such projects is done directly with the supervising professor. However, the individual approach of the colleagues may be very different. While some publish offers on their notice board, others prefer to discuss the possibilities in a personal meeting. If you have your own project idea, you can of course also ask professors whether they are willing to supervise you.

It is important to note that a project should always be a team effort. So if you have suitable colleagues and a rough idea, simply contact a professor directly and agree on the further procedure. The range of topics is very broad, we support almost any form of application of the scientific skills acquired during your studies.

Can I integrate a semester abroad in my study program?

Actually, the curriculum of the study program "SBT" does not include a semester abroad (it is an international study program, so it does not seem absolutely necessary to go abroad again). Of course, there is still the possibility to spend a semester abroad. We also support this because we consider it a valuable part of your education.

In principle, the recognition of achievements that have been made at other universities is of course possible. However, this implies that the corresponding subjects must be identical in terms of content / learning goals and the respective working hours. In order to check this, it is necessary that

  1. You prepare a short synopsis of the corresponding modules with the respective modules of the SBT course.
  2. In the next step, this documentation must be coordinated with the respective professors responsible for the modules (see Module Descriptions). If sufficient coverage is ensured, the achievements will be fixed in your learning agreement and after return confirmed. Should there not be enough overlap in the standard modules, electives in particular are a good option. Here there is much greater flexibility in terms of content.
  3. In any case, a learning agreement should be concluded before going abroad so that it is really clear which courses will be recognized upon return. Further information on this and on the partner universities can be obtained from the International Office  (Ms. Daniela Haubrich).

FAQ Selection

Can I work next to my studies?

Please know that the programme is full-time and consists of mandatory classes and lectures. It is therefore not possible to combine it with a full-time job.

Many of our students work at our university in our numerous research or administrative projects as part of a temporary job, which allows them to earn some extra money to finance their studies

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