Risks during the Study Course

Your studies and your status as a student hold certain risks or traps that you might not be aware of. We have compiled a list of the most important aspects that might affect your status as a student of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund.

De-registration from the University due to Payment Failure of Health Insurance ↓

Without any proof of valid health insurance you cannot get enrolled at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund. A proof of valid health insurance is also required for applying for a visa or for its extension. As a matriculated/enrolled student you still need to have health insurance.

The university checks your insurance cover. Failure to pay the contributions to your health insurance leads to termination of your insurance cover! The university reacts with a compulsory de-registration (exmatriculation) in that case!


De-registration from the University due to Payment Failure of Semester Contribution ↓

All students of Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts need to pay a semester contribution, so-called »Semesterbeitrag« of approximately 300 € for each semester.

This fee is not a tuition fee but a contribution towards our social facilities. It includes subsidised meal prices in all 10 cafeterias, free access to university libraries and a Semesterticket, the so-called »NRW-ticket«. The ticket allows the holder to travel free on public transport, including buses, underground, tram and local trains (2nd class) in North-Rhine Westphalia. It’s a great way of getting around and seeing the region.

More information on the semester contribution and its calculation can be found here (German only).

Please have a look on the information from the Office for Student Affairs (Studienbüro) e.g. on enrolment renewal (which must be done for each semester), leave of absence and semester ticket etc.


Third Attempt (Drittversuch) ↓
If you have failed an exam twice, you may face the third and last attempt. The third attempt is a high burden for many students with which one must deal well. It is important to know that you are not alone and there are many advisory services at the Fachhochschule Dortmund that can offer you support.
If you are in the third attempt you will receive an information letter from the university informing you of the possible consequences, but also suggesting you some promising solutions and assistance. Please take these offers and hints in this letter into consideration and do not hesitate to contact the responsible persons mentioned there. You are very welcome to contact the social counseling at the International Office as well - we are happy to help!
In addition, you will find various support services for the third attempt at our university, e.g."Erfolgreich im Drittversuch (Successful in third attempt)" - a workshop that is being offered in cooperation with the Psychologische and Zentrale Studienberatung (Psychological and Central Student Advisory Service). Of course the professional preparation is very important and you have to learn a lot in order to pass this exam. However it is also important that you feel good before and during the exam and stay calm so that you can make full use of your knowledge and do not miss this last chance. How do you do that? No worries, you can also learn that - Zentrale Studienberatung offers a variety of workshops, in cooperation with Dortmunder Zentrum Studienstart, for example about stress management, learning techniques, exam coaching, learning motivation and more - take a look at the wide range of offered workshops (German only) and use them to pass the third exam!

Aliens Law ↓

The purpose of your stay in Germany is primarily limited to your course of study. You should conduct your studies goal-orientated and complete it within an appropriate period of time. In case of a too long duration of your studies the Immigration Office (called in Dortmund Bürgerdienste International) can refuse to prolong your stay in Germany. If this applies you need to terminate your studies and leave the country.

You need to study according to the regulations, meaning you must not exceed the official average length of study plus three semesters. Because of that it is vital to take exams regularly so that you may receive the necessary ECTS-points each semester.

In general you are not allowed to stay in Germany for more than ten years for the purposes of studies.

More information on registration and residence permit during your studies can be found here.