Frequently asked Questions
On this page, we have collated some frequently-asked questions. If the matter you wish to find out about is not one of these questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
Is the learning concept suitable for me?
In order for you to feel comfortable with your decision to study with us, please read the following information.
We would like to clearly point out that, all the study programs which we offer on behalf of universities are purposefully conceived in such a way that the students could study at their own pace and time that are ideal for them, independent of us and their classmates. Please check if this way of studying is suitable for you.
Our students are on average about 40 years old and are heavily occupied at work. The desire for frequent contact with us or with the fellow classmates in real time is often not present and is therefore purposefully not scheduled by us. The different time zones also impede real-time interactions. Our basic literature as well as the recorded lectures are provided digitally and do not require live attendance. This also means that you cannot ask questions to the professors in real-time. However, you can post questions about the lectures in our forum in Virtual Tutorial. Your Course Manager as well as the lecturers will answer the questions promptly. Furthermore, almost all exams are designed in such a way that there is a deadline for submission and only a few real-time exams in order to avoid imposing additional real-time attendance requirements on you. The task requirements are worded in a clear and unambiguous manner and do not require live lectures for further explanations. Even the time of submission can usually be decided on your own that you can submit your study tasks weeks before they are due (which is recommended by us).
This means that you will meet us and your classmates only once per month on average in real-time, during the of Online Seminars. In addition, there are one to two tasks, which are supposed to be prepared in small groups. More live contact with fellow students and with us is purposefully not expected.
You are welcome though, to contact your Course Manager as often as you wish via Zoom, Email or Forum. As usually the case in a Master’s level study program, you need to actively reach out and communicate your needs to us. Our Course Managers are available for you daily from Monday through Thursday and are looking forward to supporting you. In addition, we offer Zoom rooms where you can meet and get in touch with fellow students on your own initiatives. This is frequently used by students who would like to have more contact with fellow students.
Should you be looking for a study program that includes frequent and regular real-time contact with classmates, professors and Course Managers, our study program is probably not suitable for you. Our target group are predominantly executives who want more autonomy and freedom, who find it difficult to organize real-time appointments that require live attendance, and who like to work autonomously on their own pace, while having the possibility to interact with professors and the classmates if they wish.
We would, of course, be very happy if you decide to study with us. At the same time, we would like to ensure that our students know what to expect in our study programs that are consciously designed together with our partner universities.
What makes the courses offered by AIHE GmbH stand out?
In Europe, AIHE GmbH is the first and only provider of courses which are completely remote. Since 2007, AIHE has been developing scientific further education courses in the fields of psychology, leadership and management. Advisory boards and cooperation partners such as the communication legend Prof. Dr. Friedemann Schulz von Thun offer their expertise for its development and implementation. AIHE stands out particularly thanks to the creative learning and examination methods, application-oriented content as well as the very professional customer/student support that it offers. An innovative pioneer in the field of distance learning on the international market.
Can I also study from abroad?
Yes! That is the whole purpose and meaning of distance learning degree courses.
You can complete an AIHE degree course wherever you are, anywhere in the world. That’s our exact goal. There are no restrictions on the locations of AIHE GmbH or on their cooperation partners. The virtual learning platform at AIHE GmbH expressly promotes worldwide, independent studies.
Is there a Numerus Clausus (NC)?
No, the degree courses at AIHE GmbH have no Numerus Clausus (NC) as a principle.
Can I apply for several degree courses at the same time?
No, you can only apply to one degree course at a time. If you are rejected for a specific degree course, you can apply for a different one. AIHE GmbH will be happy to advise you to determine which degree course corresponds to your interests and qualifications and to support you through the application process.
Are there any costs for the application?
No, we do not charge any application costs.
Organisation of studies
Can I have credit points /ECTS credited to my account?
London Metropolitan University: Yes, you can. Start the application and send us the proofs for which you would like to receive ECTS credits.
FHWien: The application for ECTS credit is possible after registration.
How are semester dates and semester holidays divided up?
Semester dates for the degree courses at AIHE GmbH do not include any extended semester holidays or lecture-free times. Examinations are usually held after the respective module. The modules are spread over the respective semester in order to facilitate effective in-work study.
What examinations do we provide?
AIHE GmbH places a strong emphasis on practical, innovative tasks and assignments when planning and running examinations. The examinations should always offer students added value for their practical work and can be adapted to their individual learning needs and knowledge focus. You will find more information on the examinations we offer on the AIHE portal under the respective degree courses.
Once you have signed the contract, you will have access to the learning platform and can already start using the time until the official start. You could read the basic literature and already prepare for examinations.
How does communication with fellow students take place?
During your degree course there will be an opportunity for you to exchange ideas and to have discussions with your fellow students on the virtual learning platform or via the video or speech function. AIHE GmbH will support the establishment of voluntary local learning groups and will offer reservation of digital webinar rooms for digital meetings. In addition, the students are also welcome to take their own initiative to establish contact with one another.
What technical equipment do I need?
In order to participate in AIHE GmbH degree courses, you need a computer with internet access, a webcam function, a headset and a common word processing programme as well as the ability to create PDF files.
Degrees and titles
Is the degree internationally recognised?
All AIHE degree courses are recognised in Germany by the Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht (ZFU – Central office for distance learning) and the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Not only this, but the degree courses and our Institute are accredited or validated according to applicable national requirements.
To what extent your employer and/or state authorities recognise a master’s degree from Germany, Austria, Great Britain or the USA or other countries cannot be determined in general.
There are so many countries around the world where one can study and gain academic degrees (https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_der_Listen_von_Universitäten).
There is also the question of whether you already have a bachelor’s degree or whether you have started the master’s degree course without a first degree. Some employers expect candidates to have completed a degree course of at least four to five years (first the bachelor’s and then the master’s degree). For others, professional experience is more important and they think a wide range of practical skills is more relevant.Seek information from your employer or the relevant state authority about recognition of degree courses taken abroad before signing up for a degree course at AIHE GmbH.
Can I study in English and obtain a German academic title (vice versa)?
No. You are enrolled for a master’s degree course and can therefore only obtain the academic title for this degree course.
Degree courses offered by AIHE GmbH with a partner university in various languages are officially registered as different degree courses. It is therefore not possible to study in one language and to obtain the title in another language.
Can it be recognised from the degree that it was obtained from a distance learning course?
No, the degree is only related to the academic level achieved, not the manner of study.
Which professional activities and professional fields am I qualified for with this degree? What is my professional title once I have successfully completed it?
AIHE offers further education degree courses. The term “further education” means that the starting position for our degree courses is the assumption that previous education has been completed – either academic or practical in nature. It also explains why the average age of those studying at AIHE is 40 years old and that the students have professional experience, often also in management. The motivation for our target group is not to acquire the basic training for a specific professional field, rather, students choose our offer for the following reasons:
- they want to be able to put their existing practical activities on an academic footing and explain them using theories and models in order to work more professionally.
- They have succeeded in reaching their current position without an undergraduate degree thanks to plenty of hard work and commitment and they are now striving for an academic degree.
- They have a bachelor’s degree and want to achieve a master’s degree before launching their career. This target group is smaller.
Master’s programmes provide support in deepening and expanding knowledge that students can apply in their professional lives. Naturally, the master’s degrees from our partner universities can also be helpful in standing out from the competition thanks to an additional qualification. It is not possible to give a generic answer concerning the extent to which employers choose a graduate with a master’s degree from an AIHE partner university. If you have a specific position in your sights for which you wish to become qualified with an AIHE degree course, we would recommend that you get in touch with the relevant company/employer before starting your studies.
Does the degree provide an entitlement to a licence to practice/doctoral studies?
For doctoral studies, admission decisions are made on a country- and institution-specific basis. Find out about the applicable conditions (doctoral degree regulations) in the country in which you wish to obtain a doctorate or directly from the university where you wish to study for a doctorate.
Various universities in Europe expect at least five years of academic further education, i.e. a three-year bachelor’s degree and a two-year master’s degree. This means that beginning one of our degree courses without an undergraduate degree may make it difficult to obtain a doctoral position. In Germany, all 16 federal states have different admission criteria which universities must adhere to when awarding doctoral places. Universities use this as a basis to develop doctoral regulations for each specialist area and decide on a case-by-case basis who is admitted for doctoral studies.
According to German law, universities are also allowed to admit graduates holding bachelor’s degrees under certain conditions in exceptional cases. As this is not the general rule, we initially recommend a bachelor’s degree and then a consecutive or suitable two-year master’s degree or two one-year master’s degrees as a minimum – provided your clear goal is a doctorate.
General, more detailed information on doctoral studies in Germany can be found here:Framework conditions and practical information concerning doctorates for UAS degree holders and bachelor’s degree holders
Are there differences in the recognition of two- to three-semester master’s courses compared with longer programmes?
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a bachelor’s degree generally takes three years; in Scotland it takes four years. A master’s degree generally only takes one year. In Great Britain, two-year master’s programmes are rare. Many students are concerned about whether the shorter British master’s degrees are fully recognised. In private businesses, this should not cause problems as the individual qualifications count here. In business, British master’s degrees and so-called “short masters” are generally very well-regarded.
However, it could become problematic for you if you are aiming for a qualification in the civil service, in state-regulated professions or for a doctorate. In all three fields, five years of degree-level study is almost always required, however universities are always able to make decisions following an individual case review. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees obtained in other European countries are not recognised by German universities (e.g. if you wish to study for a doctorate) without an individual case review.
Is the study programme BPS and QAA accredited?
Of course, our degree programs are accredited according to UK and Austrian law.
The London programmes are not BPS (British Psychological Society) accredited but QAA accredited.
Can I withdraw from my contract after starting the distance learning programme?
A withdrawal from the contract for a distance learning course is generally only possible on the basis of the contractually stipulated notice period. For this purpose, check the information in your contract or the details in the AIHE portal.
Am I allowed to call myself a "psychologist" after graduation?
Universities used to award students with titles such as e.g., Dipl.-Biologist or Dipl.-Psychologist before the Bologna reform was passed.
Today, these academic titles are in form of a bachelor’s or master’s degree and certify the specific academic knowledge. E.g., MSc Business Psychology or MSc Communication Psychology. Therefore, no title is awarded, but a qualification in a specialized field is confirmed.
The professional title of psychologist is in Germany – unlike in Austria – not protected by a special professional law. Therefore, is a person who successfully completed the study of psychology at an institution of higher education (university or university of applied sciences) allowed to use the title of psychologist.
With the verdict from the 20th of July 2017 the Munich Higher Regional Court (AZ 6 U 4436/16) confirmed Prof. Jack Nasher ‘s view that this should be made less stressed. This overturned the view of the Professional Association of German Psychologists (BDP), according to which the designated ‘business psychologist’ could only be used by those who had a diploma or a bachelor’s degree in psychology. From now on everyone who has studied business with psychology can call themselves a business psychologist, according to Prof. Nasher.
Resource: Nasher,J. (2015): Focus Online: https://www.focus.de/wissen/experten/nasher/titel-und-welche-rolle-sie-spielen-wer-darf-sich-eigentlich-psychologe-nennen_id_4616430.html
Are the courses and examinations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19 or are they taking place as usual?
As a provider of distance learning courses in an online format, the degree courses offered by AIHE GmbH are not restricted by the current situation involving coronavirus/COVID-19. The services provided by AIHE GmbH will take place as usual.
What influence does Great Britain’s exit from the EU have on the degree courses offered by AIHE?
In the Brexit referendum, the majority of voters voted to leave the EU. This is causing uncertainty amongst those who are interested in a university degree in Great Britain. However, as a teaching institute based in Germany/Schleswig-Holstein, collaboration with universities outside the EU is permitted according to the Higher Education Act. This means that Brexit has no effect on the partnership or on master’s degrees.
What has not yet been decided between the EU and the UK is whether or not it will be required to state the addendum “London” after the MSc title or not.
Joh. Sebastian Bach MSc
Joh. Sebastian Bach MSc (London)