Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

 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.

General questions

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.

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.

No, the degree courses at AIHE GmbH have no Numerus Clausus (NC) as a principle.

Applications

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.

 

Organisation of studies

The semester calendar specifies the distribution of modules within a semester including the dates of events and examinations. There is no plan to shorten or allow individual distribution of the modules.

 

ECTS are only credited once the entire module has been passed, as the examinations are always module examinations. The application for recognition of ECTS can only be made after the start of the degree course. The universities will reject any previous examinations.

If you have completed our 6-month further education course Kommunikationspsychologie UAS (university certificate) and then wish to begin the master’s degree course MSc Kommunikations- und Betriebspsychologie, 26 ECTS will be credited.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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 are also as many countries, and therefore more than 40,000 different combinations governing whethercountry X recognises a degree from country Y. However, even this is not enough, as it is necessary to dig deeper to differentiate what is meant by “country” in the question. If the question is: “Is the degree obtained abroad recognised in country XXX?”,“country”could refer to public or state services, businesses or universities. And all three also have different guidelines. To answer your question professionally and seriously, the question must be as follows: “Is the master’s degree from university X recognised in country Y (the country in which I want to work) by Z (businesses, public institutes, universities for doctoral studies…)?”

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.

 

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.

No, the degree is only related to the academic level achieved, not the manner of study.

 

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.

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Miscellaneous/Latest Information

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.

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.

Example:

Joh. Sebastian Bach MSc
or
Joh. Sebastian Bach MSc (London)