Generally students are free to combine studies and work within the scope of their possibilities. However, they always have to prioritize studies over work.
The scope of the modules is measured such that full-time students can earn an average of 30 ECTS credits per semester. One ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 30 hours. Full-time students can therefore complete their Bachelor’s studies (i.e., the 180 ECTS credits required) within three years and their Master’s studies (i.e., the 120 ECTS credits required) within two years.
It is generally possible to combine studies and work at the advanced level. The provisions of the program regulations remain unaffected by any job commitments. It is, for example, not possible to cancel any examinations for reasons related to work.
Moreover, students at the advanced level are encouraged to complete a minimum of 15 ECTS credits per semester. Completing 15 ECTS credits per semester allows students to graduate within four years. After five years the ECTS credits earned first start to expire.
According to the provisions of the Office for Economy and Labour (Amt für Wirtschaft und Arbeit, AWA) students from third countries may pursue a part-time job or an internship for a maximum of 15 hours per week. For this purpose AWA requires a confirmation from the University that the duration of the candidate’s studies will not be affected and the graduation date not delayed due to the part-time job.
A corresponding confirmation can be requested (by e-mail) from the Dean’s Office if the following conditions are met:
You have completed at least 20 ECTS credits per semester in the course of the previous semesters and plan to take the same workload also while working on a part-time basis. The Dean’s Office will process your request by verifying your current module booking overview.
If you do not meet these conditions, it is not possible to receive the requested confirmation from the University.
If you have completed your studies and require a confirmation thereof for an application or for your employer before your Academic Record is available, you can make a print-out of your module booking overview and have it signed and stamped at the Dean’s Office. The Academic Record will be sent on the degree conferral date which you registered for and can subsequently be submitted to the employer.