Frequently Asked Questions

 

Here is the list of frequently asked questions. We recommend you to go through these questions. If you didn't find your answer, you can contact us at master-se-admission(at)uni-hildesheim.de. More information is available at international office website.

 

Program Details

P1.My goal is to become a researcher in software engineering. Is this program for me? Will it prepare me for a PhD?

Yes, definitely, this program is exactly for you. During the program you will be qualified in all relevant aspects: you will learn both on a technical level and methodical level about a broad spectrum of methods and techniques that are currently used in Software Engineering and that are relevant to state of the art in software engineering.

Also as part of your study program, you are particularly trained in research methods. You also have a research project, a seminar, and the master thesis, which will enable to perform various parts of research under close supervision.

 

P2. My goal is to learn how a lot of tools and techniques to be a better software engineer, as I want to go to industry, not so much to learn to research. Is this program for me?

The way you ask, No, the program is not designed to train specific software and to provide best practices, case studies and recipes only. It is a research-oriented master program leading our students to the current frontier of knowledge in current software engineering research. But having said this, we think that being a successful software engineer requires exactly this: knowledge of and capabilities to research, to innovate and to understand the most current state. Software engineering develops very fast, thus, any specific tools and even many guidelines may be outdated in 5 years. Thus, without constant refreshing your mind and knowledge, your knowledge will quickly get dated and prove less effective, learning the ability to learn and continuously update not just about tools, but ways of thinking that go with new techniques, is what this program is about.  We conduct many cooperation projects with companies and found that this way of thinking helps in industry significantly as well. If we can convince you that this is the right way to apply software engineering in industry, then, Yes, this program is for you.

 

P3. I am an apt programmer, but I have no clue/interest into more formal work like mathematics or logic. Can I be admitted to the program?

No, you cannot be admitted as is. As this is not just a programming course, but aims to go deeper into modeling and many other conceptual areas, being able to think deeply and precisely is a prequisite for this program. Thus, basic understanding of maths (e.g., as typically required in B.Sc. in computer science, as well as a willingness to learn more about formal approaches is a must in this area. That being said, if you bring other qualifications, we can admit you *conditionally on completing some additional Bachelor courses in maths* from our Bachelor program in Applied Computer Science during the first year of your master studies.

 

P4. I am an apt computer scientist, but have no clue about applications. Can I be admitted to the program?

Yes, you can be admitted. Though studies of an application domain is part of our Master program and you will have to choose one, there are no requirements on prior knowledge in any of them.

 

Admission

A1. I did not complete my Bachelor yet, but will do so very soon. Can I be admitted nevertheless?

No, you cannot be admitted without a complete Bachelor degree. In case you have not completed your Bachelor before the *application deadline*, but are sure to complete it before the *enrollment deadline*, we can provide an "conditional accept". For a conditional accept, you need to provide:

1.           at application time: enough evidence that your Bachelor will be completed in time and

2.           before the enrollment deadline: a certified copy of your completed Bachelor degree certificate with at least

              80% completed (for 180 ECTS Bachelor: 144 ECTS)

3.           before the end of your first term: a certified copy of your completed Bachelor degree certificate 

 

In this case, please provide during application:

1.           a certified copy of your current transcript of records of your Bachelor studies, including the total number of

              credits achieved so far and your current average mark.

2.           the total number of credits required to complete your Bachelor program.

3.           the number of credits completed already.

If you have been admitted conditionally, but cannot provide the Bachelor certificate before the end of your first term, your admission will be canceled. This will also happen, if you completed your Bachelor in time, but the examination office of your university cannot provide your Bachelor certificate in English to you in time.

 

A2. What are the documents required for applying for admission in the Master's program in Software Engineering?

Following documents are required for applying for admission in the International Master’s Program in Software Engineering:

          •           A copy of bachelor, master, or diploma degree certificate, including the transcript of records (all documents must be in 

                      English or have English translation)

          •           English Language certificate (or equivalent)

          •           Curriculum vitae

          •            if you got your Bachelor degree in

                          o            China (not Hong Kong and Macao)

                          o            Vietnam or

                          o            Mongolia,

please upload your APS certificate in one of the slots for the English language certificates (we do not have a dedicated slot for the APS certificate yet).

 

A3. How long will it take until I will be notified if I am accepted into the program?

We admit continuously and try to review applications as quickly as possible. But sometimes due to a large number of applications the reviewing process could take longer.

 

A4. I do not have an English translation of my Bachelor degree certificate. Can I send it in my native language? Can I translate it myself?

No, We need a certified English version of your Bachelor degree certificate. Please ask the examination office of your university to provide one to you.

 

A5. Masters Program in Data Analytics offered at University of Hildesheim is not listed at Uni assist? Where should I apply?

Currently, students can only apply through our online application portal. We do not use uni assist service for handling applications.

 

A6. I want to get a preliminary evaluation about my eligibility for the course. What should I do?

A preliminary evaluation is not possible. We can verify the eligibility of your profile, once you apply through our online application portal. We see the full list of program courses you took, together with the grades.The fit to our program will be determined based on various factors, including your BSc area, completed courses and projects, as well as working experience.

Eligible admissions are prioritized according to the following criteria:

          •           overall mark of your Bachelor (53%),

          •           amount and marks of Bachelor courses related to Software Engineering (incl. math/formal and programming,  35%),

          •           prior research activities in Software Engineering (6%) and

          •           prior practical activities in Software Engineering (6%).

 

A7. If my Bachelor or Master degree is complete taught in English, do I still need to take English Language Test i.e. IELTS or TOEFL, etc.

We need a document of your university stating that your studies have been completely taught in English. Stamped and signed by your university. In case if it is mentioned on your official transcript, then while applying through our online application portal, you have to specify or point to the location where it is mentioned on your official transcript.

 

A8. I have applied through the online application portal. Should I also send hard copies of all the documents?

Hard copies of your documents are not required at this step of your application process. Please wait for the decision letter before you send anything.

 

Enrollment

E1. What is the difference between admission and enrollment?

Admission means, you got a place in the program. Enrollment means, you accepted the place and actually are in the program. For admission we check your application, whether you are eligible, i.e.,have a Bachelor in computer science or a related field and sufficient English proficiency. For enrollment we check only formally if you have original Bachelor and English certificates and payed your social fees. Once your are admitted, it is up to you to get enrolled.

 

E2. Hurray, I got an admission! Now I have been asked to send more materials for enrollment / immatriculation. Will my application be reviewed again or can I be sure to get a place in the program?

Congratulations, once you got your admission letter, the review of your application has been completed and you can be sure to get a place in the program. To actually start your studies, you need to enroll formally into the program. For this we need some of your documents that we have reviewed already as PDFs now as original certified copies. If your originals match your PDFs, you will be enrolled. If you cannot provide original certificates, your admission will be canceled and you will not be enrolled. -- Please be careful to send your original certified copies as soon as possible so that they *arrive* here before the deadline. Alternatively, you can present them in person to our admission office.

 

E3. What documents do I need for enrollment?

You will need:

1.           The filled in and signed enrollment form

                   a.        For filling in you will need the key table

2.           copy of your secondary school certificate (in English)

3.           copy of your bachelor degree, including transcript of records (in English).

4.           copy of your English language certificate (if any)

5.           Proof of your health insurance:

                  a.        The proof needs to be transmitted electronically by your public health insurance company.

                              A paper based proof is not valid anymore and cannot be accepted.

                  b.         To do this, you need to contact your insurance company and request the so-called

                              "Meldung 10" (M10). You need to specify the University's ID: H0000707.

                  c.         If you are insured with a private company, please contact any public insurance company and request

                              the "Meldung 10" (M10). They will notify the university about your exemption of public health insurance.

                  d.         If you are 30 years or older at the beginning of your studies (i.e., October 1 for winter term, April 1 for 

                              summer term), you do not need a health insurance. (In this case, and only in this case, please ignore

                              the statement on the admission notice that says otherwise.) We still recommend you to have one, but

                              you are not required to show us any proofs.

6.           If you studied already at a German University:

                  a.         Proofs of all your studies so far, e.g., the respective enrollment certificates, and

                  b.         The de-registration certificate of your last university.

7.           A passport photo for your student card, of height 4cm, width 3cm, with your application ID and full name on its

              backside. Please send an original photo, not a print out, neither stapled.

After admission, please be careful to send your original certified copies as soon as possible so that they *arrive* here before the deadline. Alternatively, you can present them in person to our admission office.

 

E4. If I cannot start the program in the term I have been admitted to, can I defer my start to a later term?

No, your admission is for a specific term. In case you cannot start in the term you applied for, please send an email reply-to-all to the email containing your admission notice and state clearly that you withdraw your application. In this case we can use the place in the upcoming term for someone else and you are eligible to re-apply for a later term.

Please understand that we cannot guarantee that you will get a place in a later term in this case as this also depends on who else is applying.

 

Exmatriculation

M1. Exmatriculation (I-Amt)

Upon application, you may exmatriculate or deregister when you, e.g. complete your studies after passing all examinations, end your studies without an examination, want to change the university, etc.

Exmatriculation ends your status as a student of the university,

Important: After the beginning of the semester, if you exmatriculate within the first three month (summer term: 30.06., winter term 31.12), the administrative costs, at the moment 75€, will get refunded. Students who have successfully completed their studies can exmatriculate. A later refund of the administrative costs is not possible!

Students who do not wish to continue studying although they have not completed a degree in their course of study, are required to submit an application of withdrawal (see dates above for the refund opportunities).

Students who exmatriculate are no longer authorized to take part in the lectures/ examinations and to attain further qualifications. VERZICHTSERKLÄRUNG

 

M2. Exmatriculation (AStA)

If a student exmatriculated within one month after the semester starts the amount for the semester ticket will be refunded. Therefore students have to hand in a copy of the exmatriculation certificate together with the refund application.

If the student has withdrawn his application he needs to hand in a copy of the application of withdrawal.

For winter term 2024/2025 the following will be refunded.

        •           Student fee: 12,50 €

        •           Cultural ticket: 5,05 €

        •           Semesterticket: 161,47 €

 

Financing and Living

F1. Is there any scholarship available to cover my living expense?

Unfortunately, we do not provide scholarships currently.

 

F2. Are there any teaching assistant positions available that can help me cover my living expense?

Unfortunately, we do not have any open teaching assistant positions currently.

 

F3. How expensive is studying at University of Hildesheim?

German universities do not have tuition fees. The only fees you have to pay to the university are so called social fees, which as of 2024 cost about 366,02 € per semester. The social fees entitle all students to

        •           inexpensive meals in the mensa of our university,

        •           free public transport in the region of Hildesheim / Hannover,

                    Social fees are mandatory and you cannot opt out.

 

F4. How much money do I need to finance my life and studies in Germany?

At present, the German authorities assume that a student in Hildesheim will need approx. €720 per month (for a visa to be issued you must produce evidence of financial security, i.e. you have to prove that you will be able to finance your studies). Please note, however, that for each semester you will further have social fees of €366,02 to pay.

 

F5. Am I allowed to work on a study visa?

Yes, you are allowed to work but working hours are bounded by legal regulations.

        •           If you are from one of these countries, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,

                    Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,

                    Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or the United Kingdom, then you can work up to maximum

                    20 hours per week, just like German students.

        •          But if you are from country not listed above then you are only allowed to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year.

                   Here are some job portal which regularly advertise job openings.

        •          Carrier.stackoverflow

        •           StepStone

        •           Indeed

Fail to comply to the regulation will result in termination of your visa. In case you are not sure you can contact your local Alien Registration Office for further details.

 

F6. How can I find accommodation in Hildesheim?

There are several halls of residence in Hildesheim. You can find detailed information here.

Many students live in shared flats. Offers of room vacancies can be found on the notice-boards in the university or in WG-Börsen (shared flat marketplaces) online. The student organization for Eastern Lower Saxony (Studentenwerk Ostniedersachsen) also has a room marketplace online.

One can pre-register for a room in a student dormitory Apply Online

 

F7. When should I arrive in Hildesheim to start my studies?

You need to enroll before the enrollment deadline. For this you either need to send some certified original documents to our admission office or present them there in person. If the latter and you come from far away, plan to be in Hildesheim at least a week before the enrollment deadline. If you are successfully enrolled, we recommend to arrive at least a week before term starts to get yourself acquainted with local accommodation, the computing center, the library and enjoy the city and its surroundings a little bit, before term starts. The term always starts in October, but the exact date of term start is different every year, you find more information here.

 

F8. For enrollment, I have been asked to provide proof for my health insurance. How can I get such a health insurance? What is the cost ?

To study at a German university, it is absolutely necessary for you to present valid proof that you have health insurance. If you are covered under EU regulations, please make sure you bring your international health insurance or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) (formerly E111 or E128) with you. If you can provide proof of this kind, you have sufficient health insurance in Germany.

If you come from a country which is not part of the EU social insurance agreement or you do not have prior health insurance, you should have a German statutory health insurance. You can apply for health insurance at a local health insurance company such as the AOK or TK.

Getting Health Insurance: If you dont have a residence address in Germany and are struggling to get a Health Insurance for enrollment purposes, please contact Mrs. Steffi Dannenberg If you are 30 years or older at the beginning of your studies (i.e., October 1 for winter term, April 1 for summer term), you do *not* need a health insurance for the University enrollment. (In this case, *and only in this case*, please ignore the statement on the admission notice that says otherwise.) But we still recommend you have one.

 

Visa Processing

V1. Do I need a student visa?

It depends on your country of origin. If you are citizen of EU or the EEA then you do not need student visa. If you are from Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland or Israel than you only need to register for a residence permit upon your arrival. If your citizenship is from Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco, San Marino or Taiwan, than you only need visa if you plan to work in German. If you do not belong to these country then you need a student visa.

          •             Please check "Table of countries whose citizens require/do not require visas to enter Germany" to see

                        if you need a visa to enter Germany.

          •             A comprehensive information about visa processing and requirements is available at Federal Foreign Office website

          •             FAQs related to student visa at Federal Foreign Office website

          •             List of German foreign mission is available here

 

V2. Is Schengen Visa (tourist visa, visitor's visa) sufficient to enter Germany for study purpose Or can Schengen visa be converted into student visa?

No Schengen visa is not sufficient to enter Germany for study purpose and it can neither be converted into student visa. You must apply for student visa from your home country.

 

V3. How long will it take to get visa?

On average it takes three months from time of your application at the embassy. However, time period also depends on case-to-case bases. Also note that University administration has no control over visa processing.

 

Examination

E1. Can I improve my grades?

Repeating exams for improving grades are only possible at the next offered exam date and if the module is not a project seminar, Seminar, Lab course or thesis. In the Master's program, at most three modules or partial module examinations can be repeated to improve grades.