Frequently asked questions
Here you will find the most frequently asked questions and answers about studying at FernFH, applying and admission procedure and about the MSc programme "Aging Services Management" and the MBA programme "International Corporate Social Responsibility Management".
- Aging Services Management | Bachelor’s degree
- Business Administration and Psychology | Bachelor’s degree
- Business Administration and Psychology | Master’s degree
- Business Informatics | Bachelor’s degree
- Business Informatics | Master’s degree
The number of places varies depending on the degree programme:
- Aging Services Management | Bachelor: 35 study places
- Business Administration and Psychology | Bachelor: 65 study places
- Business Administration and Psychology | Master: 35 study places
- Business Informatics | Bachelor: 70 study places
- Business Informatics | Master: 45 study places
Distance learning consists of 3 on-campus sessions (2 days each, Friday and Saturday) and two self-defined distance learning phases. The on-campus sessions take place in Wiener Neustadt. During the distance learning phases, you will work independently or in small groups via the Online Campus. With our Online Campus, you can access courses and learning materials any time, anywhere. There are also forums, video conferences and online consultation hours for personal exchanges with lecturers and fellow students.
All degree programmes at FernFH are financed by public funds. Tuition fees amount to EUR 363.36 plus student union fee (2021/22: EUR 20.70) per semester.
To study at the Ferdinand Porsche FernFH, you need the following working materials:
- PC or Notebook
- Current internet browser (Chromium e.g. Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge)
- Stable internet connection
- Possibility to scan (Smartphone with operating system Android/iOS or scanner)
- Optional Printer
Degree programmes always commence in the autumn semester (September). The exact date varies depending on the degree programme. Entry at other times is not anticipated due to the predefined curriculum and the consecutive curriculum.
Yes, if you have a relevant professional qualification (plus additional examinations). Further details on the subject of studying without a general university entranee qualification...
Most of the documents for the courses are provided free of charge in the form of e-books or printouts.
Yes, this requires detailed proof of relevant activities. The work placement referred to in the curriculum can then be waived upon application.
In general, yes, if course certificates (from recognised post-secondary educational institutions) correspond exactly in content and scope to the relevant course descriptions for the curriculum.
The programme director will decide whether to recognise previously achieved qualifications. AFTER positive acceptance, an application for crediting individual courses of the current semester can be submitted at the beginning of each semester.
The application period varies depending on the degree programme; details are available on the relevant degree programme page:
Applications received after this date can only be considered if there are available places.
The following documents must be uploaded when applying online:
- Birth certificate
- Matriculation and final examination certificate from your last school year, or
- General university entrance qualification certificate, university entrance examination certificate, certificate of vocational intermediate secondary education or apprenticeship certificate
- Diploma certificate, bachelor degree examination certificate and collective certificate of previous university studies (for application to a master degree programme)
- Proof of citizenship
- Curriculum vitae
- Confirmation of current employment
- Letter of motivation
- One digital passport photo (700x900 pixels, file format: JPG, number of colours: 16.7 million (24-bit), file size: 50 to 150 Kbyte)
- Any name change documents, etc.
- Other certificates (e.g. university, university of applied sciences)
Detailed information on the admission requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Ferdinand Porsche FernFH is available here.
Detailed information on the admission requirements for a master’s degree at Ferdinand Porsche FernFH is available here.
Information on admission to the MA in Business Administration and Psychology
(only available in German)
Information on admission to the MA in Business Informatics (only available in German)
The entrance procedure is structured differently in the individual degree programmes. All of them start with your personal online application.
No! The ECTS required in accordance with the accredited application may also come from incomplete training courses.
However, the ECTS must have been completed at a recognised national or foreign post-secondary educational institution which is considered to offer general university entrance qualifications and which is recognised as a post-secondary educational institution under the legislation of the country in which it is registered. Training institutes, etc. are not included.
In principle, yes. However, you would then only be accepted conditionally and you would have to submit all the necessary proof at the latest by the time you commence your studies.
At an educational institution which is considered to offer general university entrance qualifications and which is recognised as a post-secondary educational institution under the legislation of the country in which it is registered.
The bmwfw website (information only available in German) provides an up-to-date list of post-secondary educational institutions:
I. Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences
1. Public Universities
2. Private Universities
3. Universities of Applied Sciences
4. University Colleges of Education
5. Schools of Theology
6. Institute of Science and Technology Austria
7. Academies for Midwifery
8. Clinical Technical Academies
9. Military Academies
10. School of International Studies
11. Training Institutions for Psychotherapy
No. According to the Human Resources Act §1 (Fed. Law Gazette 360/1990), only people who have completed one of the studies listed there are entitled to use the professional title “Psychologist”. Successful completion of the degree programme “Business Administration and Psychology” does not entitle the student to use the title “Psychologist” or “Business Psychologist”.
At FernFH, you can study on certificate programmes, diploma programmes, one MBA programme and one MSc programme:
- Certificate programmes
- Diploma programmes
- Degree programmes
Executive education programmes at FernFH involve a few days of on-campus sessions and self-defined distance learning phases. Please see the specific programme page for exact details of how it is structured.
All programme dates, such as when it starts and the dates of on-campus sessions, are displayed on the Academic calendar on the programme page.
You can find all the dates for the on-campus sessions on the specific programme page under “Executive education”.
You will find the current dates under the event overview on the specific programme page.
Registration is generally not required. To participate online, however, you will need an internet connection and a headset. Please always pay attention to the notes for the individual events.
Detailed information about the admission requirements for programmes at Ferdinand Porsche FernFH is available here.
The entrance procedures usually follow different structures, but all of them start with your personal online application.
Step 1: Application via email (csr-mba(at)fernfh.ac.at).
Step 2: Formal entry requirements will be checked by the programme director.
Step 3: Confirmation of acceptance.
In individual cases, the programme director decides on admission based on your application and documents. In the case of a large number of applications, the programme director reserves the right to hold a qualifying interview.
All courses in both the on-campus sessions and the self-defined distance learning phases will be held in English.
You will find all on-campus dates and locations here at a glance.
Travel and subsistence costs are estimated to be between EUR 3,000 and 5,000.
Ferdinand Porsche FernFH supports its students in the formalities required for their studies. Upon request, you will receive a ‘Letter of Invitation’ for your participation in the attendance phases. This letter allows you to apply for a visa with the competent Austrian representative authority.
Please note: Should your documents not be available in German or English, they must first be translated and certified.
Detailed information as well as the required forms are available on the website of the Austrian Academic Exchange Service.
- Legal regulations: The Austrian Federal Act on University of Applied Sciences Degree Programmes (FHStG) governs the principles and many rules regarding procedures for master degree programmes, while executive programmes are only specifically mentioned in a few paragraphs of the FHStG. At FernFH, however, the programmes’ study and examination regulations stipulate that a large part of the statutory regulations in the FHStG apply to master degree programmes as they do for executive programmes.
- ECTS: The master degree programmes at FernFH are worth 120 ECTS, while MSc and MBA programmes may be worth fewer ECTS credits, but they will be at least 90 credits. The 120 ECTS credits for a master degree programme must be completed in four semesters/two years. Credits may be allocated differently per semester for executive programmes, i.e. they can span three or more semesters (with fewer than 30 ECTS credits per semester).
- Admission requirements: You must have completed a first degree in a relevant subject to be accepted on a master degree programme. In certain circumstances, you may be accepted on executive programmes – which are usually supplementary work-related qualifications – if you already hold a non-academic, post-secondary vocational qualification.
- Degree: Students graduate both (MSc, MBA) with an academic master degree.
- Funding & approval: Master degree programmes are approved by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria Accreditation). They are subsidised by the Austrian Federal Government, i.e. students must pay tuition fees of €363.36 (plus student union fee).
FernFH establishes executive programmes, the contents of which are examined and approved by the academic board. Tuition fees are paid in full by students on the executive programme; places are not funded by the Government. As with the master degree programmes, you can use scholarships and grants for the executive programmes.
- Admission to doctoral degree programme: When you are a graduate of a master degree programme, you are entitled to start a postgraduate doctoral degree programme in a relevant subject. Graduates of executive programmes do not have this same eligibility. Universities offering doctoral degree programmes will decide at their own discretion whether graduating from an executive programme qualifies you for a doctoral programme.
- Quality assurance: Both master degree programmes and executive programmes are subjects to the same internal quality assurance processes of FernFH after they have been set up. The relevant quality management system is audited every seven years by an international quality assurance agency.