Questions & Answers
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
The main advantage is the opportunity to learn whenever and wherever. The distance learning programmes enable students to gain additional qualifications over a manageable and independently organised period without having to neglect their jobs or families. In other words, the programmes and courses can be adapted to individual private and professional circumstances.
The DISC is a central scientific department of the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and currently offers more than 25 postgraduate distance learning programmes which culminate in conferment of Master's degrees or Certificates in the areas of Human Resources, Management & Law as well as Science & Engineering. The programmes enable university graduates an individual continuing education track at a scientific level.
Distance learning programmes generally require professional experience (minimum one year) in addition to an undergraduate degree. Programme duration at the DISC varies between two and six semesters. The programmes are normally aimed at professionals who wish to specialise in their area or field and are therefore offered as part-time programmes. Distance learning programmes are often application-oriented and attempt to take into consideration the current requirements of the labour market. Research-oriented distance learning programmes normally prepare their participants for an academic career at a university or research facility. In Rhineland-Palatinate, distance learning programmes are completed with the conferment of a Master's degree or a Certificate.
Yes, accredited postgraduate distance learning programmes at the DISC are completed with conferment of the academic degree Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Laws or Master of Engineering (contingent on the programme's orientation).Graduates of the Certificate programmes receive a university certificate.
How much time is needed for distance learning programme varies strongly from student to student as it is contingent on prior knowledge and personal learning strategy. Our 25 years of experience in providing distance learning programmes has shown, however, that students should normally allocate around 20 hours per week. That time is allocated to different activities, such as working on the self-learning material, literature research, completing practise exercises, taking examinations, writing term papers and attending the on-campus phases.
As part of the accreditation process, the degree programme is evaluated on the basis of criteria determined by the German Accreditation Council thus ensuring the high quality of the programme. Most of the DISC programmes are accredited by accreditation agencies, some are system accredited by the TU Kaiserslautern or the Saarland University.
The programmes consist of a combination of self-study phases with the help of self-learning materials, which were specifically developed for the distance learning programme, and on-campus phases that normally take place once or twice per semester over a (long) weekend. Participation in the on-campus phases is a mandatory component of the distance learning programmes. The main point of interest for students is the online campus with own online learning environments for each distance learning programme.
In general, distance learning programmes have the option to allow for recognition of previously completed examination components or knowledge acquired elsewhere. Recognition of competencies is defined in the respective examination rules and regulations and can only be determined by the examination committee. Proof of the previously acquired skills and knowledge must normally be submitted.
Even in times of Corona, there is a situation-appropriate and flexible realisation of the distance learning programmes. Current information on the impact of the coronavirus on distance learning at DISC can be found online.
In general, international students who wish to enrol in a German-language programme in Germany, must submit proof of sufficient German proficiency. This is normally accomplished by taking the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH). The DSH is aimed at all international applicants who already have a valid letter of admission from a university for admission to the course in the semester following the DSH examination date. Successful completion of the DSH test is mandatory for all applicants. There are, however, some exceptions. The following groups of applicants are exempt from the DSH:
1. Applicants who can prove the required language proficiency in the form of a school leaving certificate that is equivalent to a German higher education entrance qualification.
2. Applicants who completed the Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Level II) of the Conference of German Ministers of Education (DSD II).
3. Applicants with a Goethe-Zertifikat C2, formally the Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) of the Goethe-Institut.
4. Applicants who have the Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom or the Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom of the Goethe-Institut.
5. Applicants who completed the DSH at a foreign university under the responsibility of a preparatory college or in the field of German as a Foreign Language.
6. Applicants who completed an assessment or final test at a German preparatory college.
Furthermore, applicants do not require proof of German proficiency if the programme is taught in English. In this case, however, applicants must submit proof of English-language proficiency.
The fee is paid by semester.
There are a lot of scholarships and financing options for distance learning programmes. The DISC-programmes are not funded by the Employment Promotion Act (Arbeitsförderungsgesetz) or the Federal Training Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG). The costs of the distance learning programme are frequently assumed by the employer. Use of so-called education and qualification vouchers is also possible for distance learning programmes. Financial support for individual continuing education courses can also be found in the form of low-interest bank loans.
Aside from the constant availability and advice from the programme management of the respective programmes, there are also further measures such as for example the eDSL or KLOOCs. Furthermore, there is an annual DISC workshop in Kaiserslautern during which multiple seminars are offered on specific topics.
There are normally alternative dates to choose from. If students are unable to take part in the on-campus phase due to a professional stay abroad, in some distance learning programmes it is possible to apply for an external written examination, for example at a German institute on site. In case of non-participation in on-campus phases, a replacement performance is required in some distance learning programmes. A withdrawal of examinations is also possible.
Attending courses of other faculties of the university as a guest auditor is not included in the distance learning programmes. If you want to attend further courses you need to register as guest student at the Subdivision of Student Affairs.
Whether an entitlement to educational leave exists always depends on the federal state and must therefore be considered individually. In addition, there are differences in the deadlines, the duration and the financial support provided by employers.
Distance learning students have the opportunity to take part in the offerings of the Unisport in the same extent as full-time students. By presenting your university identity card you will access all offerings for students. This includes the fitness center Unifit and the whole sports programme of the Unisport.
The Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK) provides a parent-child room for students and employees at the TUK that can also be used by distance students with children during the on-campus phases as follows: For example, breastfeeding mothers can take of their babies before and after seminars or examinations in a comfortable environment so that they can fully concentrate on the learning or examination situation. Parents can independently organise child care (bring your own child care or enquire at family services). The room can be used by maximum two families at the same time. The condition for dual use is the consent of the family that booked the room first.
The graduation party of the DISC takes place every two years during the "European Researchers Night" (former "Nacht, die Wissen schafft") at the TU Kaiserslautern. If you register in the alumni network TUKAN, you will always receive the latest information.
Generally yes, but determination of whether a degree programme is suited for a specific doctoral programme is the responsibility of the respective authority or university. Admission to a doctoral programme is defined in the respective doctoral degree regulations. Students must independently find a supervisor (professor) for the doctoral thesis and clarify which requirements are stated in the current doctoral degree regulations.