Frequently Asked Questions
Find more information on health and safety measures regarding the corona virus. We also inform you about questions regarding applications, visa regulations and classes starting in October 2020. We are monitoring the situation closely and will regularly update these FAQs as more information becomes available. Our advice is that you check back with us regularly for the university’s latest advice and guidance.
FAQs for current students regarding Covid-19
What are the symptoms?
- An infection with the novel corona virus can lead to signs of illness such as fever and cough.
- Cold, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and headaches have also been reported.
- Some people suffer from nausea/vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Various European studies also report an impairment of the sense of smell/taste
However, the course of the disease is unspecific, diverse and varies greatly. Therefore, no generally valid statements can be made about the "typical" course of the disease.
(Source: Federal Centre for Health Education)
Information on whether you may be affected and what to do can be found in the COVID-19 Orientation Guide for Citizens of the RKI
How can I protect myself?
- If you feel sick, please stay at home.
- Keep your distance of at least 1.5 meters to others.
- Wash your hands regularly and carefully.
- Cough or sneeze only into your arm bend or into a tissue.
- On campus, in the waiting areas in front of the entrances, while entering a university building, in the hall ways and inside the lecture rooms wearing a face mask is obligatory at all times.
- Avoid hand-shaking.
- Ventilate rooms regularly.
What do I do when I return from a risk area?
- If you return from a risk area or if you had a transit or stopover flight in a risk area, you will be subject to a 10-day isolation period during which you are not allowed to enter the university campus.
Will examinations still take place?
- Please get in contact with your course coordinator to check on the current situation regarding exams
I have lost my job. Is there a chance to postpone the payment of my tuition fee?
- Please talk to your program coordinator about your situation. She will find a way to help you.
How are open office hours (study guidance, legal office) dealt with?
- Open office hours will no longer be available with immediate effect.
- Please use the opportunity to ask your questions by e-mail.
- It is still possible to make separate appointments.
What access rules apply to the university buildings?
- To keep the number of people inside the HSB buildings to a minimum, the entrance rules to the buildings have been re-defined.
- The IGC building will remain closed.
- To find out from where you might enter the other university buildings, please see the HSB Corona FAQ.
- Rules for entering the university buildings:
- Please disinfect your hands when you enter the building - disinfectant dispensers will be at your disposal in the entrances of each building.
- Please note that markings on the floor will indicate the walking direction. Also, pay attentation to the information signs - especially if using the elevators.
- Students and guests who will be attending a scheduled lecture on campus must wear a face mask at all times when moving inside the building. They may stay insided the building only for the planned period of time.
- All students, employees and guests must document their stay inside the HSB buildings so that the HSB will be able to track infection chains, if necessary.
What do I do if I have had contact with a person infected with the Corona virus?
- Stay at home and reduce the contact to others especially to people who are considered risk patients.
- To minimise the risk of infection, do not go directly to a doctor's office.
- Always contact your doctor by telefphone first to seek advice. Your doctor will give you further instructions.
- If you do not have a doctor yet or if you have general questions about Corona in Bremen, you may contact the Corona hotline at 0421 115.
- Outside regular consultation hours of your doctor, you may also contact the medical on-call service at 116 117.
Are you using the Corona warning app already? We strongly advise to download and use the Corona warning app that has been provided by the German federal government in order to track the infection chains.
Further information on whether you may be affected and what to do can be found in the COVID-19 Orientation Guide for Citizens of the RKI
Can I still borrow books from the libraries?
FAQs for applicants starting class in fall 2021
Can I still apply for a study program for the intake 2020?
- Yes, you may apply before the deadline at the end of August 2020
- Please ensure that you submit all necessary documents since your application will only be considered if it is is complete.
Will my application still be reviewed and processed during the current coronavirus crisis? I have read that all universities in Bremen are closed.
- Yes, we can assure you that your application is being evaluated as soon as you have submitted all required documents.
How long will it take for me to get admission?
- Every application is different and we will take a close look at all of your documents
- We cannot provide you with an estimate of the length of the evaluation process, since the time it takes to assess each application depends on the quality of the submitted documents.
- You may be asked to turn in more specific information regarding your documents.
- In general, you will receive an automatic update on your application once a week.
- Please do not hesitate to contact your program coordinator if you have additional questions
How will I get to know if I have been admitted?
- You will receive your admission letter by e-mail.
- At the same time the admission letter is being sent out by mail
- You will receive many more information with your admission letter, e.g. how to prepare for a visa appointment or how to secure your place of study.
What happens after admission?
- After you have received your admission letter you will be asked to make a down payment of 1,000 euro to secure your place of study.
- You should make preparations for your visa appointment right away.
- Our ISA team will get in touch with you and will support you with your questions
- Your program coordinator will invite you into a closed facebook group where you will receive more information about Germany, Bremen and studying at the IGC
- You can ask all your questions within your facebook group. You willl also have the opportunity to ask alumni about what they think about Bremen and the IGC
I cannot get a visa application appointment at the moment. What shall I do?
- The current coronavirus crisis is extraordinary and the situation can change rapidly.
- We therefore advise you to inform yourself regularly and keep you up-to-date.
- We recommend that you check the website of the German embassy in your home country regularly
- We encourage you to utilise priority visa services – if available in your country – where a priority decision is usually made within five working days.
Does the university intend to start with courses this winter term 2020?
- Obviously, many applicants are worried regarding their studies in these challenging and uncertain times.
- We are planning to start all classes in fall 2020 with the provision of a variety of learning and teaching options.
- The university will offer online courses, e-learning platforms or courses in hybrid mode, i.e. some students might be physically present whereas others might be able to follow lectures online from their home country.
- Once you have secured your place of study your program coordinator will keep you informed about the development in your program with regards to current developments.
How is the current situation with regards to the coronavirus crisis in Germany?
What happens if I get sick in Germany?
- Germany has one of the best health care system in the world but of course you are required to organize your own health insurance for your overseas travel and studies before your arrival.
My local IELTS testing center is currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis. Can I apply for a study place at the university without a valid English language test?
I took an IELTS test this year in my home country or abroad but my certificate has not been issued to me yet. Can the university contact IELTS for this information?
- The university does not offer this service.
Is the university able to provide me with an English test instead of me having to present an acceptable testing score?
- The university does not offer this service.
Studies at my university have been postponed. Therefore, I expect my graduation also to be postponed. Will you still accept my application?
- We are not yet able to say how this will affect the admission decisions we make; however, we advise you to speak to your university as soon as you are able to determine if or when it will be possible for you to complete your studies and exams.
- We recognize that schools and colleges may experience disruption to teaching, coursework and examinations and we are monitoring the advice and guidance from awarding bodies.
- We have established processes in place for dealing with extenuating circumstances and as part of this we will be guided in our consideration by the advice given by awarding bodies.
- Please ask your university to contact our admissions team E-Mail Link with information about the impact of the closure on your studies.
What is the latest arrival date to enter the study program?
- We will offer online solutions for those of you who might not be able to travel to Germany this year.
- Your program coordinator will provide you with information in detail.
I come from a severely coronavirus affected country and considering applying for the 2020 intake. Will you still accept my application?
- We will continue to treat all new applications in the usual way, irrespective of where you are from or currently reside.
Is the application process at your university affected by the current coronavirus crisis?
- No, the application process is not affected by the current coronavirus crisis.
- If you are awaiting a decision from us about your application, be assured that our admissions team is working diligently to provide a response.
What is the IGC?
The International Graduate Center (IGC) is part of the Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Sciences, a state university that enjoys a tradition of more than 100 years. Located in the heart of Bremen, the IGC offers a wide range of MBA and master degree programs in the area of international and European business and management. Its internationally oriented study programs prepare students for leadership tasks and represent the perfect basis for a successful career.
What programs does the IGC offer?
The IGC offers nine graduate programs. These include both part-time and full-time (postgraduate) degree courses. As full-time studies, the IGC offers the following programs: MBA in Global Management, MBA in International Tourism Management, International MBA, MBA in European/Asian Management, M.A. in European Studies, and M.Eng. Aeronautical Management. The following part-time programs are offered and mainly taught in German: MBA, M.A. in Business Management and M.A. in Cultural Management.
Where is the IGC located?
Located in the heart of the Hanseatic city of Bremen in Germany, the IGC is near the city’s beautiful center, the airport, and some of the main parts of the city. These include Bremen’s oldest quarter, the Schnoor and the Schlacte, a riverfront that contains places to walk and hang out. It is surrounded by multiple options of cafés, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and further shopping opportunities. Thanks to its convenient location, the IGC can also be quickly and easily reached by public transport. For more information on transport connections, please check the section “Location Plan” on the following link.
How can I get in contact with the IGC
Please contact us via our contact form
General contact details:
International Graduate Center
Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Sciences
28199 Bremen – Germany
How do I find out if I am suitable for one of the programs?
In order to find out if you are qualified, please check the requirements on the website. Additionally, you can also contact the program coordinators for the program you are interested in if you have more specific questions. For more general questions, you can contact our Admission Team (email@example.com).
What are the requirements?
Basic entry requirements:
- Copy of your passport or birth certificate
- Curriculum Vitae
- Proof of previous University degree(s) and transcripts
- Proof of English language skills (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS)
- Proof of practical knowledge or work experience (at least 12 months )
- Letter of recommendation by a University teacher or employer
- Motivation letter in which you express your interest in the program
- Passport photograph
- Original APS-Certificate (for Chinese and Vietnamese applicants only)
Please note that some programs have specific requirements so it is advised to check the website to ensure you meet the requirements.
If you are interested in applying for our International MBA or the Master of Engineering in Aeronautical Management, it will be necessary to obtain a TOEFL score of at least 80-84 IBT or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Other programs also demand a TOEFL score of at least 80-84 IBT, but an IELTS minimum score of 6.0. Test results must not be older than two years.
I do not have enough work experience. Is there a possibility of studying at the IGC without having practical knowledge?
All our programs, with the exception of the Master of Arts in European Studies, require a minimum of 12 months’ work experience. If you do not have the work experience or are interested in a program other than the MA in European Studies, we welcome you to apply once you meet the requirements. Internships can count as work experience as long as they have not been part of your previous studies.
Do I need to take a TOEFL or IELTS test if I already studied in English?
If your prior degree has been fully taught in English, you may provide us a formal letter from your university stating that English was the medium of instruction. There are certain exceptions to this requirement. If you are interested in receiving a double degree with the focus on either Human Resource Management or International Finance and Investments, a TOEFL or IELTS test is required. The University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA (International Finance and Investments) accepts TOEFL and IELTS tests, the University of Hertfordshire, Great Britain (Human Resource Management) accepts only IELTS.
Can I apply for a summer semester start?
For full-time programs, all courses start in October and there is not possibility to begin them with the summer term. The part-time programs do allow for a summer semester start as well as a flexible entry to individual modules (e.g. Master in Business Management, Master in Cultural Management, Master Business Administration).
When is the deadline for submitting applications?
We do not have a fixed deadline for submitting applications, the best place to find out what the deadline for the program you are interested in is by checking that programs page on the website. Additionally, you can also get in touch with us in order to find out more (firstname.lastname@example.org). However, in order to leave enough time for the processing of your visa, it is important to note that we cannot accept applications any later than July.
I have not yet completed my Bachelor’s degree. Is there a possibility to submit the certificate at a later date?
This may be possible depending on your application and circumstances. Please send an email to email@example.com and we will provide you with a “Declaration of missing documents form.” When you fill out and submit the form, we can start evaluating your application. It is important to keep in mind that even if you are admitted, this does not waive the required document. You will need to bring the original documents with you to Bremen and submit them to the IGC via e-mail as soon as it becomes available.
I am having difficulties uploading documents. What should I do?
Each document should not exceed the size of 2 MB. You should work on sizing of the documents and wait until you receive a confirmation that the documents have been uploaded successfully. If you are still unable to upload your documents, you may send us the documents directly to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you were unable to upload them.
Do I need to turn in my official documents?
These documents can be brought with you when begin your time at the IGC.
How can I be sure that all of my documents have been submitted successfully?
You will be informed on the status of your application throughout the process. If you are missing required documents, or additionally documents are required, you will be informed by our office. Once the application has been completed, you will receive a notification information you of this.
How long does it take to process applications?
The evaluation process starts as soon as all required and requested documents have been received. You will receive an answer in 1-3 weeks. Please keep in mind that there at times evaluation can take longer (for example during bank holidays).
When will I find out if I am accepted or not?
You will receive a notification of admission by e-mail with your admissions decision. If you are admitted, physical admission letters are mailed out within a few days or weeks of your acceptance.
What do I need in order to apply for a visa?
Most importantly, you will need notification of admission. Due to the fact that visa processing can take up to several months, we advise you to submit your application as early as possible. If you need help with your visa, or if you are not sure about the required documents, we recommend you check out the following website. Christian Frank, Head of the International Student Assistance at the IGC, is also able to help you with questions regarding visa proceedings (email@example.com).
Studying at the IGC
How long does it take to finish a degree?
Most full-time programs at the IGC take one year to finish. The program duration varies between two semesters which includes courses and writing the master’s thesis or two semesters of courses plus a third semester where you will write your master thesis. The MBA in Global Management and the MBA in International Tourism Management are designed for a duration of three semesters. Part-time programs may take up to five semesters.
When does the fall semester begin?
The fall semester starts at the beginning of October. More information on the semester dates of the current year and the ones to come can be found on this page. In order to help you transition to life in Bremen, the first week of the semester is set up as an orientation week. You will have the opportunity to fellow students as well as IGC staff, learn about Bremen, and participate in activities. You won’t want to miss out on this important first week!
Where do the students/professors come from?
Students at the IGC come from all over the world. On average, the IGC will have between 25-40 nationalities represented in each year’s intake. The professors come from all over the world as well and are experts in their fields. They typically take a practical approach where you will apply what you have learned to real life cases/scenarios.
Do I need to write a master’s thesis?
All students are required to write a masters thesis. Students will be provided with guidance on choosing readers, topics and the requirements of the thesis.
Am I able to stay and work in Germany after completing my masters thesis? Is there assistance available to help me with this?
Many students choose to stay and work in Germany after graduation. You will be required to get a visa in order to stay and look for work in Germany. There will be some sessions to provide assistance in preparing for a applying to jobs, what sorts of jobs you can apply to and other career preparation.
Living in Bremen
How can I find accommodation?
The International Student Assistance (ISA) of the International Graduate Center Bremen is committed to helping students find their new home. Please make sure that you start looking for a room/flat as early as possible. Experience has shown that it can be particularly difficult to find accommodation at the beginning of the Fall semester. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance if needed.
What sort of support do I receive while studying at the IGC?
The IGC staff is there to assist you with any thing you may need help with. Your advisors as well as the admission team can help if you need certain documents or have questions regarding courses. Additionally, the ISA office is also there to help you with any questions you many need help with. They provide information regarding insurance, things to do, places to find certain items as well as general assistance.
What is there to do in/around Bremen?
There are lots of things to do around Bremen and the surrounding region. There are lots of museums as well as local coffee shops, restaurants, etc. The ISA office will also host/run events to various places throughout Bremen/the region Additionally, the Semester Ticket that you receive as a part of your fees allows you to travel throughout much of the region for free.
Is it possible to work part-time while enrolled?
It may be possible to work part-time, however, the number of hours and amount of money you are able to make is restricted by the visa you are on.
Can I apply for a scholarship?
Where can I find information about financial aid?
If you have not found your answer above, we are happy to help you out. For questions regarding specific requirements or the program content, please reach out to the respective program coordinator. If you have questions after your application reach out to our admissions team, if your questions concern your planning after you have secured your place, reach out to our International Student Assistance (ISA) team, or if you have a question and don't know whom to contact, you can use our general contact form.