FAQs for Prospective Students

B.Sc. Clean Energy Processes

Shall my application be submitted in German or English?

Your application documents can be in either German or in English. The curriculum vitae and the motivation letter must be in English.

Do I need to certify my documents for application/enrolment?

  • International applicants need to provide officially certified copies of relevant certificates, diplomas and other documentation issued overseas for both application and enrolment. Officially certified translations can be in the following languages: German, English or French.
  • After completing your online application, you must send all required documents for application by post to FAU’s Admissions Office. The documents to be submitted can be seen by clicking here.
  • Please see the website on the certification of documents and translation for more information.
  • Applicants from abroad need to see the information on document certification outside of Germany.

What should be the content of the application letter?

The application letter serves to lay out your suitability and specific motivation for studying the CEP programme. Applicants from other disciplines or who have been away from university/wish to return to studying should explain the change in direction and what they have done in between. Gaps in the CV need to be explained in the application letter. Please make sure to be clear and concise – a good application letter should be no longer than one page!

Do I need to apply for the qualification assessment test?

No application for the qualification assessment test or admission interview is necessary. Step one of the test is done automatically by checking the relevant documents once applicants have submitted their complete application. Once passed successfully, applicants will be invited for the admission interview by the commission.

I have received a letter of admission/conditional letter of admission. Am I selected for CEP?

If you have received a conditional admission letter or an admission letter to the study programme B.Sc. CEP by FAU’s admission office, this does not mean selection for the programme yet.
It means that the application documents are now passed on to the CEP admission commission for the qualification assessment test. The condition for being admitted to the programme and to enrol for CEP is the successful completion of the qualification assessment test of the B.Sc. Clean Energy Processes. Enrolment is therefore only possible with the conditional letter of admission or letter of admission and the proof of successfully passing the qualification assessment test of the B.Sc. CEP programme.

Is there a tuition fee?

There are no tuition fees at FAU (why are there no tuition fees? Find out!).
There is a semester fee of approx. 127 EURO for all students.

Where can I find information on financing my studies?

You can find the related information on FAU’s webpage on financing your studies.

What do the exams look like?

In the B.Sc. CEP the exams are mostly written exams with a seminar achievement as well as a laboratory protocol and a Bachelor’s thesis. All grades that you achieve during the programme are part of the final grade. Some grades are weighed more than others.

Are there industry contacts?

The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the researchers at the Helmholtz Institute for Renewable Energies (HI-ERN) have many industrial contacts, which can be used by CEP students.

M.Sc. Clean Energy Processes

Which bachelor degrees allow me to apply for CEP?

Applicants are required to have an above average Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in a similar study programme: Chemical and Biological Engineering, Energy Technology etc. Applicants are expected to have followed courses in engineering, process engineering and chemical engineering as well as basics in the sciences.

Can I apply in case I do not have my final diploma yet?

Applicants in their last semester or applicants who have not yet received their official diploma can apply for the CEP programme under the condition that they have at least 140 ECTS credited in their current transcript of records. FAU is aware that degree certificates in some countries might take longer to be issued. In this case it is sufficient to provide a document by your university as proof that you either have completed your studies or that you are still studying, including the estimated end of study, the current number of credit points and current average grade. If a provisional certificate has been issued, this document must be submitted.

What is a programme with preselection?

  • A programme with preselection means that the process of sifting the applications is done by the admission committee of the respective degree prior to admission.
  • The selection process is based on among others academic prerequisites, professional and extracurricular experience as well as a selection interview. Your application will be evaluated by the admission committee. If your application meets the formal requirements you will officially be admitted into the programme.
  • Only after successful preselection, your documents are checked by the admission’s office with regard to the formal requirements. If the checking of your documents leads to a positive result you will officially be admitted into the programme.

Shall my application be submitted in German or English?

Your application documents can be in either German or in English. The curriculum vitae and the motivation letter must be in English.

What should be the content of the application letter?

The application letter serves to lay out your suitability and specific motivation for studying the CEP programme. Applicants from other disciplines should explain the change in direction. Applicants who are away from university and/or come from industry should lay out the reasons for returning to university and what they have done in between. Gaps in the CV need to be explained in the application letter. Please make sure to be clear and concise – a good application letter should be no longer than one page!

Do I have to submit my application via post after online application?

Please do not send your documents via post until you are requested to do so by the CEP Coordination office.

When can I expect an update about my application status?

The applications are checked subsequently. There is no exact date or time line.
Once the Admission Commission has assessed your application, we will inform you on the decision.

Do I need to certify my copies for application/enrollment?

Is there a tuition fee?

There are no tuition fees at FAU (why are there no tuition fees? Find out!).
There is a semester fee of approx. 127 EURO for all students.

Where can I find information on financing my studies?

You can find the related information on FAU’s webpage on financing your studies.

Are there industry contacts?

The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the researchers at the Helmholtz Institute for Renewable Energies (HI-ERN) have many industrial contacts, which can be used by CEP students.

What do the exams look like?

In CEP the exams are written or oral exams, student presentations as well as laboratory protocols and a Master’s thesis. Oral exams can be a talk to clarify your state of knowledge or a presentation that has to be prepared by the student in advance and is to be held during the exam. All grades that you achieve during the programme are part of the final grade. Some grades are weighed more than others.

What does the internship look like?

Students of CEP can conduct the mandatory internship either in industry or in academia. The professors and teaching staff at the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering have many industrial or research contacts which can be used by the students.