Mature students

Mature students

At FAU, senior citizens can attend lectures and seminars. In the course catalogue under the section ‘Mature students’ (Seniorenstudium) you can see the courses that lecturers consider particularly suitable for mature students and which have therefore been specifically recommended.

If you are interested in studying as a mature student, you can choose to enrol either as a degree student or as a guest student.

Degree students study with the intention of gaining a degree. As such, these students must attend a specific number of teaching units which are set out in the degree programme and examination regulations as well as obtain certain credits or pass a number of partial examinations within a given period of time before they can obtain a Bachelor’s, Master’s or State Examination degree. In addition, there is an age limit for degree programmes with admission restrictions (numerus clausus subjects). The Bavarian Higher Education Admissions Law (Bayerische Hochschulzulassungsgesetz) states that applicants who are older than 55 can only take part in the selection process for a degree with admission restrictions on ‘serious academic or professional grounds’ (BayHZG).

This means if you are older than 55 and do not have serious academic or professional grounds for making an application or if you do not wish to complete a degree and would like to attend various seminars or lectures purely out of interest, please apply as a guest student. Guest students do not obtain a degree. Guest students are therefore free to choose the teaching units that are most to their liking from the wide range on offer. They can either start out by just attending a lecture or can participate in a seminar straightaway – or both, depending on their interests and capacities. Therefore, the status of guest student is perfect for senior citizens who want to take a peek at what is going on at the University either for the first time or after a longer period of time outside of education.

If you decide to enrol for a full-time degree programme you have to complete certain formalities and fulfil several conditions, including the university entrance qualification required for the chosen degree programme. For more details please see Entry requirements and Application and enrolment.

If you choose to enrol as a guest student, you have to observe the following:

You can enrol even without a general or subject-specific university entrance qualification (allgemeine oder fachgebundene Hochschulreife) if you have at least an intermediate level school-leaving qualification (mittlerer Bildungsabschluss).

Please also note:

  • Normally, guest students should not enrol for more than six to ten semester hours per week.
  • As a rule, they cannot participate in any placements and courses at the Faculty of Medicine or courses with a limited number of participants.
  • The dates for enrolment are available on the website listing the enrolment deadlines.

As a degree student you pay the semester fee upon enrolment (Student Services fee (German) + contribution to the semester ticket), irrespective of whether you have already obtained a degree in Germany. The semester fee consists of the Student Services fee and the basic semester ticket.

The fee for guest students enrolling for up to 4 semester hours per week is 100 euros, for five to eight semester hours 200 euros and for more than eight semester hours 300 euros.

The Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) is the central point of contact for all prospective students and those seeking advice. Information on individual courses is provided by the lecturers whose office hours are available upon request from the institutes and chairs.