Frequently asked questions

FAQs

General questions

ALP GmbH is Europe’s first and only franchise provider of study courses without any presence. Since 2007, ALP has been developing scientific further training courses in the fields of psychology, leadership and management. Advisory boards and cooperation partners such as the communications legend Prof. Dr. Friedemann Schulz von Thun provide their expertise in the development and implementation. In particular, creative learning and examination performances, application-oriented contents, as well as very professional customer/student support characterize ALP’s range of services. An innovative pioneer in the field of distance learning on the international market – long before the days of Corona.

You can attend the ALP GmbH study courses from anywhere in the world. This is precisely our aim. There are no restrictions on the locations of ALP GmbH or those of our cooperation partners. The ALP GmbH virtual learning platform explicitly promotes worldwide and independent study.

No, the study programmes from ALP GmbH do not have a numerus clausus (NC).

Application

No, you can only apply for one course at a time. If you receive a rejection for a specific course of study, you can apply for another course of study. ALP GmbH will be happy to advise you in determining which course of study matches your interests and qualifications and will guide you through the application process.

Study organisation

The semester calendar specifies the distribution of modules within a semester including the dates of courses and examinations. A reduction or individual allocation of the modules is not planned.
The semester timetable for ALP GmbH programmes of study does not foresee longer semester breaks or lecture-free periods. As a rule, examinations are generally taken after the respective module. The modules are spread over the semester in question to enable effective study to accompany a career.
When designing and implementing examination performances, ALP GmbH attaches great importance to practical, innovative tasks and assignments. The exams should always offer students added value for their practical work and can be adapted to individual learning needs and key areas of knowledge. You can find more information on our examination papers in the ALP portal under the respective study programme.
During your studies, you have the opportunity to exchange and discuss with your fellow students via specialist forums on the virtual learning platform or via video and voice functions. ALP GmbH supports the establishment of voluntary local learning groups and offers the reservation of digital webinar rooms for digital meetings. Furthermore, students' own initiative to establish mutual contact is welcomed.
To participate in the ALP GmbH study programmes you will need a computer with Internet access, a webcam function, a headset and a standard word processing program as well as the ability to create PDF-files.

Degree and title

All ALP study courses are recognized in Germany by the Central Agency for Distance Learning (ZFU) and notified to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. In addition, they are accredited or validated by the cooperation university according to applicable national requirements. To what extent your employer and/or state authorities recognize a Master’s degree from Germany, Austria, Great Britain or the USA or other countries cannot be determined in a general way. The main question is whether you already have a Bachelor’s degree or whether you entered the Master’s programme without a first degree. Some employers do expect that at least four to five years of study (first a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s) have been completed. Others place more emphasis on work experience and consider a wide range of practical skills to be more relevant. Find out from your employer or the relevant state authority about the recognition of the course of study before you enrol for a study programme at ALP GmbH.

No. You are enrolled in a Master's programme and can therefore only obtain the title of that programme.

Courses of study which ALP GmbH offers in various languages in collaboration with a cooperating university are officially registered as different courses of study. It is therefore not possible to study in one language and obtain the title in another language.

No, the degree generally refers to the academic degree obtained, not to the form of study.

ALP offers non-consecutive study programmes. The term "non-consecutive" means that the initial situation of our study courses is based on the assumption that previous education can be proved – academic and/or practical. This also explains why ALP students are on average 40 years old and have professional and often management experience. The motivation for our target group is not the basic training for a specific professional field, but students choose our courses for the following reasons:

  • You want to put your existing practical work on a scientific footing and be able to explain it with theories and models in order to work more professionally.
  • You have reached your current position without first studies through much effort and diligence and are now aiming for an academic degree.
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree and would like to obtain a Master’s degree before starting your professional life. This target group is smaller.

Non-consecutive Master’s degree programmes provide support in deepening and expanding knowledge that students can use in their professional lives. Of course, ALP Master’s degrees can also be helpful in distinguishing oneself from the competitors by providing an additional qualification. It is not possible to give a general answer to the extent to which employers decide in favour of a graduate with a Master’s degree from an ALP partner university. If you have a specific position in mind for which you would like to qualify by studying at ALP, we recommend that you contact the relevant company/employer before starting your study programme.

The admission requirements for a doctorate/PhD are decided on a country- and institution-specific basis. Please enquire in the country in which you wish to do a doctorate or directly at the university where you wish to do a doctorate about the regulations applicable there (doctoral regulations).

Various universities in Europe expect at least 5 years of academic continuing studies, i.e. correspondingly a 3-year Bachelor’s and a 2-year Master’s degree. This means that if you enter one of our study programmes without having completed a first degree, it could be difficult to obtain a doctorate. In Germany, approximately all 16 federal states have different admission criteria to which the universities are subject with regard to a doctoral position. Based on this, the universities develop doctoral regulations for each faculty and decide on a case-by-case basis who will be admitted to a doctorate.  Under certain conditions, German law allows universities to admit Bachelor graduates to doctoral studies in exceptional cases. Since this is not the rule, we recommend that you first complete a Bachelor’s degree followed by a consecutive or suitable Master’s degree course of at least two years or two one-year courses – provided you have a clear goal of gaining a doctorate.

Further general information on doctoral studies in Germany can be found here: Rahmenbedingungen und Praxis der Promotion von Fachhochschul- und Bachelor-Absolventen

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland a Bachelor’s degree usually takes three years, in Scotland four years. The Master’s degree, however, usually takes only one year. Two-year Master’s programmes are rare in Great Britain. Many students worry whether the shorter British Master’s is fully recognized in Germany. In the private sector you should not have any problems, because here the individual qualification counts. In the business world, British Masters or the so-called “short-masters” are very well recognized.

However, it could become problematic for you if you are aiming for a qualification in the civil service, in state-regulated professions and for a doctorate. In all three areas, admission is almost always limited to a five-year study programme, although this is always a matter of individual university decisions. Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees obtained in other European countries are not recognised by German universities without a case-by-case examination (see also 10., 13. und 14.).

A withdrawal from the contract for a distance learning programme is generally only possible on the basis of the period of notice stipulated in the contract. Please check the information in your contract or the details in the ALP portal.

Miscellaneous/News

As a provider of distance learning courses in online format, ALP GmbH’s courses of study are not restricted by the current situation due to Corona/COVID-19. The offers of ALP GmbH will take place as usual.

In the Brexit referendum the majority of voters voted in favour of exiting the EU. This unsettles people who are interested in university studies in Britain. However, as a teaching institute based in Germany/Schleswig-Holstein, cooperation with universities outside the EU is permitted under the Higher Education Act. Therefore, the Brexit has no influence on the cooperation or the Master’s degree.