Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Multidisciplinary Key Qualifications

  1. Which courses should I attend and when?
  2. How can I register for a seminar?
  3. I’m registered for a seminar but won’t be able to attend due to illness or other obligations. Do I need to give notice?
  4. I’ve signed up for one or more seminars by email and already received an official confirmation email. Do I now have a place reserved?
  5. Can I attend a seminar without registering in advance?
  6. Can a friend transfer their reservation to me if they’re unable to attend the seminar?
  7. Can I check how many places are still available in a seminar?
  8. I would like to attend two seminars on the same day. Is that possible?
  9. There are multiple sessions listed for a seminar. Can I pick and choose when to attend?
  10. I’d like to sign up for a seminar in the coming semester. When does registration begin?
  11. I couldn’t get a place in a seminar I really wanted to attend. What can I do?
  12. I’m not a student at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. Can I still attend an Academic Centre seminar?
  13. Will I receive a certificate for participating in a seminar?
  14. Does Rhine-Waal require studetns to complete further education seminars?

 

1. Which seminars should I attend and when?

Generally speaking, students are free to take part in any of our seminars, at any time during their studies. With that said, there are two things to consider:

1) Mastering new skills requires both time and practice. In other words, the earlier you attend a seminar in your studies, the more time you’ll have to practice and perfect your newly acquired skills in a supportive university environment.

2) Many seminars are especially suited to earlier and later phases of study. For example, signing up for a seminar on presentation skills makes more sense at the start of your studies because you’ll get many opportunities to perfect these skills in the semesters to come. Similarly, a seminar on effective strategies for job interviews is better geared to the end of your studies when you’re preparing to send out those first job applications.

 

2. How can I register for a seminar?

If you’re interested in attending a further education seminar, start by browsing our current programme catalogue. If you find a seminar or workshop you’d like to attend, click on “Registration” (or “Anmeldung” if German-taught) to automatically open an email to fill in. Alternatively you can send your own registration email with your name, the name of the seminar, and the campus where it will be held to schluesselqualifikationen@hochschule-rhein-waal.de

 

3. I’m registered for a seminar but won’t be able to attend due to illness or other obligations. Do I need to give notice?

Absolutely! Courses have a limited number of places available, so if you’ve registered for one and won’t be able to attend, please send us an email in advance. That way a different student has the opportunity to sign up.

 

4. I’ve signed up for one or more seminars by email and already received an official confirmation email. Do I now have a place reserved?

Yes. A confirmation email means that you were successfully registered and have a place reserved in the seminars indicated. If no places were available when you attempted to register, you’ll be notified in a reply email that your name is on the waiting list.

 

5. Can I attend a seminar without registering in advance?

Yes. If a seminar has places available and you show up before the start, you are welcome to attend. If no places are available, you aren’t permitted to attend, unfortunately. Thus, the only way to get a guaranteed spot is by registering in advance.

 

6. Can a friend transfer their reservation to me if they’re unable to attend the seminar?

No, that’s not permitted, as it would be rather unfair to those students who signed up and were put on the waiting list.

 

7. Can I check how many places are still available in a seminar?

Unfortunately, students can’t check how many places are available. When a seminar is full, however, we clearly indicate it in our programme catalogue. You’ll also be informed by email should you try to register for a seminar with no available places.

 

8. I would like to attend two seminars on the same day. Is that possible?

No. Seminars usually last for a full day and to earn a certificate of participation you must be present and actively participate for at least 80% of the time. Thus, splitting your day between two seminars would be a waste of time. It would also take away places from students interested in fully attending only one of the seminars.

 

9. There are multiple sessions listed for a seminar. Can I pick and choose when to attend?

No. If a seminar lists multiple sessions, then it’s a multi-day seminar (usually two-day). To earn a certificate of participation, you must be present and participate at all of the dates listed. The content of multi-day seminars are usually structured so that each session builds upon the previous one.

 

10. I’d like to sign up for a seminar in the coming semester. When does registration begin?

If not otherwise indicated, registration for our seminars opens on the first day of the semester. That means you can register after either 15 March 20XX (summer semester seminars) or after 15 September 20XX (winter semester seminars). The official dates are posted on the Academic Centre’s website.

 

11. I couldn’t get a place in a seminar I really wanted to attend. What can I do?

Other than receiving a place through the waiting list, you can also show up on the date of the seminar and hope it’s not full. If places are available, you’re welcome to join, but not if all places are full, unfortunately.

 

12. I’m not a student at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. Can I still attend an Academic Centre seminar?

No. Our further education seminars are only offered to currently enrolled students of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

 

13. Will I receive a certificate for participating in a seminar?

Yes. If you are present and actively participate during at least 80% of the seminar, you will receive an official certificate issued by the University. The certificate contains the name of the seminar and the contents covered. Certificates can be retrieved from Astrid Watkins (astrid.watkins@hochschule-rhein-waal.de).

 

14. Does Rhine-Waal require studetns to complete further education seminars?

None of our further education seminars are required for students. They are offered as a supplementary service to students who are interested in improving their professional skillsets and enhancing their employability. The majority of instructors are recruited directly from the private sector and bring with them many years of practical, professional experience. It’s also worth noting that similar qualification seminars outside of academia usually cost a substantial amount of money.