1. Conduct of the study programme
1.1. Programme designation and degree
The IUBH Internationale Hochschule (hereafter: IUBH) is committed to implementing the distance learning programme, which is stated on page 1, in line with the valid study and examination regulations. The contract is binding once the electronic confirmation of acceptance of the IUBH is sent. Upon successful completion of the distance learning programme, the student acquires the academic title dependent on the chosen study programme in line with the valid study and examination regulations. The content of the offered courses and the respective time period correspond to the module handbook and curriculum, which is made available to students digitally in the online system Care. Furthermore, the student can digitally view a copy of the study and examination regulations for the selected distance learning course at the IUBH in the Online System Care.
1.2. Changes to the course plan
The IUBH has the right to modify study plans, if it is reasonable for students and corresponds to the educational objective of the study programme.
1.3. Booking additional services
Within their study programmes, registered students can book additional courses and modules as well as complementary services as of their study programme. Booking this content is subject to additional costs. The booking of courses and additional offerings is binding, any cancellation at a later stage causes cancellation costs amounting to 35,00 Euro each. In case of a cancellation of a language course, cancellation costs amount to 200,00 Euro each.
Depending on the admission requirements, passing an aptitude test (TASC) may be necessary.
Additional conditions regarding this are decided upon in a supplementary agreement, which must be concluded separately.
1.4. Minimum number of students
The IUBH reserves the right to withdraw from the distance learning contract by declaration in text form no later than four weeks before the start of the study programme or to postpone the start of the study programme if the minimum number of 50 students for the study programme selected on the cover sheet has not been reached by this time. Any advance payments already made will be refunded in full.
In the event of a postponement of the start of studies, the student has a right of withdrawal, which (s)he can exercise within four weeks after a declaration by IUBH to this effect, also using the text form. The declaration must be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Contract duration
2.1. Contract duration
The contract has a defined duration, which is stated on page 1. The contract starts on the date stated on page 1, but on the earliest with the receipt of the access data to the Campus Management System and ends after the duration stated on page 1, without any notice of termination.
A student, who possesses a university entrance qualification and who does not submit the proof for the university entrance qualification in the correctly certified form, but only via copy or scanned, will be enrolled conditionally. The same applies, if other documents next to the proof of the university entrance qualification, which are necessary for the enrolment, aren't submitted.
A conditionally-enrolled student does not receive a student identification card or a certificate of study. The conditionally-enrolled student is not allowed to take any exams or attend courses with any type of examination other than exam. This status will be changed as soon as the student submits the university entrance qualification in certified form and all other documents, which are necessary for complete enrolment. The student is obliged to send the documents via mail to IUBH within three months after the in section 2.1. defined start of the contract. If the student fails to follow this obligation, (s)he will be exmatriculated three months after the contract start date. The in section 3 and 4 of this contract defined duties of the student do also apply for conditionally-enrolled students. In particular, do the regular tuition fees apply. If the student fails to submit the university entrance qualification or other documents, which are necessary for the enrolment, correctly until exmatriculation, the obligation to pay the tuition fees of the first three months exists.
2.2. Changes to the duration of the contract (change of model of studies)
A change in the duration of the contract requires the consent of both parties. A change to another model of studies listed on our website is possible and will be conducted after a written request is submitted with a three months’ notice to the end of the full month with regard to the start of the contract. The fees, which have been paid until the requested change to another model of study was submitted, will be taken fully into account. There will be no refund of partially or fully paid fees. In consideration of the prescribed period, changing the model of study is possible multiple times. A change of the model of study is possible during the contract duration which is defined on page 1. During the revocation period, a change to another model of study is possible at any time and without adherence to the period after the submission of the request. The student will be notified of the effects on his/her studies and the corresponding contract.
2.3. Changes to the duration of the contract (change of study programme)
A change of the study programme within the distance learning is possible after a written request is submitted with one month’ notice to the end of the full month with regard to the start of the study and requires the consent of IUBH.
In order to change the study programme, fees to do so will apply. During the revocation period a change to another study programme is possible at any time free of charge and without adherence to the period after the submission of the request. The student will be notified of the effects on his/her studies and the corresponding contract.
2.4. Possibility of change of study mode
The student can request to switch from the distance learning programme to “on campus” study mode by applying in a text form three months before the start of the following on campus semester at IUBH. A change to the “on campus” study is only possible under the condition that the corresponding study program is offered in the presence study of the IUBH at the desired location at the time of the change of the student and requires the consent of the IUBH. To be allowed to start the “on campus” semester a successful visa application and at least 15 ECTS in the enrolled programme need to be completed. Additional tuition and related charges may apply in the event of students making any changes to their study programme. For more information about the specific programmes and the associated charges, students are directed to the IUBH website.
2.5. Regular termination of contract
The contract may be terminated with one month’ notice to the end of the full month with regard to the start of the study. The termination must be in text form (e.g. Email).
2.6. Immediate termination of contract
The right to an immediate termination of the contract for a reasonable cause remains unaffected. Important, justified causes for the student to qualify for immediate termination particularly include proven, unexpected unemployment, life-threatening illnesses as well as the death of a student. A change in the study programme, relocation, failed exams, financial or family reasons are not justified causes for immediate termination.
If admission to the study programme expires, is revoked or cancelled after the conclusion of the contract, the student can terminate without observing the two weeks' notice period.
Justified causes for the IUBH to qualify for immediate termination particularly include outstanding tuition fees, breaches against the IUBH’s examination rules, a student’s criminal actions at the expense of the IUBH, or if it is foreseeable, that a necessary (re)accreditation or admission of the study programme is not granted.
2.7. Leave of absence
In the case of illness or for other proven personal reasons, students may apply for a leave of absence semester for a period of six months. The leave of absence can take place at the beginning of the second semester at the earliest, that is six months after the study start.
In exceptional cases the leave of absence during the first six months after the study start is possible.
The bilateral rights and obligations of this contract lapse in this case for the duration of the leave of absence. The obligation to pay the total tuition fees in accordance to section 3.3. remains after the granting of the leave of absence to the student. If a six months’ leave of absence is granted to the student, the monthly rates stated on page 1 of this contract must be paid beyond the agreed duration of the contract until the total amount of the monthly fees stated on page 1 are paid in full.
The application for a leave of absence of six months can be carried out with two weeks’ notice before the intended start of the leave of absence and must be in text form. The study contract cannot be terminated during a granted leave of absence. When applying for a leave of absence, the “Information for a leave of absence” and/or the "Information for a leave of absence due to maternity leave or parental leave" becomes an integral part of the distance learning contract.
2.8. Failing essential examinations
In the event that a student fails an exam, which is necessary to pass in order to successfully complete the study programme, the teaching contract ends without having to be terminated. In this case the student will be exmatriculated.
2.9. Contract extension for students lacking performance records
If the student does not acquire all necessary performance records within the contract duration agreed upon on page 1, the contract will automatically extend by a maximum of 12 months free of charge. All services can continue to be used for this period and exams can still be taken without any additional costs, if at this point of time the payable monthly fees agreed upon on page 1 were paid in full already. After these months, the student may request in writing that the contract is extended, subject to a charge. If the student does not submit an application in time, (s)he will be exmatriculated.
The IUBH may reject the application for a contract extension in justified cases.
To extend the contract duration (subject to a charge) according to this section, course fees have to be paid in return for the further use of the equipment and offers from the IUBH. Details are regulated by a separate agreement to be finalized for the contract extension.
3. Tuition fees
3.1. Cost models per model of study
The total costs of the chosen programme are dependent on the chosen model of study. The relevant course costs at the time of concluding the contract are also taken as a basis for changing into another model of study.
3.2. Tuition fees
The total costs for the chosen study programme are stated on page 1 of the study contract.
3.3. Payment method and deadline
The tuition fees are payable monthly in advance. The fee shall be payable exclusively in Euro, regardless of whether or not the students place of residence is located within the Euro currency area. The use of online payment systems shall be necessary. Debit/credit card payments, payments by cheques, bank draft or transfers will only be accepted via online payment systems. IUBH will inform the student about the available online payment systems. All and any charges due to fee payments abroad shall be exclusively paid by the student. The payment for the first month must have been received by IUBH before the start of the study programme. Otherwise the student can’t start his/her studies.
The graduation fee must be transferred by the student until the date of the final exam. The graduation fee has to be paid within fourteen (14) days after registering for the final examination (colloquium). If the student wants to take the final examination (colloquium) before the end of the contract duration decided upon in Section 2.1. the outstanding tuition fees for the remainder of the course, until the end, have to be paid in full before the date of the colloquium. Changes in the amount of tuition fees may result in case of discount campaigns.
4. Duties of the student
4.1. Paying the course fees
The student is obliged to take care of the timely payment of the tuition fees stated on page 1. The IUBH’s continued interest in this contract is subject to the timely payment.
If the tuition fees cannot be paid fully and on time by the student (e.g. due to lack of funds in the account, changes to the bank), the IUBH is entitled to charge any applicable fees to the student’s invoice and claim them.
Regardless of this, the IUBH is entitled to terminate the contract due to extenuating circumstances, if the student is in default with fee payment.
If the student has to repeat an examination due to attempted cheating or the submission of something which has been plagiarized, an additional payment of 300 Euros incurs for every examination that has to be reset.
Within 24 months of allocating the corresponding CARE courses, the student must take all the relevant examinations listed in the module handbook, even if just as a first attempt. If the student does not take the examinations or even attempt them for the first time within the 24 months after the allocation of the CARE courses, all assessments taken up until then are void and have to be taken again within 12 months. Furthermore, the course will have to be taken again, which is subject to charges.
4.3. Consent to submit academic achievements via online-tools
In some cases, the submission of academic achievements within certain modules or courses has to be undertaken via the usage of online tools, which need to process data also outside of the EU. The details of the data processing are explained in separate information sheets.
4.4. Verification by plagiarism software
In order to enable IUBH to verify his/her examination by plagiarism software, the student is obliged to provide an electronic copy of his/her examination. The actual document must be submitted as an electronic copy and in a readable format (e.g. DOC, DOCX, PDF, RTF) and must not contain any personal details (without a cover page, personal statements, dedications, signature, etc.).
The student acknowledges that the IUBH and third parties, which are specially commissioned by IUBH, have the right to use his/her work for this purpose.
4.5. Copyright protection
Study scripts and their parts are protected by copyright. Any use for purposes other than contractually permitted is prohibited and requires the prior written consent of the copyright owner. This applies in particular to making these available via the internet, duplication and disclosure to third parties. Saving and printing the study script for personal purposes is permitted.
4.6. Other duties
The student agrees to be bound by the valid General Examination Regulations as well as the IUBH’s study and examination regulations of the named study programme (page 1), the IUBH library user code (LIS Rules and Regulations) and the guidelines for online-examinations and online-presentations.
5. Virtual campus and digital learning materials
The central learning processes and the organization of the study programme will be handled internet-based via the IUBH’s virtual campus. Providing necessary technical equipment is not included in the course fees. The IUBH’s virtual campus is password protected. The campus’ entry details will be given to the student at the beginning of his/her study programme and (s)he must assure that (s)he does not give these details to others. The student has to make sure, that unauthorized third parties cannot access the virtual campus or the programme's learning materials.
6. Right of revocation
The student has the right to revoke this contract within one month without giving reasons. The revocation period is one month from the date on which the student receives access to the distance learning materials. To exercise the right of revocation, the student must inform IUBH in a clear declaration (e.g. a letter sent by post or email) of his/her decision to revoke this contract. The sample revocation form, which is provided digitalized within the online system CARE, can be used for this, but is not mandatory. The student can ensure the revocation period by sending the notification of his/her choice to exercise his/her right of revocation before the revocation period expires.
IUBH grants the student a free trial month within the distance learning, if the student decides not to continue his/her studies within the revocation period. If the student continues his/her studies and does not use his/her right of revocation, this month is taken into account for the regular study duration and charges apply.
7. Data privacy
The details for the processing of personal data and the rights of the student related to this are explained in the information notice for data privacy, which can be obtained by the student via the website of IUBH distance learning. In order to carry out the distance learning contract, IUBH uses software of different providers, which causes the processing of personal data also outside the European Union. The student declares consent that the IUBH may store, collect and use the student’s data which becomes known during the application process and during the contract period. The student also agrees that his/her data may be forwarded to the authorities in cases regulated by law.
8. Liability of the IUBH
The IUBH is liable for damages resulting from a breach of obligations due to intentional or gross negligence on the part of its legal representatives or auxiliary persons. The IUBH is also liable for damages resulting from harm to life, body or health arising out of a breach of obligations due to the intentional or negligent breach of obligations on the part of the university’s legal representatives or auxiliary persons.
Beyond this, the liability for damages arising out of a breach of obligations due to negligence or slight negligence or due to an act committed with negligence or slight negligence on the part of its legal representatives or auxiliary persons is excluded, except for damages arising out of a breach of fundamental obligations whose compliance is necessary to achieve the goals of the contract or which arise out of the justified reliance upon the relationship set forth herein. With respect to these exceptions, the liability is limited to the compensation for predictable damages.
9. Jurisdiction and final provision
For all claims referring to or in connection to this contract German Law is applicable. If the student changes his/her legal domicile or habitual residence to a location outside of Germany after the conclusion of the contract or his domicile or habitual residence is unknown at the time of a filing of a lawsuit, the parties agree to the following: for any dispute arising out of this contract or in connection with this contract, the court with jurisdiction for the IUBH (Amtsgericht Siegburg, Landgericht Bonn) will have jurisdiction.
IUBH will not participate in a dispute settlement procedure according to the German law for dispute settlement (Verbraucherstreitbeilegungsgesetz; VSBG).
There are no subsidiary agreements to this contract. Modifications or amendments to this contract must be made in text form. Modifications or amendments to this provision must also be made in text form. Should one or more provisions of this contract be or become invalid, the remaining provisions remain unaffected. In the case of a regulatory gap within this contract, the contracting parties shall find a resolution that corresponds to the purpose and economic intent of the remaining contract.