Why did you choose SRM University?

Frequently asked Questions:
For those interested in SRM

Is SRM an accredited degree program?

Yes, SRM is a degree program that has already been accredited several times.In the case of accreditations, specialized accreditation agencies check the quality of our degree program with external experts. The reviewers are made up of external professors, experts from professional practice and external students. The feedback from the accreditation agency or the reviewers supports us in the constant further development and improvement of our degree program.

Our SRM course was last updated in 2020 by theAccreditation Council accredited - with assessment by the Accreditation agency ACQUIN. This accreditation is initially valid from October 1st, 2020 to September 30th, 2028. SRM has already been successfully accredited three times.

The Accreditation Council is a joint institution of the federal states for quality assurance in study and teaching. ACQUIN is a recognized, internationally active accreditation agency. With its examination / assessment, ACQUIN ensures that the accredited degree program has a very high quality and practical relevance offers and is always up to date.

Further details on the accreditation of SRM can be found here.

Ostfalia is a university for applied sciences and is considered to be very practice-oriented. What exactly does that mean?

"Practical" means that you can do a lot of the Apply the content you have learned to work-related situations during your studies. That doesn't mean you won't learn theories in your SRM degree at Ostfalia. But you will learn what these theories mean in practice and how you can put them to good use later in the job.

Examples of the high practical relevance in the SRM course are:

  • Practical projects
  • Excursions
  • Simulation games
  • Case studies
  • Guest lectures by experts from the field
  • Lectures with many practical examples
  • Practice-oriented exercises
  • Self-organized SRM symposia
  • And much more...

In addition, you acquire first work experience in the practical semester. Through further voluntary internships during the semester break and / or through a part-time job as a working student, you can gain even more professional experience during your studies.

In contrast, courses at traditional universities are usually very theoretical and have significantly less practical relevance. Universities also focus on preparing students for a career in scientific research.

Which subject area does urban and regional management belong to?

SRM belongs to the specialty Public management and thus prepares you in particular for a Public Service Careers in front. Public management comprises the management of the federal, state, local and public companies.

The SRM course is primarily specialized in Management of the municipalities (e.g. cities, districts) and municipal company (e.g. city marketing companies, regional associations).

Degree programs in the field of public management are available through a interdisciplinary training marked. This also applies to SRM: In your SRM degree, you will learn, for example, content from the areas of business administration, economics, law, sociology, political science, administrative science and spatial science.

Compared to other public management courses, SRM scores one point special focus on economics and space sciences. Prospective students should therefore have a certain interest in economic and geographical issues. Economics and spatial sciences are particularly important for jobs in city marketing, in business development or in urban and regional development.

How much does the course cost? Where can I find information on how to finance my studies?

There has been in Lower Saxony since the 2014/15 winter semester no general tuition fees more. Every semester, however, it will be a Semester fee of currently € 352.99 due (status: summer semester 2021). This includes contributions for the student union, the VRB semester card, the student body, the DB semester ticket and the administrative cost contribution from the state of Lower Saxony. Further information on the semester fee can be found here.

General information on the subject of "student finance" (e.g. BAföG, scholarships) can be found here.

Can I also study SRM part-time?

City and regional management is a Full-time course. Part-time studies are unfortunately not possible.

How time-consuming is the SRM degree? Do I have time for a part-time job?

How time-consuming is the course?

City and regional management is a full-time degree. Feel free to contact our academic advisor Lisa Reuber, who can give you more information on this or put you in contact with students.

We have prepared a sample timetable for you from the first semester. For example, you're in Group A, so attend all events in green. For a larger view, please click on the picture.


 

Do I have time for a part-time job alongside my studies?

Many students work alongside their studies (e.g. as a working student) or have a mini job. Most students can do this well.

General information on the subject of "student finance" (e.g. BAföG, scholarships) can be found here.

How many students are on average in an SRM course?

Usually around 50 students begin in the first semester, who are then divided into two groups (A and B) in some subjects (e.g. Business English). A group of around 25 people is very pleasant and offers a productive learning atmosphere.

Which school subjects is the SRM course linked to?

SRM is an interdisciplinary public management course with a focus on economics and spatial sciences. Most of the content-related points of contact are therefore with the school subjects Politics economy and Geography.

You deepen the political and business school subject in the SRM course, e.g. in subjects such as political science, economics, corporate management and municipal management. For example, subjects such as human geography, urban and regional geography as well as urban and regional planning are linked to the school subject geography.

A solid basic knowledge from the school subjects politics, economy and geography (or from comparable school subjects) is certainly helpful for the start of studies - but not a mandatory requirement. You can also get started with the SRM course if you did not have the subjects. However, you should have a basic interest in the subject areas of economics and geography / geography.

What subjects are there in the SRM course?

The following graphic gives you an overview of all modules and subjects in the SRM course (here: course start in the winter semester 2020/21 or later). A module can consist of one or more subjects. You can find detailed information on all modules and subjects in our module catalog for the 2020 examination regulations (e.g. content, examination format, references).

If courses take place online due to the corona pandemic: Which program is used in SRM?

In SRM, the courses usually take place in the lecture and seminar rooms of the Ostfalia University on the Salzgitter campus.

Due to the corona pandemic, most of the courses were temporarily switched to online teaching. The "BigBlueButton" (BBB) ​​program is generally used in SRM for this purpose. The program runs directly in your web browser. It does not have to be installed separately and is very intuitive to use. If you want to find out in advance what the program looks like and what functions it offers, you can view short tutorials on the following link.

Tutorials:https://bigbluebutton.org/teachers/tutorials/ (English)

 

Application for SRM:

Where can I apply for SRM? Can I apply for several courses at the Ostfalia at the same time?

you can until July 15th for the respective winter semester apply online. The portal for the online application is usually Unlocked in mid / end of May. When applying online, you have to sign up for one Decide on the course of study at Ostfalia University.

Link to online application:ostfalia.de/bewerbung

Note: Due to the corona pandemic, the application period for the winter semester 2021/22 has been extended until July 31, 2021.

Do I have to register for the SRM application on hochschulstart.de?

No, You do not have to register via hochschulstart.de. The application process for a place in the "Urban and Regional Management" course runs exclusively through the Ostfalia University.

Link to online application:ostfalia.de/bewerbung

Is there a Numerus Clausus (NC) in SRM?

The "Urban and Regional Management" course is one of the most popular courses at Ostfalia in Salzgitter and is therefore restricted admission. In the last few years we were able to create enough SRM study places so that all applicants could take up the desired study place. However, as the number of applicants increases, a Numerus Clausus (NC) may be necessary.

Link to online application:ostfalia.de/bewerbung

 

Start of the SRM course:

Are there preliminary courses that make it easier for me to start studying SRM?

Before starting your SRM studies, you can Study preparation courses (e.g. in mathematics) visit. The courses help you start your studies and are therefore highly recommended - especially since there are also some mathematical subjects in the SRM course (e.g. statistics). You can also make contact with other students at an early stage.

You can register for the study preparation courses here. You can find more information about the math courses on the website of the Center for Successful Teaching and Learning (ZeLL).

Note: Due to the corona pandemic, the study preparation courses for the winter semester 2021/22 may only take place online.

In addition to the preliminary courses, you can also get advice from our Learning coaching take advantage of. Our colleagues from learning coaching will be happy to help you with questions about studying and learning. If you have specific questions about writing academic papers (e.g. term paper, project work), you can also contact our Writing workshop turn.

Where can I live when I study in Salzgitter?

Living in Salzgitter (around 100,000 residents) is very cheap. There is a lot of living space and two student residences. The nearby cities of Braunschweig (around 250,000 inhabitants) and Wolfenbüttel (around 50,000 inhabitants) offer attractive alternatives.

Many students find their apartment via private online housing portals (e.g. wg-gesucht.de, immobilienscout24.de, immonet.de, immowelt.de). The decision as to where you would like to live is yours. There are definitely many options in Salzgitter and the surrounding area.

How can I get to the Salzgitter campus by public transport?

The Salzgitter campus is located in the countryside between the districts of Calbecht and Engerode (address: Karl-Scharfenberg-Str. 55-57, 38229 Salzgitter). The Bus route 615 drives directly to the campus (Fachhochschule stop). With the Bus routes 612, 613 and 628 you will reach the town of Engerode (SZ-Calbecht / Engerode stop), from where you can walk for about 5-7 minutes until you reach the campus. The Regional train hourly.

The current KVG timetables for bus routes 612, 613, 615 and 628 can be found here. The current KVG network plan for Salzgitter can be found here.

Experience shows that as an alternative to the bus, many students form relatively quickly Car pooling by car (e.g. from Braunschweig).

Is there a first-semester introduction?

There is a freshman welcome and a campus welcome day, where you can get to know your fellow students and your mentors from later semesters. The freshmen often organize themselves in WhatsApp groups. The preliminary courses (e.g. math courses) are also helpful in getting to know other students (including those from other degree programs). You will be informed of all appointments after your successful application.

Note: Due to the corona pandemic, the first semester introduction in the winter semester 2021/22 may be different than usual. The university will inform you of all the details in good time at the link above and / or by email.

Who can I contact if I have questions for SRM students from higher semesters?

If you would like to find out more about the "Urban and Regional Management" course from the perspective of students from a higher semester, please send your questions to our student mentors turn around - even before the start of your studies.

Our student mentors are currently:

 

After studying SRM:

Where can I work after completing my SRM degree?

The SRM degree opens you up diverse professional fields. Although the course is primarily geared towards the public sector, you will also find job and career opportunities in the private sector.

Examples of typical employers and tasks of SRM graduates are:

Typical employersTypical tasks

Local government
(e.g. city, municipality, joint municipality, district, higher municipal association)

Municipal companies
(e.g. city marketing company, housing company, regional association)

Municipal associations and clubs
(e.g. City Council, BCSD, KGSt)

State administration
(e.g. office for regional development, supra-local municipal audit, ministry)

Private companies
(e.g. real estate industry, consulting company)

Universities and research institutes
(e.g. Ostfalia University, Difu)

Etc.

City and regional marketing

Local and regional business development

Urban and regional development

Public relations and citizen participation

Event management

Project management

Real estate development

Municipal and political advice

Applied municipal research

Etc.


 

 
Especially for one Public Service Careers (e.g. in cities or districts) gives you a bachelor's degree in urban and regional management very good job opportunities. For example, due to the Age structure of employees a large number of employees will retire in the coming years. As a result, the municipalities have to fill numerous jobs with university graduates. Among them are Spread over the whole of Germany also many jobs in SRM-related areas of responsibility. For you, the increasing shortage of skilled workers also means that you will be able to take on responsibility more quickly after your studies than previous generations.

Depending on the career goal and the area of ​​activity, a master’s degree may be recommended in addition to the SRM Bachelor’s degree. If you want to do another masteron the Ostfalia in Salzgitter want to do, the course "Leadership in Service Companies, M.A." at. Also conceivable after starting a career are the courses in "City Marketing, MBA" and "Management of Social Innovations, MBA", both of which are offered as a master's degree on the Salzgitter campus.

There are also some relevant master’s courses at other universities. For a career in the public service, for example, Master’s degrees in public management are suitable. If you would like to further specialize in the area of ​​spatial sciences, for example master’s courses in urban and regional development, regional management and economic development are available. Further information can be found below under the question about possible Master’s degree programs.

How can I enter the public service after completing my SRM degree?

Type of employment:

After completing your SRM degree, you will usually enter the public service as Employees with collective bargaining agreements a. At the municipal level (e.g. city administration), the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD) applies. When starting a career with a bachelor's degree, the Pay groups E9 to E11 common (depending on the job). In the course of your professional life you can move up in the salary groups. With a master’s degree, entry into pay group E13 is also possible.