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Distance Learning Courses: Admission

Distance learning courses that are not exclusively for leisure and entertainment must be approved by the state before they can be offered.

Before admission, distance learning courses are checked to see whether the specified course goal can be achieved with the distance learning course.

Vocational distance learning courses must comply with the objectives of vocational education and training under the Vocational Training Act (BBiG) or other vocational education and training legislation in terms of content, duration or objective and the way in which they are carried out. Both the technical side and the didactic access are examined. In addition, advertising and information, agency activities and the drafting of contracts must meet the requirements of the Distance Learning Protection Act (FernUSG).

Approved distance learning courses receive an approval seal with an approval number. This admission number must be listed by the organizers in the information material as a verifiable indication of the granted state approval

Who should I contact?

Responsibility lies with the State Centre for Distance Learning (ZFU).

This procedure can also be handled through a "point of single contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the state for service providers.

National Centre for Distance Learning (ZFU)

Find your point of single contact here.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

Fees apply in accordance with the General Administration Fee Regulations (AVerwGebO NRW).

General Administration Fee Schedule (AVerwGebO NRW)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Constructive Approval: 3 Months
after receipt of the complete documents

Processing duration

Processing Time: 3 Months
§ 12a Distance Learning Protection Act (FernUSG)

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Culture

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.