Frequently Asked Questions

How are the internet lectures structured? Are there fixed dates scheduled for virtual lectures?

Lectures will be held during the attendance weeks at the beginning of each semester. During the semester, projects and/or assignments have to be accomplished and submitted via the internet at fixed dates. At set times lecturers and students can discuss via Skype. All other correspondence and team work between participants is done via our e-learning platform Moodle.

How much time in addition to the active periods is required to meet the semester’s objectives?

The time necessary depends on the individual participant. The targeted time per week is about 14 - 18 hours, so that the participants can still work beside the course.

What are credits/ECTS?

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is a standardized system based on the workload of the study required to achieve the objectives of a program. It allows the comparison of different degrees across Europe (and also worldwide).

What is Archineer®?

Archineer® is a protected, international registered trade mark, exclusively licensed through the IMS, granted to graduates of the Archineer® Membrane Structures program of the IMS only. More information you get here. (Verlinkung auf die Seite Archineer)

Which extra costs e.g. for books, scripts and software can I expect?

In principle, it is not necessary to spend a lot of additional money for books, scripts and software to follow the study. Required membrane programs will be provided by the lecturers for free. However, each participant must have a computer, preferably an up to date notebook, a 3D-CAD program for drawing (suggested Rhinoceros), Excel and Word. Concerning books, we suggest buying the “European Design Guide for Tensile Surface Structures” (about 40 EUR). It is possible to buy the book here at the University. Since the provision of the books is limited, it is in your interest to inform us in advance by sending an email to

Why are the fees so moderate compared with other programs available?
As an institute associated with Anhalt University of Applied Sciences we are a non-profit institute. The master program Membrane Structures (M.Eng) is hosted by a German State University. Therefore, the costs are maintained as low as possible and tuition fee is calculated only to cover the expenses. The program is designed and organised every year since 2006 without compromising the level of education, delivering the finest expertise in the field of Membrane Structures.

Which costs are to be calculated for the stay in Dessau during the attendance weeks?

We help our students with special offers for accommodation. We cooperate with the youth hostel in Dessau and some guest houses. The prices range between 20 and 45 EUR /night per person incl. breakfast, depending on where the students decide to book. In the University cafeteria, students can have lunch at reasonable prices and for dinner there are several possibilities. Vegetarian food is available at almost all places. Depending on the chosen place of stay, it is suggested to calculate between 50 and 100 EUR per day for food and accommodation.


It is important to check the necessity of visa for the entry into Germany well in advance. Some Embassies or Consulates need up to 10 weeks for appointments, answers or granting the visa. Since our course is a distance learning course with only short attendance times in Dessau, Germany, it is suggested to apply for a short term visa (tourist visa) or a visa with multiple entrances during the entire study time. The required documents from the institute will be handed over together with the admission documents from the Anhalt University and our Institute. They will include a letter of attorney where the students authorize Prof. Off to talk to the Embassy and Consulate to, if need be, accelerate the visa process.

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