Should I switch to IT?

Examples of successful justifications

The following are examples of successful reasons for a change of subject. Please do not copy it, just consider it as a suggestion! If you are changing for the first time and up to the beginning of the 3rd semester, no reason is normally required.

Please always read the basic information on changing subjects / dropping out of studies in the relevant article first - if you haven't already done so!



Tips for writing a justification

Our suggestion: First write a reason alone and then go to an independent counseling, for example the social / BAföG counseling of your AStA. They can then correct your reasoning if necessary and give you tips. If there is no such thing at your university, inquire at larger universities nearby.

So equipped you can then go to the BAföG office, where you can first ask, without obligation, whether the reasoning is okay. But since there are - as everywhere - also unfriendly people and from a formal point of view the BAföG office is not allowed to help you with the justification, it is better to provide a good and error-free justification (in the sense of the BAföG!) When going to the BAföG office to have in hand.

A few notes on the following exemplary reasons

Examples 1 and 2 are examples of dropping out of studies where studies were only resumed later. Examples 9 and 10, on the other hand, each deal with two subject changes. All of these justifications are relatively detailed (which is also recommended in such cases). In example 11, after four semesters, a change is made to the second semester in a distantly related subject. Since the maximum number of lost semesters (three) is just kept, this change also worked with justification.


Example 1: International Business Administration (FH) → drop out, apprenticeship → three years later industrial engineering (FH)

During my school days, I carefully researched my future studies on the Internet and at the W. Employment Office. Since I was already interested in the international interrelationships of the economy at that time, which, however, was not taught to me in depth at the grammar school with the completion of the general university entrance qualification, the business direction for my career aspiration crystallized out. Due to my language skills, the economic interest and the information from the University of Applied Sciences XXX on studying International Business Administration, I applied to the University of Applied Sciences and enrolled in March 1999.

After just a few weeks, however, the large number of business administration subjects - general business administration, international business administration, economics - did not turn out to be a broad basis. The lectures were very similar, also very theoretical and non-illustrative. There was no practical relevance that I had hoped for, because I decided to study at the technical college, known for imparting knowledge with practical relevance, and not at the university. I have to admit that I quickly felt problems of understanding and lack of interest, which also made me very doubtful because I did not know such problems of understanding from school.

Only one lecture aroused great interest. EDP ​​basics not only dealt with data processing programs, but also gave the opportunity to get a further overview of information technology. I also used the opportunity of my studies at this university to listen to the telecommunications lecture (sub-area of ​​computer science). The desire arose in me to deal more in this area, especially since I understood what was going on here. That was also due to my advanced courses in math and physics.

I made an appointment for a consultation with a professor from the computer science department, who gave me help in this situation. Of course, he understood the interest in his subject area, but advised me to complete an apprenticeship both technical and business management before starting my studies in order to lay a foundation for the course and not to neglect my original area of ​​interest. I deregistered immediately and began an apprenticeship at XXX in YYY to become an IT system clerk, which I successfully completed in January 2002. This training includes the imparting of technical as well as business basics in equal parts.

I didn't lose the plan to study. Rather, I was able to use the time of the training to find out more about the right course for me.
Studying industrial engineering at the XXX University ensures that I get practical knowledge of business administration and that I also largely retain IT and technology. In addition, the university is known for its practical teaching of the subject matter, not least through professors from companies in industry and the media sector.


Example 2: Computer Science / Business Administration (Uni) → Abort → three years later General Computer Science (FH)

In September 1999 I enrolled in the Computer Science and Business Administration courses at the University of XXX, beginning in WS99 / 00. This largely corresponded to my inclinations, leisure activities and the ideas of my future professional life. Even at school, I had worked towards starting a computer science degree by taking mathematics and physics as advanced subjects and computer science as an elective. Mathematics and physics have never really given me any problems - I actually enjoyed these subjects.

After my studies began in October 1999 and I attended the first mathematics lectures, linear algebra and analysis, the proverbial blow hit me for the first time. The amount of material and the way it was conveyed unexpectedly overwhelmed me from day one. After the first three to four lectures in Lin. I lost touch with algebra and calculus. Even a "learning offensive" I started with some fellow students did not produce any noteworthy success.

In my opinion, the actual subject of computer science was far too theoretical. The focus was not on learning a practically used programming language, but rather on the basis of a theoretical language ("KiRL") that knowledge of computer science should be conveyed. The material was very theoretical and non-illustrative, and there were far too few connections to practice, which did not correspond to my abilities and inclinations. Overall, it was not what I had imagined or was able to achieve for my later professional life and studies.

After dropping out of my studies after the first semester (WS99 / 00) I did an orientation internship in a company for multimedia and IT. There I found out that I had skills and pleasure in programming programs and applications and that I lacked the basic requirements and skills for implementation. In this company I met a student from the FH XXX who had taken the computer science course there. From a conversation with him, I learned how practically the material is taught at a university of applied sciences. After attending the university information days of FH XXX, the statements were confirmed and I made the decision to start studying general computer science again for the winter semester 02/03.

After the last two months I can say with certainty that this course meets my expectations in every respect. The practical relevance makes the material easy to learn and I was able to achieve first successes in the previously so difficult subjects of mathematics. The subject matter of computer science and programming always shows the relationship to "reality" and it is just fun to take part in lectures and exercises.

Note for example 2

Since the subjects are closely related, a good justification is important, in this case the emphasis on the practical relevance of the FH as opposed to the very theoretical approach of the university.


Example 3: English studies and educational sciences (university, bachelor's degree, already switched) → philosophy and educational sciences (still university, bachelor's degree)

Since the summer semester 2004 I have been studying educational sciences and English at the University of xy for B.A. While educational sciences continue to appeal to me and I have already successfully completed my basic studies, after the second semester of English studies I found that this subject on the one hand does not correspond to my inclinations at all and on the other hand I cannot cope intellectually. I would now like to explain in the following what makes the continuation of this subject unreasonable for me: