In each Erasmus semester please bear in mind the following dates:
Prior to the beginning of lectures:
- An information event held by your Coordinator of International Affairs to inform you about the choice of courses and the examinations
- Placement tests for language courses
First week of lectures:
- Enrolment in the study groups
- Registration for the desired language courses at the University language centre
- Attend many lectures in order to be able to choose the best ones for you
Second week of lectures:
- Notify the Coordinator of International Affairs of the classes attended
Four weeks before the end of the semester:
- Download Certificate of results page two and
- Arrange examination dates with lecturers
After taking all the examinations:
- Immediately give the Coordinator of International Affairs the Certificate of results page two and all certificates (AG certificates and language course certificates), so she can issue your transcript to you
At the end of the semester, you have to pass an examination for each lecture. Most professors offer oral examinations. These oral examinations last 10 – 15 minutes and are supposed to check whether you were able to follow the lecture and what you have learnt. Experience has shown that with a bit of effort it is possible to do very well at these examinations. Examiners are usually understanding and take into account that German is a foreign language for you. However, you should naturally also prepare yourself for the examinations. But you do not need to be scared.
Instead of taking an oral examination, you can take a written exam if this option is available. Usually this solely applies to the lectures which count for the midterm examination (see here). Experience suggests that it is not a good idea to choose the written examination. You need to put in a lot more effort. The examination alone then lasts two hours instead of 12 - 15 minutes. The principle still applies that you have a greater possibility of responding to queries orally if you have not expressed yourself completely correctly. In the case of written examinations, the person checking your exam paper does not have this option available. Thus, in case of doubt they need to assume what they have understood - even if you did not mean this at all. However, naturally everyone is free to take the decision to take a written examination. Towards the end of the semester, you need to approach the lecturer conducting your lectures and discuss the place, time and content of the examination. With respect to the examinations, you need to obtain the Certificate of results page two, which you can get: here.
On this sheet, you need to get each lecturer to enter the results of your examinations, sign it and stamp the entirety with the stamp of the relevant chair. Take care of this document and handle it with care. It will later become part of your Certificate of results, which you will receive for your personal records and which the Coordinator of International Affairs will need to draw up your transcript.
You usually need to acquire 30 credits per Erasmus semester.
Credits can be gained by way of:
- study groups
- language courses
An overview of how credits are awarded for the various classes can be found here.
You can find out about the levels of the credits that you receive for the University Language Centre language courses from the University Language Centre. For the standard German courses (basic level, intermediate level, advanced level) these are usually four credits + two credits if you hold a presentation.
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