Teaching & examination system
1. Teaching System
- Lecture (Vorlesung):
A two to three hour lecture where the professor or one of his assistants presents the topic in front of the students. Students can ask questions, but generally just listen and take notes.
Generally it is necessary to sign up for the seminars in advance. Your attendance is compulsory. Blockseminare usually take place over the weekend. Students are required to prepare a paper on a certain topic and present it during class.
- Exercise (Übung):
In general, homework is published on the department’s web site in advance. Students are expected to prepare these tasks at home. In class the solutions are discussed between teacher and student.
2. Form of Examinations
- Business Administration and Economics:
For Business classes taught on the basic level you will have to pass a written exam at the end of the semester. Examinations are held at the end of the scheduled lecture sessions in each semester and re-examinations are held at the beginning of the following semester. You might have to prepare a presentation, as well as write an assignment and an exam in certain business classes of the advanced level. These classes are marked as Eigenleistungsscheine, all others are known as Prüfungsscheine.
Amongst our students, the ones studying law are those who are known to spend the most time in the library. At the end of each semester you will write several exams and during the period at the end of a semester with no scheduled lectures expect having to submit assignments.
- Social and Cultural Sciences:
If you intend to study at the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences you most probably will have to write assignments instead of exams. The deadlines vary from department to department, but be prepared having to submit assignments
- during the holidays.