Teaching & examination system
1. Teaching Unit
- Weekly Semester Hour:
One weekly semester hour (German: "Semesterwochenstunde" (SWS)) has a duration of 45 min. This refers to the class contact hours per week, which are announced in the respective course catalogue. The courses at the European University Viadrina regularly have a duration of 2 weekly contact hours, i.e. a duration of 1 hour and 30 min.
- Begin & End:
Begin and end of courses are announced with full hours, usually. For the exact beginning of the course you have to be aware of the following time specifications:
Most courses start "c.t." (latin: cum tempore = "´with time", so called "academic quarter"). This means those courses start 15 min. later than the time announced. This will also apply if "c.t." is not stated specifically behind the given time.
⇒ i.e.: 10am (c.t.) - begin at 10:15am
⇒ i.e.: 10am - begin at 10:15am
If the course starts punctually at the time announced, this will be marked with "s.t." (latin: sine tempore = "without time"). This specification will always be given additionally to the time, when it is intended.
⇒ i.e.: 10am (s.t.) - begin at 10am
2. 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.
3. 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.