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Translation of University Administration documents and web pages

Arranging translations where required

English translations of German FAU documents and forms are often required for exchange students or guest researchers, or to help make it easier for international members of the University to settle in. The official process described below have been defined in order to make it easier to arrange translation and proof-reading of documents and websites.

Answers to some frequently asked questions can be found at the bottom of the page.

Which content is affected?

The process applies only to documents and web pages that are created by departments and offices of the University Administration, which are translated by FAU’s Language Service.

Documents and forms – translation and revision

Translation process for University Administration documents (click to enlarge). Image: Web Team

Translation process for University Administration documents (click to enlarge). Image: Web Team

This process has been agreed upon with the Vice President for International Affairs. Changes to documents are reported to the departments and offices of the University Administration, the documents are translated by the Language Service, and the German and English versions are published on the FAU website.

Detailed description of the process for download

FAU Translation workflow for University Administration document

Web pages – translation and revision of content for fau.eu

Translation process for web pages maintained by the University Administration (click to enlarge). Image: Web Team

Translation process for web pages maintained by the University Administration (click to enlarge). Image: Web Team

This process has been agreed upon with the Vice President for International Affairs. As with fau.de, departments and offices of the University Administration are responsible for the content on most pages on fau.eu. FAU’s Language Service translates these pages for the University Administration.

Detailed description of the process for download

Translation workflow for University Administration web pages

Frequently asked questions

In many documents the author is indicated in a footer, signature or similar. We aim to introduce this in all documents in the future. The web page on which a document is made available may also provide an indication of who the author is. You can also search fau.de/fau.eu using a keyword from the document to find more information.

If after checking all the available information you are still unsure, please contact the Web Team:

If you are unsure whether the author of a document is part of the University Administration you may be able to tell based on who the author of the web page is, which is often indicated in a contact box containing the name of the office or department responsible. The list of University Administration departments and offices (German) can also be a useful – for example, documents related to studying usually come from one of the offices in the Department of Academic Affairs and Student Services (Abteilung L).

If you are unable to contact the author directly and still unsure, please contact the Web Team:

The defined processes were implemented in order to reduce the amount of work and communication required for all involved. To ensure your enquiry is dealt with a quickly as possible, you should contact the office or department responsible. Contacting the Web Team or the Language Service first will delay the process.

However, if you cannot find the right contact person in the University Administration we will of course be happy to help.

No. All translations of content created by the University Administration are done by FAU’s Language Service at the request of the administrative departments and offices.

If you want to direct users to a document, you should always use a link to the page on fau.de or fau.eu on which it is published. Other methods can cause confusion for users.

  • You should never upload documents yourself on other websites, Intranets or internal wikis as such copies will become out of date and invalid.
  • Please do not link directly to the document as the link may change without notice (e.g. for legal reasons if names change). It is also helpful for users to the see the context of the page on which the University Administration document is made available, which may provide useful additional details.

Contact

Do you have a question about the processes described above? Please do not hesitate to contact us.