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Words you need to know for life at university

There is a lot to learn in your first semester including many foreign words, abbreviations and technical terms. Below is an A to Z of some of the most important terms which you will need during your time at FAU. We have also included some useful links with information which should help you to adjust to student life and put you on the right track.

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Students are covered by accident insurance while studying (e.g. during courses and trips or when working in the University Library) and while travelling between home and the University. Accidents must be reported to the Student Records Office immediately. Information on insurance coverage is available in the brochure published by Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV).

Finding accommodation at the beginning of your studies is a real challenge. Here are some options: accommodation managed by Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg, social housing services at the town hall, housing co-operatives and non-profit housing associations, ads in the local newspapers and online portals.

Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg allocate places in student accommodation directly. Places in the student halls operated by Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg are allocated directly by the service; for student halls which are not operated by Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg, you will need to apply directly. A large number of student rooms shortly available is offered at the end of each semester on the black boards in the university buildings. Recently, these have increasingly been replaced by virtual notice boards.

The following link to Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg may prove helpful:

www.studentenwerk.fau.de/wohnen/en/index.shtml.

The Admissions Office oversees the application procedures for both German and international applicants. It also processes applications for a swap of university places.

Contact: zulassungsstelle@fau.de.

Information on admission

Latin for ‘nurturing mother.’ A university is called ‘alma mater’ as it provides students with education and knowledge. The term was first used in the motto of the University of Bologna (‘Alma mater studiorium’) which was founded in 1088 and counts as Europe’s oldest university.

Alumni are former students and staff of a university. Note that ‘alumni’ is the plural form, a single former student is called an ‘alumnus’ (male form) or an ‘alumna’ (female form). FAU has a free alumni network for all students and alumni to forge contacts and keep in touch.

The FAU alumni network is a great way for graduates, former exchanges students and former guest researchers to stay in contact with the University.

More information on the activities and events organised for alumni by the Department of Marketing and Communications are available under alumni.

 

 

Certificates issued by German authorities are generally only recognised abroad if their authenticity has been verified by the responsible body in the relevant German state.

Based on the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, a simplified form of authentication called an apostille is provided in countries that have signed the convention. Here the apostille is issued by the government of Middle Franconia.

In order to obtain an apostille you will require prior certification (Vorbeglaubigung) from the University.

Abbreviation for ‘Allgemeiner Studierenden-Ausschuss’ (General Students’ Committee). At FAU, there are students’ representatives instead of the AStA.

https://stuve.fau.de/ (German Homepage)

Abbreviation for ‘auditorium maximum,’ the largest lecture theatre at the University. FAU’s audimax is located in Bismarckstraße 1, Erlangen and has space for 893 people.

B

A degree that originally comes from the Anglo-American university system and was introduced in Germany as part of the restructuring of the German university system.

The Bachelor’s degree is an undergraduate degree which can be obtained after only six or seven >semesters. At FAU, the following Bachelor’s degrees are awarded: the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the humanities and in economics and the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in natural sciences and engineering. Students of commercial law are awarded the Bachelor of Laws (LLB).

www.fau.eu/ibz

The final assignment in a Bachelor’s degree programme. As soon as you have received confirmation for starting your Bachelor’s thesis, you have two to three months to write it. In general, the Bachelor’s thesis is about 30 to 40 pages in length.

Abbreviation for ‘Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz’ (Federal Training Assistance Act). This law governs state funding for students in Germany. In everyday language, the abbreviation BAföG is also used to refer to the funding students receive from the state. Application forms can be obtained from Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg or downloaded online:

www.studentenwerk.fau.de/bafoeg/de (German only)

Applications have to be submitted to the Amt für Ausbildungsförderung (Training Assistance Office) in either Erlangen or Nuremberg.

Amt für Ausbildungsförderung
Hofmannstraße 27
91052 Erlangen

Amt für Ausbildungsförderung
Andreij-Sacharow-Platz 1
90403 Nürnberg

These courses are offered in exceptional cases (for example introduction to a language). More information can be obtained from IBZ or from the subject advisors for your discipline or degree programme.

www.fau.eu/ibz

C

This abbreviation can often be found after the times for a seminar or lecture. It refers to the famous ‘academic quarter.’ To be more precise: 14:00 c.t. means that the seminar or lecture starts at 14:15. As classes at university generally start ‘c.t.,’ the ‘c.t.’ is often left out. See also s.t.

campo is FAU’s campus management portal, which will link the existing systems mein campus and UnivIS over the next few years.
Currently, campo is used for managing online applications and enrolment (apart from international and Master’s degree applications).

www.campo.fau.de

 

 

The entire grounds of a university. In Erlangen, FAU does not have a designated campus. Instead, the whole city centre is the ‘campus.’ In contrast, the University’s southern campus (Südgelände) in Erlangen as well as Lange Gasse 20 and Regensburger Straße 160 in Nuremberg are closer to a traditional campus.

FAU’s Career Service is open to students, doctoral candidates and graduates of all faculties at the University. It offers a wide range of advisory services, events and information about applications and careers free of charge.

As a key point of contact for students and doctoral candidates, the Career Service aims to provide assistance for them when they are considering their future professions and to make the transition from study or doctoral research to work easier for graduates.

The services offered include:

  • individual careers advice for all students and doctoral candidates
  • checks of application documents in German and English
  • seminars on applications and soft skills
  • information day with presentations on starting a career
  • career talks between students, doctoral candidates and alumni from different subjects
  • networking events (faculty career day at the School of Law, phil.Forum)
  • online job portal with part-time jobs, internships and entry-level positions for all subjects
  • up-to-date information on company events, recruiting events and more on the Career Service blog
  • specialist library with literature on applications, core skills and career orientation

Detailed information on all services and events is available on the Career Service page.

The Career Service was established in 2009 as a central point of contact and continues to expand the range of events and services that it offers. It is financed through tuition fee compensation and is part of IBZ (Student Advice and Career Service at FAU).

A referat (office) at FAU. RIA offers help and advice in all non-disciplinary questions to international students and researchers. RIA also provides all kinds of information on other topics, including studying abroad, funding for studying abroad and international scholarship advice.

www.fau.eu/international

In German also colloquially referred to as ‘Imma’ from Immatrikulationsbescheinigung. Can be downloaded and,
if necessary, printed out, after enrolment or re-registration. It serves as proof that you are enrolled at the University.

www.fau.eu/application-and-enrolment

The chancellor is the head of the University Administration and is also responsible for the University’s budget.

More information on the members of the Executive Board is available on the FAU website.

 

 

 

If you realise that you are not happy with the degree programme you have chosen, it is possible to change to a different subject or degree programme. IBZ can give you advice on this topic and will also help you to analyse problems and to come up with a strategy to solve them.

In contrast to regulations at school, there is no general compulsory attendance at university.

Whether attendance is checked or not depends on the type of class. While it is still acceptable to skip a lecture in urgent cases, you should consider your attendance at other classes including introductory courses very carefully. If you are absent too often, you may not be able to obtain credits for the course.

If you are unable to attend due to illness it is often possible to watch lectures and seminars via the FAU video portal www.video.fau.de.

FAU offers computer pools at many locations where students and doctoral candidates can access the Internet free of charge. They are distributed across Erlangen and Nuremberg in all faculties, as well as branches of the library and RRZE. Since these pools were funded by the Computer Investment Programme (CIP), they are often referred to as ‘CIP Pools’.

Scanners and printers are also available. You will need a user account to use the computers. Instructions on how to activate and use your user account are available on the FAU website.

 

Transferable skills which students obtain for instance by placements/internships or by language courses at the University. It is important that core skills are certified by the Examinations Office.

Student Services offer a counselling service (Psychologisch-Psychotherapeutische Beratungsstelle) for students who are experiencing psychological or social difficulties relating to their studies, parents, partners, sexual problems, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, feelings of guilt, psychosomatic illness and other welfare issues.

For more information on the support available, visit the Student Services-Homepage.

A Course achievement certificate is also called “Schein” at the FAU.

A ‘Schein’ is a certificate or official confirmation that you have successfully participated in a tutorial, a placement/internship or seminar. It is up to the lecturer to decide whether successful participation has to be demonstrated by a written examination, a presentation, a protocol or some other kind of achievement. In the modular degree programmes, ‘Scheine’ have mostly been replaced by module examinations.

A catalogue of all courses at the University.

www.vorlesungsverzeichnis.uni-erlangen.de (German only)

 

Credits are also called ECTS-credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

In the past, the workload of a class was expressed in weekly hours or semester hours (SWS), irrespective of whether the class was a lecture or a seminar. Today, the amount of time you spend preparing for a class is also taken into account. This means that the overall workload can be calculated which is much higher for a seminar than a lecture. The units for measuring the workload are called ECTS credits. Study achievements can be compared and transferred to another university or even to another country using ECTS credits. A Bachelor’s degree is worth 180 ECTS credits. In the calculation of the workload, 1 ECTS credit is equivalent to about 25 to 30 hours of work.

Cultural and other highlights in and around Erlangen and Nuremberg are listed here:

www.fau.eu/university/region

D

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service). The DAAD closely cooperates with the International Offices of individual universities and promotes student mobility of both German students wanting to go abroad and foreign students coming to Germany.

www.daad.de/en

Students and doctoral candidates can de-register from the University themselves in order to change university or withdraw from their studies, and after completing their degree or doctoral degree.

The university will de-register you if you have missed the date for re-registration, if you have failed an examination at the final attempt or after the end of the semester in which you have successfully completed your degree.

You can apply for de-registration at the Student Records Office at any time throughout the year. In contrast to enrolment, there are no fixed deadlines for de-registration.

International students and doctoral candidates must de-register in person at the Student Records Office before leaving for their home country.

The head of a faculty; he or she must be a professor of the faculty in question and is elected by his or her peers. The dean represents the faculty’s interests and is the head of the faculty’s administration, the Dean’s Office (Dekanat).

www.fau.eu/organisation

Since the summer semester 2011, students at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg can apply for an FAU Deutschlandstipendium. Funding amounts to 300 euros per month and is initially granted for two semesters which — provided that the funding conditions are still met — can be extended annually until the end of the standard duration of the degree programme. Half of the funding (150 euros) is provided by companies, foundations or private individuals with the second half being provided by the German Federal State.

The most important condition for receiving an FAU Deutschlandstipendium are the results achieved so far during your studies or school-leaving grades for newly enrolled students. This means: from the second semester of their degree programme onwards, applicants have to demonstrate at least good study achievements (2.00 or better).

Students who have just enrolled at FAU need very good school leaving exams (1.5 or better). Apart from these achievements, specific personal circumstances can also be taken into account. These include, for instance, stays abroad relevant to your studies, voluntary work at the University (or in politics or society) as well as special individual circumstances.

www.fau.eu/germany scholarship

 

An academic holiday well established at many universities. At FAU, the dies academicus is the 4th of November. FAU was founded on this date in 1743. The dies academicus at FAU is a celebration of the University’s anniversary.

www.fau.eu/about-fau

You will receive a Diploma Supplement with a comprehensive official description of your degree programme with your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree certificate.

The contact person for disabled students who have questions on support related to their studies. At FAU, this position is held by Dr Jürgen Gündel.

Further information and Dr Gündel’s contact details: Students with disabilities

The German term ‘Promotion’ refers to the process of obtaining a doctorate in a specific subject. In Germany, ‘Promotion’ precedes ‘Habilitation,’ which is a required qualification for a professorship in many disciplines. A doctorate proves your ability for independent academic work and is based on a written thesis (dissertation) and an oral examination.

www.graduateschool.fau.eu

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In the past, the workload of a class was expressed in weekly hours or semester hours (SWS), irrespective of whether the class was a lecture or a seminar. Today, the amount of time you spend preparing for a class is also taken into account. This means that the overall workload can be calculated which is much higher for a seminar than a lecture. The units for measuring the workload are called ECTS credits. Study achievements can be compared and transferred to another university or even to another country using ECTS credits. A Bachelor’s degree is worth 180 ECTS credits. In the calculation of the workload, 1 ECTS credit is equivalent to about 25 to 30 hours of work.

For further information visit the websites of FAU.

 

 

Enrolment as a student. For more information on enrolment procedures, please see:

www.fau.eu/enrolment

The examination regulations stipulate precisely at which point in your studies the GOP or final examination has to be passed. If a student misses this deadline for reasons for which they are responsible, the examination counts as failed for the first time. The student then has to resit the examination within the specified period. If they fail to do so, the examination counts as ultimately failed. Once you have ultimately failed an examination, you will not be able to enrol for the same degree programme or subject again at any German university. These stipulations encourage students to use their time at university carefully since the deadlines limit the duration of a degree programme.

When you start your studies, you should get hold of the examination regulations for your degree programme and plan your studies according to the regulations so as to make sure that you will not be confronted with unpleasant surprises when you want to register for an examination.

www.fau.de/pruefungsordnungen (German only)

Examinations are an important part of university life. For admission to an examination you must register first (see also examination deadlines). Responsibility for all issues regarding examinations lies with the individual examinations offices at the University.

www.fau.de/pruefungsamt (German only)

Via mein campus you can manage your personal data and print out your official documents. Registration and de-registration for examinations is also carried out via this website. Moreover, you can download an overview of the grades you have achieved so far.

www.campus.fau.de (German only)

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FAU is also on Facebook. On the FAU page, you can find the latest news and events and get in touch with other students at FAU.

www.facebook.com/Uni.Erlangen.Nuernberg (German)

https://www.facebook.com/fauenglish (English)

One of the main organisation units of a university, which combines a number of related disciplines. At the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, there are five faculties: the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Engineering.

www.fau.eu/faculties

The family services unit at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and Universitätsklinikum Erlangen provides support for families (including parents and family carers) with regard to family commitments and academic life. Students and staff of the University and Universitätsklinikum Erlangen benefit from comprehensive counselling on studying and working at the University with a child.

www.familienservice.fau.de (German only)

FAU

Abbreviation of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, named after Margrave Friedrich of Bayreuth and Margrave Alexander of Ansbach and Bayreuth.

www.fau.eu/history

Find the student job you’re looking for. Stellenwerk FAU is the student job portal for the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Whether you’re looking for a part-time job, internship or graduate scheme, this website offers suitable positions for both students and graduates.

 

 

Each year in January, students are asked to share their opinions about studying conditions in an online student survey. It is worthwhile to participate since the results are taken seriously and have a direct impact on University policy. The aim of the survey is to improve studying conditions at FAU in the long run. More information and links to the results of past surveys are available on the pages on evaluating studying conditions and quality management.

What’s my professor’s e-mail address? Which room is my seminar in? What’s on the menu today? In the free FAU app for iOS and Android you can find the answers to these and many more questions.

You can download the FAU app for free from the Apple app store or the Google Play store. Then you can add your lectures to the planer from UnivIS, create your own appointments and choose which cafeteria menus you would like access to. You can also use the settings to choose which functions you want to see in the app – sorted by faculty.

The School of Business and Economics launched a specially-designed FAU app at the beginning of the summer semester 2015. This pilot project was extended to the whole University at the end of the semester. This means that the School of Business and Economics already has its own navigation area and news services – with a newsfeed, blog and newsletter.

Each year in January, students at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg are asked to participate in an online student survey. It is worthwhile to participate since the results are taken seriously and have a direct impact on University policy. The panel aims to improve studying conditions at FAU in the long run.

With the FAUbox, the Regional Computer Centre Erlangen (RRZE) offers all FAU staff and students 50 gigabytes of free storage on RRZE’s servers. Users can synchronise their data easily via app, desktop or web client. All FAU members need to log in is their IdM username and password. One of the main advantages of the FAUbox is that it has a higher level of security than comparable online services.

The FAUcard is a multifunction chip card that also acts as your student or doctoral candidate ID.

It combines the following functions: student or doctoral candidate ID, library card for the University Library, electronic purse and ID for electronic access control. The card will be sent to your German address approximately six weeks after you enrol at FAU.

Note that the FAUcard must be validated before it is used for the first time and at the beginning of each semester. You will need to use the validation stations at the University for this. If you want to use the payment function of the card, for example to pay for a meal at one of the University restaurants, you must add money to the card. You can use the cash-to-chip machines at the University for this.

More information on the FAUcard is available on the FAU website.

All of your fellow students, irrespective of which semester they are in.

Studies or tours outside the university which are closely related to the contents of your degree programme.

Footnotes are placed at the bottom of the page and include citations or short explanatory notes. You will learn how to use footnotes in academic writing in the introductory sessions or tutorials. When all footnotes are provided at the end of a text, they are called ‘endnotes.’

FSI

Abbreviation for ‘Fachschaftsinitiative,’ an association of students of a specific subject. The FSI is an important point of contact for all problems and questions related to your studies.

www.fau.de/studierendenseiten (German only)

Since the summer semester 2011, students at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg can apply for an FAU Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship).

Information on potential funding may be found here:

www.fau.eu/study
www.km.bayern.de/

 

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The GOP is not one single examination but consists of several examinations which students have to pass during the first two semesters (three at the latest). The GOP gives students reliable feedback at an early point in time about their aptitude for the chosen degree programme. The examinations that are part of the GOP may only be re-sat once. This means that if you fail your second attempt at the GOP examinations you cannot retake the GOP or continue your studies in the subject at FAU or other universities in Germany.

H

„HiWi” is another word for student assistants

Students who are employed for a few hours per week at an institute or in administration. Tasks can be quite different and range from media support during lectures, the preparation of tutorials and placements, to lab work, work in libraries and photocopying documents. These jobs are preferable to those in industry because students do not lose sight of their studies and gain a deeper insight into academic life.

Textbooks written by a member of staff of an institute or department can be bought by students from bookshops at a discounted price. To do so, students need a Hörerschein signed by the author which confirms that they are attending a specific course for which the textbook is needed. The Hörerscheine can usually be obtained at the secretary’s office of the institute or department in question.

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IdM

IdM is short for ‘Identity Management,’ the central user management system at FAU and the IdM portal is the first point of contact for managing your ‘digital identity.’ Via this website, you can manage your user ID which will also allow you to use other web services at the University such as StudOn, mein campus, and campo and obtain an overview of your personal user account and degree details. First semester students have to activate their user ID — which is on the information sheet from the Student Records Office and on your student ID card — via the URL given below:

www.fau.eu/idm

Images of the University are available on FAU’s Instagram page. Photos of the University and various aspects of student life are posted several times a week. The University also reposts images from other Instagram users. You can find FAU under the name uni_fau and all images include the hashtags #unifau and #fau_germany.

At the beginning of the semester, there are introductory sessions for new students in most degree programmes. The time and place can be found on the IBZ information sheet, which is handed out and posted on the notice boards during the enrolment period.

https://www.fau.eu/studium

L

At FAU’s Language Centre, you can improve existing skills in a modern language or learn a new language from scratch. You can also take foreign language examinations and obtain proficiency certificates.

www.sz.fau.de (German only)

Alma mater, alumni, cum tempore, dies academicus, numerus clausus et cetera. Many Latin words are used at the University. You can find out for which subjects you need a Latin proficiency certificate and which level is actually required at the IBZ.

You can apply for leave from your studies (Beurlaubung) of up to two semesters for an important reason. Leave can be granted for studying abroad, illness, pregnancy or for child-care. You usually have to apply for leave before lectures start.

www.fau.eu/study

A spoken presentation by a lecturer on a specific subject. Lectures are held throughout the >semester with the aim to provide background to a subject and give students an overview of theoretical approaches, research results and scientific methods. The number of participants is not usually limited.

The ‘classroom’ at a University, where lectures are held.

Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg offer free legal advice for students. This includes practical advice for all legal difficulties related to your studies in Germany in the following areas: labour law, international law, tenancy law, examination law and contractual law.

Further information

 

If a student talks about the library, he normally means the university library.

Academic work also includes reading other academic texts. The necessary media to do so (books, journals, etc.) can be found in the University Library (abbreviated as UB or Uni-Bib in German) and all branch libraries.

For further information visit their homepage.

 

 

 

Where can I find a study room with WiFi and a scanner that’s open in the evening? The University Library’s Library Study Rooms Navigator knows!

In addition to the traditional quiet rooms, many of FAU’s libraries also have various study areas such as individual study booths, lounge areas, computer work stations or special rooms for blind people or parents with children. The Library Study Rooms Navigator provides information about the technical facilities and working conditions in these areas – with photos of the work spaces, maps, information about opening hours and instructions on how to get there using public transport.

M

University degree which follows after the Bachelor’s degree and which is comparable to the German Diplom or Magister. If you want to enrol for a Master’s degree programme, you need to have completed the preceding Bachelor’s degree programme with a final grade of 2.5 or better. At FAU the following Master’s degrees are awarded: the Master of Arts (MA) in the humanities and the Master of Science (MSc) in natural science, economics, and engineering. In Vocational Education in Engineering, the Master of Education (MEd) and in Law Studies, the Master of Laws (LLM) are awarded respectively.

www.fau.eu/master

Most examination regulations stipulate when students have to register for an examination (for example GOP or final exam) at the latest. If you exceed the maximum duration of studies without official permission from the University the examination counts as failed for the first time.

The online administration portal ‘mein campus’ is the virtual counterpart to the >Student Records Office and the Examinations Office (see Examinations/Examinations Office). It includes functions for student, examination, and class administration.

You can manage your personal account details, register for examinations and obtain an overview of your grades via www.campus.fau.de. You can also print out your official documents and ertificate of enrolment via mein campus.

www.campus.fau.de (German only)

The University has a new student blog: meineFAU. Read what students have written about everything to do with life at FAU, including living in the area, cultural events, going out tips, places to visit in the region, reports on stays abroad, interviews, and various initiatives.

The range of topics is just as diverse as the team behind the blog. The reports and interviews are often fun and light-hearted.

It’s worth taking a look and finding out about the many things that FAU and the region have to offer. And if you have any ideas about topics, initiatives or projects that you would like to introduce and see discussed in the blog or are running an event that could be of interest to its readers, please contact the team by e-mail.

 

 

The individual examination regulations stipulate that you will only be admitted to examinations once you have completed a certain minimum number of subject semesters. You can shorten this period if you meet all the subject-specific requirements (for example have earned the ‘Scheine’ or credits necessary to register for the final examination) or if you have successfully completed all the individual modules and the respective examinations.

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Literal translation: the name is still to be given. You will find this abbreviation again and again in the course catalogue. It means that the decision of who will ultimately teach the course still has to be made.

Important information for students is posted on the notice boards (schwarzes Brett) or announced by notices (Aushang, Zettel).

This also includes information on cancelled or re-scheduled classes, professors’ and lecturers’ office hours, examination dates and application deadlines. Students should therefore read the notice boards regularly.

This information is often also communicated electronically, for example via mailing lists, Facebook pages or on StudOn and mein campus.

On the notice boards, there are notices informing you on accommodation and job offers. The >notice boards are full of useful notices — make sure you keep track of them.

Admissions restriction that limits access to some degree programmes which are particularly popular and only have of a limited capacity for student intake. Places in the NC degree programmes are either awarded by the university itself or nationwide by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (Foundation for University Admissions, formerly ZVS). Current NC entry grades may be found here:

www.fau.de/nc (German only)

O

Office of Equal Opportunitiesy is responsible for all issues related to equality at FAU and offers advice on discrimination and sexual harassment.

Further information: Office of Equal Opportunities (German)

In contrast to the two-subject Bachelor’s degree (Zwei-Fach-Bachelor), you only study one subject in which you focus on certain topics. At FAU, all Bachelor of Science degree programmes, i.e. all disciplines at the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, are one-subject Bachelor’s degrees. However, there are also some one-subject Bachelor of Arts degrees in the humanities and in economics.

OPACplus provides online access to the FAU library catalogue. The catalogue allows you to search the entire University Library and all branch libraries. Apart from books and printed journals, you can also access electronic journals and literature databases. Via OPACplus, you can also use the inter-library loan services for literature which is not available at FAU and the campus delivery service FAUdok.

www.ub.uni-erlangen.de/index-en.shtml

The online publication system OPUS FAU is the central electronic archiving and publication platform for all FAU members. Qualified scientific works from research and teaching may be published here free of charge. The full texts are thus permanently available to the global public and are searchable and citable via catalogues and search engines.

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FAU students can apply for parking permits for the University car parks located at the School of Business and Economics in Nuremberg subject to a fee. Information: www.wiso.fau.de/parken

Note that you must apply and pay for parking permits before lectures begin — make sure that you do this in good time.

Almost every library at FAU is equipped with copying machines. Additional copying machines may be found in many lecture buildings. Payments are made with your student ID card, the FAUcard.

Some pictures say more than a thousand words. FAU has its own Pinterest site with plenty of photos of the university, students and local culture. There are lots of interesting facts (in German and English) and entertaining photos to be seen, so why not take a look?

http://www.pinterest.com/unifau/ (German)
http://www.pinterest.com/fauworldwide (English)

Internships and placements (for instance in trade and industrial companies) provide you with first experiences in professional life. In a number of university degree programmes, such placements and internships outside the university are part of your training and have to be completed during the holidays. For further information, please consult the respective examination regulations. You can find internships and other job offers on the Job portal for FAU students.

www.stellenwerk-fau.de (German only)

The head of a university, who is elected for up to six years and is usually one of the professors. In theory, however, the president does not have to be a member of the university and does not even have to be a professor. At other universit-ies, the president is also referred to as the rector. Formal (slightly outdated) form of address: Magnificence. At present, Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger is the President of FAU.

www.fau.eu/management

The FAU semester ticket covers the entire VGN network and was launched in the winter semester 2015/16. It allows students to use all forms of transport in the network.

More information is available on the VGN website.

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All students who are studying at FAU for more than a semester will need to re-register at the start of the next semester. To re-register, you will need to transfer the Student Services fee for the upcoming semester. If you do not transfer this fee to the University within the deadlines, you may face de-registration.

You can find the deadlines on this website.

 

 

 

In the first session of a class or lecture, a list of books is frequently handed out which are recommended as an introduction to the course.

Referat has more than one meaning in German. You may be familiar with the term as a graded presentation. Referat can also refer to a specific administrative office. At FAU, examples of Referat include the Central Office for International Affairs (Referat für Internationale Angelegenheiten) and the Office for Quality Management, Degree Programme Development, and Legal Affairs (Referat für Qualitätsmanagement, Studienprogrammentwicklung und Rechtsangelegenheiten).

At the start of the semester you must enrol in person at the Student Records Office at FAU.

  • Student Records Office at FAU, Halbmondstr. 6, Room 0.034 91054 Erlangen, Office hours: Mon–Fri 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m., studentenkanzlei@fau.de

You must bring the following documents to enrolment:

  • admissions letter
  • identity card or passport with valid visa
  • proof of residence (Meldebescheinigung) (only required for international students)
  • proof of health insurance or an exemption certificate for privately insured students or EU students (Befreiungsbescheinigung)
  • passport photo
  • original secondary education certificates and any degree certificates

All students must pay a social contribution to Student Services (Studentenwerksbeitrag). Please make this payment as soon as possible, preferably as soon as you open a German bank account.

More information on enrolment for international students is available under information for international applicants.

Information for all other prospective students is available at www.fau.de/studium/vor-dem-studium.

 

 

The restaurants and cafeterias in Erlangen and Nuremberg are operated by Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg. The current menu can be found in the FAU-App or online at:

www.studentenwerk.fau.de/verpflegung/de/speiseplaene.shtml (German only)

It can also be accessed via smartphone at:

http://stwer.my-mensa.de (German only)

 

RRZE provide IT services and support at FAU. Abbreviation for ‘Regionales Rechenzentrum Erlangen’ (Regional Computer Centre Erlangen) at FAU. RRZE is FAU’s internal IT service and manages free student user accounts and official e-mail addresses which are used by the University to contact students. RRZE also offers programming and other IT courses (software training) for students. Many of them are free of charge and even count as core skills which means that you can gain credits which count towards your degree.

www.rrze.fau.de (German only)

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A course or class starts at precisely the given time, i.e. 14:00 s.t. = start at 14:00. In contrast to c.t., s.t. is always stated explicitly.

At university, you have to compile your semester schedule yourself by using the course catalogue, in which title, time and place of a course are given, the study plan, and the examination regulations. If you need help with your first schedule, you can get support in the >introductory session or from the students’ representatives.

www.fau.eu/study

A ‘Schein’ is a certificate or official confirmation that you have successfully participated in a tutorial, a placement/internship or seminar. It is up to the lecturer to decide whether successful participation has to be demonstrated by a written examination, a presentation, a protocol or some other kind of achievement. In the modular degree programmes, ‘Scheine’ have mostly been replaced by module examinations.

Written documentation of a lecture available from the lecturer or the students’ representatives. Many lecturers provide additional documents for their classes online via StudOn. Students can catch up on selected lectures in the video portal.

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A semester refers to six months of studies at the university. There is a winter and a summer semester.

Teaching hours per week during the lecture period of a semester. Can also refer to the overall number of hours per semester for measuring the total workload of a degree programme which is now mainly measured using the ECTS system.

In collaboration with the local transport network (VGN), Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg is introducing a semester ticket for the winter semester 2015/16 and the summer semester 2016. All students must pay the fee for the basic ticket and may choose whether they also wish to purchase the additional ticket.

Further information and prices.

Classes on a specific topic with contributions by the participants on specific aspects of the main topic.

FAU does not tolerate sexual harassment. It has implemented guidelines for dealing with sexual harassment to provide all members of the University with information about this subject and to ensure their protection. If you have any questions or require support, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunities.

Welcome to FAU’s social media universe where you can find links to our posts, tweets and blogs so you can stay up to date about university life at FAU.

  • Facebook: Find out about important dates and what is going on at FAU on Facebook pages in German and English.
  • Twitter: If you never want to miss an important date you can follow FAU on Twitter. On the FAU Twitter feed you can find all events and dates FAU students should be aware of.
  • Instagram: See more of FAU: images of the University and various aspects of student life are posted on our Instagram feed several times a week. The University also reposts images from other Instagram users. You can find FAU under the name uni_fau and all images include the hashtags #unifau and #fau_germany.
  • Pinterest: The Nuremberg-Fürth-Erlangen region and FAU combine Franconian tradition and lifestyle with international flair. This great mixture is reflected on the University’s Pinterest-Auftritt page, introducing FAU, its students and the region itself. There is also an English page for our international guests.
  • Student blog ‘meineFAU’: On the student blog ‘meineFAU’ we publish articles about everything to do with life at FAU, including topics such as accommodation and living in the area, going out tips, places to visit in the region, reports on stays abroad, student initiatives and much more. The editorial team consists of students because students know best which topics are currently most interesting and pressing.
  • FAU app: The free FAU app for iOS and Android keeps you up-to-date when you’re on the go. What’s my professor’s e-mail address? Which room is my seminar in? What’s on the menu today? In the FAU app you can find the answers to these and many more questions.

University life is easier with the right IT skills. RRZE offers software training for students and staff at FAU at reasonable prices. Training sessions are available in Erlangen and Nuremberg. For the complete course programme and further information on signing up for a course, please see:

www.kurse.rrze.fau.de (German only)

Students and staff at FAU may participate in the University sports programme (Allgemeiner Hochschulsport). The University sports centre offers a broad programme at both Erlangen and Nuremberg. The programme is divided into sports classes and competitive sports with regular participation in university championships. Important note for all sports classes: please sign up online at an early point in time.

www.sport.fau.eu/university-sports.shtml

The standard duration of studies for each degree programme is stipulated by the respective examination regulations. Institutes are required to design studying regulations and courses offers in a way that allows you to complete your degree within the standard duration of studies.

The winter semester lasts from from October to March with lectures starting in mid-October and ending in mid-February. In the winter semester, the lecture period is interrupted by the Christmas break. The summer semester lasts from April to September with lectures starting in mid-April and ending in mid-July.

All important dates can be found on this website.

 

 

If you want to study medicine, pharmacy or dentistry at FAU, you have to apply via the Foundation for University Admissions. All details may be found at:

www.hochschulstart.de (German only)

IBZ, the Student Advice and Career Service, is your main point of contact for all questions concerning your studies. Here, you will find all the necessary information on the degree programmes offered at FAU: subject combinations, study plans, admission regulations, application procedures, studying abroad, etc. IBZ can offer advice if you have problems during your studies or if you want to change your subject or transfer to another university. IBZ can also provide information on the structure and contents of individual degree programmes.

www.fau.eu/ibz

Students who are employed for a few hours per week at an institute or in administration. Tasks can be quite different and range from media support during lectures, the preparation of tutorials and placements, to lab work, work in libraries and photocopying documents. These jobs are preferable to those in industry because students do not lose sight of their studies and gain a deeper insight into academic life.

Each faculty has a committee called the Student Association (Fachschaftsvertretung, FSV) which is responsible for internal affairs.

Both the Catholic (KHG) and the Protestant (ESG) church operate student communities in Erlangen and Nuremberg. The student communities are open to students of all subjects, nationalities, denominations, and religions. KHG and ESG organise weekly meetings at their respective locations with church services and prayers, shared meals and other events.

www.khg-erlangen.de (German only)
www.esg-erlangen.de (German only)

The student ID card provides evidence that you are enrolled as a student to the University and external organisations. In museums, theatres, cinemas, etc. you will often get tickets at a reduced price when you show your student ID. However, the FAUcard, FAU’s student ID, is a multifunction chip card and offers a lot more. The FAUcard can also be used for payment in the University restaurants and cafeterias, as a library card, a copy card and for electronic access control. In addition, you can obtain an International Student ID card (ISIC) for a fee at one of the student travel agencies or at Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg. To do so, you need a passport photo and your student ID card. With the ISIC, you can also benefit from discounts abroad.

www.fau.eu/faucard

 

 

The Student Records Office at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg is responsible for enrolment, de-registration and changes of subjects/degree programmes. It is also the first point of contact for all questions on re-registration, and leave (Beurlaubung). The Student Records Office is based in Erlangen in Halbmondstraße 6-8, Room 0.034. A branch office is located in Nuremberg in Lange Gasse, Room 2.123. It is open on Wednesday from 09:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. during lecture times. For further information visit the FAU website.

On enrolment, each student receives their personal registration number. This number will accompany you throughout your entire studies at the University. You have to enter your registration number on many forms, which is why you should memorise it as soon as possible. Your student ID card will help you to remember it.

The activities and tasks of Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg include economic support of students, social and health care, the building and operation of student residences and the provision of service units in the cultural and social sector.

www.studentenwerk.fau.eu

All students admitted to FAU must enrol at the Student Records Office by the deadline stated in the admissions letter. The Student Services fee (currently EUR 42) must be paid on enrolment. This fee pays for subsidised meals in the restaurants and cafeterias as well as for student support and advice services. You must pay the Student Services fee for each semester you study at FAU. You must also pay a contribution towards the semester ticket each semester (EUR 65 as of the winter semester 2015/16). The total fee is therefore currently EUR 107 per semester.

More information is available on the Student Services website.

The student survey is also called FAU-Panel.

Each year in January, students at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg are asked to participate in an online student survey. It is worthwhile to participate since the results are taken seriously and have a direct impact on University policy. The panel aims to improve studying conditions at FAU in the long run.

The students’ representatives (Stuve) is an elected body which represents students’ interests at FAU. Stuve are on several University committees and are also active in the state and federal student associations. For students, they offer numerous opportunities to have a say in the set-up of degree programmes and to shape academic life for their fellow students at FAU. For further information on Stuve, please see:

www.stuve.fau.de (German only)

At www.ersti.fau.de (German only) Stuve provides a check-list with the most important tasks when you start your studies.

StudOn is FAU’s platform for online learning and course management. Students can register for courses via StudOn and access or store seminar handouts, reading lists and general information. StudOn also allows direct exchange between students and lecturers in forums, chats and Wikis. StudOn is also used for online examinations. Students can log on with their University user account.

www.studon.fau.de (German only)

List of courses which must be taken over the course of your studies.

If you want to spend one or more semesters studying abroad, FAU’s Central Office for International Affairs can offer help and advice.

It is important that you start planning your stay abroad at an early point in time since application processes can sometimes take a long time. Application forms for funding can also be obtained from the Central Office for International Affairs

More information is available on the FAU website.

Regulations based on the examination regulations of individual subjects which stipulate the detailed structure of a degree programme.

Subject advisors offer advice on all subject-related questions during your studies. The advisors all teach at the relevant faculty of study. Names, addresses, office hours and telephone numbers are available from the IBZ.

www.fau.eu/study

The number of semesters you have been or were enrolled in for a specific degree programme without leave.

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This document exists since the Bologna reform. It is, so to speak, an excerpt from a student’s records. The Transcript of Records contains detailed information on grades and examination dates.

Tutorials serve to advance your theoretical, methodical and/or practical skills by way of exemplary exercises. Tutorials are usually offered in parallel to >lectures to deepen or practise the contents of the lecture.

Tutorial with a limited number of participants which is supervised by a student in a higher semester (tutor). Tutorials by students often supplement >seminars and lectures and give you the opportunity to ask questions which could not be answered in class.

If you never want to miss an important date you can follow FAU on Twitter. FAU tweets all dates and events relevant for students.

www.twitter.com/unifau (German)

www.twitter.com/FAU_Germany (English)

Most of the Bachelor of Arts degree programmes at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology consist of two subjects, a major and a minor subject, which have to be registered on enrolment. You are comparatively free in the combination of subjects. Nevertheless, you should consider how much work you want to take on during your studies. The IBZ will help you with recommendations.

The majority of one-subject Bachelor of Art degree programmes are offered in business and economics at FAU.

https://www.fau.de/studium/vor-dem-studium/studiengaenge/alle-studiengaenge/(German only)

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The University Library (UB) provides an overview of its services for FAU members and the opportunity to book an appointment with one of its expert staff online with the UB Coach. Information and advice is available on research, publishing, copyright, licensing, publishing rights, academic work and networking.

 

Academic work also includes reading other academic texts. The necessary media to do so (books, journals, etc.) can be found in the University Library (abbreviated as UB or Uni-Bib in German) and all branch libraries.

For further information visit the university library’s homepage.

The total number of semesters in which you were enrolled at a university. If you change your degree programme, the number of university semesters is continued. Previous semesters in a different degree programme usually do not count towards the number of subject semesters, unless the two degree programmes are similar in content.

The University Sports programme is open to students, doctoral candidates and staff and runs a wide range of low-cost sports courses in Erlangen and Nuremberg. The programme is divided into sports classes and competitive sports with regular participation in university championships. Important note for all sports classes: please sign up online at an early point in time.

More information is available on the FAU website.

UnivIS is short for University Information System. As the name already indicates, it is FAU’s central information system. Via UnivIS, you have access to the electronic course catalogue and can compile a list of the classes you are taking. UnivIS also contains a directory of all people and institutions at FAU, a publication database and information on current job offers. Via the integrated search function, you can locate all rooms at FAU and get the contact details of staff and lecturers.

 

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Via the academic portal ‘iTunes U’ (the U stands for university) in the Apple iTunes Store or the internal ‘FAU Video portal,’ you can access free videos, podcasts and pdfs of selected lectures and lectures series, contributions by and on the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and much more. In contrast to iTunes, the video portal can be accessed via a web browser without any additional software. Limited access content can at present only be viewed via the video portal in connection with StudOn.

www.video.fau.de (German only)

The head of the university is the president, who is supported by several vice presidents who are each responsible for a particular area, such as teaching or research. The number of vice presidents is not fixed.

There are currently four vice presidents at FAU. The term of office began on 1 April 2015 and usually lasts for three years.

Prof. Dr. Antje Kley is the Vice President for Teacher Training and Equal Opportunities. Prof. Dr. Günter Leugering is the Vice President for International Affairs and Prof. Dr. Nadine Gatzert is the Vice President for Research. Prof. Dr. Friedrich Paulsen is the Vice President for Teaching and Learning.

More information is available on the members of the Executive Board is available on the FAU website.

In order to obtain an apostille you will require prior certification (Vorbeglaubigung) from the University. This is issued by the Office of Legal Affairs, Degree Programme Development and State Tuition Funding (L1) at FAU. Detailed information is available on the apostille information sheet.

 

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At FAU, each student receives their own e-mail address. You can use it after activation of your student user ID in IdM. You can access this mailbox using webmail at

https://studmail.uni-erlangen.de (German only) or by using e-mail programmes such as Outlook or Thunderbird.

If you do not want to use this address actively, you can also change the settings to have your e-mails forwarded to another address at the given URL.

The women’s representative is supported by the Office of Equal Opportunities.

The Office of Equal Opportunities is committed to the promotion of gender mainstreaming and diversity at FAU. Sex, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities should be no obstacle during your studies or doctoral degree or in your professional life. At present, the office co-ordinates several projects and activities.

More information is available on the Office of Equal Opportunities website.

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ZVS

Central authority for the allocation of study places, now called Foundation for University Admissions.