A warm welcome to new students joining us!
At FU Berlin, the academic year is divided into two parts, called semesters:
The lecture period of the winter semester starts mid-October and extends to mid-February.
Oficially the summer semester spreads from 01 October to 31 of March.
The lecture time of the winter semester starts mid-April and ends around mid-July.
Oficially the summer semester spreads from 01 April to 30 of September.
- Semster break:
Sometimes exams are written in the first weeks that follow the lecture period or a second exam for those who want to improve their achievements is offered during semester break.
A number of courses are offered as blocks between each semester's lecture periods. This includes the intensive language courses.
An exchange student usually will stay for one semester.
- courses in your subject and additional other courses for Incomings
- ECTS credit points and
- how to filter for English courses
- how to complete the (Online) Learning Agreements (OLA)
Usually, lectures are given in German. English is the exception.
The course language of each individual lecture is specified in the course catalog in the course descriptions under the term "Unterrichtssprache/Course language".If in doubt, contact the lecturer of a specific course and ask about the language he teaches in.
- Language requirements for ERASMUS incoming students
- German language courses prior to and during the semester offered by the FU Language Centre
At the beginning of the semester, it is important that you register in the Campus Management system all courses that you want to take, as agreed in the Learning Agreement. This makes it possible to earn credit points and grades.
When a lecture and "practice seminar" belong together, register for both.
Our International Mentor may help you with the use of the system, as well as with the MyCampus/Whiteboard Learning Management system.
Depending on your enrollment, you will see only a limited selection of courses; in case some of your courses are not offered, use the module registration form and drop it in the mailbox in front of the examination office. (As the reason for using the form, write: Erasmus.)
To obtain the transcript of records (ToR), complete
and send it together with all other documents required via email to email@example.com.Adhere to the email etiquette, please. We are no machines, nor servants and wish to be treated according to our education.
PLEASE do fill in ALL information asked for and do read it thoroughly!
- PDFs of all your participatory and active attendance grade certificates (Leistungsnachweise/Scheine/Teilnahmebestätigungen)
- and a "Leistungsübersicht" with your grades you may download from Campus Management
You are responsible to deliver us the grades and ECTS you actually achieved (last colum in the ToR request form), not the official ECTS you might get for a course.
As usually the grades are entered into Campus Management only after the make-up exam (the second exam for those who failed the first exam) has been graded, it might take some time up to several months until the transcript of records can be issued. If you do not intend to take part in the make-up exam, you can ask your teachers to enter your grades in CM or confirm them on a grade certificate as soon as they are known, in order to speed up the process.
The ToR can only be issued once you have collected ALL your grade certificates. Should this not be the case before your departure, then please wait until you receive the certificates from your professors and pass on all the required documents as PDFs via email to firstname.lastname@example.org once you have received them.
There is no deadline for issuing the ToR.
Be advised that we cannot issue more than one ToR and no temporary transcripts will be issued.
Upon completion, the transcript of records will be sent to your home university by email. You may also get a scanned copy. The original paper document will follow per postal service to the address you specified in the ToR request form.
Should you need a confirmation of stay, please turn to email@example.com.
The Incoming-Team will have sent you a mail at the end of the semester containing questions you are suppposed to answer in your mail request for a confirmation of stay. Do not forget to attach the form for the confirmation of stay provided by your home university!
The Incoming-Team will send the confirmation directly to your home university and cc you.
Courses, ECTS credits and course language
Exchange students are invited to attend all lectures and seminars which fit into their curriculum.
Which courses are offered in English or German/English?
To find all couses offered in English,
go to https://mycampus.imp.fu-berlin.de/mvs2/course/overview/?locale=en
Choose Faculties: Mathematics and Computer Science,
Semester: WiSe 2023/24,
Course Language: English (or German/English),
- click "Show Ancillary Courses" (nothing else)
- click "View".
- In the following list, filter for the status "Published" (these are the courses that will actually take place).
Which are the courses on offer and how many ECTS credits do I get for them?
You find the most comprehensive course descriptions including ECTS credit points in theCourse Management / Curriculum System of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (MVS = Modulverwaltungssystem)
Go to https://mycampus.imp.fu-berlin.de/mvs2/
→ Course Planning/Planung
→ Course-oriented Schedule or Module-oriented Schedule
→ Faculty: Mathematics and Computer Science
→ Department/Fachrichtung: Mathematics / Bioinformatics / Computer Science
By clicking on the courses that interest you, you may get information about their contents and their ECTS credits (LP = Leistungspunkte).
Additional sources for availabe courses are:
The final list of classes for the winter semester is usually available in June, and the classes for the summer semester in January.
Some courses are given annually, some every two years, but there are also additional courses which are given only occasionally or only once.
The information about the credit points is unfortunately not so straightforward to find.
In the longtermschedule, you can chose either the course-oriented or the module-oriented schedule:1. In the module-oriented schedule select the appropriate study program (Bachelor/Master) as follows:
You then see the ECTS credit points for each module in the left column in light blue color marked as "LP".
0086c: 2014, BSc Informatik (Mono), 150 LPs
0089c: 2014, MSc Informatik (Mono), 120 LPs
0084d: 2013, BSc Mathematik (Mono), 120 LPs
0280c: 2018, MSc Mathematik (Mono), 120 LPs
0260c: 2012, BSc Bioinformatik (Mono), 150 LPs
0262c: 2019, MSc Bioinformatik (Mono), 120 LPs
Example: If at home you study in the computer engineering department at the undergraduate level, it is the regulation "0086c: 2014, BSc Informatik (mono), 150 LPs" you need to choose at FU Berlin to see BSc courses.
2. In the course-oriented schedule:
As a rule, classes with 4+2 hours (4 hours lectures and 2 hours exercises) typically have 10 ECTS, sometimes less, classes with 2+2 hours or seminars with 2 hours have typically 5 ECTS.
The leftmost column under the heading "Modules" shows one or several "module keys".
Select the module key with the prefix of your study program according to the above list and click it (e.g. 0086c).
A subwindow will open, in which you find the ECTS credits in the box with the heading "LP".
For bioinformatics, the course-based view is incomplete because many courses are given by other departments.
Usually, lectures are paired up with exercise/tutorial classes ("practice seminar"), and the lecture plus the excercises together form one module.
The ETCS credits are given for the module.
You have to pass both, the criteria for the exercises (usually based on regular participation, and submitting exercise sheets) and for the lecture (typically an exam) to get the credits for the module.
Besides these "practice seminars", there are also other seminars, that truly have the character of a seminar. Usually the participants prepare a presentation based on studying the literature.
First of all, please read this AND the information in the Distributed Campus portal.
As a student of Mathematics or Computer Science, you need to enter modules into the lines of the OLA:
- If a module consists of several items, as is usually the case, enter the CODE number for both items on one line, e.g. 19303701+19303702 or 19303701/02.
- For the SUBJECT, it is sufficient to name the subject of the lecture and add "and practice seminar". (This is despite the fact that the Distributed Campus portal recommends to enter "only individual courses (seminar, lecture, exercise, etc.)".
- There is an exception for some modules that stretch over two semesters, or some 15-credit modules that combine lectures and seminars.
For BSc students: General professional skills courses (ABV)
These couses (marked as ABV in the course catalog) may provide you with interdisciplinary skills in different areas to improve your career prospects: information and media, gender and diversity, organization and management, communication, sustainable development or subject-related additional qualifications.
Courses for International Exchange Students: “Berlin and Germany in a European Perspective"
As an exchange student may sign up for special courses on “Berlin and Germany in a European Perspective". The different modules cover key aspects of German history, culture or society and help you acquire useful skills for a German academic environment. They give 5 ECTS each.
- Orientation in Berlin and Germany (GER)
- Central Aspects of German and European Society and Culture (GER)
- Key Issues of German and European Culture (GER)
- Film, Art and Literature in a Social and Cultural Context (GER)
- Aspects of German and European Culture (ENG)
- German and European Politics (ENG)
- German Media – Media in Germany (ENG)
- German History in a European Context (ENG)
- Economy and Economics in Germany and Europe (ENG)
German Language Courses
The FU Language Centre offers German language courses prior to and during the semester:
- the six-week intensive pre-semester courses may be booked for a reduced participation fee by exchange students
- courses during the semester range from 4–8 hours per week and are free of charge