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Responsibilities within the Faculty

Who has got what responsibilities within the Faculty, and where can you find these people?

In principle, all staff of the Faculty and its Departments are available to help with your questions. Within each Department, there are numerous advisors for students, staff to support international student and staff mobility, and staff with responsibilities for individual modules of the curriculum. Their contacts and office hours are usually listed on the respective Department's web pages.

                  

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All FAQs and answers at a glance

This page lists all currently available FAQs and corresponding answers.

 1. Who has got what responsibilities within the Faculty, and where can you find these people?

In principle, all staff of the Faculty and its Departments are available to help with your questions. Within each Department, there are numerous advisors for students, staff to support international student and staff mobility, and staff with responsibilities for individual modules of the curriculum. Their contacts and office hours are usually listed on the respective Department's web pages.

2. What courses can be attended during a term at a university abroad?

Whilst studying at a university abroad, you are (in principle) free to chose any course you are interested in. However, if the contents and results of your studies abroad are supposed to be recognized here as part of your course of study, you should try and find courses that are equivalent to the courses you would have studied here. 

3. What kind of courses and achievements from a term abroad can be recognized for courses of study here at the Faculty?

Make sure you seek advice on this issue well in advance to your intended stay at a university abroad. Contact staff responsible for international student and staff mobility, and also the person(s) responsible for the module(s) where you wish to integrate achievements from your stay abroad. They will certainly aim to help you to integrate as many of your achievements from your term abroad as possible. Once you have discussed and agreed with staff at your Department the courses that you may study abroad and integrate into your course of study here upon your return, it is worth documenting this agreement in written form.
Please note: Even though staff in the Departments will support your stay abroad as much as they can, there may be instances where your achievements from your term abroad cannot be recognized and integrated into your course of study here. When planning for a stay abroad, do take into considereation that this may result in a prolongation of your course of study.

4. How do you organize a term abroad?  

There is no one and only method or best practice. First, you have to decide whether you wish to attend courses at a university abroad, or whether you would like to do an internship/work experience with a business or an organization abroad. Second, seek information about staying abroad as much in advance as possible. Contact the JLU's International Office, the Department's staff responsible for student and staff mobility, and (if appropriate and available) also staff who monitor the Department's portfolio of internships and work experiences. Staff should explain to you the preconditions, frameworks, and also support mechanisms to facilitate your stay abroad (key words: exchange programmes; scholarships, bursaries and other funding schemes; BAFöG for study abroad).
Should you wish to study at a university abroad, find out whether there are any partnership schemes or agreements on cooperation between that university and the JLU. Will you have to organize the term abroad individually, or will the JLU be able to support you on the basis of existing agreements of cooperation?
If you organize your stay at a university abroad individually, ask the prospective host university for information material such as university prospectus, course packages and also about accomodation and any social services the university may offer to international students. Also, find out whether the prospective host university offers courses that you could have recognized and integrated into your course of study here at the JLU upon your return. If you wish to attend courses abroad, and to have them recognized here as part of your course of study, do contact staff with responsibility for the module that you wish to study for whilst abroad. Any agreements concerning the recognition of achievements abroad for your course of study here should be documented in written form.

5. Where do you find individual descriptions of modules?

Descriptions of modules are part of the regulations that define and govern a course of study. You find these regulations, and as part thereof a collection of all descriptions of modules, in www.uni-giessen.de/cms/mug. You may come across descriptions of modules on the Departments' web pages. If you do, make sure the descriptions there do not differ from the descriptions you find if you follow the link above. Should there be differences, please contact a student advisor in your Department and ask for clarification. 

6. Do you have to follow the prescribed course of modules, or can you move modules forwards and backwards as you please?

You will have to follow the outline of the course of study, as modules build on one another. Any flexibility, especially the opportunity to study a module later than prescribed, is indicated in the schematic course of modules by means of grey boxes. Do read the descriptions of modules as well: some have defined that you will need to have attended module Y successfully in order to be allowed attendance of module X. Others do not formulate this conditions and can therefore be studied sooner than prescribed. Please note: It is usually rather uncomplicated to move entire modules forwards or backwards by a term or a year (depending on how frequently the module is offered). To move parts of a module forwards or backwards by a term or a year, however, is usually dificult and necessitates both the permission of staff responsible for the respective module and a notification to the Exams Office.

7. When do you have to study which module?

 The outline of the course of study shows what module, and what lecture or seminare within the module, will have to be studied when. Make sure you own the correct outline for the course of study you follow, i.e. do  not confuse first and second major, for instance! The study guide tells you what information is held in an outline of a course of study.

8. Who is responsible for a module?

The name of the person responsible for a module is usually given within the description of the respective module. Some Departments, however, make responsibilities known through posters within the Department.

9. What happens if you failed one or two courses within a module?

Read the description of the module in question and find out about the regulations for re-sitting failed exams. The Board of Examiners for BA- and MA-programmes, and the Board of Examiners for Teacher Training Programmes have set fixed periods of time throughout the academic year when exams will have to take place. You find these plans published on the web pages of the Exams Office for the Humanities, and of the Exams Office for Teacher Training Programmes. Course instructors follow these plans. Usually, instructors publish the dates for re-sits of an exam together with the results of the original exam. Should you have failed a course, get in touch with your course instructor immediately and ask about further procedures. Do not wait for your instructor to contact you!  
Note: should you have failed an entire module after all re-sits, you will not be able to continue the course of study of which the module is a part.

10. Where do you find information about the periods of time or the dates of exams?

Dates for exams within lectures, seminars etc. (such as for instance dates for written or oral tests, submission dates for term papers) are made known by the course instructors themselves during the first couple of sessions. For re-sits of failed exams, the Board of Examiners for BA- and MA-programmes, and the Board of Examiners for Teacher Training Programmes have set fixed periods of time throughout the academic year. You find these plans published on the web pages of the Exams Office for the Humanities, and of the Exams Office for Teacher Training Programmes.

11. What happens if you extend the normal period of study by one or more terms? Are there fees to pay for an extension of the normal period of study?

The Regulations of Study for all BA- and MA-programmes at the Faculty set down that the programmes should be studied within six and four terms respectively. Especially students who spend some time abroad during their studies are likely to take more time to complete their courses of study. There are no consequences or sanctions to be expected if they do. However, students who receive BAFöG may have to expect a termination of funding if they take more than six or four terms to complete their BA- or MA-programme.
There are no fees for students who extend the normal period of study by one or more terms. 

12. Do students in Diplom or Magister programmes of study have to register with FlexNow?

For the subjects English and German, students in Diplom and Magister programmes do have to register with FlexNow. Those who study any of the Romance or Slavic languages within a Diplom or Magister programme of study do not have to register with FlexNow.

13. Who do you contact should there be problems whilst registering with FlexNow?

Contact the FlexNow team in the first place. Their contacts and office hours are published on the FlexNow web pages. In some cases, however, your FlexNow problem is actually part of a problem that may have arisen in your course of study because you moved modules, failed an exam or the like. In these cases, contact the student advisors in the Departments. 

14. What do you have to do when you registered for a course via FlexNow  but decide not to attend that course after all?

Once you have registered for a course via FlexNow, you have automatically registered for both the entire module, and also for the examination of the course in question as well. If you do not wish to attend the course, you will have to unsubscribe from the course. Approximately until the end of October/beginning of November, you will be able to do that yourself via FlexNow (the deadlines are published on the FlexNow web pages). After that, and depending on your programme of study, you will have to contact the Exams Office for Humanities or the Exams Office for Teacher Training Programmes. See also the Study Guide, chapter "Exams".


Courses abroad

What courses can be attended during a term at a university abroad?

Whilst studying at a university abroad, you are (in principle) free to chose any course you are interested in. However, if the contents and results of your studies abroad are supposed to be recognized here as part of your course of study, you should try and find courses that are equivalent to the courses you would have studied here. 
                  

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Recognition of courses

What kind of courses and achievements from a term abroad can be recognized for courses of study here at the Faculty?

Make sure you seek advice on this issue well in advance to your intended stay at a university abroad. Contact staff responsible for international student and staff mobility, and also the person(s) responsible for the module(s) where you wish to integrate achievements from your stay abroad. They will certainly aim to help you to integrate as many of your achievements from your term abroad as possible. Once you have discussed and agreed with staff at your Department the courses that you may study abroad and integrate into your course of study here upon your return, it is worth documenting this agreement in written form.
Please note: Even though staff in the Departments will support your stay abroad as much as they can, there may be instances where your achievements from your term abroad cannot be recognized and integrated into your course of study here. When planning for a stay abroad, do take into considereation that this may result in a prolongation of your course of study.

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Organization of a term abroad

How do you organize a term abroad?  

There is not one and only method or best practice. First, you have to decide whether you wish to attend courses at a university abroad, or whether you would like to do an internship/work experience with a business or an organization abroad. Second, seek information about staying abroad as much in advance as possible. Contact the JLU's International Office, the Department's staff responsible for student and staff mobility, and (if appropriate and available) also staff who monitor the Department's portfolio of internships and work experiences. Staff should explain to you the preconditions, frameworks, and also support mechanisms to facilitate your stay abroad (key words: exchange programmes; scholarships, bursaries and other funding schemes; BAFöG for study abroad).
Should you wish to study at a university abroad, find out whether there are any partnership schemes or agreements on cooperation between that university and the JLU. Will you have to organize the term abroad individually, or will the JLU be able to support you on the basis of existing agreements of cooperation?
If you organize your stay at a university abroad individually, ask the prospective host university for information material such as university prospectus, course packages and also about accomodation and any social services the university may offer to international students. Also, find out whether the prospective host university offers courses that you could have recognized and integrated into your course of study here at the JLU upon your return. If you wish to attend courses abroad, and to have them recognized here as part of your course of study, do contact staff with responsibility for the module that you wish to study for whilst abroad. Any agreements concerning the recognition of achievements abroad for your course of study here should be documented in written form.   

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Where to find descriptions of modules

Where do you find individual descriptions of modules?

Descriptions of modules are part of the regulations that define and govern a course of study. You find these regulations, and as part thereof a collection of all descriptions of modules, in www.uni-giessen.de/cms/mug. You may come across descriptions of modules on the Departments' web pages. If you do, make sure the descriptions there do not differ from the descriptions you find if you follow the link above. Should there be differences, please contact a student advisor in your Department and ask for clarification. 

                  

Show all FAQs

Following the course of modules

Do you have to follow the prescribed course of modules, or can you move modules forwards and backwards as you please?

You will have to follow the outline of the course of study, as modules build on one another. Any flexibility, especially the opportunity to study a module later than prescribed, is indicated in the schematic course of modules by means of grey boxes. Do read the descriptions of modules as well: some have defined that you will need to have attended module Y successfully in order to be allowed attendance of module X. Others do not formulate this conditions and can therefore be studied sooner than prescribed. Please note: It is usually rather uncomplicated to move entire modules forwards or backwards by a term or a year (depending on how frequently the module is offered). To move parts of a module forwards or backwards by a term or a year, however, is usually dificult and necessitates both the permission of staff responsible for the respective module and a notification to the Exams Office.

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When to study what

When do you have to study which module?

The outline of the course of study shows what module, and what lecture or seminare within the module, will have to be studied when. Make sure you own the correct outline for the course of study you follow, i.e. do  not confuse first and second major, for instance! The study guide tells you what information is held in an outline of a course of study.

                  

Show all FAQs

Responsibility for a module

Who is responsible for a module?

The name of the person responsible for a module is usually given within the description of the respective module. Some Departments, however, make responsibilities known through posters within the Department.
                  

Show all FAQs

 

Failing a course

What happens if you failed one or two courses within a module?
Read the description of the module in question and find out about the regulations for re-sitting failed exams. The Board of Examiners for BA- and MA-programmes, and the Board of Examiners for Teacher Training Programmes have set fixed periods of time throughout the academic year when exams will have to take place. You find these plans published on the web pages of the Exams Office for the Humanities, and of the Exams Office for Teacher Training Programmes. Course instructors follow these plans. Usually, instructors publish the dates for re-sits of an exam together with the results of the original exam. Should you have failed a course, get in touch with your course instructor immediately and ask about further procedures. Do not wait for your instructor to contact you!  
Note: should you have failed an entire module after all re-sits, you will not be able to continue the course of study of which the module is a part.

                  

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Dates and Deadlines

Where do you find information about the periods of time or the dates of exams?

Dates for exams within lectures, seminars etc. (such as for instance dates for written or oral tests, submission dates for term papers) are made known by the course instructors themselves during the first couple of sessions. For re-sits of failed exams, the Board of Examiners for BA- and MA-programmes, and the Board of Examiners for Teacher Training Programmes have set fixed periods of time throughout the academic year. You find these plans published on the web pages of the Exams Office for the Humanities, and of the Exams Office for Teacher Training Programmes.

 

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Extending the normal period of study by one or more terms

What happens if you extend the normal period of study by one or more terms? Are there fees to pay for an extension of the normal period of study?

The Regulations of Study for all BA- and MA-programmes at the Faculty set down that the programmes should be studied within six and four terms respectively. Especially students who spend some time abroad during their studies are likely to take more time to complete their courses of study. There are no consequences or sanctions to be expected if they do. However, students who receive BAFöG may have to expect a termination of funding if they take more than six or four terms to complete their BA- or MA-programme.
There are no fees for students who extend the normal period of study by one or more terms.

                  

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FlexNow and Diplom/Magister study programmes

Do students in Diplom or Magister programmes of study have to register with FlexNow?

For the subjects English and German, students in Diplom and Magister programmes do have to register with FlexNow. Those who study any of the Romance or Slavic languages within a Diplom or Magister programme of study do not have to register with FlexNow.

                  

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Contact FlexNow

Who do you contact should there be problems whilst registering with FlexNow?

Contact the FlexNow team in the first place. Their contacts and office hours are published on the FlexNow web pages. In some cases, however, your FlexNow problem is actually part of a problem that may have arisen in your course of study because you moved modules, failed an exam or the like. In these cases, contact the student advisors in the Departments. 
                  

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Subscribe / Unsubscribe in FlexNow

What do you have to do when you registered for a course via FlexNow but decide not to attend that course after all?

Once you have registered for a course via FlexNow, you have automatically registered for both the entire module, and also for the examination of the course in question as well. If you do not wish to attend the course, you will have to unsubscribe from the course. Approximately until the end of October/beginning of November, you will be able to do that yourself via FlexNow (the deadlines are published on the FlexNow web pages). After that, and depending on your programme of study, you will have to contact the Exams Office for Humanities or the Exams Office for Teacher Training Programmes. See also the Study Guide, chapter "Exams".

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