The academic year is subdivided into the winter semester (Oct. 1 – Mar. 31) and the summer semester (Apr. 1 – Sept. 30). Within each semester there is the lecture period (mid-Oct. to mid-Feb. resp. mid-April to mid-July) and the period without lectures (mid-Feb. to mid-April resp. mid-July to mid-Oct.). In general, exams are held right after the end of both lecture periods; however, there may be slight deviations.
Here you can find the academic calendars for:
The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is meant to function as a bridge between the different European study systems. Core elements of the ECTS are the so-called credits – a measuring unit for the student’s workload. ECTS credits are based on the workload necessary for an average student to pass a certain course or module successfully. The work load includes attendance at the course, the student’s work before and after the course, as well as preparation for the exam, and the exam itself.
One ECTS credit point reflects a student’s workload of 25 to 30 hours. The workload of one academic year usually equals 60, the workload of one semester 30 credit points. In lectures without control of the German students’ academic performance, exchange students can individually arrange with their teachers for a performance control in order to comply with the conditions for the allocation of ECTS credits.
Information on ECTS points can be found in the “Studienordnung.” The course register states the respective ECTS points for the courses. Should this not be the case, it is always possible to calculate the number of ECTS points on the basis of the “Studienordnung.”