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Using the Course Catalog

The new course catalog offers various ways to find courses quickly. You can access your course either via the institution-specific main navigation features, the search function, or the A-Z overview of subjects.

Hauptnavigation VV


Hauptnavigation VV


The institution-specific main menu allows users to navigate the courses offered by a department and access individual courses, based on the department (or another organizational unit at Freie Universität Berlin, such as a central institute or central service). To do this, you need to consider at each level which institute, study program, or module interests you. The blue bar above the main content area shows your current position in the structure. You can also use this bar to go back one or more levels..

Navigation Kernfach VV

Regardless of which level you are on, the quick search function is always located in the upper right on every page. Please note that the search function is dependent on the semester, so if you are in a past semester, the quick search will find exactly the courses that were held during that semester.

You can enter multiple search terms in the search field. You can also search for the just the start of a word. The search engine searches the “Title” (Titel), “Instructor” (Dozent), and “Course Number” (LV-Nummer) fields.

Quick search examples:

  • Entering “psychology” as a search term will find all entries containing this word.

  • Entering “Schneider” as a search term will find all courses held by any person with this last name.

  • If you enter a defined course number, that course is displayed right away.

  • If there are no entries containing the exact search term you entered, the search term is used as the start of a word. Examples:

  • Entering “national” as a search term finds all entries containing words that start with “national,” such as “nationalism.”

  • Entering “diet” as a search term will find all courses offered by instructors with names such as “Dieter,” “Dietmar,” or “Dietrich.”

  • If you search for “1200,” the system finds all courses starting with this number. Please note: If the number range you search for happens to be similar to a number contained in a course title (e.g. “1945”), just this course will be found.

Advanced search:

You can also use the drop-down menu to access the advanced search function, which offers you more settings and filtering options. If there are a lot of results for your search, you can use filters to limit the results displayed. The page itself contains an overview of all search criteria.

Suche VV

You can also change your search results by using the menus on the right-hand side to

  • change to a different semester,

  • restrict results to a specific department, or

  • display only courses falling within a specific category (lecture (Vorlesung), seminar, etc.).

Searching for course offerings in specific languages:

If you wish to search for courses in specific languages, select the language and the provider (Anbieter, generally the department). You do not need to enter a search term in this case.


A-Z Übersicht VV

If you as a user do not know where your program is located within the structure, you can also use the A-Z overview to select a program from any page. The application will then take you directly to the appropriate location in the structure.

Der Modulfilter

Clicking just two links will take you to the “Subject” (Studienfach) level, where you can see all courses offered in this subject from within the study regulations selected. This page may be very long in some cases. To limit the results, use the filter functions to choose a specific “phase” or even a “concentration” (Schwerpunkt) for your program. This will shorten the list right away. The filter function also tells you how many modules are included in the relevant area.

You can access the print view by clicking the printer symbol at upper right in the application. The print view was designed specifically to show any hidden information or information from lower levels on a planar and printer-friendly basis for later printing. The print view opens all hidden text modules (comments, references to reading materials, etc.) and reformats them accordingly.

The print view is accessible from any level; you can even use it to generate a printer-friendly list of search results.

For questions regarding the content of the course catalog, please contact the relevant department or the respective institution.


Every level and almost every status in the online course catalog can be reached via a defined URI (Uniform Resource Identifier). Every navigation or search in the course catalog automatically generates a corresponding URI in the browser’s address bar. This information can be used as a link across multiple applications (such as in the CMS, but also in any e-mail or chat application). An instructor or editor who wants to create a link to a course has several options:

The advanced search function in the course catalog gives users the option to bookmark a certain search query. For example, the user can create a link to all “main seminar” (Hauptseminar) courses offered during summer semester 2012 in the Department of Political and Social Sciences with the word “politics” in the course title. To do this, simply perform an advanced search and use the URI that is generated, which is shown in the address bar.

At the subject level, you can use the filter function on the right to limit the modules shown in the results. The filter settings established by the user are “saved” as part of the URI and can be copied for further use from there.

There are two ways to access courses offered in past and future semesters: either in the main menu, via the “Semester” option, or by performing an advanced search for courses offered during a different semester.

It is not necessary to refer explicitly to the archive. As soon as the application notices that a link refers to a course that is no longer current, the user is automatically re-routed to the archive.

It is possible to create a permanent link (a “permalink”) to the then-current semester by removing the parameter “sm=xyz” from the URI. Example: If you want to create a permalink to the then-current advanced modules (Aufbaumodule) for the core subject of Education, you need to remove the semester parameter “&sm=11907” from the URI http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv/modul?id=66339&sm=11907.
The application automatically selects the then-current semester and re-routes the user to the relevant course offerings. This means that the link does not need to be adjusted every semester. Please note: The time at which the next semester is set as the current semester for the purposes of the course catalog is determined by the Evento service staff together with the course planners at the departments.

You can use the print button to switch to print view from any other view. This means that it is possible to link to the print format for those elements that can be reached via a link according to the above rules. The URI is automatically adjusted when you switch to print mode.

It is not possible to link to an individual course date. The course level is the lowest level for which links can be created.

It is also not possible to link to text modules. Text modules (Textbausteine) are pieces of additional information that must be opened manually by the user first.

Using the old course catalog (up to the 2012 summer semester)

Finding current courses

  • You can enter multiple search terms in the search field. You can also search for the just the start of a word. The search engine searches the “Title” (Titel), “Instructor” (Dozent), and “Course Number” (LV-Nummer) fields.

  • For a detailed description of search options, please see www.fu-berlin.de/vv/search.

Finding courses from past semesters

  • You can also find courses from past semesters. To do so, click “Semester” in the navigation menu and select the appropriate semester, or change the semester selection that applies to your search results.
  • If you are looking for courses from the period before the 2012/13 winter semester, you can find information on earlier semesters here: http://myvv.fu-berlin.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis

Save current view or share current view with others

  • You can save the current view as a bookmark or favorite (Lesezeichen). Simply use your browser’s bookmarks or favorites feature to do so. If you would like to share the view with someone else, you can copy the contents of the address bar to an e-mail, for example.


Abt. division (Abteilung)
ABZ ZEDAT Schooling and Advice Center (Ausbildungs- und Beratungszentrum)
AG working group (Arbeitsgemeinschaft)
apl. unscheduled (außerplanmäßig)
BP vocationally oriented internship (berufsorientiertes Praktikum)
CBB Berlin-Buch Campus
CBF Benjamin Franklin Campus
CCM Charité Mitte
CVK Virchow-Klinikum Campus
C Colloquium
CeDiS Center for Digital Systems
cr credit points
D demonstration
DPO regulations for the final examination for the degree of Diplom (Diplomprüfungsordnung)
E field trip (Exkursion)
EK introductory course (Einführungskurs)
em. emeritus (emeritiert)
EP empirical internship (Empirisches Praktikum)
Ex examination preparation (Examinatorium)
FB department (Fachbereich)
FK subject-specific course (Fachkurs)
FMI Friedrich Meinecke Institute
FR subject (Fachrichtung)
FS research seminar (Forschungsseminar)
GK basic course (Grundkurs)
HFB Henry Ford Building
Hon.Prof. adjunct professor (Honorarprofessor/in)
HS main seminar (Hauptseminar)
Hs lecture hall (Hörsaal)
HSchlAss university assistant (Hochschulassistent/in)
Inst. institute
JFKI John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
K course (Kurs, Kursus)
KHI Department of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Institut)
Kk course with written exam (Klausurenkurs)
kommiss. provisional (kommissarisch)
KVV course catalog with commentary (Kommentiertes Vorlesungsverzeichnis)
L reading (Lektüre)
LAI Institute for Latin American Studies
LV-Nr. course number (Lehrveranstaltungsnummer)
m.d.W.b. tasked with implementation (mit der Wahrnehmung beauftragt)
MPI Max Planck Institute
n. V. per agreement (nach Vereinbarung)
OA/OÄ senior physician (Oberarzt/Oberärztin)
OAS East Asian Studies Division (Ostasiatisches Seminar)
OEI Institute for East European Studies (Osteuropa-Institut)
OS upper division seminar (Oberseminar)
OSI Otto Suhr Institute (Department of Political Sciences)
P internship (Praktikum)
PG project group (Projektgruppe)
Pj Project
Pk project course (Projektkurs)
Priv.-Doz. lecturer (Privatdozent)
PS Proseminar
PW teaching workshop (Pädagogische Werkstatt)
Rp refresher for examination preparation (Repetitorium)
RV lecture series (Ringvorlesung)
S seminar
s. A. see posted notice (siehe Aushang)
Sfb collaborative research center (Sonderforschungsbereich)
SK language course (Sprachkurs)
SP study project (Studienprojekt)
SPS practical school studies (Schulpraktische Studien)
SR seminar room (Seminarraum)
StR i.H. Studienrat im Hochschuldienst (civil servant title)
SWS weekly credit hours (Semesterwochenstunden)
T Tutorium
Ü exercise (Übung)
UP practical teaching course (Unterrichtspraktikum)
V lecture (Vorlesung)
W guide to scientific and academic work (Anleitung zu wissenschaftlichem Arbeiten)
WE scientific/academic institution (Wissenschaftliche Einrichtung)
Wiss.Ass. scientific/academic assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent/Wissenschaftliche Assistentin)
ZE central service (Zentraleinrichtung)
ZI central institute (Zentralinstitut)
ZEDAT Computing Services (Zentraleinrichtung Datenverarbeitung)
ZUV central university administration (Zentrale Universitätsverwaltung)


Accessible parking
Accessible entrance (no stairs) via ramp or directly
Accessible restroom
Elevator with at least 140 x 110 cm floor space