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FAQ - Frequently asked questions

A semester abroad involves a lot of organization and planning and therefore also a lot of questions. Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions can be found here.

Laptop and notebook with pen lying on a table. © Aliona Kardash​/​TU Dortmund

Academic calendar, certificates and exams

The start date is usually the first day of the lecture period or the first day of the intensive German course, if you are attending one. The last day is usually the day of the last exam you take here.

The exam dates are usually set around the middle of the semester.

There are two exam phases at our department. The first exam phase takes place in the first three weeks after the end of the lecture period. Oral examinations can be scheduled up to four weeks after the end of the lecture period, but it is usually not a problem to schedule them in the first three weeks. As the exact exam dates are usually not fixed until around the middle of the semester, we recommend scheduling the last day three weeks after the end of the lecture period.

The second examination phase takes place in the last two weeks of the semester and the first week of the new semester. Exchange students usually only take the first exam period, but can also take the second exam period.

More about exams

There are two exam phases at our department. The first examination phase takes place in the first three weeks after the end of the lecture period. Oral examinations can be scheduled up to four weeks after the end of the lecture period, but it is usually not a problem to schedule them in the first three weeks. The examination dates are usually set around the middle of the semester.

The second examination phase takes place in the last two weeks of the semester and the first week of the new semester. Exchange students usually only take the first exam period, but can also take the second exam period.

More about exams

You can find the university's academic calendar here.

Both certificates are issued by the International Office. You can find more information on this in the checklists that you can obtain from the International Office. If you have any questions, please contact the Coordination Office for Erasmus exchange students at TU Dortmund University.

As soon as the Erasmus Coordination of the Departmentof Business and Economics has received all the examination results and grades of an exchange student, the Transcript of Records will be issued. Students then receive a preliminary draft which they can check for completeness. After re-registration or after a period of ten days, the Transcript of Records is then issued and sent by e-mail to the student and the Erasmus Coordination of the respective home university.

Language courses can be included in the Transcript of Records if the final certificate of the course (with grade and ECTS credits) is sent to the department's Erasmus Coordination.

Learning Agreement

Receiving Administrative Contact Person (Administrative contact at the host university)

The contact details for this can be found in the Erasmus Data Sheet of TU Dortmund University, which is linked on the pages of the International Office. You can find it there under Downloads.

Receiving Responsible Person (contact person at the host university)

This is the Erasmus Coordination of the Department of Business and Economics:

Dr. Debra Hanning

Departmental Erasmus Coordinator
Department of Business and Economics
TU Dortmund University

Friedrich-Wöhler-Weg 6
44227 Dortmund
Germany

Phone: +49 231 755-5278

Erasmus.wiwitu-dortmundde
www.wiwi.tu-dortmund.de

Our courses do not use a component code, but have module titels.

For the Online Learning Agreement, the code 11xxxx can be used for all courses.

Yes, in general this is possible. However, at least 50% of your courses must be from our department. Also, this is dependent on the availability of spaces and the agreement of the lecturer of the course you wish to choose. For a list of courses from other departments check the list put together by the International Office.

Requests for courses from other faculties must be discussed in advance with the Erasmus coordinator

Please note: Questions about examinations and examination dates for courses from other departments must be discussed with the coordinators and lecturers of the respective department/course. The examination dates of the individual departments are planned separately and an overlap cannot be ruled out.

Courses (lectures, exercises and seminars)

The majority of our courses are offered either as lectures and exercises or as seminars. The following is a rough description of these types of course. The actual form of the course may differ in individual cases.

Lectures and exercises are normally offered together. This is usually 4 hours per week, with a 2-hour lecture and a 2-hour tutorial. The hours are academic hours (i.e. 45 minutes). Lectures and exercises are therefore usually 90 minutes each. When attending the course, students should attend both the lecture and the exercise.

Lectures usually take the form of presentations by professors, during which students can also ask questions. This is usually supplemented by recommended literature and supplementary materials that students go through independently.

Exercises are similar to lectures, but the main focus here is on students actively and independently engaging with what they have learned. Exercises are often taught by research assistants from the respective professorships.

Courses that are offered as lectures and tutorials generally end with a written examination.

In seminars, students apply scientific working methods to prepare a term paper and/or a presentation. Students often work in groups on a specific topic. Meetings can take place weekly or on specific, predetermined dates. As the number of places in seminars is limited, it is essential to apply for a place.

This depends on the type of course you are interested in.

For some courses, namely seminars and some lectures, you must apply. If an application is required for a lecture, this will be indicated on the course website on the professorship's pages. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer of a place. By accepting this, you fulfill the requirement for registration. If one of your courses requires an application, you will be informed of this when the Learning Agreement is drawn up.

For most lectures and exercises, you do not need to register separately. You can simply attend the first course (usually in the first week of lectures). Registration is then required later for the examination in the respective course. There are additional requirements for some courses - for example, you may be asked to email the lecturer. This is usually stated on the course pages. You will find these linked on our overview - for the winter or summer semester.

You must register for the exam in courses that are offered as lectures and exercises. You can do this via our website and will also receive an email about this around the middle of the semester.

Registration via the LSF does not take place at our department.

A Moodle room is used in many courses. You will also find links to this on the pages of the professorships for the individual courses, or will be referred to it in the first lecture. You can access the pages of the professorships for English-language courses via the links on the course offerings pages (winter or summer semester) or here via the overview of our professorships and teaching areas.

This may be different for courses at other departments. This will be discussed when you specify these courses in your Learning Agreement.

We have put together a guide to putting together your timetable for the semester here.

You can also find information on dates and venues on the pages of the professorships for the individual courses. You can access the pages of the professorships for English-language courses via the links on the course offerings pages(winter or summer semester) or here via the overview of our professorships and teaching areas.