Studying at the University of Kassel
Winter and Summer Semester
The school year is split up into two semesters: Winter and Summer. Winter Semester (WS) classes do usually begin in October and end in February. There is a short break for the Christmas holidays and New Years. Summer Semester (SS) classes begin in April and end in July.
For the Semester begin- and end-times see here.
Schedule of Courses (Vorlesungsverzeichnis)
Wondering what courses you can take at the University of Kassel?
Check out the Schedule of Courses
The different departments, or Fachbereiche, also give detailed descriptions of the courses which they offer. For these informations ask your department's secretary or visit your department‚Äôs website. Ask for the ‚Äúkommentiertes Vorlesungsverzeichnis‚ÄĚ.
Tip on how to read the room numbers: Classroom numbers are usually four digits. The first digit refers to the floor where you can find the room; the last three numbers refer to the actual room number. If the classroom number is only three digits long, then it is located on the ground floor. Example: A class in room 3234 is located on the third floor in room 234.
Tip: Don‚Äôt be afraid to talk to your professors. Let them know that you are an international student. Many of them are more than willing to help you if you are having problems in their class.
Language and Grammar Corrections
At German Universities it is common that students participate in the classes, e.g. by giving presentations or wirting a longer research paper at the end of the semester. Of course, this is a special challenge for international students.
Since writing in German can be difficult, the Language Centre of the University Kassel supports international students and scholars offering special courses for academic writing.
The Protestant Student Congregation (ESG) also offers language and grammar corrections, free of charge.
ABCs of the University of Kassel
Universities seem to have a language all of their own. Here are a few words that you will hear often during your studies at the University of Kassel and should know.
- Abt.: Abteilung or division
- Akademisches Viertel: the academic quarter. This means that classes start 15 minutes later than it is listed in the Schedule of Courses. For example, if a class is scheduled for 11 a.m. it actually starts at 11:15. Most courses follow this rule.
- AStA: Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss. represantation of all students at the University of Kassel
- ca.: circa
- d.h.: das hei√üt, or that means
- DI: Dienstag, or Tuesday
- DO: Donnerstag, or Thursday
- DSH: Language test international students are required to pass before studying in Germany
- eCampus: digital service, e.g. enrollment and semester schedule, https://ecampus.uni-kassel.de
- EG-Countries: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden and Spain
- ESG: Evangelische Studierendengemeinde. The Protestant Student Group on campus
- EU-Countries: EG-Countries + Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Cyrus
- EWR-Countries: Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway
- Exmatrikulation: Ending your studies at the University of Kassel
- Fachbereich or FB: the different departments of the University of Kassel. For example, Architecture, Sociology, etc
- FR: Freitag, or Friday
- HNA: Hessische Allgemeine - newspaper in Kassel
- ISV: Internationale Studierendenvertretung. Represents the interests of international students at the University of Kassel and tries to help with any problems you may encounter. Located at: Nora-Platiel-Str. 2, Room 0101.
- ITS: IT Service Centre
- KHG: Katholische Hochschulgemeinde. Catholic Student Group on campus
- Klausur: Written test/ exam
- MI: Mittwoch, or Wednesday
- MO: Montag, or Monday
- Moodle: learning management system, E-Learning
- n.n.: short for nomen nominandum, which means ‚Äėnot yet known‚Äô.
- n.V or u.n.V.: (und) nach Vereinbarung, or per appointment
- R√ľckmeldung: Re-matriculation. Each semester you are studying at the University of Kassel, you need to notify the University. Each term a semester fee is due which has to be paid in advance. If you do not pay the fee, the University will suspend you and end your studies. By paying the fees, you have re-matriculated for the new semester.
- Schein: A Schein is a certificate confirming that you have completed a class. Often it is graded. Keep your Scheine in a safe place!!
- Seminar: A Seminar is a class about a specific topic. Usually the number of participants is limited.
- So g.: Sogenannte, or so-called
- SS: Summer semester
- StuPa: Student Parliament
- Tutorium: Tutorials in the university sense serve to deepen the understanding of a certain topic, which is taught in a seminar or in a lecture. The course participants are divided into smaller groups that discuss the topic in more depth with a Tutor, thus ensuring that everyone has understood everything. Tutors of the Studierendenwerk support students answering questions concerning everyday life, living in the dorm, studying in general, or concerning the internet connection.
- √úbung: Practice. An √úbung is a small class in which students learn a specific technique. √úbungen are mostly science or engineering classes.
- usw.: und so weiter/ and so on, or etc.
- Vorlesung: A Vorlesung is a lecture. The professor lectures on a particular topic. Students listen and take note.
- WS: Winter Semester
- z. B.: zum Beispiel, or for example