Study in Germany
Every study program has its own study conditions and curriculum. With the help of these two it is easy to get along with all the different courses. The study conditions describe which subjects and lectures there are and where they have different weights. It also says which lectures need to be absolved. The curriculum shows what subject has to be done in which term. To make your own timetable it is also possible to ask for help among older students or to ask the student advisor.
In Germany one study year contains two terms called semester. There is a summer and a winter term. Each term lasts half a year and contains two parts, the lecture period and the lecture-free period. In the lecture period every lecture and class takes place at university. In the lecture-free period the end of term exams take place and it is also possible to make an internship, to work or to enjoy your holidays. At university there are different kinds of lectures. The normal lectures are main part of the studies in most of the programs. A professor speaks in front of the students about important content. On the contrary, in seminars there is an exchange between the professor and his or her students and in exercises the students can apply their theoretical knowledge in practical projects.
Such lectures can be combined in a module. For example one module can contain a normal lecture and the fitting exercise. It is finished with a presentation, homework or exam. For each module the students get Credit Points or ECTS-Points. These points make it easier to compare the different programs with programs from other countries. In addition to the points the students receive grades for their exams. The grades generate the average degree at the end of a term or study program, the Credit Points show if the student has passed his or her studies or not. There are certain broad disciplines which have all the courses under them. Please see the panel there to check the major disciplines.