Uni-ABC Glossary of Uni terms

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From A like “Abgabefrist” to Z like “Zentrales Prüfungsamt”. Here you can find simple explanations concerning your studies in Rostock:

Uni-ABC: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
A

• day and time a paper/project has to be submitted at the latest

• day and time a paper/project has to be submitted at the latest

• final exam, either at the end of a course or at the end of your degree course

• how you address a person (usually refers to written documents)

• usually in seminars
• differs throughout the university
• find out if your course falls into this category
• German students often ask their lecturers: ”Gibt es eine Anwesenheitspflicht?”

• common size of notepads (210 mm x 297 mm)
• longer & narrower than the letter format.

B

• practical training at companies, factories, offices, etc.

• practical training which lasts (often) 3-4 weeks
• focus on practical training during this period instead of university courses

• course whose classes are taught together and not over a whole semester
• e.g. a seminar which is taught at the weekend

C

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

D

• academic work
• results of work written as a paper
• can be done after graduating with a master’s degree
• takes several years (3 to 5 years)
• typical German terms: Promotion, Dissertation (short: Diss)

• a general term for a person who teaches at university, for example, research assistants or professors

E

• a written document which describes the qualities of a person
• often needed for grants
• also called Empfehlungsschreiben, das

• final exams, often in degree courses whose degree is Staatsexamen (education, law, medicine): “Ich mache nächstes Semester mein Examen.”

• an extract or summary of a text
• most important points of the author are noted

F

• you can use it to drop off documents for your lecturer
• usually located somewhere in the hallway

• practical training at companies, factories, offices, etc.
• practical experience for students

• represents students of a faculty
• helps all students with questions or problems concerning their studies

• represents students of a faculty
• helps all students with questions or problems concerning their studies

G

• mentions the main points of a paper or presentation
• important for other people to follow your thoughts

• a first draft of your outline
• can be the first structure of your paper or presentation that you take to your lecturer’s office hour

H

• a sheet of paper which is handed out when giving a presentation
• contains the key information of your presentation

• written work
• is an exam type
• if a seminar paper is required, this is the final exam
• usually written at the end of the semester
• ask for help and guidelines at your institute, Student Council, or faculty

• large room in which lectures are taught
• the largest Hörsaal at a university is called auditorium maximum, short: Audimax

I

• it is required to be a registered student at university
• it is done at the Students’ Service Center (Studierendensekretariat) of the university
• the registration period is limited
• another German term is Einschreibung, die

• document which certifies that you are a registered student

• one of the German terms for registering or enrolling as a student at university
• other German terms are: sich anmelden, sich einschreiben, sich registrieren
• sich immatrikulieren (lassen): Ich muss mich immatrikulieren (lassen).

• a division at a faculty: e.g. Faculty of Theology, Institute of Text and Culture

J
K

• German term for a written exam

• whenever people talk about the students who study with you, they call them der Kommilitone or die Kommilitonin

L

• usually in the natural sciences like chemistry, biology, physics
• experiments and practical laboratory work

• learning management system
• university provides online materials on its learning platform
• University of Rostock’s learning platform is called ILIAS: https://ilias.uni- rostock.de
• login required (user ID of computer center and password, identical with university email account details)

• a general term for any kind of classes, e.g. lecture, seminar, tutorial, etc.

• written document that states your performance and grade

M

• academic work at the end of a master’s course
• written in the last semester

• each student has an individual registration number
• each student can be identified with this number
• often required, for example when registering for an exam,
• memorise it

• taking notes in classes or elsewhere

• your own or other students’ notes taken in classes or elsewhere

• an exam which you need to take to complete a module

N

• working through the topics which were covered in your course AFTER the class
• check if things are still unclear, find answers to open questions, modify your notes if necessary, add details, etc.

O
P

• practical training at companies, factories, offices, etc.
• practical experience for students

• hands-on training in degree courses, usually in natural sciences
• often in laboratories or in the field

• student writes down personal experiences during work placement/internship

• helps students who have questions about their practical training

• document for students which lists all conditions and requirements regarding practical trainings, for example, duration, field, etc.

• if a company accepts you for a work placement/internship, you have a Praktikumsplatz

• refers to the practical training course at university in labs
• student writes down all steps
• usually guidelines for writing lab reports available at faculty or institute

• these are books which cannot be borrowed by students
• they are always present at the library, therefore these books are called Präsenzbestand

• work and do research at universities and universities of applied sciences
• they usually hold a chair (Lehrstuhlinhaber)
• always use their title, this is important at university

• course which introduces more special topics, e.g., linguistics
• in the first semesters

• written documentation of an experiment, etc.

• responsible for organisation and administration of exams
• helps you with any questions regarding exams

• it can be necessary to fill out an application form to register for an exam

• a German term which can mean different things:
(a) specifies the type of exam which is required at the end of a course
(b) can also refer to exam or Prüfung in general
(c) can also mean your personal exam performance

• specification of the topics which will may be discussed during your exam
• institutes sometimes have lists of all possible topics (check the Internet)

• a period of time where all exams are taken
• usually at the end of the semester and before the next semester starts

Q
R

• collection of different materials which will be used in the course

• a presentation on a certain topic, usually to teach students about an unknown topic
• other German terms: einen Vortrag halten, eine Präsentation vorstellen
• EXAMPLE: “Ich muss ein Referat halten.”

• the name of the International Office of the University of Rostock, it is located in Kroepeliner Str. 29

S

• a written document
• it states your participation and completion of the course

• takes care of organisation and administration tasks
• the first place to go to if you have any questions
• many professors have one and all institutes
• you usually contact your professor through the secretary’s office

• in Germany, an academic year is divided into two semesters
• each semester is 6 months long
• winter semester: 1 October – 31 March
• summer semester: 01 April – 30 September
• lectures are held for 14 weeks

• a specific book collection for your course
• located at one of the libraries
• compiled by your course lecturer
• books can be only used at the library and not borrowed to guarantee access for all students

• period of the semester in which no classes are held
• usually from the beginning of February to the end of March and from mid-July to the beginning of October
• period in which many students take exams, write seminar papers or do practical trainings.

• a course type
• usually small groups of 15-40 students
• often including presentations and discussions

• written work
• is an exam type
• if a seminar paper is required, this is the final exam
• usually written at the end of the semester
• ask for help and guidelines at your institute, Student Council, or faculty

• usually for lectures
• contains the most important points of a lecture
• can be used to check how specific terms are spelled
• can be used to reduce your notes

• a central unit of the University of Rostock
• teaches many language courses, including German and English
• can advise you on how to improve your language skills

• a time period in which you can meet a person in their office
• use it to ask questions and to clarify things

• financial support for your studies
• students can apply for it if they have good grades or if they have social engagements, etc.

• online platform to manage courses
• many lecturers use it to provide course materials, homework, etc.
https://studip.uni-rostock.de/

• each faculty has one
• helps you with any questions concerning your studies, e.g. organising your course schedule

• different degrees are offered, most of them now bachelor and master degrees
• some specific degrees for state services: Staatsexamen (education, medicine)

• contains information on duration, workload, contents and structure of a degree course

T

• informs other people about the degree of education a person has
• academic titles are, for example, B. A. (Bachelor of Arts); M. A. (Master of Arts) oder Dr. (Doctorate degree), professor
• use a person’s title if the person is a doctor or professor: “Dear Dr. …/Dear Prof. …”

• often a student
• supports students

• offered in addition to a lecture or course
• follow-up of courses and/or material covered
• sometimes taught by students of higher semesters
• sometimes taught by lecturers

U
V

• a course type
• taught by a lecturer
• usually a 90-minute presentation/introduction to a topic

• usually for lectures
• contains the most important points of a lecture
• can be used to check how specific terms are spelled
• can be used to reduce your notes

• lists all courses which are taught at the university: lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical trainings, etc.
• other German terms are: LSF, LSF-Portal, VVZ

• practical training BEFORE students start studying
• often a requirement for admission

• an oral presentation of a certain topic
• other German terms are: das Referat, sometimes: die Präsentation

W

• employee of the university
• supports lecturers, such as research assistants and professors

• employee of the university, often PhD students
• usually supports professors

X
Y
Z

• document which states that a student can start studying at the university

• if all course requirements are fulfilled, a student is allowed to take the exam

• document which states that a student can start studying at the university

• usually after four semesters, usually in state examination degree courses