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Erasmus LLP

Information for   
International Students,  
coming to the Faculty of Law   
of the University of Tuebingen    
within the ERASMUS program



 

Dear Erasmus student,

Welcome in Tuebingen, at the Faculty of Law!

My name is Isolde Zeiler. I am the coordinator at the Faculty of Law for the ERASMUS students, and I will assist you in every respect. My official hours are on Wednesday from 13.00h to 15.00h. Nevertheless you can contact me whenever there is the need. Please be so kind as to send me an E-Mail or phone me, so that we can fix a date. As for the exchange students the conditions are the same, I offer to assist them, too.

Please read the following information carefully!

SPECIFICS OF THE FACULTY

1. LANGUAGE CAPACITY

The majority of our lectures are held in German, only few are in English, mostly dealing with British constitution. I regret that very much and do hope that at least in the domains, dealing with International Law, there will be more courses in English.

We are constantly flexible and supportive, and our professors and teachers do their best, they even offer sometimes oral exams in English. Nevertheless, students should be able to follow the courses and to express themselves – not perfectly – but understandably in German. This is not ensured with a level of A2, which enables a person to describe with simple means origin, education, surroundings and things in connection with immediate needs. You are not able to understand the main contents of more complex texts and abstract topics or understand subject discussions. All these are most important qualities in the context of legal studies. To obtain a certain control of German legal terminology Prof. Gerald Sander offers a course in German legal language. A mandatory requirement is a language level of B1/B2.

I wish to underline that this is not a sign of rigidity, but simply a position we are forced to take after repeated problems. Our only goal is to make the stay in Tuebingen a rewarding experience for incoming students without unnecessary anxieties and problems.

2. CURRICULUM

A difference to most European universities is that the Faculty of Law, Tuebingen University does not follow the Bologna programme with Bachelor and Master degree programmes and fixed modules for each study year, but executes a state examination. So, the students can choose freely among the variety of courses offered and create their own schedule according to the degree programme in their home university. Apart from seminars and the foreign language courses, you need not inscribe.
You find the courses in our campus system "Öffentliches Vorlesungsverzeichnis": https://campus.verwaltung.uni-tuebingen.de/.

3. ECTS

Studying abroad can be a particularly valuable experience. It is not only the best way to learn about other countries, ideas, languages and cultures – it can be an important part of a professional and academic career development.

Students who do a study abroad are looking for:
  • programmes which are relevant to their final degree,
  • programmes and curricula which interest them

 

They all want full academic recognition which ensures that they will not lose time in completing their degree by studying abroad.

The ERASMUS programme should guarantee that the period spent abroad is recognised by the home university when the student comes back. Though the EU wished to create a “common language” for academic recognition, it is not that easy. To help students make the most from their study abroad, the European Commission has developed a Europaen Credit Transfer System, which shall provide a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements, and transferring them from one institution to another. ECTS credits are a value allocated to course units to describe the student’s workload required to complete them. They are awarded to students who take part at courses and in the end successfully complete them by passing examinations or other assessments. The examination results are usually expressed in grades.

The experience – however – shows that there is neither a consistent calculation of ECTS cps in Europe nor a consistent grading system. In the following I will give you some general information, including mode and assessment of ECTS cps.

ECTS key features at the Faculty of Law, Tuebingen University:

The calculation of the ECTS cps at the Faculty of Law, Tuebingen University is as follows: Basis of this calculation is the number of hours per week (Semesterwochenstunden = SWS) and the passed examinations. If you pass an exam the number of hours/week is tripled, i.e. if you pass an exam in a course with two hours per week, you will receive six ECTS. The courses are specified in the Campus system, if you click "Lehrveranstaltungen" in our website: http://www.jura.uni-tuebingen.de/studium/lehrveranstaltungen/2016ws.

 

Calculation

 

Course

1 SWS =

ECTS-CP

2 SWS =

ECTS-CP

3 SWS =

ECTS-CP

4 SWS =

ECTS-CP

all course
requirements =
ECTS-CP
Lecture (Vorlesung)
without examination
1 2 3 4
Lecture (Vorlesung)
with oral or written examinaton
3 6 9 12
Fallbesprechung
(additional examination not possible)
2
Exercise (Übung)
with paper and written examination
10
Exegesis (Exegese)
with paper
10
Seminar
with seminar paper
10

 

4. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

There are three relevant papers for your stay at the Faculty of Law, Tuebingen University:

The Learning Agreement – LA - describes the programme of your study. The Learning Agreement is the contract between the student, her/his home university and the receiving university.

The original LA can be changed during the stay, it must, however, be accepted and signed by the responsible persons of the home university and the departmental coordinator of the receiving university.

Certificates of academic achievement for your classes/courses = “Scheine”

A “Schein” is a certificate of successful participation in a lecture or seminar. To obtain a Schein you have to pass a written or oral exam. The “Klausur” (written) is the most frequent type of examination, especially in big lectures attended by more than hundred students. In smaller seminars attended by a few students, you normally have to write a term paper or an exposition of your oral presentation. If you choose a homework I have to underline that:

All work submitted by students is expected to represent good academic practice. Academic misconduct includes the presentation of material as one's own when it is not one's own, the presentation of material whose provenance is academically inappropriate and extracting text from the internet without proper citation. You are expected to read widely about the topic, select the best references and then write a careful critical analysis of your own. An act of plagiarism leads to failure.

If you do not wish to pass an exam you can receive a certificate, stating your participation, the so called Teilnahmeschein.

You should clarify that with the respective teachers at the start of the term. Make it sure which kind of examination you will do in the end. An examination will triple the number of ECTS cps.

At the end of the stay the ERASMUS students come with all their “Scheine” to me, the exchange students go to Ms. Simone Hahne, as they are the basis for:

The Transcript of Records

At the end of your studies at the Faculty of Law I will issue a certificate for the attended courses and exams taken by you („Transcript of records"). Normally your home university needs this paper as evidence of your achievements. For this reason it has to be sealed. The transcript of records is a compilation of all your academic achievements at the Faculty of Law, Tuebingen University, it shows for every course taken by the student not only the ECTS credits but also the grade awarded according to the local grading scale and the ECTS grading scale. The TOR should be in accordance with the learning agreement. In order to transfer the credits to another university, it is most important to “translate” the grading system of the faculty of law of the Tuebingen University.

Grading system of the Faculty of Law, Tuebingen University:

ECTS Grade Grading Tuebingen Faculty of Law
A
(excellent)
16 - 18 Punkte Very good
(an excellent work - very seldom achieved)
B
(very good)
13 - 15 Punkte Good
(a word considerably above average demands)
C
(good)
10 - 12 Punkte Fully satisfactory
(performance well above average)
D
(satisfactory)
7 - 9 Punkte Satisfactory
(a work meeting average demands in all respects)
E
(sufficient)
4 - 6 Punkte Sufficient
(a work meeting average demands in spite of some weakness)
F
(fail)
1 - 3 Punkte Unsatisfactory
(a work suffering considerable weakness)
FX
(fail)
0 Punkte Insufficient
(a work completely beyond demands)

 

The achievements will be transferred into the ECTS grading system which reflects the workload of the respective courses. The calculation is based on the hours per week. If an exam is passed the number of h/w will be tripled.

The semester starts with an information day - Studienstarttag, where you will learn everything about the faculty. Please inform yourself at the homepage of the faculty.

It is not as difficult as it seems at first sight, I wish you a rewarding stay in every respect. Please, do not hesitate to contact me, if you have further questions.

Isolde Zeiler