ECTS and “Scheine”
The number of ECTS points obtained at the OSI differs according to the type of seminar you choose and the type of assignment you complete.
If you complete an introductory seminar (“Proseminar” (PS)), a project seminar ("Projektkurs" (PK)), an advanced seminar (“Hauptseminar” (HS)) or a lecture (“Vorlesung” (V)) with a certificate of participation (“Teilnahmeschein”) you will receive 3 ECTS for each. A Teilnahmeschein requires regular participation and preparatory reading, but no written exam or research paper. Teilnahmescheine are not graded.
Moreover, if you complete the mentioned types of courses with a certificate of achievement (“Leistungsschein”) you will be awarded with 7 ECTS for each. Besides regular participation in class a Leistungsschein requires writing an exam or a research paper. Leistungsscheine are graded.
Please note that it is you who decides whether you would like to complete a "Teilnahmeschein" ( 3 ECTS) or a "Leistungsschein" (7 ECTS).
For career-oriented seminars (“Berufsfeldseminare” (BS)) you get 5 ECTS.
If you attend courses at other FU institutions, e.g. language courses, you receive the number of ECTS points determined by the other institution. If you wish to know the number of ECTS points awarded for classes taken outside the OSI, please contact the ERASMUS coordinators of the respective departments or institutes.
The ECTS awarded for German-language courses depend on the number of lessons you have taken per week and per semester (“Semesterwochenstunden (SWS)”) and are also determined by the Srachenzentrum (FU language center).
Please note that no extra credit points will be awarded for extra work.
In general, the required work for a certificate of achievement (“Leistungschein”) is more complex than the one for a participation certificate (“Teilnahmeschein”).
The latter is awarded with 3 ECTS for your general participation in the specific course, which usually means regular attendance, literature reading and a presentation, if required, as well as sometimes a review (for the specific requirements please contact your lecturer at the beginning of the course). This kind of certificate may NOT be graded.
Acertificate of achievement additionally requires the completion of an assignment (e.g. research paper or exam), which will be graded (specific information on the assignment will be given by the lecturer at the beginning of the course). You will be awarded with 7 ECTS for the total work.
The number of ECTS will be filled in by the Erasmus office and NOT by the course instructor.
For some courses, both two- and four-hour lasting written exams are offered. The reason for this is that courses are held for students of different study programs and they often require distinct examinations.
You may choose which exam you want to take. You will receive 7 ECTS if you pass one of them.
Erasmus students in political science can now sign up on Campus Management. Here you can find a video explaning Campus Management and how to enroll in classes. The video was made for regular students, so the information on modules are not relevant for Erasmus students, nontheless it will help you understand the program.
If you can not sign up for a specific course in Campus Management, course instructors will fill in a certificate on paper (“Schein”) at the end of the semester. This Schein must contain information on the title of the course, the course number, the type of the course, and on the kind of assignment (written exam, oral examination etc.) you have completed. If you finish a course with a certificate of achievement (“Leistungsnachweis”), this certificate will be graded. The certificate (“Schein”) must be signed and stamped by the lecturer. The ERASMUS office will fill in the respective ECTS-points. You can find a blank certificate here. If the course instructor is not an employee at the OSI, but an external lecturer, they can obtain the required stamp in the office of the coordinator of the respective field of study (e.g. political theory).
The grading process may take up to several weeks. You may well have returned to your home countries by the time your grades (either in Campus Management oder as "Scheine") are available. This should, however, not be a problem. Just make sure you keep the contact details of your professors safe and that you provide them with an alternative email-address in case your FU email address expires. Stay in touch with your professors and, if needed, remind them to send you the graded Schein via email. Alternatively, professors may send them to the OSI Erasmus office directly.