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 usually requires regular participation and preparatory reading, but no written exam or research paper. However, teachers provide you with what they will expect you to do. Teilnahmescheine are not graded. They are marked with a “P“ for paticipation.
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 mostly 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) based on the requirements teachers share with you in the first week.
For career-oriented seminars (“Berufsfeldseminare” (BS)) and international student courses you receive 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 Sprachenzentrum (FU language center).
Please note that no extra credit points will be awarded for extra work and that the number of ECTS is not up for negotiation between you and individual lecturers.
In general, the required work for a certificate of achievement (“Leistungsschein”) 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, and, besides regular attendance, can include readings, a presentation, reviews or more. During the first week, teachers generally provide you with the specific requirements. This kind of certificate is NOT graded, but marked with a “P“ for participation.
A certificate of achievement additionally requires the completion of an assignment (e.g. research paper or exam), which will be graded. During the first week, teachers generally provide you with the specific requirements. You will be awarded with 7 ECTS for the total work and receive a grade.
Specifics of the different forms of cetification may vary between departments and faculties.
The number of ECTS is a matter of the Erasmus office and not the lecturers. Please note that no extra credit points will be awarded for extra work and that the number of ECTS is not up for negotiation between you and individual lecturers.
To register for a class at OSI, you need to sign up on Campus Management and register for classes. The platform will then let you know whether you have been registered for the course or not. You can find a video explaining Campus Management and how to enroll in classes in German and in English here. The video was made for home students, so the information on modules is not relevant for Erasmus students, nonetheless it will help you understand the program. You will get further information on Campus Management by the central incoming office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The course registration process is open for about three weeks after courses have started, meaning that you can still register or opt out of courses. That being said, it often makes sense to attend all courses you have selected during the first week, if not the second and third week as well. You or other students might not show up, change their minds on the course or the like, and further spots become available. Teachers might provide you with more information or simply their individual way of handling these processes during the first session.
You may also have noticed that Campus Management was unfortunately only designed for home students’ requirement. That poses some challenges for incoming students:
- You cannot register for multiple seminars in one module. Simply try to find the additional course(s) in other modules and register for them there. If that is not possible. Please attend the session in the first week, explain your issue and ask if the teacher would allow you to participate regardless and issue you a certificate (see below) at the end of the term, instead of being registered on Campus Management.
- You can’t sign up for courses of different departments/faculties via Campus Management. If you want to choose a course in economics, you have to contact the Erasmus office of their department/faculty (email@example.com) and they will register you. If you want to take a course at any other department/faculty, you must speak to the teachers of these courses individually and ask for permission, as well as ask for a certificate instead of a Campus Management registration. Usually, departments/faculties have their own forms. When in doubt, always contact the Erasmus offices of the different departments/faculties. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to take courses at the law faculty.
- If you are not registered on Campus Management, you may have to give your teacher your (Zedat) email address, so that they can add you to the e-learning system (Blackboard). That way, you will be able to access the course material.
- You cannot participate in courses that are labeled PS/MWA or PS/TWA.
- The module structure that you see on Campus management, does not apply to you. At the end of your term/stay you hand in a request for your transcript of records (see FAQs) by providing us with a request form, your Campus Management overview (pdf) and any certificates you might have collected, and we will issue you an Erasmus-specific transcript.
About certificates (“Scheine“): If you cannot sign up for a specific course on Campus Management, course instructors will fill in a certificate (“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, otherwise it will be marked with a “P“ for participation. The certificate (“Schein”) must be signed and stamped by the lecturer. The Erasmus office fills in the respective ECTS-points unless the course is provided by a different department/faculty and they do it. 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). It is your responsibility to provide the lecturers with prepared certificates.
Please keep in mind that the number of ECTS is not up for negotiation between you and individual lecturers.
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.