Selection of courses
You can find the course catalogue here.
There is both, an English and a German version. You can change to the respective language in the top right corner. Please keep in mind that not all courses have translated titles and content. The course language however, is stated on the right of the course description.
Important: Make sure to set all the right filters when looking for courses.
- Choose the right semester and the department “Political and Social Sciences“ (Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften)
- BA students (undergraduate) click on "Bachelor" underneath the top section titled "Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science" (Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft) and then choose Political Science and the newest study regulation, for example "Political Science (2019 study regulations)" (Politikwissenschaft (Studienordnung 2019)).
- MA students (graduate), respectively, click on "Master", choose Political Science and also the newest study regulation.
If you want to find only those classes that are being offered in English (or any other language), please navigate around the right-hand side of the webpage and click on the arrow button next to the "search now" button. It will give you the option of "advanced search". You may then choose further filters.
Note: The course catalogue for the Winter term will not go online before September; the course catalogue for the Summer term usually goes online in late February or March.
Please take into account that we do not guarantee completeness and immutability of the commented course catalogue, due to the fact that there can be changes at any time and especially before the first week of classes.
The OSI offers different kinds of courses.
One type of course is the lecture (“Vorlesung (V)”), which provides you with an introductory overview of the respective study area. Generally, the assignment you have to complete to receive a certificate of achievement (“Leistungsschein”) in this type of course is a written exam. There is also the tutorial (“Tutorium (T)”) and the exercise (“Übungen (Ü”), which are held to provide you with further information about the subject of the lecture and give you the possibility to ask questions on the topic. They may be valuable to you, even if no ECTS are awarded for them.
Another form of courses is the seminar (“Seminar (S)”). There are three different kinds of seminars available at the OSI. In general, they treat specific subjects more in depth than lectures. In these types of courses your participation, your questions and taking part in discussions will directly add to the seminar. There are introductory seminars (“Proseminare (PS)”) and advanced seminars (“Hauptseminare (HS)”), as well as core advanced seminars (“Kernhauptseminare (K-HS)”). Besides these seminars the OSI also offers introductory seminars/techniques of scientific work (“Proseminare/Techniken des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens (PS/TWA”) and career-oriented seminars (“Berufsfeldorientierte Seminare (BS)”).
Introductory seminars (PS) are suitable for undergraduate students (up to about the fourth semester), while the advanced seminars (HS) are usually only available for students at the end of their Bachelor or Master students. The core advanced seminars (K-HS) are the basic seminars, belonging to the advanced seminars (HS) of the Master program. They all give you an overview over a certain field of study. Introductory seminars/techniques of scientific work (PS/TWA) are held for first year students only and may not be attended by advanced students. Career-oriented seminars (BS) provide you with information about possible careers and prepare you for your future work.
All courses are mostly held weekly and last two hours (“Semesterwochenstunden” (SWS)), which makes 90 minutes in total. An exception are block seminars (Blockseminare).
In the BA and MA programs some courses are regularly held in English and in other languages. However, this offer varies each semester. In most cases the language of the course is indicated in the specific course descriptions on the right. The course catalogue is updated each semester and is usually available at the end of the previous semester (about March/August). If you want to find only those classes that are being offered in English (or any other language), please navigate around the right-hand side of the course catalogue and click on the arrow button next to the "search now" button. It will give you the option of "advanced search". You may then choose your filters.
Generally, the majority of courses have to be chosen from the political science course catalogue (Vorlesungsverzeichnis). With few exceptions, all courses in the political science course catalogue can be taken. Courses with the addition “PS/MWA” (for information please see the next question) are only adequate for students in the first semester and may NOT be taken by Erasmus students. One-third of credit points can be acquired at other institutions, e.g. through a German language course.
The module system (one lecture + one seminar = 10 ECTS) does not apply to Erasmus students. Only regular FU students need to complete modules. Erasmus students pick single courses according to their own interest and requirements set by their universities. For each course they can get either 3 or 7 ECTS.
In order to register for a class at OSI, you do not sign up on Campus Management. Instead, you will attend the first class and if you decide to take it in the future you approach the respective teacher and let him_her know that you want to attend the class permanently. You may have to give your teacher your (Zedat) email address, so that they can add you to our e-learning system (Blackboard). That way, you will be able to access the course materials.
If you are interested in taking classes outside our institute (such as specific Erasmus classes) you may have to register through Campus Management.
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.
Transcript of Records
Your Transcript of Records (ToR) is issued at the end of your studies at FU Berlin, once you have collected all of your grades and certificates ("Scheine"), and only upon your request. Transcripts are not produced automatically!
Please forward your "Scheine" to the OSI Erasmus Team, either via email (PDF format only, we do not accept photographies!), via post, or in person. If you have left Berlin already and are still waiting for "Scheine", you can ask your respective lecturers to forward your grades to us directly. Additionally, in order to officially request your ToR, you will need to fill in a form (click here for form) and send it to us together with your "Scheine" and a copy of your FU student ID. Once we have received all of these documents, we will be able to produce your ToR. Please note that it may take up to four weeks until you or your home institution receive your ToR.
The Learning Agreement is a contract (study contract) between an exchange student, the sending university and the receiving university.
The receiving university's coordinator agrees (preliminarily) to the student's choice of courses prior to her or his arrival in Berlin on the Learning Agreement, ensuring their availability for attendance. Then, the sending university confirms that this study programme is in line with the requirements of their own study programs and that courses can be successfully integrated into the student's studies.
The Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin allows ERASMUS-students to choose the courses they want. There are no mandatory courses and no minimum number of ECTS-credits that need to be achieved. Exchange students can decide for themselves how many and which courses they wish to take.
Important: The graduation requirements of the sending university have top priority. Please check with your ERASMUS-coordinator before you leave for Berlin what terms and conditions apply! You are solely responsible for meeting your home university's requirements!
A first draft of the Learning Agreement for the winter semester has to be forwarded to the ERASMUS bureau of the Otto-Suhr-Institute or to the Freie Universität Berlin's central ERASMUS bureau in June. Students planning to come in for the summer semester, have to send their learning agreement in December...
In order to get your Learning Agreement signed, please bring the completed and printed form to our office during our office hours. Alternatively, you can email us the Learning Agreement as a pdf file.
We understand that our course catalogue is being updated after you are supposed to hand in your first Learning Agreement. However, similar courses are offered in the winter and summer terms. In your first course choice, please refer to the current course catalogue. You can make changes at a later point in the Learning Agreement titled "During the Mobility".
We kindly ask you to fill out the contact details prior to asking for our signature. Please note that we only accept fully completed forms. The table below may help you fill out the contact details correctly:
The Receiving Institution
|Name||Freie Universität Berlin||Faculty||Social and Political Science|
|Erasmus code||D BERLIN 01||Department||Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (313)|
Ihnstr. 21, R 116
|Country, Country code||Germany|
Blackboard is an online teaching and learning platform that many of our course instructors use for their seminars or lectures. When you "enroll" in a class on Blackboard, you gain access to important course content uploaded by the course instructor. This usually includes readings, the syllabus, announcements, etc. You mostly will need a password to access this information. This password will be provided by the course instructor in class.
Please note that "enrolling" in a class on Blackboard does not mean you are officially enrolled for this class. For that purpose, and since you are not supposed to use Campus Management, you need to personally get in touch with the respective course instructor at the beginning and at the end of the semester.
Yes, it is possible to complete an internship. Please contact the Career Service for detailed information.
Here you can find information on the proceedings: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/international/network/erasmus/smp-incoming.html
Important: We do not grant ECTS for internships! Internships may only be graded and credited by the home university.