The Student Handbook for English Studies


Our Student Handbook is designed to help you find your way around the English department. It provides you with a guide to what English Studies here offers you and what we aim to help you to achieve. The Handbook answers questions on all aspects of English Studies, providing you with in-depth information to take you through from your first lecture to your final exam and on to graduation.

New students in particular may find it a challenge to plan a course schedule. Consult this handbook for all the information you need on:

  • the degree course that is right for you;
  • differences between the various types of classes, lectures and seminars;
  • what credits need to be completed when; and
  • putting together a workable timetable.

Typically, other questions arise later in your studies. The Handbook also covers areas such as:

  • going abroad;
  • term papers; and
  • examination procedures.

You can search the Handbook selectively if you need the answers to specific questions, and/or read it from beginning to end to get a general idea of what the Department offers and what is required of you in the course of your English degree. Please note that large portions of the Handbook as well as the related documents are currently only available in German. The chapters on how to write a term paper and going abroad are available in English.

Where to get your copy

The Student Handbook is available in different version according to the respective course of studies. You can download the current edition (January 2023) as a PDF or access the online version:

How to use the online version:

Use the list of contents on the left to highlight individual chapters. Leaf through the pages by clicking on the symbols ">" and "<".

The sub-sections of the chapter you have highlighted are displayed beneath the list of contents.

Use the search function to search for specific terms (e.g. BAföG). The advanced search function will show you any changes made to the text since the publication of the latest print version.

The "meta-info" tab allows you to track all the updates made and compare older versions with more recent ones.

Anglistisches Seminar
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