What are AWP subjects, compulsory language courses and electives?
An “AWP” subject is defined in the study and examination regulations as a compulsory elective subject of a general academic nature (“Allgemeinwissenschaftliches Wahlpflichtfach”) that has to be successfully completed.
You can choose subjects from the following three areas:
- Social and methodological competency
- Orientational knowledge
The range of subjects offered varies from semester to semester, so you will not be able to do each subject every semester. Current subjects on offer can be found in the The Language Centre course schedule.
Subjects offered by the Bavarian Virtual University (BVU; http://www.vhb.org/en/homepage/) count as an AWP subject. The Language Centre also gives accreditation to Training the Trainer Certificates (“Ausbildung der Ausbilder” or “AdA”) on condition that the application for accreditation is submitted on time.
An AWP subject is usually worth 2 ECTS points and the grade you receive on completing the course will be included in the calculation of your overall grade average.
Compulsory language courses
The study and examination regulations define a language course as compulsory when it is prescribed as part of a degree programme. You must successfully complete compulsory language courses by the end of the degree programme; they are worth 2-4 ECTS points. The grades you earn in these courses are included in the calculation of your overall grade average.
If you have already passed all your required AWP subjects or mandatory language courses or if there are no AWP subjects or mandatory language courses prescribed for your course of study, you can of course choose to take extra AWP or language courses as long as there are still free slots available.
You can sign up for electives during the remaining slots enlistment period (Restplatzwahl) at the beginning of the semester. For these extra, voluntary subjects, no ECTS points will be credited and there will be no effect on your overall grade average. Nevertheless, you can also request for the grades received for these subjects to be included in your report card.
In which study courses are when and which languages required?
You can find a current overview of the AWP subjects and language courses required by each degree programme along with information on when these subjects have to be taken here.
In addition to regular lectures, you have to take one or more AWP subjects or compulsory language courses by the end of your degree programme. Please read the study and examination regulations of your degree programme to find out when AWP subjects and language courses are scheduled.
You can only take AWP subjects and language courses once. Should you choose to take the same language again, the course title or level must differ from the one you have already taken.
It is of utmost importance that you successfully complete all AWP subjects and compulsory language courses by the end of your studies; of lesser importance is the semester in which you take the course.
Registration periods for AWP subjects, language courses, and leftover slots
You can register for AWP subjects and language courses during two periods each semester:
- The registration period for AWP and language courses is in the last weeks of the semester before the courses are scheduled to take place.
NB: You can only sign up for AWP subjects and compulsory language courses during this period.
- The registration period for any leftover slots takes place in the first days of the semester in which the subjects/courses are scheduled to take place. You can also enrol for additional voluntary electives during this period.
The exact dates for the enlistment will be announced by mail.
Then ten most important questions (FAQs) regarding the AWP and language courses can be found here.
- Dates for exam registration are announced by mail and also posted on the internet
- As with other exams, registration takes place over the HIS-Portal
- Read the step-by-step guide on how to proceed with exam registration
Accreditation of ETCS credits
If you have already taken an exam in an AWP subject or in a foreign language for another degree programme at this or another university, you can apply for an accreditation of ECTS points.
In electing to take a course you are committing to take that course for the rest of the semester. In other words, any course you sign up for then becomes a compulsory course.
Should you have a legitimate reason for wanting to change a course or class group, you are asked to fill out the application form and submit it to Jasmin Weber (by mail or to Room B 205).
Legitimate reasons for changing courses
- Your schedule conflicts with an AWP course
- Other university commitments
The following reasons WILL NOT be taken into consideration
- A part-time job
- Other personal matters