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On this page you will find explanations about various forms of university courses:

Study group / tutorial
Courses of basic studies which accompany other courses such as lectures, exercises or proseminars, are mostly led by students from more advanced semesters, and in which practical exercises are carried out (not available in all subjects).

Block course
A course not distributed evenly over a semester (with a certain number of hours per week), but rather concentrated over a period of several consecutive days/weeks.

Supplementary course held outside the university to illustrate and consolidate curriculum content, depending on subjects studied, such as visiting geological formations, archaeological sites, urban and forest landscapes.

Advanced seminar
Course during the advanced study period, requiring sound knowledge in the application of subject-related methods, sometimes even requiring prior completion of stage-1 studies.

Discussion round of diploma or doctoral candidates with a professor about scientific topics.

General term for teaching and learning events at a university such as lectures, seminars, tutorials or exercises.

Post-graduate seminar
Mostly used as a synonym for advanced seminars; in all cases an advanced study course for knowledge expansion.

Required course
A course which must be attended to comply with study and examination regulations.

A course at the university, in which students perform experimental work under guidance (e.g. botanical internship in Biology).
Professional practice
Subject-related employment outside the university (professional internship).

Preparatory course
Preparatory course for beginners during (or prior to) basic studies (only in few subjects).

Course during basic (stage-1) studies to introduce students to scientific problems, techniques of scientific work and other areas relevant to advanced studies.

Lecture series
An often interdisciplinary series of lectures on a general topic held by different speakers.

A seminar is a course in which students ideally contribute a substantial part themselves, by way of presentations and statements; depending on the stage of studies, a distinction is made between proseminars, advanced seminars and post-graduate seminars.
The seminar is the scientific organisational body of a given subject or subject area. Seminar is also the designation for the relevant building (or part of a building).

Tutorial / exercise
Mostly offered in conjunction with a lecture; here practical implications are explained or the application of what has been learned is practised.

Course of basic or advanced studies, in which the lecturer generally speaks about scientific topics and the students listen; discussions are rare.