sb@home and class schedule
SB@Home provides information about:
- current class schedule
- course overview
- room administration
- course planning
- assessment administration (registration/deregistration of examinations)
- personal schedule
- study administration (re-enrolling, study reports)
- information about cancelled lectures
Registration periods for courses via sb@home
sb@home registration periods
Registration for courses (seminars, lectures, …) of a semester starts on the penultimate Monday of the lecture period in the antecedent semester and lasts depending on the course
- one week ('LV_kurz')
duration = one week in the 'old' semester
- four weeks ('LV_mittel')
duration = two weeks in the 'old' semester plus two weeks in the semester break
- until the last day of the semester break ('LV_lang')
duration = two weeks in the 'old' semester + entire semester break
- or until the first Sunday in the lecture period ('LV_langE')
duration = two weeks in the 'old' semester + entire semester break + first two weeks of the 'new' lecture period
- entire semester ('Geographie_LV_Ex_lang')
duration = 01.04. until 30.09. or 01.10. until 31.03.
Registration for major excursions usually takes place in November of the prior year and will be announced separately.
WueCampus and online training material
The WueCampus platform
- provides lecture material of the courses
- offers a communicative exchange between students and lecturers via the message forum of each individual course
- student presentations and written papers can be put online and thus be made accessible to the lecturer and fellow students
Professional work placements in the Bachelor’s degree programmes
In Geography, professional work placements are scheduled in the Bachelor’s degree programmes 180 ECTS, 120 ECTS major and, where appropriate, also 85-ECTS major. They are intended for the area of subject-specific transferable skills and compulsory in the 180 ECTS and 120 ECTS major degree programmes. You can flexibly integrate the work placement into your programme progression; the semester listings in the study plan are only recommendations. Usually, you will do your work placement during the semester break.
The module 09-PRAK (‘Berufsbezogenes Praktikum‘, 10 ECTS, duration: 8 weeks) consists of two module components (09-PRAK1 and 09-PRAK2). Content of the module (09-PRAK): The work placement is to be fulfilled in two specialist departments or companies of the considered career or by an eight-week fieldwork outside Europe. It should include tasks that provide the trainee with a detailed and appropriate insight into the professional world. Acquired competencies/qualifications: Students get a first impression of job opportunities for geographers with mostly two different employers for a total duration of eight weeks of work placement. Students gain contacts and experience different professional practice.
In Germany, you will only have eight weeks accredited regarding the work placement (09-PRAK1 and 09-PRAK2) if you can sit in on two considerably different departments. However, this should not prevent you from dispensing with a work placement that is attractive for you, as only four weeks might be acknowledged for you.
Our tip: Professional work placements are also possible abroad, which provides another productive opportunity to spend a part of your studies in a foreign country. AIESEC will help you regarding work placements abroad.
There are many potential work placements, reflecting the diversity and breadth of the labour market for geography. Therefore, we do not make any recommendations or specifications. Out tip: Choose suitable work placements according to your main interests and ideas for your further study or professional life. For orientation, you can also ask at the student council or the academic advisory service. Many potential work placements can be considered as subject-related; if you have any doubts concerning the relevance of an eligible or desired work placement, ask at the course advisory service. In most cases, those doubts are not justified.
A report must be prepared upon completion of the work placement. For a work placement of four weeks, you must prepare a report of about ten pages for passing a module component. Formally, the usual criteria, like those that apply to term papers, can be used.
You do not have to register for the examination of the module component. Try to prepare your report as soon as possible after completing the work placement and submit it to the course advisory service for Bachelor’s degree programmes. There the report will be assessed as passed if it meets the requirements.
A document that contains all the important information about the work placement can be found here.
Application for credit transfer from other universities (including semester abroad)
Academic achievements and assessments (module components) that have been completed within the higher education sector in Germany or abroad will usually be awarded by the examination committee unless they are not equivalent, which means if there are significant differences regarding acquired competencies (learning outcomes). Credit transfer is made on application (form for credit transfer – ASPO version of 28 September 2007, annex to the form for credit transfer after a change of subject – ASPO version of 28 September 2007; submission also required), which will then be approved by the examination committee after checking. Concerning a stay abroad, students are advised to check the crediting of courses and achievements from there with the course advisory service in advance.
Competencies acquired within the framework of other continuing education studies or non-academic fields (such as work placements) may possibly also be approved if they are equivalent to the competences to be acquired in the degree subject.
By submitting the application, the student has to enclose the documents that are necessary for the credit transfer (particularly transcript of records or other documents of the institution at which the competencies were acquired, as well as forms of teaching, contents, attained academic achievements and assessments or other credit certificates together with the grading system that was applied for evaluation).
Students need to submit the documents required for the credit transfer without delay. An application for credit transfer from previous degree programmes can only be filed once, namely to the responsible examination committee within the first semester.
Further details in § 17 ASPO (version of 05 August 2009).
Excursions and excursion passes
- several minor excursions are offered each semester
- they will also be registered in the class schedule during a semester as required
- minor excursions are intended primarily for students in teaching degree programmes
- the excursion certificates are issued by the excursion leader
- every student receives only one excursion certificate, on which all minor excursions are registered
- registration for major excursions usually takes place in November of the previous year
- according to the study plan, the major excursion is scheduled for the following semester:
- Bachelor students: 5th semester
- teaching degree programme 'Grund- und Hauptschule': 6th semester
- teaching degree programme 'Realschule': 6th semester
- teaching degree programme 'Gymnasium': 8th semester
For information regarding the issuance of excursion passes, see Contact, advice and help.
JMU card (student ID card, chip card)
- the chip card contains your photo and a validity date and thus serves as student ID card
- the new student ID card is usually also your public transport pass (‘Semesterticket’). Only with the print ‘Semesterticket’, which is imprinted on validation, your ID card is a valid ticket for the area of the WVV
- furthermore, the chip card serves as a library card. The user number is stored and imprinted as plain writing and barcode
- your access authorisations are stored on the chip card. Thus, for example, the doors to the CIP pools (computer workspaces) can be opened with it.
Further information about the student ID card can be found here.
Erasmus programme and semester abroad
In the course of the studies of Geography in Würzburg, it is possible to spend one or two semesters in other European countries and attend equivalent courses there. The study visit at the host university has to be within a time frame of at least 3 months and up to a maximum of 12 months. Benefits in the context of EU funding include an exemption from paying tuition fees at the host university and a financial subsidy (mobility allowance).
Application for studying abroad
Students of all degree programmes offered at the institute can apply at the Erasmus coordinator of Geography. At the beginning of the stay abroad, applicants need to have studied for at least two semesters. The application period for an academic year abroad (winter semester and the following summer semester) is open until the end of January.
- Range of courses: The institute has Erasmus exchange agreements with the following universities: Caen (FR), Cluj (RO), Liège (BE), Ljubljana (SL), Màlaga (ES), Santander (ES), Maribor (SL), Oradea (RO), Umea (SE), Bergen (NO), Usti (CZ), Lissabon (PT), Breslau (PL), Szeged (HU), Angers (FR).
- Selection procedure: The criteria of the selection procedure are stipulated by the EU. Four selection criteria are considered: academic achievements, language skills, motivation and commitment.
- Application: Your application papers need to include the following documents:
a) application for mediation
b) recent transcript of records
c) letter of motivation
Further information about a study abroad within the framework of the Erasmus programme can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Christof Kneisel as the contact person.
Libraries and map collection
- University Library
- Departmental Library of Cultural Studies, History and Geosciences - TB KGG
- Departmental Library of the Chair of Geodynamics and Geomaterial Research
The map collection of Geography provides a basic stock of maps in paper form depicting a variety of spatial sections of the earth on different scale levels. The majority of these are topographic cartographies, such as those, for example, available and complete for the Federal State of Bavaria in the individual official map series.
In addition, there are further, generally small-scale official maps of individual countries both inside and outside Europe. In the exceptional cases of former research projects or field trips, large-scale series are also available for the regions in question. Besides topographic maps, the map collection also holds geological as well as further thematic maps for selected regions, for instance of climate or population. It thereby has an especially archival character, which means that the analogue stocks partially reach far back into the past. Meanwhile and beyond that, there is a wide range of digital source maps by public and private enterprises. However, those are not registered in the map collection, but the relevant offers should be used if needed.
Upon prior appointment with Dr. Manuel Woltering, the map collection is generally accessible to all employees or students of the University of Würzburg. It is located in the Philosophy Building in close proximity to the Departmental Library of Geography. The map stocks are intended only for on-site work, so there is no possibility to borrow them for home use.