Willkommen! Welcome! Bienvenue!
Bienvenido! Velkommen! Benvenuti!
Welkom! Bem vindos! Tervetuloa!
Välkommen! to Osnabrück.
General Information about the Faculty of Law at the University of Osnabrück
The Faculty of Law at the University of Osnabrück was established in 1980. In addition to the traditional core legal studies the main emphasis is put on commercial and economic law. From the very beginning the Faculty of Law has co-operated intensively with the Faculty of Economics. The university achieved a good reputation for itself among the faculties of law in Germany.
In fact, 17 ordinary and 15 honorary professors, supported by research assistants and lecturers, give the compulsory and optional courses. Despite the ever increasing number of students, the personal relations between lecturers and students are still deemed very important. The campus is integrated into the city centre.
In the library of the Faculties of Law and Economics more than 260,000 volumes are at the students‘ disposal.
Foreign students planning to take part in the Erasmus+- Program and to study for one or two semesters at the Faculty of Law of the University of Osnabrück are invited to contact the co-ordinators of the exchange-program:
Prof. Dr. Arndt Sinn (Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaften, Heger-Tor-Wall 14, 49069 Osnabrück) and his assistants:
Julia Feldkamp and Pia Ahlers whose consultation hours („Erasmus-Sprechstunde“) are Tuesday from 10.00am - 12.00am as well as Wednesday and Thursday from 02.00pm - 04.00pm in room 22/222, Phone: +49 541 969 6130 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
General semester dates
The general semester dates are as follows: The winter semester usually lasts from 1st October to 31st March, the summer semester from 1st April to 30th September with lectures usually beginning within the first two weeks of the term and ending mid-February and mid-July respectively. At the beginning of each semester an orientation-week will be offered.
Holidays are at Christmas (two weeks). Please check the exact dates at the homepage of the University of Osnabrück.
Introduction to ECTS
ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) has been introduced to create more transparency and to guarantee complete academic recognition for the student's achievements abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing academic efforts and transferring them from one institution within the European Union or an EFTA-State to another.
ECTS is based on the principle of mutual trust and confidence between the institutions involved. This is achieved by some rules concerning information (on courses available), agreement (between the home and the host institutions and the student) and the use of ECTS credits (to indicate the student's workload). Therefore the courses offered by the Faculty of Law of the University of Osnabrück are described not only in terms of content but also carry credits for each course.
ECTS credits are a relative measure of a student's workload. 60 credits represent the workload of an academic year with 30 credits per semester.
Credits are awarded to students who successfully complete the course by satisfying the examination requirements of the Faculty of Law; these saved amount of credits is awarded regardless of the mark achieved.
New regulation in force from Wintersemester 2012/13:
The Faculty of Law rewards the attendance of a lecture depending on its SWS (Semesterwochenstunde = semester period per week).
1 SWS = 1 ECTS
2 SWS = 2 ECTS
3 SWS = 3 ECTS
4 SWS = 3 ECTS
5 SWS = 3,5 ECTS
6 SWS = 4 ECTS
The visit of a lecture with an exam at the end of the lecture is also rewarded depending on the SWS and therefore the workload of the lecture.
1 SWS = 4 ECTS
2 SWS = 6 ECTS
3 SWS = 7 ECTS
4 SWS = 8 ECTS
5 SWS = 8,5 ECTS
6 SWS = 9 ECTS
The attendance of a colloqium or a study group is also rewarded with 03 credit points. Furthermore, the attendance of a practice or a seminar (“Übung/ Seminar”) with an exam is rewarded with 12 Credits due to the level of difficulty. When the student returns and has successfully completed the study program, the credits will be transferred and the student will continue his/her studies at the home institution without any loss of time or credit.
The ECTS- Grading System:
In order to achieve the necessary European comparability, a standardized grading system was introduced. Since ECTS Grades are based on the percentage of achieved points, they deviate from the national grading system, and that counting towards the first state examination.
Types of courses and the examinations
As a ERASMUS- student you have the possibility to visit any class of our faculty you are interested in. You can study „à la carte“. The Faculty „only“ requires the fulfilment of the condition that the student follows a selection of courses that carry the total sum of 30 ECTS-credits with them. The faculty offers different kinds of courses:
Lecture („Vorlesung“) :
A Vorlesung is a lecture by a professor without any oral or written exams. The lecture deals with the substance and procedure of each topic and subject of law and is frequently assisted by typescripts and folios. In general the student is not obliged to prepare specifically for the next class but should deepen and complete his knowledge by reading the recommended books.
Practical preparation course (“Übung”) :
An Übung is a course involving the successful completion of an examination and an essay. The weekly class is generally held by a professor and these involves preparation for exams, the completition of such and the return and discussion of exams an essays. Three (sometimes two) exams and two essays are offered, the first essay before the beginning of the course. The preparation of an essay takes about 2-4 weeks. The time limit for an exam is two or three hours. One exam and one essay must be marked E or better in order for the credits to be awarded
A Seminar is a class given by a professor about a specific topic for which the students must be enrolled. The students must write a paper of approximately 20 – 30 pages and present the essential content orally, for which the students can obtain an optional subject certificate. There will be discussion and analysis of the theses submitted by the speaker. A seminar is generally offered for students in the 5th term but everyone is allowed to participate.
Colloqium (“Kolloquium”) :
A Kolloquium is a course on a specific topic with a restricted number of participants. This is a course without any obligation to achieve a certain performance just as a seminar paper. A Kolloquium is chaired by a professor but the students’ discussion for common acquiring of a topic sets the priorities.
Study Group („Arbeitsgemeinschaft” , “AG"):
An Arbeitsgemeinschaft or “AG” is a course for a small number of students, generally chaired by an academic assistant. The students work together and use their knowledge of law acquired in the lecture. The students are invited to participate actively in the course but there is no oral or written exam at the end.
Refresher Course (“Repetitorium”):
A Repetitorium is a course held by a professor. There are no obligations on the student. The course provides preparation for the state examination through a repetition of the content of criminal, public and civil law.
Generally one can visit every kind of course. Nevertheless, we advise to visit only lectures, as they are the most comprehensive for foreign students.
You can find information on courses for the current semester here.
It is to be emphasised that each semester our faculty offers a law course for foreign students, where you can learn a lot about the German jurisdiction, studying law in Germany, etc. The course is called: “Einführung (introduction) in das deutsche Recht für ausländische Studierende”.
Note that the course language is German. For successful studies it is essential to have knowledge of German (B1-level).
Furthermore the International Relations Office (International Office) and Sprachenzentrum (Language Center) of the University of Osnabrück offers you general and specific German language courses.
General information: application, admission, housing, costs etc
You can find more general information at the International Relations Office of the University (International Office), which is responsible for the general support of foreign students, like in matters of admission, housing, ..etc. for foreign students. The International Relations Office also offers general and specific German language courses. You can also get further informations about application, admission, housing, costs and specific “foreign” questions like visas and resident permits here.