Faculty 5

Terminology

Important terms you will encounter during the application process and during your studies in Stuttgart - and what they really mean!

English German Explanation
Admission Letter Zulassungsbescheid The admission letter is the documented statement of 'the right for enrollment' = 'admitted' of the competent admission commission of the concerned course of study . Admission letters are valid for one admission period only. Admission lettters are typically necessary for 'Student Visas' and necessary for enrollment.
Basic Module Grundlagenmodul Examination Unit of the 1st term. Basic Modules may be implemented with one Lecture or two Lectures.
Course Veranstaltung Course is the global term for lectures, exercises, labs and seminars.
CP (Credit Points) Leistungspunkte Credit Points are the measure of work associated with achieving a grade/marking of an Examination Unit/Module according to the European ECTS system. 1 CP represents at the University of Stuttgart 30 hours of work.
CPE/CAE   Cambridge Proficiency in English and Cambridge Advanced English are proofs of English Language Proficiency.
Enrollment Einschreibung (Immatrikulation) Enrollment is the act of becoming a member of the University. Enrollment is done by submitting and/or presenting the required forms and documents to the enrollment officer. Specific months are designated for enrollment as given on the admission letter.
Exercise Übung Exercises are to gain experience in solving problems for which methods and tools have been taught in the associated lecture.
Focus Vertiefungslinie see "Specialization"
GATE Graduate Aptitute Test in Engineering All India examination conducted by the Indian IISc and the IIT, see also externer Link GATE
GRE Graduate Record Examination Aptitude test conducted by ETS, see externer Link GRE
IELTS   International English Language Test System is a proof of English Language Proficiency.
Lab (Laboratory Couse) Praktikum or Pül (Praktische Uebungen im Labor) A lab course is for practical training, conducting experiments or explore new fields. A lab course, differently to "exercices" is not associated with a specific "lecture".
Lecture Vorlesung A lecture is the traditional way of teaching a subject/subjects in front of a class.
Major Vertiefungslinie See "Specialization"
Module Modul A module (same holds for «Basic Module») is the basic administrative element of the program. Credit Points have to be collected on module level. A Module may be implemented by a Lecture, a lecture and a Exercise or several Lectures and Exercises. In case of several lectures and/or exercises, each of it may have an examination or similar, leading to a performance indicator (Grade/Marking/points etc). The Grade/Marking of the Examination Unit (Module) is then calculated from the individual examination results of the lectures - typically as mean.
NT (Non-Technical) Nicht-Technisches Wahlpflichtmodul This is a module with lectures from the field of business processes an law.
Program Year (PY) Jahrgang Program Year PY, e.g. PY13, defines the year of the program start. If, e.g., the program applied for, enroled or registered starts winter term 2013/14, the program year is PY13
SEM (Seminar) Seminar, Hauptseminar A seminar is an activity comparable with the first month of a Master Thesis Project. It is the implementation of a module.
Specialization Vertiefungslinie The Terms focus, major and specialization are used with the same meaning. Specialization is the collection of modules with a strong relation to one topic.
PO or SER Pruefungsordnung or Study and Examination Regulation PO (from German Pruefungsordnung) or Study and Examination Regulation (SER) denotes the relevant examination regulation for a given Program Year intake.
Teaching Unit Lehreinheit A lecture (course), related Exercise(s), Seminar, Lab Course and Master Thesis Project are Teaching Units. Teaching units can be found on lsf for look-up of times and dates.
TOEFL   Test Of English as a Foreign Language is a proof of English Language Proficiency, see also Q3 on FAQ