Study Offers @ Ulm University

Ulm University offers about 70 study programmes, including 12 Master programmes taught entirely in English. And even our German-taught programmes offer select courses in English.

Complete Listing of Study Programmes

Temporary non-degree students are not restricted to choosing their courses from one single study program, instead, they can choose a combination of courses from different programs and from different faculties. However, Erasmus+ students should take the majority of courses from programs in that subject/faculty in which the Erasmus+ agreement between Ulm and their home institution is made.

  • It is possible to choose a combination of courses in German and English, as long as the applicant meets the language requirements in both languages.
  • It is even possible to choose courses from both, Bachelor and Master programs, as long as the applicant meets the requirement for Master level courses.

Courses from career-integrated programmes or the continuing professional education programmes offered by the School of Advanced Professional Studies (SAPS) are not open to non-degree temporary students.

Quick Search for Courses

Click this link to our campusonline system

  1. choose English language
  2. click "Study"
  3. click "Browse Module Descriptions"
  4. click "Modules for Degree xxxx"
  5. click "Course of Studies xxxx"
  6. click the latest version of "Examination Regulations"
  7. click the pdf symbol for viewing the complete module handbook

or Choose English Language > Click on "Courses" > Click on "Search for Lectures" > Choose the respective semester > Choose "English" as "Language of Instruction" to see all English taught courses / Choose "German" to see all German courses listed. - If courses for the forthcoming semester(s) are not listed yet, please choose the respective semester(s) in the actual or previous academic year!

You may also choose courses from cross-disciplinary offers

  • "Sprachen und Philologie" = foreign languages / literature.
  • "Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften" = philosophy / humanities.
  • "Additive Schlüsselqualifikationen" = soft skills / key qualifications.

Temporary Non-Degree Students

Students who spend only 1-2 semesters at Ulm University and do not earn a degree from us are referred to as temporary non-degree students.

This term includes Erasmus and exchange students, as well as free movers.

Please note:

In order to attend master courses, you must have master level, meaning that:

  • you must have formally completed a bachelor degree or
  • you must have finished three years of studying at a university or
  • you have completed 180 ECTS credit points

by the time you start your studies at Ulm University.

Regularly Offered Courses

Non-degree temporary students need to plan well in advance when they decide to apply for a particular university. However, finalized information on courses offered in any given semester is usually available only a few weeks before the official start of the lecture period, because curriculum organization has to take many aspects into consideration (such as change in teaching staff, change in study regulations, availability of classrooms and resources). 

We have therefore provided lists of courses that are offered on a regular basis and are usually not affected by such changes. (Apologies: some of the linked pages/subjects are still under construction).

Course Information

Some General Remarks

The course catalogues and time tables list all available courses in general. However, some of the courses might not be offered during your exchange semester / year. Therefore you should list more courses in your learning agreement / study proposal than you are planning to take. - If you don't find a course code, just leave it blank in your learning agreement.

For all temporary non-degree students, the International Office will schedule an appointment with an academic counselor shortly before the beginning of the lecture period to advise and assist with the final course selection.

Credit Transfer to Home University

Depending on your home country's university system there might be dif­ferent policies for transferring ECTS credits / German grades into your degree. Please check with your academic counselor at home! We recommend a minimum course load of 20 ECTS credits per semester in your main study program at Ulm University (the regular load is 30 ECTS per semester).

Download "The German Grading System / The European Credit Transfer System ECTS"

Signing up for Classes

Download "Signing up for Classes"

Vorlesung: primarily a lecture course in which a professor gives an overall view on a certain academic field
Seminar: requires students to participate in discussions and give presentations
Proseminar: for students in their first cycle of their studies
Hauptseminar / Oberseminar: for students in their second cycle of their studies
Übung: allows students to develop specific skills and to apply what they have learnt in the lecture / seminar
Praktikum: a practical course taught in a lab, at computers, in the field etc.

LP = Leistungspunkte = ECTS Credits
SWS = Semesterwochenstunden = Weekly Classroom Hours

Projects and Master Theses

Projects and Master Theses

Students who only want to do a thesis/project at Ulm University do not need proficiency in German, as long as they have sufficient command of English (min. B1).

Time and duration for thesis / projects can be arranged outside regular semester dates (see: individual periods).

If you plan to do a thesis/project during your mobility at Ulm University, you should find out about the ongoing research in our faculties, departments and institutes in your field of interest. Our student advisor's can give you some directions for your search. However, you should not come to Ulm with any predefined topic and expect to find a supervisor for that particular topic.

We will grant max. 5 ECTS per month for thesis / project work, if this is the only activitiy in that time. If a thesis/project is combined with other courses, you can earn max. 30 ECTS per semester in total.

Examples: If you are going to stay for one full semester (6 months) and take several courses for a total of 12 ECTS credits, your thesis can be max. 18 ECTS credits. If you are going to stay for four months and only do your project, you can earn max. 20 credits for it.

Individual Periods

2 MonthsJanuary - FebruaryJuly - August
3 MonthsJanuary - MarchMarch - MayMay - JulyJuly - September
4 MonthsJanuary - AprilMay - August
6 MonthsMarch - AugustSeptember - February




Individual Periods

Clinical electives/hospital rotations or thesis/projects can be arranged outside the semester rhythm, as long as students choose one of the time slots offered (see table).