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.

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. When planning your application, you should therefore check out our information on regularly offered courses in the different faculties and departments, as these courses are usually not subject to any major changes.

Below you will find instructions on how to research the complete listings of our courses (time table) and course descriptions (module handbook) as well as other essential information for planning the academic aspects of your mobility.

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.

Regularly Offered Courses by Faculty and Department

Follow the Links

On the departmental websites, you will find information about:

  • International Student Advisors
  • Study Programmes
  • Course listings (by semester)
  • Requirements
  • Teaching Language
  • Credits

Possibilites and Restrictions

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.

Please note:
  • In order to attend Master-level courses, students should have successfully completed at least 3 years of study (approx. 180 ECTS) in the field of study of the Erasmus agreement.
  • All students must meet the language and academic requirements of any given course.
  • Exceptions may be granted to students in their final Bachelor year, if the home university confirms that this mobility window is offered explicitly for students to take Master courses.

Step 1

Click on the following Link:

Step 2

Choose your prefered language in the top right corner. 

Step 3

Click on "Study"

Step 4

Click on "Browse Module Descriptions"

Step 5

Choose the respective "Modules for Degree xxxx"

Step 6

Choose the respective "Course of Studies xxxx"

Step 7

Click on the latest version of "Examination Regulations"

Step 8

Click on the pdf symbol for viewing the complete module handbook

Step 1

Click on the following Link:

Step 2

Choose your prefered language in the top right corner. 

Step 3

Click on "Courses"

Step 4

Click on "Search for Lectures"

Step 5

Choose the respective "Semester"
If courses for the forthcoming semester(s) are not listed yet, please choose the respective semester(s) in the actual or previous academic year!

Step 6

Choose the respective "Curricula"

Step 7

Choose "English" as "Language of Instruction" to see all English taught courses / Choose "German" to see all German courses listed.

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.

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.

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"

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

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.

2 Months April - May May - June June - July July - August  
3 Months April - June May - July June - August July - September  
4 Months April - July May - August June - September    
5 Months April - August May - September      
6 Months April - September       October - March



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).