Exams - Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find important information on examination-related aspects of your studies. You should read this carefully again, especially before the start of your examination period. If you have any questions about examinations in your study programme, please contact the staff of the Studiensekretariat (student administration and examinations office). We wish you an interesting and enjoyable time studying in Ulm!

The legal foundations for your studies are in particular:
- the Federal State Higher Education Act (Landeshochschulgesetz - LHG)
- the General Framework Rahmenordnung der Universität Ulm (RPO) under "Allgemein (Rahmenordnung)"
- the subject-specific study and examination regulations Fachspezifischen Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen (FSPO) of the respective programmes

Please also note:
- the module descriptions Modulbeschreibungen
- the study curricula Studienpläne

For Students

What requirements do I have to fulfil to be able to register for an examination?

At the time of the exam, candidates must be enrolled at Ulm University and the prerequisites, if any, must have been completed.

When do exams take place?

Exams are offered at the end of a semester. As a rule, the first examination period is in the last week of the lecture period and the first three weeks of the lecture-free period; the second examination period is in the last three weeks of the lecture-free period and the first week of the lecture period of the following semester.

When do I have to register for an exam?

Exam registrations for written exams have to be made at the latest four days before the exam date (e.g. exam date 21 February, last possible registration: 17 February). Late registrations are not possible.

What are open and closed examinations?

The examens in the second examination period can be offered as open or as closed exams. If an examination is offered as a closed examination, only students may take it who were registered for the same examination on a previous examination date and failed it or who were authorised to withdraw due to a valid reason (e.g. inability to take the examination). Open examinations may be taken by all students without these restriction.

How can I register for an exam?

Exam registration as well as the printing out of certificates of registered and completed achievements is possible via Hochschulportal . This gives you the opportunity to register for your written and oral examinations and retrieve your examination results regardless of location and time. Please remember to check after each examinateion registration whether the registration hast actually been completed. To do this, call up the pdf certificate of registered examinations. Examinations which have not been registered for will not be counted (regardless of whether they have peen passed or failed).

Should a registration via Hochschulportal not be possible please register by sending an e-mail to Studiensekretariat.

Please always indicate the following information:
- first and last name of the exam candidate
- student ID number
- titel and number of the exam
- date of the exam
- name of the examiner
- if grade improvement attempt/additional subject
Please observe the respective deadlines.

What happens if I do not appear for a registered examination?

If you do not appear for an exam for which you have registered, the exam will be graded as "failed" (5,0).

How can I withdraw from an exam?

Withdrawal from an exam without good cause is possible up to three days before the exam (example: exam on 10 February, registration and withdrawal are possible until 6 February at the latest!).

Withdrawal from an examination for good cause after the three-day period has expired, e.g. for reasons of illness, is only possible befored the examination begins.

If you are unable to take the exam on the day of the examdue to illness, please immediately submit the Formular für die Bescheinigung der Prüfungsunfähigkeit (medical certificate) completed by your doctor. It is not possible to withdraw from an examination after completing it.

What is an orientation examination and by when do I have to pass it?

§ 6 Abs. 6 of the General Framework of Ulm University for bachelor's and master's programmes stipulates that one or several examinations in basic courses must have been completed by the end of the third semester in the programme at the latest. The orientation examination can be repeated only once. You can find out which examinations form the orientation examination by consulting the applicable subject-specific study and examination regulations (FSPO) of your study programme.

How are grade improvement attempts registered?

Even if grade improvement attempts are possible in your study programme, registration via the Hochschuldiensteportal (campusonline) is generally not possible. Registration for free attempts is via email to Studiensekretariat. Please always indicate the following information:

- first and last name of the exam candidate
- student ID number
- title and number of the exam
- date of the exam
- name of the examiner
- grade improvement attempt

Please observe the respective deadlines.

Can I take exams during a semester on leave of absence?

During a semester on leave of absence, no study and exam achievements may be taken or completed. Exceptions to this are

- the repetition of failed examinations from a previous semester without attending the course in the semester on leave,
- the completion of study and examination work that was already started in a previous semester without attending the course in the semester on leave,
- the taking of examinations at Ulm University during a leave due to studying at a foreign university (non-integrated study abroad, e.g. ERASMUS),
- the registration, writing and submission of theses.

It is not possible to register for exams via Hochschulportal during a semester on leave of absence. Students of bachelor’s, master’s and teacher education programmes register for these exams in due time by email to studiensekretariat@uni-ulm.de. Students in medical and dentistry programmes register for these exams via Corona.

What happens if I take more exams than I need?

If you take more examinations in a compulsory elective module (e.g. transferable skills - ASQ) than are required, only the chronologically first examinations up to the attainment of the number of credit points are used for the grade calculation of this module. 

How do I register for the bachelor’s/master’s thesis?

Students register for their bachelor’s/master’s thesis directly in the Studiensekretariat (student administration and examinations office). For this, use the forms
Antrag auf Zulassung zur Bachelorarbeit and
Antrag auf Zulassung zur Masterarbeit .

The person in charge in the Studiensekretariat verifies whether the requirements for registration have been met and checks the timely submission of the thesis. Requests for an extension of the completion time must be submitted to the subject examination board and can only be approved if the student is not responsible for the fact that the deadline cannot be met (e.g. illness, breakdown of machines required for the completion of the thesis, etc.).

How and where do I have to hand in the bachelor's/master's thesis?

Bachelor's and master's theses must be submitted to the Studiensekretariat in due time. Direct submission to the reviewers is not permitted. 

The bachelor's/master's thesis is submitted on time in the form of a PDF file. This is only possible by e-Mail .

CD-ROMs and USB sticks are not accepted. If the file is too large to be sent by e-mail, please upload it using the link below and enter studiensekretariat(at) uni-ulm.de as the recipient address.

Link to upload the thesis:

https://www.uni-ulm.de/einrichtungen/kiz/service-katalog/e-mail-kalender-zusammenarbeit/cloudstore/

In addition to the electronic form, the bachelor’s/master’s thesis must be handed in to the Studiensekretariat in due time as bound copies in the following programmes:
Advanced Materials, Advanced Oncology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Industrial Biotechnology, Communications and Computer Engineering, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.

This can be done by mail (address: Universität Ulm, Abt. II-2 Studiensekretariat, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, 89081 Ulm) or by dropping the theses into the large silver letterbox. The letterbox is located before the Studiensekretariat, room 2203/M23. The number of bound copies corresponds to the number of examiners (master's thesis, always two; bachelor's thesis, usually one, except: Communications and Computer Engineering, two).

The Studiensekretariat immediately sends the theses (electronic or bound form) to the first and possibly second reviewer.

After receipt of the assessments and completion of all other examinations, the Studiensekretariat issues the degree certificate and the degree diploma. However, this can take several weeks.

What is special about examinations if I am studying human medicine or dentistry?

Human medicine

  • State examination

The Landesprüfungsamt für Medizin und Pharmazie publishes and continuously updates information on the state examinations in human medicine on its internet site. There you will also find, among other things, the licensing regulations (“Approbationsordnungen”) and information on examination dates. Registration for the state examinations is done online to the state examination office (“Landesprüfungsamt”). ·

  • Courses leading to a Schein (certificate)

Students can only attend courses leading to a Schein (certificate) if they previously registered for them via the Dean of Studies' Office Anmeldung

This registration is also binding for the examinations to be taken for the first time in connection with the course. Registration must take place within the registration period previously announced in the Medical Faculty or, in the event that such a period is not specified, by the day of the start of lectures at Ulm University for the respective semester at the latest. For first-semester courses, this deadline is extended by one week. Further details can be found in the study regulations for the degree programme in Human Medicine.

Dentistry state examination

The Landesprüfungsamt für Medizin und Pharmazie publishes and continuously updates information on the state examinations in Dentistry on its internet site. There you will also find, among other things, the licensing regulations (“Approbationsordnungen”) and information on achievements required for examination registration. · Preliminary examination in natural sciences and dentistry as well as dentistry examination.

  • Scientific and dental preliminary examination

The dates for the examinations can be found on the notice board at the Studiensekretariat (student administration and examinations office). Admission to the respective examinations is upon application (see Formularseite). The application is to be submitted to the Studiensekretariat together with all evidence required for the application (except for Scheine (certificates) to be submitted later). The deadline is 30 April for the autumn examination and 30 November for the spring examination.
Registration for the examination is binding. On this basis, admission is granted with a summons to the examination, which also lists the probable examiners. As a rule, the summons is issued 8 to 14 days before the examination date and must be collected in person from the Studiensekretariat.

  • Courses leading to a "Schein" (certificate)

You must register for the individual courses leading to a certificate in the winter and summer semesters with the course instructor by the day of the start of the lecture or course at Ulm University for the respective semester. Students who have been admitted due to a court decision or through Hochschulstart in the late admission procedure must register by the 10th course day after the start of the semester at the latest (cut-off deadlines).
The certificates (Scheine) are awarded for regular and successful participation within the meaning of the Approbationsordnung für Zahnärzte (Licensing Regulations for Dentists) by the responsible course instructor after an examination and evaluation.

For Examiners

Does one of the examiners have to be present during the written examination?

In the case of written examinations, a person entitled to examine who also regularly holds the course may be present, but does not have to be. However, it must be ensured that an invigilator is present. This is to ensure that examination candidates can immediately report any disturbance in the examination room or disturbances caused by factors outside the examination room, e.g. noise, and ask for a remedy. The qualification of this invigilator is the organisational responsibility of the teachers. In principle, scientific/non-scientific assistants, but also other staff members are considered to be adequate. In the case of professionally relevant examinations (all examinations in the bachelor's, master's and state examination programmes), it could be advisable to use scientific staff in order to be able to better address subject-related questions during the examination, if necessary, but also to be able to react more confidently and appropriately to candidates in the event of a suspicion of attempted cheating or irregular behaviour, in order to avoid examination disputes in advance. However, as there is no case law on this subject, these requirements are not mandatory - assistants can also be used as invigilators during professionally relevant examinations.
However, it is crucial that invigilators, irrespective of their qualification, are informed about the examination procedure and the instructions for an examination (what should be said from the examiner's perspective) as well as conceivable disturbances and know how to make a record of it and what to record (attempts to cheat, special incidents, reprimands of the candidates, etc.). This does not affect the qualification of the examiner. As a matter of course, the person assessing the examination must have a sufficient professional qualification to assess the examination.

What must be written on the exam cover sheet?

What is written on the exam cover sheet is at the discretion and responsibility of the examiner. However, for procedural reasons, at least the following information should be provided on the exam cover sheet:

- family name, first name, student ID number, study programme, aspired degree of the student

- title, date and time of the exam

- grade and signature of the examiner.

For this, please use our forms.

What has to be read out before the exam begins?

In principle, nothing has to be read out, but it is at the discretion of the examiner whether to read something out or not. It could be useful to explain the examination procedure, the publication of examination results, the duration, aids, withdrawal from the examination and sanctions for attempted cheating. Candidates should be advised that by taking the examination they declare that they are mentally and physically fit to take the examination. For medical studies, there is a written “Belehrung der Prüfungsteilnehmer und Prüfer” (Instruction of Examinees and Examiners) which can be used as a guide.

Is it necessary to check the ID cards of the examination candidates before the examination begins?

Before the examination, the examiners/invigilators should print out the list of registered students from the Hochschuldiensteportal (campusonline) of Ulm University. The invigilators can use the student ID cards (matriculation number in connection with the name) to check the entitlement to take examinations, but they do not have to do so. It is at the discretion of the examiner/invigilator to decide whether to check. If the person requires the ID card for admission to the examination, it follows that candidates should also be refused admission to the examination if they cannot identify themselves either by means of a student ID card or by means of an ID card.

How may exam grades be published?

Publication is no longer necessary, as students can view and print out the results of their examinations online in the Hochschulportal of Ulm University as soon as they have been entered.

In principle, it is not permitted to publish examination results on the internet using student ID numbers, even with the students’ consent, as it is easy to establish a connection with other student data on the internet via search functions. If examiners wish to publish results themselves despite students being able to view them in the Hochschulportal, the following should be noted.

All candidates who wish to access their grades on the internet (not in the Hochschulportal) must be given a number for their examination, which they must remember and which may not be accessible to any other candidates. On the internet, the grade of the examination would then be found next to this number. Keep in mind that when numbers are assigned based on the seating order, it is possible for exam participants to also remember the numbers of the persons sitting next to them as well as other exam participants. So do not assign the numbers according to the seating order, but by other procedures. The publication of examination results on the internet is only permitted within a narrow time frame (30 calendar days).

Contact details

Studiensekretariat
(Office of the Registrar/
Examination Office)
Universität Ulm
89069 Ulm
Phone: +49 (0)731/50-24444
Fax: +49 (0)731/50-22058
E-Mail: studiensekretariat@uni-ulm.de
Responsible officials and opening hours

Postal address:
Universität Ulm
Studiensekretariat
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm