FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

In our FAQs, you will find frequently asked questions about a variety of topics. Before you make an appointment with the Departmental Advisory Services (Studienfachberatung) or the Student Advising Office (Studienbüro), take a look at our FAQs - perhaps you will find the answer to your question here.

Do you have a question that you think should be answered here? Then type in your question at the bottom of this page and we will take care of the rest.

Courses

Do I have to sign up for all the courses that I want to take?

Yes, ever since the introduction of JOGUStINe, students have been obliged to sign up for all the courses they want to take. Before registering for a course, you are usually required to register for the corresponding module. First you choose the module on JOGUStINe and then the relevant course(s). Registration for courses and modules is limited to the three registration periods; this also applies to withdrawal from courses.

How do I sign up for practice classes?

At the Faculty 08, every lecture is accompanied by practice classes that are offered regularly. Please use the JGU-Reader to register for practice classes. You will receive more information on registration in the first session of the respective course.

What can I do if courses overlap?

Unfortunately, overlaps cannot be avoided but the JGU tries to prevent overlaps for all compulsory courses. In particular, this applies to teaching degree programs and the most frequent combinations of major and minor subjects. If compulsory courses from different subjects overlap, contact the Subject Managers (Studienmanager) of the respective subjects as early as possible. Other students might be having the same problem as you, and there is a chance that courses can be moved.

My lecturer changed my status to “inactive” in JOGUStINe - what does that mean?

The status “inactive” means that you missed more than two sessions of the course or that you did not successfully attend the accompanying tutorial. Regular participation can only be attested if you have only missed max. two sessions, or four hours per semester. Exceptions can be made in justified individual cases. If your status is changed to inactive, you are not allowed to take the examination and you have to retake the course during the next regular cycle. If your status has been changed to inactive by mistake, please contact the responsible lecturer.

How do I enroll in a course at JGU as an exchange student?

Please visit the JOGUStINe website, select the button “lectures” and click on the respective semester (on the left). Courses are sorted by faculties. On the subject’s website, you will find the faculty to which your selected subjects belong. Please fill out the registration form in full and make copies for each subject and for yourself. One copy of the registration form has to be verified and approved by your subject’s student advisor (Studienberater). The approved copy then has to be submitted to the responsible Student Advising Office, where you will be registered for the selected classes. If you have selected further subjects, repeat the process for each subject (Step one: student advisor, step two: Student Advising Office).


Examinations

Do I have to register for all examinations I want to take?

Yes, ever since the introduction of JOGUStINe, students have been obliged to register for all exams. Registration is only possible during the registration period for examinations.

Do I also have to register for repeat examinations?

Yes, you are also obliged to register for repeat examinations. If you failed an examination on your first attempt, you have to retake the examination within 6 months according to the examination regulations.* If you do not take this examination, you risk being registered as absent and will receive a failing grade (5.0). You need a TAN (transaction authentication number) to register for each examination. Registering for an examination means that you are obliged to take the exam. Please make sure that you do not lose the TAN list that you will be given when you enroll at university.

*Exception for examinations in the subject Computer Science: If the course is not offered every semester, you do not have to retake the examination until the course is offered again. However, the deadline determined in the examination regulations also applies here. All repeat examinations have to be passed before this deadline.

I cannot register for an examination because I do not have a TAN - what should I do?

If you have lost your TAN list, deactivate the list on JOGUStINe. Then you can request a new TAN list using the JOGUStINe TAN service. You can find more information about deactivating and reissuing TAN lists on the JOGUStINe website.

How can I withdraw from an examination if I am already registered?

At the Faculty 08, it is possible to withdraw from an examination up to seven days before the examination date (this rule only applies to written and oral examinations - not to term papers and graduation theses!). This regulation does not apply if you have already failed your first attempt, as the examination regulations state that you are obliged to retake the examination within a period of six months. You are therefore not allowed to withdraw from a repeat examination. Should you miss the repeat examination without a valid reason, you will be registered as absent and receive the grade 5.0 (failed).

What should I do if I have two examinations at the same time?

In certain subject combinations, examination overlaps cannot be avoided. Should examination dates collide, please contact the responsible examination manager (Prüfungsmanager) of the subject as early as possible and explain your situation. Other students might have the same problem as you and a separate examination date may be scheduled.

What is the difference between examination prerequisites and examination components?

An examination prerequisite is an element of participation in a course. Examination prerequisites are never graded and are not considered examination components. These examination prerequisites must often be fulfilled in order to qualify to register for examination components. Examination components are all module examinations and sub-module examinations. Examination components are always graded and are included in the calculation of the final grade for your degree program.

I am ill and have an examination today- what should I do?

If you are ill on the day of the examination, you should carefully consider whether you think you can take the examination or not. Should you not be able to take the examination, please inform your examiner immediately (especially in the case of oral exams). If you became ill before the examination, you have the possibility to withdraw from Faculty 08 examinations on JOGUStINe until seven days before the examination date. If you do not attend an examination that you are registered for and do not withdraw in time, the examination will count as failed, as long as you do not present a doctor’s certificate. A certificate of incapacity to work (“yellow sheet”) from your doctor is not sufficient. The Student Advising Office needs a doctor’s certificate or a certificate from a medical health officer that certifies your inability to take an examination and includes the duration as well as the condition that caused your inability. Please ask your doctor to use the official form from the download center to certify your inability to take the examination. The doctor’s certificate must be submitted to the examination manager in the Student Advising Office of the subject in which you missed the exam.

What happens if I fail an examination?

If you fail an examination, you are required by the examination regulations to register for a repeat examination within a period of six months. If you do not register, you will receive the grade 5.0 (failed).

How many times am I allowed to repeat an examination?

The number of times you can repeat an examination depends on the examination regulations of the subject you are enrolled in. Generally, module examinations can only be repeated twice. If you have taken the second repeat examination and failed, you can request an oral supplementary examination from the responsible examination board. Should you also fail this supplementary examination, you lose the entitlement to take examinations in the respective degree program. Examination prerequisites can be repeated any number of times but there are also some exceptions (please consult the examination regulations).

What does a loss of entitlement to take an examination mean?

A loss of entitlement to take an examination means you can no longer continue to study in your degree program. You are also not allowed to study the same degree program at any other university in Germany. This regulation may also affect degree programs that essentially have the same content. When applying for a place at university, you always have to truthfully state whether and in which degree program you lost the entitlement to take an examination.

JOGUStINe is not displaying my examination results correctly or not at all - what can I do?

Lecturers are given 4 weeks to grade examination components. As soon as the grades are final and entered into JOGUStINe, the lecturers submit the list of grades to the responsible examination manager at the Student Advising Office. The examination manager then checks and publishes the entered grades. Only then can students see their grades on JOGUStINe. A delay of several weeks due to administrative reasons is therefore completely normal. Should your examination results be displayed but you think they may be incorrect, please contact the responsible examination manager at the Student Advising Office.


Minor subject

How do I select my minor subject?

Your minor subject is an elective module on JOGUStINe that can be selected under Registration > Electives > Elective registration. Ìn the electives section, you will find all minor subjects that correspond to your degree program. As soon as you have completed the first examination components in the selected minor subject, you can only change your minor subject one more time!

Which minor subjects can I choose?

You can choose any subject from the minor subjects listed in your examination regulations. Please note, however, that new minor subjects may have been added in the meantime, for example due to a student’s application. The minor subjects that you can select are displayed in JOGUStINe under Registration > Electives > Elective registration.


Recognition, change of subject, transition into the Master's degree program

Is it possible to have examination prerequisites/components from a former degree program or a semester abroad recognized?

You can have your examination prerequisites/components from former degree programs or a semester abroad recognized by the Departmental Advisory Services responsible for your subject. Simply make an appointment and bring all relevant documents that prove that you completed examination prerequisites/components externally. The departmental advisor will review your examination prerequisites/components and decide which can be recognized for your program in Mainz. You will then receive a recognition form. The Student Advising Office will also receive a copy. JOGUStINe will display your recognized examination prerequisites/components as soon as the Student Advising Office has processed your recognition form. In general, it is a good idea to talk to the Departmental Advisory Services about which of the courses you will be taking abroad can be recognized here in Mainz before you leave.

I am studying at the JGU and want to change my subject - what do I have to know and what do I have to do?

Just like external applications, changing your subject is only possible within certain time frames. The process depends on your new subject. You should talk to the Departmental Advisory Services of your future subject ahead of time about which of your previously completed examination prerequisites/components can be recognized. For more information on changing your subject, please refer to www.studium.uni-mainz.de/fachwechsel.

What do I need to consider before moving into a Master's degree program?

In order to transition into a Master's degree program, you have to submit a request to the Office of Admission and Records (Studiensekretariat) within the stated period. Once you have completed the last piece of graded work in your Bachelor’s degree program, you will be automatically exmatriculatied at the end of semester. Each semester, there is a fixed application deadline for Master’s degree programs in the next semester: 15 May for the winter semester, 15 November for the summer semester.

If you fulfil certain requirements, you have the possibility to apply for a temporary Master’s program as early as in the fifth semester of your Bachelor’s degree program in order to avoid possible waiting times between your last Bachelor's examination and your future Master's degree program. You would then enroll in the Master’s degree program for the duration of one semester while still studying in your Bachelor’s degree program. However, in this case, you are required to finish your Bachelor’s degree program by the end of this first semester in the Master’s program. If this is not the case, the JGU is obligated to exmatriculate you from the Master's degree program, requiring you to re-enroll within the application deadlines mentioned above.

Therefore you should only consider applying for a temporary Master's degree program if you are positive that you will be able to complete your Bachelor’s degree program during the parallel Bachelor’s and Master's degree programs enrollment period.

Alternatively, it is possible to take certain Master's courses during the Bachelor’s program in most Bachelor degree programs at the Faculty 08. In this case, your examination results are recognized in your future Master's degree program. You can register by selecting the elective module “vorgezogene Masterveranstaltungen” (early Master's courses) on JOGUStINe. This possibility can help you avoid the risk of exmatriculation from the Master's degree program. However, you should nonetheless remember to apply for the Master's degree program in time.

For teaching degree students (Bachelor of Education) the university registrar's office (Hochschulprüfungsamt, HPL) offers specific information on its website.


Academic Records, clearance certificate

I need my Academic Records - where can I find them?

You can request your Academic Records for the Bachelor and Master of Science degree programs from the responsible examination manager in the Student Advising Office. Depending on what you need them for, you have the choice of two versions of Academic Records: one that includes the number of attempts, and one without.

Request Academic Records that include the number of attempts for a change of university or for your Master's degree program application. This version includes possible failed attempts, which are usually required for recognition of credits. Academic Records without the number of attempts do not include failed attempts and can therefore not be interpreted negatively, for example when you apply for an internship or a part-time job.

You will usually have to wait until the examination manager has issued your document. It is best if you send an email to the Student Advising Office to ask when you can collect your Academic Records, or you can ask the examination manager to send the document to your university email address as a PDF file.

Only the university registrar’s office issues Academic Records for the Bachelor and Master of Education degree programs.
For further information on this matter, please refer to the website of the university registrar’s office.

I want to finish my degree program at another university and need a clearance certificate – where can I get one?

You can get a clearance certificate from the responsible examination manager in the Student Advising Office. You will usually have to wait until the examination manager has issued your document. It is best if you send an email to the Student Advising Office to ask when you can collect your clearance certificate.


Degree certificate, exmatriculation

I have passed my final examination – when will I receive my certificate?

The responsible examination manager in the Student Advising Office issues degree certificates for the Bachelor and Master of Science degree programs. You will usually have to wait until the examination manager has issued your document. It is best if you send an email to the Student Advising Office to ask when you can collect your Academic Records. In urgent cases (e.g. for applications), you can request a preliminary confirmation of the successful completion of your degree program as well as your Academic Records while you wait for your diploma. The university registar’s office issues degree certificates for the Bachelor and Master of Education degree programs. For further information, please refer to the website of the university registrar’s office.

Will I be automatically exmatriculated once I have passed my final examination?

Yes, if you have completed your degree program, you will be officially exmatriculated. However, you will not be exmatriculated until the end of the respective semester. If you wish to be exmatriculated immediately, you can apply for exmatriculation on request. For detailed information on exmatriculation, please refer to http://www.studying.uni-mainz.de/removal-from-the-register-of-students.


Questions about Computer Science

What is the Brückenkurs Mathematik (preparatory course mathematics) and how can I participate?

The “Brückenkurs Mathematik” (for computer scientists and mathematicians) is a two-week course that always starts three weeks before the beginning of the lecture period (the third week is reserved for the introductory courses). The preparatory course starts with a lecture in the morning and ends with joint practice classes that consolidate the acquired knowledge in the afternoon. As first semester students’ level of knowledge usually varies considerably, this course aims to bring all the participants to the same level. In addition to refreshing school knowledge, the preparatory course is also a good opportunity to socialize with fellow students, meet tutors and lecturers and learn about life on campus. You can find all information on the website preparatory course mathematics.

What other subjects can I combine with Computer Science in the Bachelor of Education degree program?

You can only combine Computer Science with Physics or Mathematics. You can find additional information here or on the websites of the Teacher Training Center (Zentrum für Lehrerbildung, ZfL).

What are the formal prerequisites for enrolling in the Bachelor’s degree program in Computer Science in Mainz?

According to the rules and regulations for the Bachelor’s degree program, there are three prerequisites: First, anyone with a university entrance qualification or a special entitlement to enroll in an institute of higher education will be admitted to the Bachelor’s degree program in Computer Science. Second, applicants are required to have sufficient active and passive language skills in German and English as well. Third, all applicants must have retained their entitlement to take examinations in this particular degree program.

What background knowledge and interests should I have?

Advanced courses in mathematics or computer science at secondary school level are desirable but not required. However, it is important to be interested in solving mathematical problems. If you are not sure whether the degree program in Computer Science is for you, we can try to help you decide: Take the online self test now (currently available in German only)!

Who should I talk to if I have any questions?

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the Departmental Advisory Services (Studienfachberatung). You might also want to contact the Student Council (Studentische Fachschaft) to benefit from other students’ experiences.

How can I prepare for my Computer Science degree program?

If you earned a university entrance qualification a long time ago, it might make sense to refresh your knowledge of English and mathematics. This will help you when the program starts. Apart from that, no previous knowledge is required.

Do I need a laptop?

In principle, no. A sufficient number of up-to-date computers are available at the institute. However, it is always worth purchasing a laptop. A wireless network is available on campus so that students can work anywhere, anytime.

What is the structure of the Bachelor’s degree program? Are there any exemplary study schedules?

You can find all essential information on the structure of our degree programs in the menu under structure of the degree programs. You can also download study schedules in our Computer Science download center.

So the university offers lectures, practice classes, internships/lab courses and seminars. What does that all mean?

Lectures are given by professors and contract lecturers. In general, basic knowledge is disseminated in lectures. In the introductory study period, lectures are usually paired with practice classes. In practice classes, students consolidate and apply lecture contents by completing worksheets. Seminars are taught during the specialization phases. In seminars, students independently work on subject areas that are new to them and discuss the results. During an internship, or lab course, which is usually a 14-day compact session, larger tasks are completed by a group of students (e. g. developing a web application or programming a video game).

What is a minor subject? What other subjects can I choose to complement my Computer Science degree program?

A minor subject in Computer Science accounts for approx. 10 percent of the total volume of study. Normally, a minor subject can be chosen no earlier than in the fourth semester. Here are the options from which you can choose a minor subject: minor subjects in Computer Science

How are industrial placements and school internships organized?

A 3-month industrial placement is a component of the Bachelor of Science degree program. The University of Mainz cooperates with a wide range of IT companies. A school internship is obligatory for students taking the Bachelor of Education degree program.

When do I specialize during the program?

The first three semesters almost exclusively comprise compulsory courses. In the second part of the program, it is possible to choose your own focuses of study. More information on the structure of the degree program: structure of the degree program

Is there a contact person I can talk to during the program?

In addition to the Departmental Advisory Services, each student can, upon request, be assigned a mentor at the start of the program. The task of the mentor is to advise the student for the duration of the program.

I would like to study abroad. When should I go?

We recommend the fifth semester of your Bachelor’s degree program for a semester abroad. As far as the recognition of your study achievements and examination results from abroad is concerned, you should set up a meeting with a representative of the Computer Science Advisory Service (Studienberatung Informatik) before leaving to study abroad. ERASMUS partners of the Institute for Computer Science are the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France) and Dalarna University (Falun, Sweden).


Questions about Mathematics

What is the Brückenkurs Mathematik (preparatory course mathematics) and how can I participate?

The “Brückenkurs Mathematik” (for computer scientists and mathematicians) is a two-week course that always starts three weeks before the beginning of the lecture period (the third week is reserved for the introductory courses). The preparatory course starts with a lecture in the morning and ends with joint practice classes that consolidate the acquired knowledge in the afternoon. As first semester students’ level of knowledge usually varies considerably, this course aims to bring all the participants to the same level. In addition to refreshing school knowledge, the preparatory course is also a good opportunity to socialize with fellow students, meet tutors and lecturers and learn about life on campus. You can find all information on the website preparatory course mathematics for mathematicians.

When can I start studying Mathematics?

You can enroll in all Mathematics degree programs in the winter semester as well as in the summer semester. Simply apply via the JGU application website. You will also find all the information you require on this subject on the website.

I want to become a teacher, but there is only a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree program?

In order to become a secondary level teacher, you have to first complete the Bachelor of Education and then the Master of Education. The JGU does not offer a teacher training program for any other school levels.

What other subjects can I combine with Mathematics in the Bachelor of Education degree program?

You can combine Mathematics with all other subjects offered at the JGU in the Bachelor/Master of Education degree programs. You can find a detailed overview here: www.studying.uni-mainz.de/bachelormaster-of-education-b-ed-m

What background knowledge and interests should I have?

A sound school education in mathematics is recommended. In addition, you should really enjoy thinking about problems and should not be easily frustrated. The fact that you have not found the solution to a problem after one hour of reflection should not lead you to give up. In general, it is important to confront mathematical concepts even outside of class (and together with fellow students).

Who should I talk to if I have any questions?

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the Departmental Advisory Services (Studienfachberatung). You might also want to contact the Student Council (Studentische Fachschaft) to benefit from other students’ experiences.

How many first-year students are there in Mainz?

About 400 students enroll in Mathematics in Mainz each year.

How can I prepare for my Mathematics degree program?

It is very hard to prepare for a degree program in Mathematics, as was mathematics is taught at university differs significantly from the way it is taught at school. However, a sound school education in mathematics is indispensable. As the imparted knowledge differs from teacher to teacher (and the federal states in Germany have different curricula), the Institute of Mathematics offers a preparatory course each semester that starts three weeks before the beginning of the lecture period. Participation in the preparatory course is highly recommended (even for good students) as it also enables you to learn about life at university and socialize with other first-year students. You can find information about starting your program on this page. There is also a student guide for prospective students provided by the Institute of Mathematics.

Do I need a notebook or a calculator?

No. Public computers are available at the institute.

How can I make contact with students who are already enrolled?

The easiest way to contact students is via the student council for Mathematics/Computer Science.

What is the structure of the Bachelor’s degree program? Are there any exemplary study schedules?

You can find all essential information on the structure of our degree programs in the menu under structure of the degree program. You can also download study schedules in our Mathematics download center.

So the university offers lectures, practice classes and seminars. What does that all mean?

Lectures are given by professors and contract lecturers. In general, basic knowledge is disseminated in lectures. In the introductory study period, lectures are usually paired with practice classes. In practice classes, students consolidate and apply lecture contents by completing worksheets. Seminars are taught during the specialization phases. In seminars, students independently work on subject areas that are new to them and discuss the results.

When do I specialize during the program?

The first three semesters in the Bachelor of Science degree program almost exclusively comprise compulsory courses. The entire Bachelor of Education degree program comprises compulsory courses exclusively. Afterwards, it is possible to choose your own focuses of study in the advanced study period.

I would like to study abroad. When should I go?

If you are interested in spending a semester abroad, we recommend the fifth semester of your Bachelor’s or the beginning of your Master’s degree program. You should contact one of our specialized student advisors (Fachstudienberater) or study abroad advisors (Beauftragter für Auslandsaufenthalte) at least 1 year before leaving on your semester abroad.

My courses in the next semester overlap. What should I do?

First of all, we have to know whether you are enrolled in the Bachelor/Master of Science or the Bachelor/Master of Education degree program.

Bachelor/Master of Education

The university has decided to establish a so-called time-frame-model for teacher training. It is intended to prevent overlaps as far as possible and tells the faculties when to schedule their compulsory courses. Unfortunately, this central arrangement prevents us from deviating from the predetermined times. We always make a note of your emails and feedback, but the senate decision is binding. You are welcome to contact the Teacher Training Center (Zentrum für Lehrerbildung, ZfL), which sets the time frames, to address problems related to a certain combination of subjects.

Bachelor of Science

For the previously mentioned reasons, all the courses you attend with Bachelor of Education students cannot be rescheduled. In the case of advanced courses, lectures and seminars with only few students, however, we might be able to change something. When rescheduling a course, we are reliant on available rooms. You should therefore inform us as soon as you notice that several courses overlap. Please contact the Student Advising Office Mathematics (Studienbüro Mathematik).

The general rule is

University differs from school. There will be gaps in your timetable and overlaps from time to time. This is the price you pay for the opportunity to choose your courses independently. You do not need to do everything in a particular order, and you have a very large choice of courses in the compulsory elective modules. Due to the high degree of interconnections between the faculties, we will never be able to guarantee that all courses from all faculties can be combined. If you have any problems, contact the Departmental Advisory Services for advice on your desired course. An individual solution can usually be found.

How do I apply to become a student assistant in charge of a practice group?

You can apply to become a student assistant in charge of a practice group via this website: https://dethiwi.uni-mainz.de. We are always looking for qualified students from the Master’s degree programs in Mathematics, in the last third of their Bachelor’s degree programs or in the advanced study period of a traditional degree program. Applicants from a Bachelor’s degree program should have successfully completed the compulsory modules of the first two academic years. Physics students are also welcome to apply for the service events.

Where and when do the written exams take place?

You will find a preview of the dates for the written exams approx. one semester prior to the actual exam date in the menu under examination dates and deadlines.

The recommendation in the module catalog states that I should have completed other courses or modules in order to take a specific module. What does that mean?

In Mathematics, the courses build on one another. In this case, the recommendation means that you must have mastered the contents of the listed courses in order to be able to follow the courses in the module. It is in your best interest to head this advice. If you have not sufficiently consolidated your basic knowledge of mathematics, you are very likely to fail the advanced courses.


Questions about Meteorology

What is the Brückenkurs Mathematik (preparatory course mathematics) and how can I participate?

The “Brückenkurs Mathematik” (for meteorologists and physicists) is a two-week course that always starts three weeks before the beginning of the lecture period (the third week is reserved for the introductory courses). The preparatory course starts with a lecture in the morning and ends with joint practice classes that consolidate the acquired knowledge in the afternoon. As first semester students’ level of knowledge usually varies considerably, this course aims to bring all the participants to the same level. In addition to refreshing school knowledge, the preparatory course is also a good opportunity to socialize with fellow students, meet tutors and lecturers and learn about life on campus. You do not need to register for the preparatory course. Latecomers can join at any time. You can find all information on the website preparatory course mathematics for meteorologists.

Can I start my Bachelor’s degree program Meteorology in the summer semester?

According to the study schedule, the program is designed to start in the winter semester, but it is possible to start in the summer semester as well. Please contact a student advisor for further details.

The Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Mainz are “consecutive”. What does that mean?

It means that the Master’s degree program builds on the Bachelor’s degree program. In the Bachelor’s degree program, students acquire a broad, science-oriented general education in physics. It qualifies students for certain fields or enables a qualified transition to other specialized degree programs. The main objective of the Master’s degree program (and therefore also of the consecutive Bachelor-Master structure) is to enable the graduate to work efficiently and independently as a researcher of physics or meteorology, as well as in technological and economic innovation fields.

What are the formal prerequisites for enrolling in the Bachelor’s degree program in Meteorology in Mainz?

According to the rules and regulations for the Bachelor’s degree program, there are three prerequisites: First, anyone with a university entrance qualification or a special entitlement to enroll in an institute of higher education will be admitted to the Bachelor’s degree program in Meteorology. Second, applicants are required to have sufficient active and passive language skills in German and English as well. Third, all applicants must have retained their entitlement to take examinations in this particular degree program.

What is the structure of the degree programs in Meteorology? Are there any exemplary study schedules?

You can find all essential information on the structure of our degree programs in the menu under structure of the degree program. You can also download study schedules in our Meteorology download center.

When and how do I specialize in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Meteorology?

Several options are already available very early on, such as your choice of minor subject in the Bachelor’s degree program as well as the topic of the Bachelor’s thesis in a field of meteorology. The actual specialization period in a meteorological research area is scheduled for the Master’s degree program. The broad range of possible meteorological research in Mainz is a great advantage, since it offers a wide range of possible topics for Master’s theses. Cloud physics and chemistry, theoretical meteorology, atmospheric radiation and atmospheric flow systems are the major topics. Depending on your preferences and skills, you can choose either experimental or theoretical-mathematical topics during the Bachelor’s degree program and as part of your focus in the Master’s degree program. You can emphasize these foci in the Bachelor’s degree program by selecting an appropriate minor subject (for example Chemistry or Mathematics) and of course by tailoring the topic of your Bachelor’s thesis to your focus.

How many first-year students enroll in Meteorology in Mainz each semester? What is the staff-student ratio?

There are about 100 first-year students every year (winter and summer semester). Overall, about 250 students major in Meteorology. There is also an ever-changing number of students from (mainly) Geosciences, Geography and Physics who have chosen Meteorology as their minor subject. There are 4 professors at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics.

Where can I find more information on the structure of the Meteorology degree program?

For an overall structure of the meteorology degree programs, please refer to the website structure of the degree program. All relevant details are also included in the examination regulations, module catalog and study schedules. All documents relevant to your degree program are available in the Meteorology download center.

How do I know which books I need, and can I borrow them from the library?

The lecturers will tell you which books you need at the beginning of the respective course. You can often borrow books. The University of Mainz has a central library with a textbook collection that is currently being updated and a well-stocked departmental library for Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry (located next to the Institute of Physics). Furthermore, a very well-stocked reference library is located in the Institute of Atmospheric Physics. In addition to the necessary or recommended books, many lecturers use scripts which are often available for free.

How many written exams will I have to take in the first semester?

Between 3 and 5. The exact number of written exams in your first semester depends on how you structure your degree program. Regardless of your individual structure, you will have to take written exams in the following lectures: “Experimentalphysik 1” (Experimental Physics 1), “Mathematische Rechenmethoden 1” (Mathematic Calculating Methods 1) and “Mathematik für Physiker 1” (Mathematics for Physicists 1). Hence the minimum number is 3. Another written exam will be added if you decide to postpone your basic lab course and start your minor subject (for example Chemistry) in your first semester instead. There might be an additional written exam if you attend an interdisciplinary course in the first semester.

I would like to study abroad. When should I go?

We recommend the fifth semester of your Bachelor’s degree program for a semester abroad. As far as the recognition of your study achievements and examination results from abroad is concerned, you should set up a meeting with a student advisor before leaving to study abroad.

Are there only written examinations or oral examinations as well?

Most module examinations are written exams. An oral examination completes the module “Experimentalphysik 1 und 2” (Experimental Physics 1 and 2). In the meteorological modules, whether it is a written or oral exam varies from case to case. The examination type will be announced in time.

How do I register for a lab course?

You can only register for “Physikalisches Grundpraktikum 1” (General Physics Lab Course 1) after the start of the lecture period. First, you have to take an entrance test as part of the lecture “Experimentalphysik 1” (Experimental Physics 1) two weeks after the start of lectures. If you pass, you can register for the basic lab course. Your lecturer in “Experimentalphysik 1” (Experimental Physics 1) will provide you with all the details. The second lab course includes physics and meteorology tests, and is offered in the fourth semester in accordance with the study schedule.

Can I switch between the Physics and Meteorology degree programs at any given time, or are there deadlines?

As you can see in the study schedules, the degree programs in Physics and Meteorology are rather similar in the first three semesters. Until that time, switching will not cause any problems or delays. You only need to make up for missing modules. There are no more basic intersections after this time, however, and recognition of individual modules is only possible in exceptional cases and upon individual request. Switching at a later time leads to considerable delays.

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Questions about Physics

What is the Brückenkurs Mathematik (preparatory course mathematics) and how can I participate?

The “Brückenkurs Mathematik” (for physicists and meteorologists) is a two-week course that always starts three weeks before the beginning of the lecture period (the third week is reserved for the introductory courses). The preparatory course starts with a lecture in the morning and ends with joint practice classes that consolidate the acquired knowledge in the afternoon. As first semester students’ level of knowledge usually varies considerably, this course aims to bring all the participants to the same level. In addition to refreshing school knowledge, the preparatory course is also a good opportunity to socialize with fellow students, meet tutors and lecturers and learn about life on campus. You do not need to register for the preparatory course. Latecomers can join at any time. You can find all information on the website preparatory course mathematics for physicists.

Can I start my Bachelor’s degree program Physics in the summer semester?

Yes, you can start both degree programs, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education, in the winter semester or the summer semester. Nearly all courses for first-year students are offered in both semesters which means that starting in the summer semester is not a disadvantage.

What are the advantages of studying Physics in Mainz?

We could list a whole string of advantages. The broad and high-quality research spectrum in Mainz is especially important as it guarantees exciting, varied and dynamic degree programs with numerous possibilities. It is generally an advantage for students that Johannes Gutenberg University is a comprehensive university with a wide range of courses and cultural activities. In addition, the city of Mainz is a very attractive location because of the sounds infrastructure, history and atmosphere. Mainz combines the quality of life found in a medium-sized city on the Rhine with the dynamics and culture of a state capital.

The Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Mainz are “consecutive”. What does that mean?

It means that the Master’s degree program builds on the Bachelor’s degree program and that the combination of both represents the standard degree. The Bachelor’s degree program primarily provides a broad general education in physics, which is considered a professional qualification for specific fields but also makes a qualified transition to other specialized degree programs possible. The main objective of the Master’s degree program (and therefore of the consecutive Bachelor-Master structure) is to qualify graduates for efficient and independent work in physical research and economic innovation fields.

What are the formal prerequisites for enrolling in the Bachelor’s degree program in Physics in Mainz?

Anyone with a university entrance qualification or a specialized entitlement to enroll in an institute of higher education will be admitted to the Bachelor’s degree program in Physics. Enrolling in the Bachelor’s degree program in Physics requires sufficient active and passive language skills in German and English as well. Furthermore students should not have lost the entitlement to take an examination for this particular degree program. You can find more information on the website for prospective students.

I am not yet sure whether Physics is the perfect degree program for me. How can I make this decision and where can I find advisory services in case I need them?

It is really very hard to automatically choose the right university degree program without any prior personal experience. If you are not only interested in “how” but moreover “why” natural phenomena occur, and if you do not have a problem with scholastic mathematics, then Physics might be the right subject for you. If this is not the case, a degree program in Physics is presumably not recommendable. If you decide to apply for the Physics degree program, we strongly recommend that first-year students participate in the preparatory course mathematics before the start of lectures. If you are in doubt, please use this form to contact our departmental advisory services.

I would like to know more about the structure of the Physics degree program. Are there any exemplary study schedules and information on the courses?

You can find all essential information on the structure of our degree programs in the menu under structure of the degree program. Study schedules are available in our Physics download center.

Which minor subjects can I choose in the Bachelor’s degree program Physics at Mainz University?

You can choose the following minor subjects (also referred to as “nicht-physikalisches Fach” (“non-Physics subject”), “Beifach” or “Anwendungsfach”): Biology, Chemistry, Geophysics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Meteorology, Economics, and Philosophy. Upon application, your non-Physics subject can be a combination of courses from other faculties at the Johannes Gutenberg University. However a connection to mathematics or science is usually required.

When do I specialize in my Physics degree program? What options do I have?

Several options are already available very early on such as the choice of a minor subject. In the fourth semester, you will be able to choose between advanced lectures in Experimental Physics, Applied Physics and Theoretical Physics. And you can naturally choose your own topic for the Bachelor’s thesis from a field in physics. The actual specialization period in a research area of physics is scheduled for the Master’s degree program. The broad range of research in Mainz is a great advantage, since it offers students a wide range of possible topics for Master’s theses. You can choose your topic from three fields that are referred to as the “focus of study” in the Master’s degree program, namely “Physik der Kondensierten Materie” (Condensed Matter Physics), “Quantenphysik” (Quantum Physics) and “Kern- und Elementarteilchenphysik” (Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics). Depending on your preferences and skills, you can choose either experimental or theoretical-mathematical topics during the Bachelor’s degree program and as part of your focus in the Master’s degree program.

How do I know which books I need, and can I borrow them from the library?

The lecturers will tell you which books you need at the beginning of the respective course. You can often borrow books or download them as ebooks. The JGU has a well-stocked central university library (Universitätsbibliothek/UB) as well as a well-stocked departmental library for Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry (PMC) located directly next to the Institute of Physics. In addition to the necessary or recommended books, many lecturers use scripts which are often available for free.

How many written exams will I have to take in the first semester?

Between three to five. The exact number of written exams in your first semester depends on how you structure your degree program. Regardless of your individual structure, you will have to take written exams in the following lectures: “Experimentalphysik 1” (Experimental Physics 1), “Mathematische Rechenmethoden 1” (Mathematic Calculating Methods 1) and “Mathematik für Physiker 1” (Mathematics for Physicists 1). Hence the minimum number is three.

Are there only written examinations or oral examinations as well?

Most module examinations are written exams. An oral examination completes the module “Experimentalphysik 1 und 2” (Experimental Physics 1 and 2). Oral examinations are offered more frequently in the Master’s degree program.

How do I register for a lab course?

We do not recommend taking the basic lab courses before the second semester. You can find information on the lab courses on the website General Physics Lab Courses.

I want to study to become a teacher, where can I find relevant information?

You can find the range of degree programs for the consecutive teaching degree program (Bachelor/Master of Education) and the description of individual modules on the websites for prospective students.

Is it possible to enroll in the Bachelor’s degree program Physics and in the teaching degree Physics at the same time?

It is generally possible to study in the Education and Science degree programs at the same time (parallel degree programs). It is also feasible in regard to workload because the teaching degree program includes only a few additional, and some subject-specific modules, such as Theoretical Physics, can be recognized in the teaching degree program. However, including a second subject in the teaching degree program can be very time-consuming. Switching from one degree program to the other is possible during the first semesters if you remember to keep certain things in mind. Please contact the departmental advisory services if you are planning a switch.

Is it possible to study Physics and Meteorology at the same time? Can I switch between degree programs?

Physics and Meteorology are very similar in the first three semesters. Until that time, y switching will not cause any problems or delays. You only need to make up for missing modules. There are no more basic intersections after this time, however, and recognition of individual modules is only possible in exceptional cases and upon individual request. Switching at a later time leads to considerable delays. In the case of parallel degree programs, approx. 90 CPs will be recognized in the Bachelor’s degree program Physics.

Is it possible to study Physics and Mathematics at the same time?

It is possible to combine these subjects in a parallel degree program. However, in this case you should attend mathematics lectures in the Mathematics department instead of selecting “Mathematik für Physiker” (Mathematics for physicists). You can transfer 51 CPs from Mathematics to Physics in the Bachelor’s degree program and 15 CPs in the Master’s degree program. However, please keep in mind that a parallel degree program is very demanding.

How can I find out more about Bachelor’s and Master’s theses? Are sample theses available?

Every semester, we offer a compulsory seminar in which scientific work groups present their research and discuss potential graduation theses. There is a guideline on how to write a Bachelor’s thesis and a sample thesis in the Physics download center.

Unfortunately, I could not find the answer to my question...

You can find more information on the Physics website or in the respective examination regulations and module manuals in the Physics download center. Also, always feel free to contact the departmental advisory services. Please send us an email if you have any suggestions.

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