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The Admissions Office oversees the application procedures for both German and international applicants to the FAU, as well as any student requests to transfer between study programs or faculties.

Contact: zulassungsstelle@fau.de.

Information on Admission
Information on Transferring between Study Programs or Faculties (in German)

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Please see the FAU website for information about beginning your studies and any important dates for the start of the semester. You’ll also find some helpful resources, such as tips on planning your studies, information on the semester ticket and mobile app, and instructions on how to use your FAUcard.

 

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Computer rooms (also called “CIP Pools”) can be found at the following locations:

  • Room 0.113-11, C-Bau
    Egerlandstr. 3, 91058 Erlangen
  • Rooms 2.202a and 2.203, Computer-Chemie-Centrum
    Nägelsbachstr. 25, 91052 Erlangen

The class schedules for the study programs Chemistry and Molecular Science can be found in the Downloads section (in German).

For information on individual modules and courses from all study programs, please visit UnivIS.

Unlike studying in high school, there is no university-wide requirement to attend lectures. Whether attendance is mandatory depends on the nature of the course; for example, small seminars with regular discussions may require your attendance.

Please note: you may not be able to obtain a written proof of achievement if you miss the course too many times.

You can also watch some of the lectures at the FAU Video Portal.

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Deans of students work to ensure that our course offerings are consistent with the corresponding examination and study regulations, that the study programs can be properly completed within their respective standard timeframes, and that the students are being appropriately advised. They are also responsible for the assessment of instruction in conjunction with student evaluations.

A diploma supplement is an addendum to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree certificate, first introduced during the Bologna Process of 1999. The diploma supplement is usually issued both in German and English, and contains important information regarding your study program, including admission requirements, the contents of your studies, any acquired competencies, and possible occupational fields that may follow an education in your field.

The focus of the diploma supplement is to summarize and explain the graduate’s skills and abilities.

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You can find the examination regulations on the FAU website.

Chemistry (B.Sc. / M.Sc.) and Molecular Science (B.Sc. / M.Sc.)

Petra Schmitt, VA

  • Organization: Abteilung L - Lehre & Studium
  • Working group: L 6 Prüfungsverwaltung
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-24063
  • Email: petra.ps.schmitt@fau.de

Food Chemistry

Petra Frosch, VA

  • Organization: Department of Academic Affairs and Student Services
  • Working group: Examinations Office
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-24817
  • Email: petra.frosch@fau.de

Pharmacy

Dr. Stefanie Károsi

  • Job title: Student Advisor Pharmacy
  • Organization: Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Working group: Medicinal Chemistry
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22584
  • Email: stefani.karosi@fau.de

Teaching degree program

Website (in German)

Students and doctoral candidates can deregister from the university on their own if they would like to transfer to another university, end or interrupt their (doctoral) studies, or if they successfully complete their (doctoral) studies.

You may be automatically deregistered from the university if you fail to re-enroll in time, if you fail all attempts at an examination, or if you have successfully completed your studies.

You may submit your exmatriculation to student administration at any point in time. In contrast to enrollment, exmatriculation is not bound by deadlines.

Before leaving Germany and returning to their respective home countries, international students and doctoral candidates are required to appear personally in the student administration office to deregister from the FAU.

Further information:

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For information on the typical costs of studying in Erlangen, as well as some helpful tips for how to finance your studies, please see the following links:

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The FAU is part of a large, international network and maintains close contacts with about 500 partner universities in 62 countries around the world. The International Office is the central point of contact with the FAU, which is open to students from all over the world as well as German students who wish to go abroad. More detailed information on the International Office can be found on the FAU website.

You can find information about the exchange programmes for Chemistry and Molecular Science here: Exchange students.

Advice on foreign studies

Chemistry and Molecular Science

Dr. Almut Ruyter

  • Job title: Student Advisor
  • Organization: Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Working group: Study Service Center
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-67480
  • Email: almut.ruyter@fau.de

Pharmacy and Food Chemistry

Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Seyferth, Akad. ORat

  • Job title: Akademischer Oberrat
  • Organization: Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Working group: Chair of Pharmaceutics (Prof. Lee Ph. D.)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-29555
  • Email: stefan.seyferth@fau.de

Students can find information about internet access at the FAU on the website of the Regional Computer Center in Erlangen (RRZE).

  • Information for students
  • See “CIP Pools” for more information on PC pools at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy.

Introductory courses usually take place at the beginning of the first semester:

In the winter semester…

  • Bachelor’s degree courses in Chemistry or Molecular Science
  • Master’s degree courses in Chemistry or Molecular Science
  • Teacher’s degree in Chemistry
  • State Examination degree in Food Chemistry or Pharmacy

In the summer semester…

  • Master’s degree courses in Chemistry or Molecular Science

 

Course dates are published either under the Study tab or at the website of the Faculty of Sciences (in German).

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The Student Initiative for Chemistry and Molecular Science (FSI) sells lab coats and goggles at the following link:

Website FSI Chemistry / Molecular Science

Every student participating in a laboratory course needs current and valid laboratory insurance. Lab insurance is valid for all laboratory courses in a given semester and must be renewed each new semester that requires work in the laboratories.

More information:

Lab insurance

At the FAU, you have the opportunity to take any of numerous language courses, some of which can even count towards the credit points for your degree program.

Information about language acquisition and placement courses can be found on the website of the language center:

The Learning Lab is a place for all students of the FAU to seek help with any and all questions about studying and student life. Where are the best places to really concentrate on studying, whether alone or with a group? What kinds of groups, workshops, and seminars are available? What kinds of resources and information are offered online? What does it mean to work “scientifically”? Find out more on their website.

If you have an important reason to take a leave of absence from your studies, you may be allowed to take one or two semesters off without penalty towards your semester count. Reasons for a leave of absence might include, for example, studying abroad, illness or injury, pregnancy, or raising children. Your request for a leave of absence is, as a general rule, to be submitted before the start of the lecture period.

The Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nuremberg provides free legal advice for students and enrolled doctoral candidates in matters of, for example, labor law, commercial matters, tenancy rights, as well as any other legal difficulties related to student life.

The legal counseling service makes an effort to be “student friendly,” and prior registration is not required, although one should expect relatively long wait times. These conversations are, of course, kept confidential, and repeated sessions are also possible.

Due to internal limitations, the general legal counseling services is not able to help students with questions about financing their education. Please see the responsible office, the Amt für Ausbildungsförderung, for further information and appropriate counseling.

Exclusively in-person counseling (not written or by telephone) is offered at the following appointments:

Erlangen

Monday, 13:00 – 14:30
Hofmannstr. 1, Room 201

Thursday, 18:00 – 19:30
Juridicum (Faculty of Law), Schillerstr. 1, Room U1.127

Nuremberg

Monday, 13:00 – 14:30
Andreij-Sacharow-Pl. 1, Room 2210

See University Library.

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You can find the registration forms here: Downloads

The administration portal MeinCampus is the virtual component to the Student Administration and Examination Offices. It offers a management system for students’ coursework and examinations, allowing students to manage their personal study program data, register for examinations, view their grades, and even print their current study and enrollment certificates. MeinCampus is also used as the application platform for the Deutschland-Stipendium (Germany Scholarship).

You can download the module guides for the Master’s degree programs here: Downloads

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The Office for Gender and Diversity is committed to promoting and achieving equality at the FAU. One should be able to study and work regardless of gender, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. See the following links for more information:

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The Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nuremberg has a psychological-psychotherapeutic counseling center, which provides professional help for students suffering from any number of problems, including issues related to your (doctoral) studies, exams, or work, as well as issues related to your personal life, such as conflicts with parents or partners, depression, anxiety, and more.

We charge a minimal fee to contribute to our expenses (10€ for individual sessions; 15€ for couple and family sessions). Students in difficult financial situations may, of course, be exempt from paying this fee.

You may make an appointment with us, or come to our counselors during our open office hours to inform yourself of hour services – no need to make a commitment, register beforehand, or give us any of your personal data, even your name.

Our open office hours are as follows:

Tuesday, 13:30 – 16:30
Hofmannstr. 27, 2nd Floor / 91052 Erlangen

Wednesday, 11:00 – 12:00
Kulturbereich, Room 2.216
Andreij-Sacharow-Pl. 1, 90403 Nuremberg

If you are experiencing an acute crisis and need help outside of our open office hours, please take advantage of the following resources:

Krisendienst Mittelfranken, Tel. 0911 / 424855-0

Klinikum am Europakanal, Tel. 09131 / 753-0

Psychiatrische Notfallambulanz Klinikum Nürnberg Nord, Tel. 0911 / 3982493

Telefonseelsorge, Tel. 0800 / 111 0 111

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The Regional Computer Center in Erlangen (RRZE) of the FAU offers students technical support in a number of diverse topics:

The website of the RRZE is only availble in German at this time.

The person of contact for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses is Dr. Jürgen Gündel. He provides advice on all questions regarding accessibility and accommodations, as well as studying and living in Erlangen.

Further information:

Website for students with disabilities

Contact:

Dr. Jürgen Gündel

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What happens during the semester, and when? See the FAU website for more information.

The FAU does not tolerate sexual harassment. The Guidelines for Dealing with Sexual Harassment serve to protect, inform, and sensitize all members of the university community. If you have questions or need practical support, please contact the Women’s Representative(s) of the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy:

 

The Social Counseling Service of the Studentenwerk helps students with personal issues that may hinder or complicate their ability to study at the FAU. Examples include students who find themselves in serious financial distress, students who have children, and students with disabilities and chronic illnesse.

The website of the Studentenwerk is only available in German at this time.

The winter semester (WS) lasts from October 1 until March 31 of the following year. Lectures typically begin in the middle of October and end in the middle of February the following year. The lecture period of the winter semester is interrupted by the Christmas holidays.

The summer semester (SS) lasts from April 1 until September 30; lectures typically begin in the middle of April and end in the middle of July.

See important semester dates for more detailed information.

The Student Advice and Career Service (Allgemeine Studienberatung, IBZ) is the first point of contact for general questions about studying in Erlangen and at the FAU. The IBZ can help students with questions about enrollment, application, and entry requrements…

Student Initiatives (FSI) are groups of students who work voluntarily to help out their fellow students by, for example, organizing introductory events, hosting tutorials, and representing student interests at the university. FSI members are part of the larger Student Council at the FAU.

There are two Student Services Centers (SSC) at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy. They are the first points of contact for students who have questions about their studies in the programs Chemistry and Molecular Science, as well as in Food Chemistry and Pharmacy.

For questions about science education programs, please seek out the help of the Center for the Education of Teachers (in German).

 

The Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nuremberg is an important point of contact for many concerns, including, for example:

Many webpages of the Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nuremberg are only available in German at this time.

Thanks to the financial support of university fees, the FAU has been able to create the possibility to support instruction and examinations via virtual tools; instruction, for example, has been expanded by means of various online offers, additional materials, and elements that allow for communication and collaboration. An important goal of FAU-StudiumOnline (StudOn) is to facilitate communication between students and educators, thereby improving cooperation and growth. On the learning platform StudOn, students might find lecture notes, practical courses, tutorial exercises, and current information from the instructor regarding exam grades and important dates to remember.

Information about studying abroad for students of Chemistry and Molecular Science can be found on the webpage for exchange students.

The Family Service of the FAU and the University Clinic of Erlangen cooperate and connect the many diverse offers for mothers, fathers, children, and their relatives in all aspects of academia, career, or studies. The Family Service gives students, doctoral candidates, and university (clinic) employees comprehensive counseling on the topic of studying and working at the university while raising children.

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If you hear “UB” or “UniBib” around the FAU, that usually means the University Library (Universitätsbibliothek). Working scientifically often requires reading about others’ discoveries and experiences with the topic. The relevant media therefore (such as books, magazines, and the like) can be found in the main university library or in all the smaller, specialized libraries found throughout the university.

Various devices – such as multifunction copy machines and scanners for books and microforms – are made available to students in every library. The locations of specific devices can be found in the Learning Room Navigator.

As a general rule, you may pay for your printouts and copies with your FAUcard or with a guest copier card.

The university library also offers courses and trainings for students and employees of the FAU. More information can be found at the following links:

UnivIS, short for “University Information System,” is the central information system of the university. Students and doctoral candidates have, via UnivIS, access to the course catalogue and can compose an overview of which courses they have attended or would like to attend.

Additionally, one can find comprehensive information on employees and how to contact them, institutes, publications, and information about current job vacancies. Using the integrated search function, one can even find detailed information on the FAU’s various facilities.

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  • StudON
    • Communication with instructions
    • Question forums
    • Surveys
    • Lecture notes and tutorial exercises
    • E-Learning
  • MeinCampus
    • Administration of exams
    • Issuance of important documents, for example, certificates of enrollment or transcripts
  • UnivIS
    • Course catalogue
    • Layout of rooms and facilities
    • Employee contact information
  • OKTIS
    • Language classes at the Language Center (Sprachenzentrum)