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ERASMUS exchange students

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The (obligatory) welcome events for exchange students begin before the official start of the semester (around mid-March / mid-September).

Winter semester: beginning of October until end of March
Summer semester: beginning of April until end of September
semester dates and holidays

Courses for exchange students

Please contact the ERASMUS coordinator for your course choice, to complete the Learning Agreement and to receive the "Transcript of Records". ERASMUS exchange students cannot register in QISPOS for examinations. Please ask the lecturer to fill out this form and to send it to the ERASMUS coordinator or tell them to send your grades via mail to the ERASMUS coordinator.
Important information for students

  • Courses for undergraduate students (Bachelor)

    The Faculty of Biology offers courses for Bachelor students taught in English only during the winter semester. All exchange students can take part in two specialization modules (10 ECTS each) together with the BSc Bioscience students in the 5th semester.

    Specialization modules

    The Faculty of Biology does not offer courses for Bachelor students taught in English during summer semester. Exchange students with good German language skills (minimum B1) can take part in courses of the module  "Zellbiologie, Physiologie und Genetik" together with the BSc Biosciences students in the 4th semester. Exchange students without German language skills have to attend master courses during the summer semester. However, the number of master modules that are eligible for undergraduate exchange students is limited.

    Research internships in one of the research groups
    You have the possibility to carry out an internship in one of our research groups.
    Four-weeks internships = 5 ECTS
    Eight-weeks internships = 10 ECTS

    Institutes of the Faculty of Biology

    Other courses
    German language courses for exchange students
    Courses at the Innovation Office
    Courses at the Career Service

  • Courses for graduate students (Master)

    As an exchange student, depending on your experience and language skills, you can select modules of the bachelor (see courses for Bachelor students) as well as the master programs.

    Master exchange students can select advanced modules (5 ECTS). Advanced modules are four-week full-time modules (10 am-6 pm). They take place in certain periods ("Block"). Not all advanced modules are eligible for exchange students. The advanced modules are normally organised for a small group of students. Thereby the students will gain practical experience and theoretical knowledge enabling them to carry out a research project. The specific focus of the module is based on the current research of the hosting group.

    Advanced modules

    Research internships in one of the research groups / research modules
    You have the possibility to carry out an internship in one of our research groups. In the research module the students carry out a small supervised research project.
    Four-weeks internships = 5 ECTS
    Eight-weeks internships = 10 ECTS

    Institutes of the Faculty of Biology
    Research modules

    Other courses
    German language courses for exchange students
    Courses at the Innovation Office
    Courses at the Career Service

Specific courses for exchange students

  • Welcome Module (winter term)

    A laboratory course in molecular biology for all new incoming students

    The Welcome Module was specifically designed for new international Bachelor and Master exchange students at the faculty of biology and aims at preparing them for their studies at our university and life in Münster. The Welcome Module takes place every year from Mid-September to Mid-October before the semester officially starts. During four weeks, the participants are introduced to basic scientific work methods (incl. scientific writing, presentations skills, searching for literature) and are learning a variety of essential laboratory techniques. To enhance the interaction with the regular students at the faculty, common leisure activities are organized.

    Week 1 Morning: Introduction of the faculty and the study programs, campus tour, induction to to basic scientific work method
    Afternoon: joint leisure activities with regular students of the faculty
    Week 2 Morning: Laboratory courses
    Week 3 Morning: Laboratory courses
    Week 4 Morning: Laboratory courses, final symposium, joint leisure activities with regular students of the faculty

    Fig: Exemplary structure of the Welcome Module