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									ERASMUS university placement at Bonn
The Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität in Bonn is a prestigious institution
popular with students from Germany and abroad. Bonn is an old town situated in the
picturesque Rhein river valley only 30 minutes by tram from the city of Cologne.

Your contacts in St Andrews are:

German Department Study Abroad Co-ordinator
Dr Michael Gratzke
Email address: mg43@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone: 01334 463671 (from Germany 00441334 463671)

The ESA Office in Admissions:
Email address: studyabroad@st-andrews.ac.uk
Telephone: 01334 463310 (from Germany 1334 463310)

The School Office:
Email address: tlat@st-and.ac.uk or hl1@st-and.ac.uk
Telephone: 01334 463670 (from Germany: 00441334 463670)
Fax: 01334 463677

Your contact at your host university will be:

Dr Nils Reschke
Germanistisches Seminar
der Universität Bonn
Am Hof 1d
53113 Bonn
E-mail: inter.germsem@uni-bonn.de
Phone: + 49-228-737890
Fax: +49-228-739311

Dr Reschke has an assistant (‘studentische Hilfskraft’). Her name is Nele Nikolaisen.

Dr Reschke is the person responsible for all academic matters concerning the
exchange, and to whom you can go for information if you have not found it in the
comprehensive info pack which Bonn will send you in an e-mail attachment. You can
also view this material online:

Every vital piece of information and every form imaginable are available in their
download section:

You should see Dr Reschke as soon as you arrive, and he will sign your Certificate of
Arrival. Also take the Learning Contract with you to Bonn and have it signed by Dr
Reschke. You can download the learning agreement form the St Andrews website:

All organisational matters in Bonn are being dealt with by the

Dezernat für Internationale Angelegenheiten
Internationales Zentrum der Universität Bonn
Poppelsdorfer Allee 53
D - 53115 Bonn

The first point of call at the International Office is named

Allgemeine Beratung für ausländische und deutsche Studierende
Poppelsdorfer Allee 53
Phone: + 49 - 228 - 73 7626
E-mail: info-aaa@uni-bonn.de

The ‘Infozimmer’ is open every morning in term time from 9am to 12 noon.

Please make sure that you have checked their comprehensive website for any information
you require before you get in touch:


The ERASMUS team is headed by Ms. Susanne Maraizu:

Susanne Maraizu
- Abteilungsleitung -
Koordination ERASMUS
Tel.: + 49 - 228 - 73 5949
e-mail: maraizu@uni-bonn.de

The University is in Bonn, which has its own airport called Köln-Bonn. From there you
could take the train or a bus to Bonn. More information on getting there is available in
the guides for university placement students which you can find online at the above web
addresses. Once you have arrived and paid for your university card, public transport in
the Köln-Bonn region will be free of charge. (Remember to carry your university card when you
use public transport!) Bonn is also very push-bike friendly.

Information on university accommodation is available online. Many university
placement students choose to live in halls of residence. (Please note that some students
in the past felt that the accommodation at ‘Tannenbusch’ did not meet their
expectations. We recommend you do not move there.) Application forms and
information on deadlines are available here:

The halls are managed by the ‘Studentenwerk’:

Studentenwerk Bonn
Studentisches Wohnen
Nassestraße 11, 53113 Bonn
Phone: *49-228-73 71 64
Fax: *49-228-73 71 92

(Office hours are Monday to Friday 9 – 12am and Thursday 2-4pm)

You are – of course – free to look for a flat or room to rent on the open market. You
will find ads in local papers and through the student union (‘AStA’).


The modules you do in Bonn will need to be approved by us in St Andrews (the Study
Abroad Co-ordinator in German and the university placement coordinator in your other
subject(s), if applicable). The Bonn course catalogues usually go online about two
months before the term starts.


The Bonn German department’s catalogue can also be found here:


You can choose to attend pre-sessional or term-time German language classes. These
classes are helpful but please note that we do not award credits for them. Information on
these language classes is available online:


In charge of language classes for non-native speakers is
Frau Hammer
International Office
Phone: +49-228-73 77 08
Fax: +49-228-73 59 66
Poppelsdorfer Allee 53
53115 Bonn
After your return from Bonn your marks and credits will be turned into St Andrews
equivalents with reference to a set of guidelines and a conversion table; the decision will
be discussed with you personally during Semester One after your return from Bonn. The
University has a Code of Conduct for mark and credit conversion including mark
conversion tables which is available from the University website.

Do remember to let us know your address (including email and phone number) as
soon as you are settled. You can do this online.

There are a number of forms to be filled in before your departure and after your arrival
in Bonn. You will be prompted by the School and ESA (Admissions). Please remember
that Dr Reschke (or his assistant) has to sign your Certificate of Arrival and your
Learning Agreement please send them to ESA, Admissions, The University, St
Andrews KY16 9PH, Scotland.

The Learning Agreement contains information on your module choices in Bonn which
need to be approved by your school/departmental co-ordinator(s) in St Andrews. Please
refer to the guidelines below before filling in the form.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any further questions!

With the best wishes for a productive and enjoyable year in Bonn,

Michael Gratzke
26th October 2009
Bonn University Placements

A quick guide to marks and credits

The School of Modern Languages has one Erasmus partner university in Germany,
which is Universität Bonn. Your Bonn modules need to be approved by us in St
Andrews (the Study Abroad Co-ordinator for the German Department and the Erasmus
coordinator in your other subject(s) if applicable). Please bear in mind the following

Amount of credits: Students within the university placement scheme are expected to
register for 60 ECTS credits (= 120 St Andrews credits) during a year abroad, and 30
ECTS credits during a semester abroad.
In some countries, this has proved to be excessive in comparison to the average
St Andrews student’s workload. Currently a total of 48 ECTS credits per year (24 per
semester) is regarded as the minimum acceptable load, but any total of less than 30
ECTS per semester must be agreed with the St Andrews co-ordinator before
You will want to spread your credits as equally as possible over the subjects you study in
St Andrews. In some cases, it might be possible to do a bit more German than your
other subjects while you are in Bonn and then to do less German than your other
subjects after your return. Such a model must be approved by all Study-Abroad co-
ordinators and Honours Advisers involved and should not be regarded as standard.

Disclaimer: German universities are currently changing from their traditional Magister
courses to a BA/MA system. New modules and new credit allocations are currently
being implemented, whilst old Magister modules are being phased out. More details will
be available ‘on the ground’ in Bonn. Some Bonn lecturers are not fully aware of the
credit weightings of their classes. Please make sure that you check the course catalogue
or get written confirmation. If in doubt, talk to Dr Reschke (or his assistant).

ECTS: Bonn allocates ECTS credits (Leistungspunkte) to their modules. Please note that a
‘Modul’ often contains more than one ‘Lehrveranstaltung’ or class. In a ‘Basismodul’
(introductory module) or ‘Vertiefungsmodul’ (advanced module) this is often a
combination of a ‘Vorlesung’ (lecture), a ‘Plenum’ (big-group seminar) and a ‘Übung’
(small-group tutorial). Each of them is allocated their own credit weighting and it is
possible to take these classes individually, although it makes a lot of sense for you to take
a whole module. A ‘Basismodul’ in ‘Germanistik’ is currently weighted 12 ECTS but
there are variations between departments and schools in Bonn. Always check the course
catalogue and ask someone in a position of authority for the official credit weighting.

‘Scheine’: Universität Bonn does not create an electronic student record. Instead you
will receive slips of paper called ‘Scheine’. It is crucial that you keep these safe alongside
as much written documentation of your assessment as possible. Always retain the
‘Scheine’ and your marked work. There are two types of ‘Schein’: a ‘Teilnahmeschein’
(receipt of attendance) and a ‘Leistungsschein’ (receipt of assessed work). St Andrews
University ONLY accepts ‘Leistungsscheine’ for credits, even if Bonn attaches ECTS
credits to some ‘Teilnahmescheine’.
Please make sure that all your ‘Scheine’ carry a mark (‘Note’) and the credit weighting for
the class you have taken.

Module choices: Below you will find models for standard module choices in Bonn for
Single Honours German, German plus one other subject, and German plus two other
subjects - with a workload of 48+ ECTS for the year.

Single Honours German
Semester One (‘Wintersemester’)
Basismodul A (12 ECTS)
Basismodul B (12 ECTS)

Semester Two (‘Sommersemester’)
Vertiefungsmodul A (12 ECTS)
Vertiefungsmodul B (12 ECTS)

This makes 48 ECTS in German.

Two subjects (for example GM and IR)
Semester One (‘Wintersemester’)
GM Basismodul (12 ECTS)
IR module (10 ECTS)

Semester Two (‘Sommersemester’)
GM Vertiefungsmodul (12 ECTS)
IR module (10 ECTS)
IR module (5ECTS)

This makes 24 ECTS in German and 25 ECTS in IR.

Three subjects (for example GM, FR and IR)
Semester One (‘Wintersemester’)
GM Basismodul (12 ECTS)
IR module (10 ECTS)
FR Übung (5 ECTS)

Semester Two (‘Sommersemester’)
GM Übung (5 ECTS)
FR Übung (6 ECTS)
FR Übung (5 ECTS)
IR module (5 ECTS)

This makes 17 ECTS in German, 16 ECTS in FR and 15 ECTS in IR.
Level of modules: Normally you only choose modules from the BA course
(‘Studiengang’). The Bonn MA is the equivalent of a St Andrews MLitt and not suitable
for UG students.
It also makes sense to do ‘Basismodule’ in Semester One but you can consider doing a
‘Vertiefungsmodul’ in Semester One if you find the topic riveting.

Assessment: We advise you to avoid assessment in the form a sit-down exams
(‘Klausuren’), as these are written in German and you might find that a very difficult task.
As an exchange student you can usually ask your lecturers to be assessed by writing a CA
essay (‘Hausarbeit’) and/or entering an oral exam (‘mündliche Prüfung’). Make sure that
any such arrangements are confirmed beforehand. When you write a ‘Hausarbeit’ it is
permissible to ask a native speaker of German to proof-read for linguistic and
grammatical accuracy. Bonn lecturers usually understand the situation of exchange
students but tend to mark down work which is written in very poor German. Obviously
you cannot ask anyone else to write the essay for you – that would be plagiarism.
If you have any disabilities or special needs which affect assessment you will have
disclosed them to your Study-Abroad co-ordinator in the application process. You are
aware that provisions for students may be different in Bonn. Dyslexia – for example – is
not considered a disability and usually no extra time is given in sit-down exams. On the
other hand, all St Andrews students are advised not to do ‘Klausuren’ anyway. Should
any problems arise during your stay at Universität Bonn please be in touch with your
Study-Abroad co-ordinator in St Andrews and Dr Reschke.

With the best wishes for a productive and enjoyable year in Bonn,

Michael Gratzke
26th October 2009

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