Information ERASMUS Incoming
On this page you will find specific information concerning the ERASMUS program of the Historical Seminar of Heidelberg University. For generell information (registration, housing, etc.) turn to the universities International page.
Scheduling of timetable
All incoming students are asked to schedule their timetable for the semster following their own preferences. To provide as much possibilities as possible students do not receive a prefixed schedule of courses they have to attend. Instead, they are asked to draft their schedule following their own preferences and skills.
The course catalogue (KVV, kommentiertes Vorlesungsverzeichnis) for all courses in History can be found here. The latest version for the upcoming semester will be published two months before the new semester starts (February/August). All information concerning the registration process for courses can be found in the course catalgoue. It is also possible to take courses outside the Historical Seminar. For information you are asked to turn to the respective Institute or university teacher. The latest version of the KVV for the winter semester is available here.
The university's complete coure catalogue with courses from every institute can be found here.
There are no restrictions which courses you take or how to combine them.
Number of courses
Normally it is required by your home university to take courses with an ECTS equivalent of 30 points each semester.
Courses are mainly taught in German, although some courses are also offered in English. Therefore, a solid knowledge of the language is required at least at the B1 level in order to follow the courses. Examinations may be taken in either English or German upon prior agreement with the university teacher. The university offers language courses in German before and during the semester. These courses are subject to a fee. Further information can be found on the website of the International Study Centre.
Seminars in medieval history (PS, HS, OS) require a solid knowledge of Latin, as the classes mainly deal with sources written in this language.
Type of courses
VL Vorlesung: lecture (2/4 ECTS, depends whether writing an exam or only attendind the course)
Ü Übung: small seminar (2/4 ECTS, depends whether writing an exam and/or essay in the end or only attendind the course and giving a presentation)
EX Exkursion: study trip (1-3 ECTS)
PS Proseminar: introductory seminar (8 ECTS)
HS Hauptseminar: seminar for advanced students, Bachelor level (4/8 ECTS, depends wether just attending the course and giving short presentation or writing a paper in the end)
OS Oberseminar: seminar for advanced students, Master level (4/8 ECTS, depends wether just attending the course and giving short presentation or writing a paper in the end)
The courses you will take need to be agreed by the ERASMUS coordinator of your home university and by the local ERASMUS coordinator. Therefore, you have to discuss the choice of your courses with both of them before the beginning of the semester. To get the agreement signed by the local ERASMUS coordinator you can either send your Learning Agreement via e-mail or you get it signed while the office hours.
Registration for courses
In order to register for your courses, you need to send an e-mail to the respective teacher (“Dozent”). You cannot register online! E-mail addresses can be found in the course catalogue (KVV) or on LSF. There are usually a few places reserved for Erasmus students, but please register as soon as possible after the course catalogue has been published. Otherwise a placement in your preferred course cannot be guaranteed. For Vorlesungen (lectures) you do not need to register.
Courses in English
Most history courses are taught in German, as in most cases you have to be able to handle sources that are written in German. However, there are also some courses that are offered in English. These courses are published two months before the semester starts (February/August): For the summer semester 2020 the following courses are available:
Early modern and modern History
OS Global Creative Culture. Business History of the Movie and Videogame Industry (4–10 ECTS)
Ü Washington: Exploring the History of the U.S. Capital, 1790–2020 (2–4 ECTS)
Ü Contemporary American Evangelicalism (2–4 ECTS)
Ü Jonathan Edwards: His Life, Times, and Thought (2–4 ECTS)
Ü Introduction to American Religious History (2–4 ECTS)
Ü Visual and audio sources in historical research (2–4 ECTS)
You will find more information about these courses in the course catalogue.
Furthermore, incoming students can decide to take courses from the Master in Transcultural Studies offered by the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS), which is completely taught in English. In addition, usually courses from other departments of the Philosophical Faculty can be chosen without problems, those may be taught in English, too.
Certification of passed exams
For every passed course you will get a certification (called "Schein") which states the mark and the number of ECTS points you reached for the course. Before the exam you need to hand a blanco version of the Schein form filled with your name and the title of the course to the teacher of the course. If you have to write an essay to pass the exam it may take longer until the Schein is ready. In that case ask the teacher of the course to send the Schein to the local ERASMUS coordinator, if it will not be finished before your departure.
For exams in Übungen and Vorlesungen you need to fill a form to register. This has to be done in the middle of the semester. For more information ask your ERSAMUS-Coordinator.
Transcript of Records
To get your transcript of records you need to bring all your "Scheine" to the local ERASMUS coordinator who will set up the transcript. If not all your Scheine should be finished before your departure you can ask the teacher of the course to send the Schein to the local ERASMUS coordinator and the complete version of the transcript will be send later.
ERASMUS-Coordinator and Office Hours