Studying at JGU
The Jogustine online portal provides information on courses that are offered each semester and by each subject. To access this information, simply click on the current semester, followed by Faculty 05 and then your subject. Jogustine lists the course title and teacher, the description of topics/themes, the goals as well as all class dates.
Types of courses
Most courses are scheduled for the entire semester and are held for two academic hours each week (SWS). Two academic hours per week means that the course is a total of 90 minutes long.
- Lecture = Course in which the teacher presents a certain topic in context; students are required to take notes.
- Preparatory seminar = Course that introduces the fundamentals of a subject and in which student are required to actively participate.
- Practice class = Course in which knowledge and skills are applied by the students. Students actively participate.
- Seminar = Course in which students and teachers develop and discuss themes and topics together. Students actively participate.
- Main seminar = Course for advanced students in which students and teachers develop and discuss themes and topics together. Students actively participate.
Course selection and Jogustine
It is essential that international students whose goal is to finish their degree at the JGU read the subject-specific appendix to their examination regulations or talk to someone in their subject (e.g. during the introductory events or during office hours to the departmental advisors) in order to find out which courses to attend in the first semester.
In general, exchange students can register for courses in any subject, not only the subject associated with their academic exchange. Sometimes courses might be full which means that you cannot participate in that specific class. Lectures have no restrictions in terms of maximum number of participants. All courses offered at the University of Mainz are listed in the online portal Jogustine. Please click here to find out more about creating your timetable.
Exchange students are required to contact their subject's international and ERASMUS coordinators who will register them using a specific form. This form has to be handed in to the respective Studienbüro.
Active participation in the courses
The teachers expect you to 'actively' participate in the seminars and practice classes. This means that you need to be prepared for class, should participate in discussions and group work and will be asked to complete tasks (qualifications). Your lecturer will explain in more detail what he or she expects of the students at the beginning of the semester.
Minutes and presentations
Some teachers consider minutes and presentations components of active participation in seminars and practice classes. Your lecturers will tell you how precise, detailed and long these components should be. It is generally a good idea to talk to fellow German students about these components as well.
Scientific research is essential for course and especially presentation preparation. Do not rely exclusively on the internet. The university library has extensive research facilities and sources in the main building and in the various specialist libraries.
You must always indicate your sources in all presentations and term papers so that interested parties can find out where you got your information from. Please note that Wikipedia is not a scientific source and may therefore not be used as a source in scientific work. Each subject has its own specific set of modalities and formats for quoting and citing sources. We recommend approaching a fellow student or teacher if you are unsure which formal guidelines to use.
Office hours - teachers
Each member of the teaching staff has student office hours. All students can make appointments during the office hours. Some teachers require students to come to their office hours before giving a presentation in their course.
Make sure you know whether you need to sign up for the office hours and where they are held. It is always a good idea to be well-prepared for the meeting in order to make it easier for your teacher to help you. Also, always remember that office hours are intended for short meetings so that a large number of students get the chance to speak with the teacher.
International students whose goal is to receive a degree at the JGU must register for exams on Jogustine. In exceptional cases (e.g. technical difficulties), you can contact the examination management coordinators in the Studienbüro.
Exchange students must ask their teachers what is expected of them in order to pass the course. Examination registration for exchange students is generally not possible in Jogustine.
Depending on the type of course, there may be an exam at the end of the semester. Some course types do not set examinations - Faculty 05 lectures, for example, do not normally require students to take an exam. There may be exceptions, though.
There are different types of examination, which include written exams, e-learning exams, homework, essays, term papers or oral exams. The teacher will announce the type of examination at the beginning of the semester and provide the students with additional information related to the exam.
Written exams and e-learning exams, which usually take place at the end of the lecture period, are used to quiz the students on knowledge and skills acquired during the course of the semester.
A written paper (homework, essay, term paper) is usually composed after the lecture period has ended (end of February in the winter semester and end of July in the summer semester). It is a good idea to discuss the topic of your paper with the teacher during his/her office hours. The teacher will announce the deadline in the course.
Oral examinations may take place during the lecture period as well as during the semester break. The teacher will provide all relevant information in class.
Transcript of records
Students, whose goal is to receive a degree at the JGU, can review their previous performance in Jogustine. Should you require documents in order to apply for an internship or as evidence for official authorities, you can request your transcript of records from the Studienbüro (this is usually managed by the examination management coordinators). It is not always possible to generate and issue these records immediately. It is a good idea to find out beforehand how long you can expect to wait.
Depending on the subject, exchange students receive their transcripts of records from either the Studienbüro or the international coordinators. It is a good idea to find out ahead of time who is responsible in your subject. In some cases it may be necessary for teachers to issue so-called "Scheine". "Scheine" are forms that indicate the course you took, the type of examination, ECTS credit points and your final grade. These "Scheine" must all be submitted in order to generate the transcript of records. It can take several days to generate a transcript which is why you should approach your contact person as early as possible.