Why are deadlines important for students

There was something ... You have to remember these 7 semester dates

by Tim Reichel


Each of us has enough of it in our calendar and continues to collect diligently. I know that. It's just stupid if you forget important deadlines and deadlines or just don't have them on your screen.

You have probably already missed an exam registration, missed the re-registration deadline or missed another important deadline in your studies.

But don't worry - you're not alone with this! Almost everyone of us has already forgotten a semester date or was late ...

But that need not be! Although the universities in Germany are organized so differently: The general conditions and cornerstones of the semester are (almost always) the same.

That's why I'm telling you now which dates you definitely need to remember during the semester.


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You have to remember these semester dates

In this article I have put together the 7 most important semester dates for you and briefly described what you can imagine by them.

If you orient yourself to this selection, you will bring some structure into your semester planning and you will no longer forget an important deadline.

So: Read on, take out your sticky notes and open the calendar!


1. Lecture period

Let's start with something that goes without saying: the lecture period.

The courses in your semester usually take place within a certain period of time. So that you are sure to plan all lectures, seminars and exercises, you should make a note of the beginning and end of the lecture. The times are usually published by the university.

In contrast to the official dates, individual lecturers set their lecture dates individually. In this case, it is best to find out more from the relevant chair or ask directly in the first course.


2. Examination phase

The examination phase usually comes after the end of the lecture period. During this period the exams are written and the oral exams are held.

Occasionally, the lecture period and the examination phase also overlap - but this is rarely the case and varies from university to university.

So that you can optimally prepare for your exams, you should first write down the entire examination period. You then proceed in more detail and mark all the specific examination dates that you would like to take this semester. It doesn't hurt to include a possible repeat appointment at the same time. You never know…

Only when you know all the exam dates and have included them in your planning can you work out an effective learning plan for your exam phase.

(Additional tip: Is there a question and answer session for your exam? Make a note of this preliminary meeting and go there!)


3. Registration period

Very important and definitely not to be forgotten: You have to register for every exam that you want to take this semester!

In fact timely!

Your university usually gives a fixed period of time in which you can register for exams. If you fail to register for an exam during this period, you will not be allowed to take the corresponding exam or you will not be admitted to the oral exam.

This is super annoying and can cost you a lot of time.

Subsequent registration is often only possible with considerable effort and usually requires an application to your examination board. And that's annoying.

Therefore: Pay attention to the registration formalities and under no circumstances forget the registration period!

By the way: For some lectures or seminars with a limited number of participants, registration is also required. The same applies here: Pay attention to the deadlines and register in good time!

You should remember all semester dates for registration and deregistration particularly well!


4. Meeting dates of your examination board

The examination board for your degree program is a university body and deals with all possible questions relating to examination law. Whether admission to studies, recognition of academic achievements, deviations from the examination regulations or special regulations in individual cases, such as subsequent examination registrations: Your examination board will deal with this and make a binding decision.

The examination board is, so to speak, an administrative and control body for your degree program. Actually a useful facility.

As is unfortunately the norm with authorities, communication takes place in a very cumbersome and conservative way: If you have a concern and need approval from your examination board, you have to submit an official application. (You can read exactly how this works here and here.)

And: This application must shape- and timely be submitted so that it can be discussed and negotiated at the next meeting of your examination board.

That is why you should (just in case you have to submit an application this semester) remember the meeting dates of your examination board. Just play it safe and enter the meeting dates in your semester planning. If you then have to submit an application, you will never miss a deadline and one less thing to worry about!


5th General Assembly of the Student Council

The general assembly of the student council is part of the student self-administration of your university and the highest decision-making body of the student council.

So if you want to see how politics is made by students for students, the student council assembly is the perfect time!

The meeting usually takes place once per semester and is open to the public. Most universities do not give lectures on this date so that all students really have the opportunity to take part in the general assembly.

One more reason to put this event in the calendar ...


6. Re-registration deadline

Enrolled students must re-register with the university before the start of the semester and within the re-registration period so that their studies can be continued. Correctly recognized: The re-registration is again an administrative process at the university, which is required anew every semester.

So you have to let your university know in good time (within the re-registration period) that you want to study and stay enrolled in the next semester.

Many universities have now simplified and automated the re-registration process in such a way that the re-registration for studies is accompanied by the payment of the semester fee. So just transfer the money and continue studying!

But be careful: ignoring or missing the re-registration deadline will lead to de-registration in the worst case! Therefore, you should definitely have this deadline on your screen and not miss it.


7. Application deadline

The application deadline is important for you if you want to change either the course or the university. The application deadline is also important for the transition from the bachelor’s to the consecutive master’s course and must not be forgotten.

So if you want to start a new course of study, you have to apply to the university beforehand. This can be done online or in the traditional way via a written application by post.

The timely submission of your application documents is important for the admission process. As a rule, only applicants will be considered who have submitted their documents within the application deadline.

Universities and colleges do not have fun with the application deadline and hardly ever deviate from the fixed deadline. If you send your application too late, your documents will not be considered and you will not be admitted to the course.

You should therefore find the application deadlines early on so that you can plan your university career without unpleasant surprises.


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In this article I have shown you which semester dates are important to you and which deadlines you should definitely remember. It is best to take a little time before each semester and enter the most important deadlines and dates in your calendar.

Half an hour of organization in advance can save you a lot of work and nerves for half a year of study. With a little semester planning, you will never miss a deadline, save yourself silly foolish mistakes and have your head free for more important topics.

But watch out: There may of course be other dates and deadlines during your studies that you should definitely not forget. Just get regular information from your university and talk to your fellow students!

If you can think of other dates during the semester that you should definitely remember, please feel free to leave me a comment under this article. This will make our collection bigger and we will all benefit from it.

And now to your calendar!


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