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Academic Starter Kit

On this page, we would like to introduce you to the academic system and let you know what you can expect.

In order to help you understand and navigate through the German academic sphere, we set up a short series of videos presenting the most relevant details to your German university experience. The following three videos cover a number of topics:

  1. Types of Universities in Germany
  2. The Grading System
  3. Information on Times and Dates

Below the video series, you can find freely available contents related to your studies. Basic knowledge concerning academic work, research and writing is among the online learning units. Please note that the provided links will take you to our learning management system ILIAS where the material is freely available without registration. 

The German Academic System - An Overview

Types of Universities in Germany

Information on Times and Dates

The Grading System

Open Learning Material available on ILIAS

Research Questions

This module will show you how to find, formulate, and revise the central and most fundamental element of your term papers. 


Learning strategies

In order to be able to control your individual learning process, you will learn about learning strategies and their successful implementation in this learning module.

Structuring and Paragraphing

This module will help you establish comprehensible structures for your papers and paragraphs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


This module is especially tailored to provide support in making self-organized work at home effective and stress-free and to strengthen your online learning skills.

Good Scientific Practice

After completing this module you will know the rules of good scientific practice, be able to organise your own everyday study, teaching and research, and know the forms and practices of scientific misconduct and their consequences.

Foundation of Argumentation

This module will provide you with knowledge of rhetorical argumentation theory as well as argumentative techniques.


Responsible for the content: Ben Kahl: Contact by e-mail