Frequently asked questions about the organisation of the geoecology courses



Stay abroad

Schritt 1: Expression of interest:
Interested students contact the Erasmus representative (currently Dr. Christophe Neff) and find out about the current framework conditions and partner study programmes. You can participate in the information event of the International Students Office (IStO), which takes place once a month.

Step 2: Application:
By 20 December, students must submit their written application to the Erasmus coordinator, including a letter of motivation, proof of previous achievements, a draft Learning Agreement and, if applicable, language certificates. At the same time (as of WS 2019/2020), they must fill in the general application forms available on the IStO website. After selection by the subject coordinator, the coordinator will forward your application to the IStO. The subject coordinator will inform you of the current status. After a successful application, you will receive further administrative support from IStO. The subject coordinator remains the contact person for technical matters, such as changes to the Learning Agreement during the stay abroad.

Step 3: Recognition:
Recognition of the studies abroad is carried out by the Erasmus coordinator on the basis of the Learning Agreement.


Examiner: Who can give me grades or otherwise evaluate performance?

The "Prüfungserlaubnis" is transferred by the examination board. Teachers of the course of studies are eligible for this, if they have acquired a scientific qualification relevant to the respective examination (at least at B.Sc. level for the Bachelor's degree, at least at M.Sc. or Diplom level for the Master's degree). For other "examiners" an exception must be applied for at the examination board. Special rules apply to final theses (see Degree thesis ' Who can supervise me).

Examination board

The examination board Geoecology (for the Bachelor and Master Geoecology) consists of five voting members: three university professors, two academic staff and one student in an advisory capacity. Applications to the examination committee must be printed out, signed and submitted to the secretary Mr. Neff in time. In urgent matters the chairman of the examination committee decides. The committee meets once or twice per semester. Disclaimer


Internship: How does it work?

The professional internship lasts at least six weeks. These six weeks apply to full-time employment. The procedure is as follows: (1.) You are looking for a suitable internship position outside of the university (e.g. in the private sector, in public authorities or in research institutions that do not belong to a university - the point is to look beyond your own backyard). (2.) You are looking for a supervisor in the workplace. (3.) You agree the contents of the internship with the supervisor and the IfGG's internship representative (derz. F. Faßnacht). The contents must give an impression of practical work in geoecology. (4.) You will record the contents in a training agreement. There is a form for this under Downloads. (5.) After completion of the internship, you will write a short report on the internship, which will show the type and duration of the activities. This report must be countersigned by a representative of the workplace. (7.) The report will be handed in to the IfGG's internship representative and (8.) a short presentation will be given on the experiences of the internship. There are two or three dates in each semester, about which the internship representative will provide information.


Key qualifications - What are they and how can I get them recognised for my studies?

Key qualifications include skills that are not subject-specific but are relevant to the profession. Examples of content include social skills, time management, learning and writing techniques, programming and software skills, foreign languages, presentation or rhetoric. The chosen courses are suitable to support a future professional activity. Key qualifications are offered at KIT by the House of Competence (HoC), the Language Center (SPZ), and the Steinbuch Center of Computing (SCC), among others. The courses offered there under the label key qualifications are generally recognized as such. In other cases, please contact the examination office (Mr. Neff) in writing (not by email) before the start of the respective course to clarify the suitability of the course. Enclose a description of the contents (e.g. from an annotated course catalogue).


Master: Start in advance - How does it work?

This option allows a smooth transition from Bachelor to Master. It is open to students of the Bachelor of Geoecology who are at least in their 5th semester and who can prove that they have at least 120 LP according to the grade sheet. A maximum of 30 LP per semester can be included.

Applications are addressed to the examination board and submitted in writing to the Examination Office (Mr. Neff), stating the individual courses you would like to attend. Courses from "Fachbezogene Ergänzungen" can be included while courses from "Vertiefung Geoökologie" and "Methoden der Umweltforschung" are excluded. After approval, registration via the study portal is possible from SPO 2015 onwards.

An approved application does not entitle the student to a master study place!

MINT - How can I integrate MINT events into my studies?

MINT stands for mathematics, information technology, science and technology. According to the study and examination regulations, students of the Bachelor Geoecology have access to courses of the MINT-Kolleg at KIT up to and including the 3rd semester.

When participating in the MINT-Kolleg, up to two semesters are added to the standard period of study under certain conditions. This means that the orientation examination can be shifted accordingly. Prerequisite for the recognition of a semester is that at least two courses of the MINT-Kolleg (total workload 10 SWS) have been attended and that at least 80% of the attendance has been proven. The MINT-Kolleg issues a certificate of attendance.


Orientation examination

The so-called orientation examination in the Bachelor Geoecology includes the three module examinations in G1 Mathematics 1, F1 Climatology and M1 Scientific Work in Geoecology 1.

The orientation examination, including possible repetitions, must be completed by the end of the examination period of the 3rd semester, otherwise the right to be examined is lost. A second repetition of the orientation examination is excluded. An extension of the period of the orientation examination can be achieved by a "qualified" attendance at the MINT-Kolleg (see MINT).


Qualification goals

Where does the B.Sc./M.Sc. program take me? You can read about it here.


Recognition of achievements

Achievements within and outside the course of study can be recognised. The application for recognition must be submitted within one semester after admission to the course of study. Submissions go to the examination board or to the course coordinator.
In order to evaluate whether the external performance can be recognised, the subject examiners and possibly those responsible for the module are involved in the decision. For recognition, the student must identify equivalent achievements in the curriculum. The student enters these credits in a form and makes an appointment with the respective subject examiners or module responsibles. They can confirm that the achievements are equivalent. The examination board then issues the binding recognition.
The recognition of achievements outside the university system is carried out with the corresponding recognition form of the Bachelor examination board ( Recognition is possible if the acquired competences contribute to achieving the qualification goals of the programme.
The examination board examines to what extent the knowledge and skills acquired can be recognised and which parts of the university course can be replaced by this. A maximum of 50% of the university studies may be replaced.



s. Thesis: Who can supervise me


Thesis: How to choose a topic?

You can choose one of the offered topics or suggest one yourself. This page offers suggestions.

Thesis: Who can supervise me?

Theses (B.Sc. and M.Sc. Geoecology) are evaluated by two people ("examiners"). One of the two will supervise you and assign the topic. The choice of examiners is reviewed after registration. In any case, a university lecturer must be part of the evaluation team. University lecturers are professors, junior professors and senior scientists (the latter on Campus North or Campus Alpine). Possible combinations of examiners are shown in the table below. It also shows in which cases an application to the examination board is required. It is always a good idea to discuss the selection of examiners with the academic advisor (F. Hogewind). 

For master theses:

Thesis: How do I register?

In the Download area there is an IfGG registration form which your examiners will fill in and sign in agreement with you. You or your supervisor will hand in the completed and signed registration form to the IfGG1 secretariat (Ms Seith). In the campus management system an individual subtest will then be created with the title of your thesis (you will be notified by email). You will then have to register in the campus management system for the subtest.

Thesis: What do I hand in?

The work will be handed in three copies to the secretariat IfGG1 (Ms Seith). An electronic version (pdf) must be attached.

Thesis: lecture

It is no longer necessary to present your work in the form of a lecture. However, it is possible to present the research upon invitation in the Vortragsreihe Lehre of the IfGG. For further information please contact F. Faßnacht.


The statements made here are not legally binding. Only the Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen are legally binding.

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