First Semester at College

Language and Orientation Programme: Getting started

The International Office offers a Language and Orientation Programme (LOP) from 6th to 30th of September for international students that includes intensive German language courses at all levels.

At a glance

Content, Costs and Registration

Schedule

Leuphana Semester: First semester at College

The Leuphana Semester starts with an Opening Week during which you work on a joint project with other first semester students. During the Leuphana Semester you gain the tools as well as ethical and cultural foundations for scientific work. It comprises five thematically related teaching units – so-called modules.

During the course of the three interdisciplinary modules on Responsibility and Sustainability, Humanities and Methods I, you grapple intensively with different perspectives on science as well as with scientific methods. In the subject-specific Methods II and Introduction modules, you get an introduction to your major.

Module: Responsibilty and Sustainability

The module deals with the social responsibility of scientists. This responsibility is made tangible in a concrete way by means of the example of sustainable development. The course of lectures and the accompanying tutorials set out the content framework for the module: they introduce the topic of sustainable development and furnish you with the initial tools so that you are able to get your bearings in the interdisciplinary debate on sustainability.

In the course of lectures, you encounter characters who provide you with differing perspectives – switching between individual specialist fields and civic practice. In the project seminars, you tread research ground for the first time and develop your own hypotheses for sustainable development together with your fellow students.

You present the initial results of your research to one another at the conference week, open to members of the university.

Six weeks before the beginning of lectures, the course catalogue is published on myStudy, Leuphana’s web-based student portal. You need to set up an account in order to be able to access the course catalogue. On the portal home page you will find a user’s guide for students which will show you how to set up your account.

In general, course registration is activated on myStudy at the beginning of October. Places in compulsory lectures are assigned using a list procedure without participant limitation. Spaces in lectures with a limited number of seats can be assigned using a random selection procedure. You have the opportunity to apply for a place in these lectures during the two random selection phases.

We recommend taking a look at the general examination regulations for your course of study as well as the associated subject-specific schedules when creating your timetable. You can find the relevant guidelines on which modules need to be completed there.

Support during registration

During the orientation days and orientation week the College Tutorial helps you with registering for courses.


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Module: Humanities

In this module, you become familiar with the possibilities of humanistic and cultural analytical methods and get an introduction to scientific ways of thinking and working. The role of humanistic forms of perception in the understanding of the modern world is illustrated in an exemplary manner here. The range of seminars on offer include such diverse topics as humanism's conception of man, the history of salt production in Lüneburg or the educational programmes from the age of enlightenment.

For all the diversity of the seminar topics, they do have one thing in common – the module topic. The module topic is presented in a joint forum event (lecture) in overviews and at the same time is continued in more depth through contributions from the accompanying seminars. In the seminars , you learn fundamental methods for scientific work with the support of dedicated tutors. These include the location and evaluation of information beyond Google and Wikipedia, dealing with scientific publications, online sources, biographical and bibliographical directories or the university's own database of journals, for example.

Six weeks before the beginning of lectures, the course catalogue is published on myStudy, Leuphana’s web-based student portal. You need to set up an account in order to be able to access the course catalogue. On the portal home page you will find a user’s guide for students which will show you how to set up your account.

In general, course registration is activated on myStudy at the beginning of October. Places in compulsory lectures are assigned using a list procedure without participant limitation. Spaces in lectures with a limited number of seats can be assigned using a random selection procedure. You have the opportunity to apply for a place in these lectures during the two random selection phases.

We recommend taking a look at the general examination regulations for your course of study as well as the associated subject-specific schedules when creating your timetable. You can find the relevant guidelines on which modules need to be completed there.

Support during registration

During the orientation days and orientation week the College Tutorial helps you with registering for courses.


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Module: Methods I

During the lecture on scientific theory and methods you are introduced to scientific ways of thinking, practices and methods and confronted with the question “What is science?”

In addition, you obtain insight into the different approaches and processes. Besides the lecture you attend an in-depth seminar, which is text-based and refers to select content from the lecture by giving examples. The guided reception of texts and the critical discussion in small groups followed by debates serve to acquire a deeper understanding of the specific subject area from the lecture.

The Methods I module is concluded with a written exam and oral presentation during the seminar .

Six weeks before the beginning of lectures, the course catalogue is published on myStudy, Leuphana’s web-based student portal. You need to set up an account in order to be able to access the course catalogue. On the portal home page you will find a user’s guide for students which will show you how to set up your account.

In general, course registration is activated on myStudy at the beginning of October. Places in compulsory lectures are assigned using a list procedure without participant limitation. Spaces in lectures with a limited number of seats can be assigned using a random selection procedure. You have the opportunity to apply for a place in these lectures during the two random selection phases.

We recommend taking a look at the general examination regulations for your course of study as well as the associated subject-specific schedules when creating your timetable. You can find the relevant guidelines on which modules need to be completed there.

Support during registration

During the orientation days and orientation week the College Tutorial helps you with registering for courses.


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Module: Methods II

The path to scientific knowledge is made up of careful individual steps. You will learn in a subject-specific methods module which of these you must master in your major.

Six weeks before the beginning of lectures, the course catalogue is published on myStudy, Leuphana’s web-based student portal. You need to set up an account in order to be able to access the course catalogue. On the portal home page you will find a user’s guide for students which will show you how to set up your account.

In general, course registration is activated on myStudy at the beginning of October. Places in compulsory lectures are assigned using a list procedure without participant limitation. Spaces in lectures with a limited number of seats can be assigned using a random selection procedure. You have the opportunity to apply for a place in these lectures during the two random selection phases.

We recommend taking a look at the general examination regulations for your course of study as well as the associated subject-specific schedules when creating your timetable. You can find the relevant guidelines on which modules need to be completed there.

Support during registration

During the orientation days and orientation week the College Tutorial helps you with registering for courses.

If you have any questions about the subject-specific methods II module, the professor responsible for your major is your direct point of contact for this.

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Prof. Dr. Götz Bachmann
Universitätsallee 1, C5.303
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2572
Fax +49.4131.677-1611
goetz.bachmann@leuphana.de

International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship

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Prof. Dr. Michael Gielnik
Universitätsallee 1, C6.408
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2105
Fax +49.4131.677-2359
michael.gielnik@leuphana.de

Module: Introdution to the discipline

In the module, you get a basic introduction to the content of your major. You thus acquire insights into your specialist field across a semester and gain an overview of the thematic fields which relate to it.

Six weeks before the beginning of lectures, the course catalogue is published on myStudy, Leuphana’s web-based student portal. You need to set up an account in order to be able to access the course catalogue. On the portal home page you will find a user’s guide for students which will show you how to set up your account.

In general, course registration is activated on myStudy at the beginning of October. Places in compulsory lectures are assigned using a list procedure without participant limitation. Spaces in lectures with a limited number of seats can be assigned using a random selection procedure. You have the opportunity to apply for a place in these lectures during the two random selection phases.

We recommend taking a look at the general examination regulations for your course of study as well as the associated subject-specific schedules when creating your timetable. You can find the relevant guidelines on which modules need to be completed there.

Support during registration

During the orientation days and orientation week the College Tutorial helps you with registering for courses.

If you have any questions about the subject-specific introduction module, the professor responsible for your major is your direct point of contact for this.

Digital Media

Foto Götz  Bachmann
Prof. Dr. Götz Bachmann
Universitätsallee 1, C5.303
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2572
Fax +49.4131.677-1611
goetz.bachmann@leuphana.de

International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship

Foto Michael  Gielnik
Prof. Dr. Michael Gielnik
Universitätsallee 1, C6.408
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2105
Fax +49.4131.677-2359
michael.gielnik@leuphana.de

Student Affairs

Anja Stegert
Phone +49.4131.677-1573
anja.stegert@leuphana.de

College Tutorial
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