International Student Programme of the Department of Psychology
A cordial welcome to the University of Würzburg! We are pleased that you are interested in studying Psychology here within the Erasmus exchange program. Every year the University of Würzburg welcomes about 1200 exchange students who either study within the Erasmus program or a university partnership agreement.
Please check out the English Course Catalogue for the summer term 2019.
Of course, all course are open to you, but here you can find courses that are
thaught explicetely in English language, or where you can contribute in English.
- Upcoming semester / summer term 2017: Course registration will be open via SB@Home beginning on 1st of March 2017
- If you need information and advice concerning your Learning Agreement, please contact Jana Lochmann, who will assisst you in choosing the modules.
To plan your stay, please have a look at the following dates (further information is available via Fristen und Termine in German language). Please keep in mind, that in case of final exams, these usually take place after the courses have finished. The course registration usually starts at the beginning of March for the summer term and at the beginning of September for the winter term. Some time after the publication of the official course list (via SB@Home).
|Term||Publication of course list||Official start of term||Official start of courses||End of course period||End of semester|
Prior to the beginning of the lectures, you have an introductory day at the Institute of Psychology, where the student advisors will show you all buildings, help you with course registration and point you to important locations in the town (grocery stores, shopping, leisure activities). The dates for the introductory days:
- Summer term 2019: Thursday, 11.04.2019
The Erasmus student exchange programme is part of the Life Long Learning Program (LLP) of the European Union that enables students studying abroad from 3 up to 12 months. Studying abroad means experiencing different cultures studying new languages and enriching academic and personal skills. As an Erasmus student in Würzburg you can benefit from:
- easy coordination and planning of your studies abroad
- not paying tuition fees
- receiving financial Erasmus support to cover some of your living expenses
- guaranteed accommodation (if applied in time)
- excellent assistance by student tutors and International Office staff
- broad and flexible course choice
- easy integration and recognition of study achievements completed abroad
The Department of Psychology in Würzburg currently has partnerships with 36 institutes in Europe, not counting the COIMBRA-group and other Erasmus-related programmes:
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The southern German city of Würzburg (the name is roughly translateable to "spice fortress") is a student city with 125 000 citizens. It is located at the beautiful river Main and surrounded by lots of vineyards. Its foundations date back to 1 400 B.C. and an impressive fortress enthrones the city. About 28 000 students keep the city young and alive. Since the students represent more than twenty percent of Würzburg’s citizens they notably influence everyday life. The University has a long tradition which reaches back to the year 1402. Many famous scientists (14 Nobel prize winners among them) have researched and taught in Würzburg, for example Conrad Röntgen, who discovered the X-rays in Würzburg in 1895.
Over the past decades the University of Würzburg has evolved into a modern university with ten faculties offering a wide range of courses. The various departments are located throughout the city as well as on the new campus “Am Hubland”. The University belongs to one of the best places to study many disciplines, for example Biology, Medicine, Physics, and Psychology. Please have a look at the information brochure of the university and the detailed information for incoming students from the international office.
In 1896 Oswald Külpe founded the “Institut für Psychologie” in Würzburg which belongs to the oldest Psychology departments in Germany. Oswald Külpe and his colleagues established a research direction which became world famous as the "Würzburg school of psychology of thinking”. Pursuant to several university rankings from German and international expert committees the Department is now one of the leading Psychology departments in Germany. In 2009 the Department was member of the "Excellence Group” of the CHE Ranking (Center für Hochschulentwicklung).
Photographies with permission of the University of Würzburg
The Study of Psychology deals with the scientific study of human thoughts, feelings and behavior. Our department is known for its scientific, experimental psychological orientation. Studying Psychology in Würzburg means studying in small classes and experiencing a close and friendly relationship between teachers and students. The department consists of four “Lehrstühle” (chairs) which are spread throughout the city center close to the central railway station.
- Chair of Psychology I
Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
Psychological Intervention, Behavior Analysis & Behavior Regulation
Differential Psychology & Diagnostic
Experimental Clinical Psychology
Ambulance for Psychotherapy
- Chair of Psychology II
General Psychology: Motivation and Emotion
Work and Organizational Psychology (please have a look at the regulations for Erasmus students)
- Chair of Psychology III
Cognitive Psychology and Behavior Control
- Chair of Psychology IV
The study programme is divided into the Bachelor and the Master degree. For regular students, the Bachelor programme usually takes six terms and 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) to final the degree. The study is segmented into different modules that cover various fields of psychology. The amount of ETCS-points you receive for a module depends on the workload – the calculated time you have to spend to the course. The Master programme includes 120 ECTS.
We distinguish between Compulsory Modules that regular students are obligated to take and Optional Modules that regular students can choose optional to individual interests. Compulsory Modules cover all important basic topics of Psychology. Optional Modules comprise more specific themes. Erasmus students can however study the courses they want. Each Module consists of Lectures, Seminars and Practices:
- Lectures convey basic knowledge of theories, methods and research findings. The content of a lecture is identical every year. It takes one or two terms and is completed by a written or oral exam.
- Seminars are small courses with up to thirty students. Topics of a seminar are more open, specific and can vary every term. Seminars last one term and to pass the course you have to hold a presentation, write an essay or take an exam.
- Practices are more practice orientated. You get the chance to apply your knowledge and methods of Psychology.
For information on the English Course Programme please have a look at the next section.
Which courses may I choose?
You can choose all courses and lectures that you are interested in and that fit to your study structure of your resident university. For every course we have a suggestion in which term you should take it. You can put together your course schedule with the help of our Erasmus coordinator and your coordinator at your resident university. You can find all available modules in the module catalogue as well as a step by step guide how to find them in the course catalogue. Additionally, there are a lot of courses within the so-called ASQ-Pool ("Allgemeine Schlüsselqualifikationen" or Genereal Key Competencies) that you can choose as well.
While not all courses are held every semester and the names and topics may vary, you can however rely on the modules. Therefore, you should rather specify modules in your Learning Agreement instead of concrete courses.
Which courses are available in English language?
While most courses are held in German language, there are many courses in English language. Moreover, there are courses in German language, where you can contribute in English. In the course catalogue, please have a look at the category "International Student Programme" or consider the list of english courses that links to the according seminars in the online catalogue. The available courses in English language amount to roughly 60 ECTS in total. You can therefore study two terms in English language, if you like.
How many courses should I take?
During your exchange you should reach a certain number of European Credit Transfer System-Points. In general you should reach around 20 ECTS each term. The amount is up to your resident university.
Does my resident university recognize the courses I took in Würzburg?
Within a “Learning Agreement“ between the University of Würzburg and your resident university, courses will be defined that you take abroad. Whether these study achievements will be recognized or not depends on how well these courses fit to the structure of your studies at home. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lenhard and your home coordinator are the advised contact persons for all questions regarding credit transfer to the resident university, academic requirements and contents of courses.
What is the language of instruction?
Most of the courses are taught in German. Therefore you are required to have a sufficient knowledge of German to comprehend the courses. We are striving to improve the English course choice. Besides a selection of "English only" courses, we additionally offer a number of courses that are mainly held in German, but where you can contribute in English language as well.
How can I improve my German?
The Language Centre – Zentrum für Sprachen (ZfS) offers preparatory and term-time German classes free of charge for exchange students. Preliminary German Intensive Language Courses take place prior to the lecture period in March and September.
When do the terms begin?
Please have a look at Important Dates. The academic year is divided into two terms. You can stay in Würzburg for either one or two terms. You can find the according time schedules here: Fristen und Termine (please choose the according PDF; course intervals are named "Vorlesungszeiten"). The wintersemester usually starts in the first weeks of October and the summer term in the midth of April.
You usually have to apply in SB@Home (the course catalogue & self service portal of the university) to attend courses. In order to apply, you need a university account which you will automatically receive together with all other stuff from the International Office after coming here. Please come in time in order to get the courses you want. Of course, it is possible to directly contact the lecturers after coming here in case you missed the registration period.
I am a little bit excited. Where do I find help?
Of course, we will assist you in your study. First of all, there is the international office and the mentors there, who will help you accomodate with Würzburg and all necessary regulations. The Learning Agreements and course choice will be supervised by the Eramus Coordinator and the students of psychology are burning to show you the institute and the city. There is a mentoring system that will help you to have a terrific time here, gain new impressions and feel at home. Please have a look at the last section of this page for helpful addresses.
Please consider the following steps in case, you want to study in Würzburg:
In order to study in Würzburg via Erasmus, you have to be nominated by your home university. Your home university has to inform the International Office which will in turn inform the Erasmus coordinator of the department. Please have a look at the application information. You will need to have B1 level in German level when comming to Würzburg.
Register at Moveonline and provide the necessary information. Print the form, sign it and send it to the international office, both electronically as well as by snail mail - after having signed it by the coordinator of your home university. Please pay attention to the deadlines (June 15 for study abroad starting in the Winter Semester Oct – March, January 15 for study abroad starting in the Summer Semester April – Aug). The same deadline applies to the student dormitories.
Students who are nominated by their home university and who register online will typically receive admission to a study-abroad semester or year at the University of Würzburg. You will receive further information about your stay in Würzburg together with your Letter of Admission.
- Learning Agreements
After having been admitted, you need to prepare the Learning Agreement. Have a look at the module catalogue to inform you about the available modules and courses.
Enrollment and registration for your studies take place after you arrive at the University of Würzburg. Come to the International Office as soon as possible and either the team members or the tutors will assist you. After your enrollment is complete, you will receive a student identity card and a semester ticket for public transportation.
Once, you come here, the university will help you on different levels to get in touch with students from Würzburg:
- The tutors of the international office will help you after your arrival to accommodate to living in Germany.
- You can participate in the "Buddy programme" of the institute of psychology. In case, you are interested, German students of psychology will be your Buddy during your stay, which means they will help you in getting along, find contacts, visit parties and other social events and so on. Please leave us a message if you would like to get in contact.
- There is the Würzburg International Network, a student organization that is planning events and promotes understanding and contact between international students and students from Würzburg. They are looking forward to get in touch with you.
To sum it up: No need to feel lonely!
The international office will help you with the formal stuff, application forms, housing and getting started at the university. Please contact the team for incoming students if you have questions about the stay in Würzburg and the application process. You can find lists with tutors there as well. The tutors will help you with getting everything running here.
Department of Psychology
Please contact the erasmus coordinator of the Department of Psychology, if you have questions on the study programme or if you are seeking contact with students from psychology:
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lenhard
Lehrstuhl Psychologie IV
Phone: +49 931 31 89791
FAX: +49 931 31 84891
Office Hours: Monday, 13.00 to 14.30 and Friday, 10.30 to 12.00
(please check my personal page for the case, that the office is irregularly closed)
Prof. Lenhard is as well responsible for checking and signing Learning Agreements or helping you with organizing your study. Please have a look at the module catalogue when planning your courses. There is a Facebook Group of the Erasmus Programme, that you can use as well. It might help you to get to know other Erasmus or "native" psychology students.
Center for Languages
The Center for Languages offers courses that help you to improve your German language skills.
The course catalogue gives you information on the available courses and modules and it is important to register for courses at the beginning of your stay. Please take a look at the module catalogue to get an overview over the modules and to have a list of the module names and abreviations. Additionally, there is a list of english courses.