Courses & Registration

How to enroll at the University?

The following documents must usually be provided when you enroll:

  • Your letter of admission
  • Proof of identification (passport with a valid visa)
  • The originals of your certificates (school leaving examinations, Bachelor's degree, Master's degree and transcript of records)
  • The certificate of exmatriculation from your previous university(only for applicants who have already studied at a German university)
  • A declaration that no examination has ultimately not been passed in the chosen degree programme(only for applicants who have already studied at a German university)
  • A certificate of health insurance
  • Proof (receipt) of payment of the semester fee
  • A passport photograph.

Where to deposit semester enrolment fee?

Gebaude 6, Room 20a

How should I select the courses to take?

Our current study programs impose very few actual restrictions on the courses you can take. Your personal selection should depend on the following criteria:

  • Can I get credit for the course? (This you can find out from the module description, LSF or if in doubt, ask you study coordinator.)
  • Am I proficient in the course language? (not all courses are held in English!)
  • Am I interested in the subject of the course?
  • Does the course contribute to the profile I am aiming for, if there is one?
  • Do I have the prerequisites necessary for the course, if there are any?

You can find a current module catalog and module lists for all courses on the following website: http://www.inf.ovgu.de/ordnungenma.html (in German)

For students of Digital Engineering:
You should assemble your study plan from the modules listed there. In case you want to take modules not contained in the list (e.g. additional engineering subjects), confirm your plan with Prof. Ortmeier or Prof. Saake prior to taking the subject. You can find the main structure of your study program on the DigiEng homepage www.digi-eng.de.

For students of the Master of Data and Knolwedge Engineering:
Please consult the MDKE study consultation page for welcome slides, example plans of studies and further information concerning the MDKE courses.

Many of our Masters courses require and assume (basic) computer science knowledge, including programming and software development skills. If you have little or no programming or software development experience from your previous education, we recommend the courses Introduction to Computer Science for Engineers (winter term) and Introduction to Software Engineering for Engineers (summer term).

Why a study plan is required for DKE/DE students?

The Study plan is required for each individual for their planning for further semesters,although  they do not need to submit/approved it by the examination office.

How to make a study plan, are there any sample's available?

Yes ,there are few example study plans available at http://www.kmd.ovgu.de/kmd_media/Downloads/Studieninformationen/1617_DKE.pdf
Nothing is obligatory ,you can choose your own study plan and consult study advisors in that matter.

Who can help me with questions regarding my studies?

Your first source of information should be your study advisor ("Studienfachberater" or "Studiengangsleiter").

The study advisors for Digital Engineering are:

The study advisors for Date and Knowledge Enginering are:

To contact them you should either come to their appointed office hours, if they have them, or send an email to request an appointment stating specifically, what you need help with, or what your question is. Maybe they can answer directly or refer you to another person responsible.

Your second source of information can be the examination office. Before you contact them, check, whether your question falls into their area of responsibility. Please be sure to respect their office hours. You can also use the post box in front of the examination office or email as communication method.

Which courses are offered in English?

The language of a course should be stated in the LSF Portal or in the module description.

To find courses which are specified as English:

  • Change the language setting to English, if you have not done so yet.
  • Navigate to the Courses-Tab
  • Select Search for Lectures
    • Set Department to "Faculty of Computer Science (FIN)" - all branches (Fakultät für Informatik (FIN))
    • Set Language of instruction to "English"
  • This search returns a list of courses that are or may be offered in English.

Furthermore, there are two static lists with courses offered in English:

If you are not sure do not hesitate to ask the lecturer / professor!

How do I register for a course?

In general there is no registration required for lectures, you just go there when it is scheduled. If a registration is necessary, that is usually stated explicitly on the course website. Sometimes it is necessary to register for exercise classes due to limited resources. This is also usually stated explicitly on the course website.

Registration is usually necessary for seminars and projects, since these require individual work and feedback, and thus can only accommodate a limited number of participants.

There are several options that could be used for registration:

  • moodle: any necessary information should be announced on the website or LSF entry of the course or in class
  • LSF: if you need to register via LSF, follow the instructions in Step 3 of How to build your schedule
  • e-mail: if a registration via email is necessary, it should be announced on the website or LSF entry of the course

If you are not sure if registration is necessary, do not hesitate to ask!

You must register for all types of exams! (How to register for an exam)
Most of the time there are deadlines also for the registrations.

How much time do I actually need for a course?

The guideline is that one Credit/CP amounts to 30 hours of work over the course of the semester or the duration of the course/module. So for a 6 CP course you should plan to invest 180h of actual work, including time spent in the classroom, reading, studying, homework and exam preparation. This also implies that the fewer actual classes, the more individual work is expected of you.

Where do I find Module descriptions?

You can find a current module catalog and module lists for all courses on the following website: http://www.inf.ovgu.de/ordnungenma.html (in German)

These contain the latest official versions of the module descriptions of all courses. Not all of them are available in English.

How to build your personal Semester schedule using LSF?

Step 1 for DKE: Find the relevant courses for your personal Semester schedule

  • The study regulations tell you the structure of your course of study: On page 26 of the current Study Regulations you can find the general structure of DKE
  • The main topic areas are Fundamentals, Models, Methods 1, Methods 2, Applications.
  • From each of these you have a minimum and maximum number of CP to take
  • NOTE: The example courses given in the table are just examples!
  • Which courses are applicable for which topic are is fixed in the module descriptions in the module catalog (complete collection of all Modules offered at the faculty!!!):
  • The list of modules for DKE is ordered by topic area.

Step 1 for Digital Engineering: Find the relevant courses for your personal Semester schedule

  • The study regulations tell you the structure of your course of study: On page 27 of the current Study Regulations you can find the general structure of DE. Or on the digi-eng website in an english translation.
  • The main topic areas are Basics of Informatics, Basics of Engineering, Human Factors, Methods of Digital Engineering, Methods of Informatics, Professional specialization and several projects.
  • From each of these you have a minimum number of CP to take, depending on your background. The reference numbers are given in the text!!
  • NOTE: The example schedule and CP counts given in the table are just examples! The text above that is the actual rule.
  • Which courses are applicable for which topic are is fixed in the module descriptions in the module catalog (complete collection of all Modules offered at the faculty!!!):
  • The list of modules for DE is ordered by topic area.
  • NOTE: In case you want to take modules not contained in the list (e.g. additional engineering subjects), confirm your plan with Prof. Ortmeier or Prof. Saake prior to taking the subject.

Step 2: Find the courses in LSF

  • Go to lsf.ovgu.de
  • Change the language to English (select British flag icon on the upper right)
  • IMPORTANT: Log in to lsf.ovgu.de using your university user account, which should be an up to 8-letter user name (“Login” left side of purple bar), not an email address
  • Now navigate to “Courses” >> “Course Overview”
  • In the tree that is shown in the  main window navigate to
    “Fakultät für Informatik” >> “Lehrveranstaltungen nach Studiengängen”/"Courses sorted by Degree Programmes" >> “Data & Knowledge Engineering - Master (DKE;M)”
    There you can find the topic areas as in the study regulations
  • You can now select courses offered in the current semester and add them to your personal schedule (explained here “How to build your schedule”)
  • Please double check with the module list (s.a.) regarding the assignments to topic areas (!), there might be old relics in the LSF, sorry for that!
  • If you cannot find a course from the module list here, there are two possibilities:
    1. It is not offered in the current semester, in which case you have to select a different course to get all your credits, or you can wait for the next semester, since most courses are offered on an annual basis. You can check out the past semester by changing the semester in the upper right bar (link with “Sommer 20xx” / “Winter ..20xx” will lead you to selection page)
      NOTE: not all courses are offered regularly, this is not a guarantee.
    2. The course is not entered in LSF correctly. To find it, enter the title in the search bar (top right corner) and if you find it and it is listed in the module list under the specific topic area, you can add it to your schedule. (explained here “How to build your schedule”) The module descriptions rule!
      Be careful that you do not end up selecting a course offered by another faculty that just has the same name. Compare the person responsible from the module description, and if you are not sure, ask the lecturer!

Step 3: Build your personal Semester schedule using LSF

  • You can find your personal schedule with already selected courses when you navigate to “My Functions” >> “Schedules”
  • Choose and select the course you want to take (see Step 2), and then enter them in your schedule in the following way
  • For courses that have only one LSF entry, (this might be any type “Vorlesung/Übung” lecture/excercise, “Vorlesung” lecture, “Seminar”, )
    • on the course page, find the “preselect” checkbox below the table with the actual dates, and check it
    • then click on the “Schedule preselected” button (this will automatically lead to your personal schedule)
    • hit the “save schedule” button. Just in Case! (this will lead you to a German text, explained below)
  • For any course that has more than one LSF entry (e.g. excercises “Übung”  and lecture “Vorlesung”) you will need to schedule the lecture and an exercise (e.g.), since usually you are expected to visit both. If you are unsure, ask the lecturer!
    Use the same scheduling procedure for both LSF entries:
    • find the “preselect” checkbox below the time table, and check it
    • then click on the “Schedule preselected” button
    • hit the “save schedule” button (just in case)
  • For entries that have different groups with different dates to choose from in one entry, e.g. different exercise groups: there you have to choose one of the groups, not all of them.
    Check out the different group times, you only have to select one! Find the one that fits you best
    • find the “preselect” checkbox below the time that you want to take, and check it
    • then click on the “Schedule preselected” button
    • hit the “save schedule” button (just in case)
  • For courses where you actually register in LSF, because they might only have a limited amount of places available, you can find a “apply now / cancel application” link.
    The “application period” tells you for which time period the application is open and possible.
    • On the course page, click on “apply now / cancel application” and click on the “apply” Button
    • Additionally, you have to add the course by the usual scheduling process, In order to get it into your schedule
    • find the “preselect” checkbox below the time table, and check it
    • then click on the “Schedule preselected” button
    • hit the “save schedule” button (just in case)

  • Any clashes in your schedule will be highlighted in red boxes
  • You can also delete entries by clicking the “x” for a specific entry
  • When you are done, you can also save your schedule as pdf (upper right, “Print (PDF)”

  • The following text (or something similar) appears when hitting “save schedule” on your schedule. It is just an information.

"Sie haben sich 7 Termine unverbindlich vorgemerkt.
Das Vormerken dieser Termine ermöglicht noch keinen Besuch der Veranstaltung. Bitte vergessen sie nicht, Ihre Veranstaltungen zu belegen.
Eine Veranstaltung ist bereits belegt."

  • What is that in English?

"You have preselected 7 Course-Dates non binding.
Preselecting Course-Dates does not enable or guarantee you being able to visit the Course. Please do not forget to Register/Apply for the Courses, where applicable.
One Course Date has been successfully registered / application has been approved."

What is a Seminar / Blockseminar?

A seminar in Germany is characterized mainly by the individual presentations of the participants. Usually seminars are organized as follows:

  • one or more introductory events (lecture / meeting) with all participants for establishing the rules of the course and selecting topics
  • individual work including: finding (!) and reading necessary material, individual preparation of a presentation (possibly also papers); some seminars also require you to do something practical (implementing, testing, ...) for original paper content
  • optional: individual feedback meetings / presentation or discussion of preliminary versions of final documents
  • handing in of papers (if required)
  • presentation of prepared material in front of all participants
  • attending and giving feedback on the presentations of all participants
  • (normal) Seminar: presentations take place every week at scheduled time slot
  • Blockseminar: all presentations take place within 1 or 2 days

How to register for German language courses on campus?

Here is the link to the Sprachenzentrum (language center) website:
      http://www.sprz.ovgu.de/Fremdsprachen/Deutsch+als+Fremdsprache.html
You can find updated news about the German language courses and their timings.

How to find German language courses in private?

There are few private teachers or institutes that provides language courses.

  • Akademie Maris
  • BildungSchaft
  • IKUS OvGU

How to make a library account?   

Students need to visit library reception with their ID cards and ask to activate their account.

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