General Regulations for Registering for Language Courses and Course Material
Prerequesite: valid login data from the University Computer Center (URZ)
- There are two different English programmes: a) English for all Faculties (EfaF-Programm – Englisch für alle Fakultäten), and b) Business English (Wirtschaftsenglisch-Programm) for BA_WW, BA_WI, BA_WJ.
- All students who wish to take a course in the programme of English for all Faculties (EfaF) may enrol in one of the Course 1 classes (CEFR level B2). All students who wish to take a higher level course (CEFR level C1; courses 3, 4 or 5) are required to take a placement test.
- In the Business English Programme (Wirtschaftsenglisch-Programm – BE) it is optional to take the test. Based on a recommendation after having taking the test, students may enrol on the course following BE1, which is BE2, if there are free spots.
- If you could not register for a suitable course due to a lack of available places, add your name to the waiting list of the recommended course in OPAL. As soon as a place becomes available, you will be registered for the regular course. The registration via OPAL is (at first) regarded as an intention to participate in a course, and does hence not create a right to a place in a course. For reasons of an effective use of the capacity available in courses, please come to the first lesson personally. In exceptional cases, you have to inform the instructor about your possible belated course participation before the first lesson. Otherwise, your place is going to be given to other students from the waiting list.
- We plan our courses thoroughly in consultation with the faculties. However, students have a freedom of choice, which means that there is the risk of courses you have registered for being closed due to a lack of participants. Therefore, please observe the registration process at the beginning of a term, and reorientate if necessary.
- In case of limited capacity, principally those students have priority whose Bachelor programme includes language courses as an obligatory or optionally required part (cf. study regulations). This particularly applies to the Business English Programme (obligatory for students of Economics / Business Administration – WiWi – and Business Information Systems - Wirtschaftsinformatik). Students repeating a course can participate again, but may have to cede their place to other students participating in the course for the first time. Double registrations within one module are only permitted in duly substantiated cases (cf. study regulation / module description), and always have to be agreed to by the language co-ordinator (Fachgruppenleiter - cf. “Staff”/“Personal” on the homepage of the Language Centre – ZfF).
- Students of other fields or courses of study (including Master of Economics and ERASMUS students) may take part in the courses corresponding to their proven language level (B2 or C1 level) if there are places available.
English for all Faculties (Englisch für alle Fakultäten – EfaF)
Programms for Students of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
German as a Foreign Language
Rules of Class Attendance
Regarding class attendance, the Language Centre follows the recommendations of the university administration.
On 26 Nov 2009, the office of the Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning (“Prorektorat für Lehre, Studium und Weiterbildung”) published a circular letter (sent to the Student Council for information) saying it is legitimate "to agree upon rules of attendance with students on a voluntary and mutual basis. This applies to the ‘small’ types of classes in particular (seminars, tutorials, …) in order to develop an appropriate culture of discussion and cooperation." [Original wording in German. In case of doubt, the German version shall prevail.]
The courses offered at the Language Centre are “tutorials” (“Übungen”).
In case of the courses of the Certificate Programme (English for all Faculties – EfaF) the mutual agreement with students as described above exists in the form of the Certificate Regulations (“Zertifikatsordnung”), which is accepted by every student when registering for a course (cf. Regulations for Acquiring a Language Certificate and Regulations for Registering). The courses of the Language Centre are part of a training programme, not of a mere examination programme. Hence, missing classes two times in a two-hour certificate course, and missing classes four times in a 4-hour certificate course is permitted.
The courses at the Language Centre are generally organised in the form of obligatory language courses according to the requirements of the faculties. This means that students whose study regulations do not necessarily include the completion of a subject-specific language module may attend courses, too.
If a student registers for a course in a regular way (= intention of attending the course), and confirms the wish to attend that course by coming to the first class, he / she undertakes to attend the course on a regular basis; i.e. missing classes two times in a 2-hour course and missing classes four times in a 4-hour course is permitted. The reason this regulation is necessary is that in case of infrequent attendance of a rather incalculable number of course participants no stable and steady teaching and learning progress can be achieved. Furthermore, teaching staff cannot ensure a predictable fulfilment of demand.
However, students may take part in examinations without any preparation and course attendance as external participants.
The following procedure must be observed:
- External participants and retakers who do not attend the course again organise their participation in examinations, including exam preparation, autonomously and independently.
- Next to the regular registration for examinations (in case of English for Business Administration / Economics – Wirtschaftsenglisch in the Examinations Office – Zentrales Prüfungsamt) via OPAL within the periods of time specified external participants and retakers must register for a course they would like to take the examination in at the beginning of a term, too, in order to be recorded for the advance planning of the examination on time.
- After having registered for a course, please contact the respective instructor at the beginning of the lecture period in order to have your name entered for the examination, and – where applicable – to arrange an appointment for possible exam prerequisites (Prüfungsvorleistung – PVL).
- Please bear in mind that an examination may consist of several parts (listening, reading, writing, and speaking where applicable). In order to organise the participation in a listening or oral examination, external participants must contact the respective instructor during the examination registration period of the Language Centre at the latest (cf. notices and course catalogue on the homepage of the Language Centre - Link: Course Offer[de]). You may also ask the respective language co-ordinator (Fachgruppenleiter) for the dates and times of written examinations.
Certification of Foreign Language Skills
Students enrolled at TU Chemnitz who have completed a language course at the Language Centre can have their language level certified in order to prove their foreign language skills for stays abroad or for scholarship applications.
Students or applicants who have not attended / are not attending language courses need to contact the institutions they have acquired their language skills at (also retrospectively) in order to have their language level certified by them.
Zentrum für Fremdsprachen
Technische Universität Chemnitz
Reichenhainer Straße 70
Each candidate who takes the examination is provided the opportunity to review the examination within four weeks from the date that the official scores from the preceding semester were released on OPAL. For a post-examination review, you must email your request to the Examination Board at the University Language Centre.
- your name
- your ID number/matriculation number
- the course name
- the course code in OPAL
- the name of the instructor
- course time(s)
Requests with incomplete information cannot be considered.
The review will usually be conducted on one date within the first four to five weeks of the new semester. This date will be designated by the co-ordinator of the respective language programme, who will inform you in time about further details.
For post-examination reviews the general guidelines apply, and these will be explained to you by the supervisor.
For a post-examination review, please email your request to the Examination Board at the Foreign Language Centre (pnau@...)