Transition Between Old and New Study Model
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Information on the Expiring "Old" Study Model (2002) and on the Transition Between the Study Models 2002 and 2011

Please note: The current regulations and resolutions available on the right-hand side menu are binding. The following information and figures summarise these regulations to provide an initial overview.

  • Background
  • The Phasing out Process
  • Is a changeover to the "new" study model recommended or necessary? What needs to be considered?
  • Make use of the student advice services!


    In the winter semester 2011/2012, a new study model was introduced at Bielefeld University. This means that students who enrolled in a Bachelor degree course before the winter semester 2011/12 are still studying in the “old” study model (2002), which is being phased out. These students have to observe particular deadlines, especially if they wish to go on to do a Master of Education after finishing their Bachelor degree course.

    On these pages, students in the 2002 study model can find a summary of general information on the discontinuation of courses and on the possible transfer to the “new” study model of 2011.



    The Phasing out Process

    The 2002 study model will not end immediately or completely, but will be phased out step by step. The following overview illustrates schematically this phasing out process:



    This illustration is based on the "Rules for the phasing out of the Bachelor and Master of Education (part) courses. (in German)

    Printable version: PDF (in German)

    The two horizontal bars above (Bachelor) are relevant for all students in the 2002 model. The other bars are only of interest to students who wish to change to a Master of Education after their Bachelor. The transition to a “technical” Master programme is possible at any time and is not affected by these regulations.

    The required course options are guaranteed by the faculties for the duration of the standard period of study, plus one or two further semesters respectively. As the last possible opportunity to enrol in the “old” model was in the summer semester 2011 this guarantee extends to the end of the summer semester 2014 (grey and green fields). After this period, the faculties will allow students to gain necessary credits in equivalent seminars or lectures (yellow fields).

    Although the faculties are obliged to offer the course options required in the respective semester, they don’t have to offer all the course options from the 2002 study model.  This means that course options that are scheduled for the first semester (e.g. introductory lectures) may no longer be on offer, having already been discontinued before the summer semester 2014.  This must be taken into consideration when planning your studies.

    For students wishing to continue their studies to a Master of Education, the last opportunity to enrol in the first semester of this course is in the summer semester 2014. Students have to complete their Bachelor studies in the winter semester of 2013/14.  However, it is still possible to transfer to the Master of Education later, but only by means of higher classification in a higher semester. Students affected by this should seek the advice ahead of time of the School of Education (BiSEd) (in German).

    As in the Bachelor, there are also regulations on the Master of Education on the discontinuation of courses. The course is guaranteed with the already cited restrictions until the end of the summer semester 2015 (M.Ed GHR) or the end of the summer semester 2016 (M.Ed.GG) respectively. As in the Bachelor, there is also a phase where it will still be possible to complete missing course elements (yellow fields).

    If you have any questions concerning the curriculum or if you lack a particular course option please contact the student advice service of each subject area.

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    Is a changeover to the "new" study model (2011 model) recommended or necessary? What needs to be considered?

    Students who, for various reasons, cannot meet the particular deadlines of the phasing out process can clarify their situation in a personal advice session. They will be informed of the possibilities to organise their studies so that they may acquire a degree based on the 2002 study model or perhaps change to the new study model of 2011. As all course options in the 2011 study model are formally entirely new, the framework of regulations and requirements will differ greatly ((e.g. the Regulations of examinations and studies for Bachelor studies (BPO) of Bielefeld University for the 2011 model)). Particularly in the area of teacher training the changes are in some instances very significant, making it essential to plan further studies effectively. Depending on the chosen degree subject, this can also be the case in academic degree programmes. Whether it is possible to change and how much time would be lost if any, can only be established by looking carefully into the individual case.

    It is also important to consider that if you are receiving support in accordance with BaföG (state financial assistance for education) any changeover also needs to be discussed with this in mind. The Studentenwerk Bielefeld (Association for Student Affairs) offers advice on these questions.

    In addition, it is only possible to change the study model in its entirety. This means that, in principle, it is not allowed to combine a course from the "old" study model (2002) with one or more course options from the "new" study model (2011)!

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    Make use of the student advice services!

    All of the student advice services of Bielefeld University are aware of these requirements and are able to clarify your situation on an individual basis. If you are thinking of changing study model it is imperative that you seek out the student advice service of all faculties involved. As the study paths can be highly individual there is potentially much to consider and much to be clarified. If you do change study model you need to seek Academic Recognition for academic courses completed up until that point. The faculties of the particular subject areas are also responsible for this.

    Please discuss any planned change of study model with the Akademischen Studienberatung (Academic Student Counselling Services), because, as a rule, a changeover is irreversible and therefore requires careful consideration!

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