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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 degrees in the area of primary school and secondary schools (´Haupt-´ and ´Realschule´ (GHR)) in the 2002 study model will be discontinued on 31.03.2017! (2011).

The Bachelor degrees in the 2002 study model were discontinued on 30.09.2016!

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.

    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 relevant to students who are already studying for the Master of Education.

    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.

    The last opportunity for students to enrol in the first semester of the Master of Education course is in the summer semester 2016. Students currently enrolled in a Bachelor study must transfer to the "new" study model (2011).

    As in the Bachelor, there are also regulations for the Master of Education from the "old" study model (2002) on the discontinuation of courses. In this case, the course of study was 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). In the degree for Primary School and Secondary Schools (´Haupt-´ and ´Realschule´) however only until 31.3.2017!

    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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    Transfer into the "new" study model. What needs to be considered?

    We urgently recommend that students who, for various reasons, cannot meet the particular deadlines of the phasing process clarify their position as soon as possible in a personal advice session.

    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)(in German) 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.

    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.

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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, or put you in touch with the right contact person.

    If you wish to transfer from the study model 2002 to the study model 2011 you need to seek academic recognition (in German) for any academic courses completed up until that point. The faculties of the particular subject areas are responsible for this.

    We recommend that all teacher training students wishing to transfer to the study model 2011 first make an appointment with BiSEd to clarify any cross-disciplinary questions.

    Please discuss your plans and the further possibilities for study available to you with the Akademischen Studienberatung (Academic Student Counselling Services). Teacher training students should first contact BiSEd!

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