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The corona situation is still uncertain to the extent that off-road events in particular, which require a longer stay together in vehicles, or accommodation in cramped quarters, can currently be problematic.
Many field events have therefore been postponed indefinitely. Please contact the respective module supervisor for up-to-date information.
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In the supplementary subject "Geology" you will acquire the basics to establish links between geoscientific and socio-political issues.
This is because geology is playing an increasingly important role, particularly in the areas of drinking water supply and energy resources, as well as in dealing with mining damage and assessing geohazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
Your expertise as a geologist is therefore also in demand in many areas of the humanities and social sciences.
Bachelor of Science - Biogeosciences
Master of Science - Biogeosciences
The Student Council of the Institute of Geosciences is the representation of all students of biogeosciences and geosciences. The elected students represent the common interests of the students and represent their professional interests, e.g. as representatives in the Institute Council, examination boards, etc.
The website of the FSR informs about the offers (Paleo-AG) and numerous events (GeoGrillnacht, Barabarafeier...), which enliven the daily study routine.
We should state outright that the BSc and MSc degree programs are defined in German. This means that German is the language of record in which the legal documents are written, and that German is the official language of communication. Admission to the MSc degree program requires proficiency in German at level B2.
Having said that, you should know that we have many foreign students from all over the world. All of our faculty are fluent in English in conversations and in the classroom, all but our regional publications are in English, and many faculty members have spent some (or even many) years in foreign countries. We actively encourage our German students, starting about at the advanced undergraduate level, to become proficient in English in reading, speaking and writing because we all know that many geoscience careers require international mobility and language communication skills.
If you are interested in spending an exchange semester or exchange year here but have no intention to enroll in the MSc program, you will encounter few problems. Science classes are held with lots of graphs and illustrations anyway, and geoscientific terminology is similar worldwide. Practicals and labs are tutored and generally in small groups. You would be very welcome to ask questions in English, and they would be answered in English as well. If the class is not formally offered in English already and if you make yourself known, the instructor may switch to English on his own decision unless there are objections from other class attendees. Of course, we will also fully certify your attendance.
However, even as an exchange student you would be expected to make some reasonable effort to learn and speak at least some German. After all, knowledge of a culture and its people comes through knowledge of its language, and speaking and understanding some German will make everyday life outside the classroom easier and more enjoyable.
For foreigners intending to enroll in a degree program, Thuringia offers a one-year Studienkolleg which prepares for the general qualification and includes preparatory courses which will lead to the B2 (or DSH-2) level.
Th university also offers language classes on the levels DSH-1 and DSH 2 (Link to the DSH-Course). For the latter, proficiency at the B1 level is a prerequisite.
The university offers capable help to foreign students in many ways, such as by offering further language classes, assisting in problems of everyday life, and with administrative issues.