Study Plan

In order to have a comfortable yet productive study period during the exchange, each exchange student is advised to take a look at our School's course offerings and prepare an according personal study plan. During the group and personal meetings prior to the semester start, we will discuss the study plan in further detail.

  • Language and WWU Courses


      Language Courses @SBE and @WWU    
      Language courses do not take place at the School of Business and Economics, but at the University's own language center. SBE does not oversee the availability and access requirements of those courses but students can include language courses in the LA.


      Other courses @WWU  
      If a course from another WWU department shall be included in the LA (which is not necessary), SBE needs the appoval by the respective Chair (via e-mail). After completing the course, students will need to ask for a certificate that states the grade and ECTS. The certificate needs to be sent to Martin Schmidt via e-mail: see more information here.
    • The ERASMUS+ Learning Agreement (LA)

      The ERASMUS- Leaning Agreement (or short "LA") has the purpose to provide a transparent and efficient preparation of the exchange.
      [More information from the EU Commission]
      Filling out the ERASMUS+ Learning Agreement (LA):


      The Learning Agreement can be changed in exceptional cases: The home coordinator's approval is required; use the Change form in the ERASMUS documents.


      Procedure for handing-in Learning Agreement (see below)

      If the home university requires a Learning Agreement / Study Plan that needs to be signed by both parties, please note the following information below.


    • Study Programs

      In general, students can choose from courses of each study program:
      • B.A.:         Business Administration

      • ECON:      Economics

      • I.S.:          Information Systems


               Follow for an overview of all Chairs
               Follow for general information on SBE's study programs



    • Study Levels: Bachelor/ Master

      Study programs at SBE and their usual study period:
      • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Business Administration, Economics or Information Systems:
           >> Usual study period of 3 years ≙ 6 semesters ≙ 180 ECTS
      • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Business Administration, Economics or Information Systems:
           >> Usual study period of 2 years ≙ 4 semesters ≙ 120 ECTS
      As a general rule for exchange students:
      • Master-level exchange students
        can choose from all offered courses (Business, Economics, Information Systems in Bachelor- & Master-level).
      • Bachelor-level exchange students
        can also choose from all offered Bachelor-level courses. Additionally, some Master-level courses are open, too: for a list please see below.
    • ECTS  / Course Load / Grading

      ECTS / Course Load

      The ECTS number stands for the number of credit points that are awarded if the course is passed.
      • ECTS include both class attendance hours & self-study time.
      • The usual course load for one semester comprises 30 ECTS. Provided the home university approves of the Learning Agreement/ Study Plan and in consideration of grant agreements, SBE allows every exchange student to fulfill less or more credits than the usual 30 ECTS.
      • European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System and the conversion into time:

         1 ECTS credit point         ≙        between 25-30 of working hours       

        30 ECTS per semester    ≙        40 hour work/ week                              ≙     full-time employment
        As 1 credit point shall represent about 25/30 of working hours (both class hours and self-study time), the usual course load for a regular student of 30 ECTS per semester means an 8 hour work day, or 40 hour working week, respectively.
        >> Find further information on the website of the European Commission:  >> What are ECTS?





      SBE's Institutional Grading Scale
      SBE Grade
      ECTS Grade
      1,0 – 1,5
      Outstanding performance
      1,6 – 2,0
      Very good
      Performance clearly above average
      2,1 – 3,0
      Performance above average
      3,1 – 3,5
      Performance on average
      3,6 – 4,0
      Performance with deficiency
      4,1 – 5,0
      Fail FX/
      Performance which does not meet the requirements


    • Language of Instruction

      Courses at SBE are held in either English or German. Students may self-evaluate and then choose from all offered courses. In order to follow classes properly, we advise students to have at least  Level B2 according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
    • Semester Structure: Regular, Term I / II

      (Schematic overview of a usual semester.)
      Regular                               Courses are usually held throughout the whole semester (= regular courses).
      Term I /Term II                  Each semester consists of two periods, Term I and Term II.
                                                   Some courses are only held in either Term I or Term II of the respective semester.
                                                   Exams for Term I courses will be written in the middle of the semester,
                                                    whereas Term II exams will take place during the regular exam period.
    • Course Type: Lectures / Tutorials / Seminars

      Courses at SBE are organized as either  
           -    Lectures    (with or without Tutorials)   
           -    Seminars.
      Lectures and Tutorials (L/T)
      The majority of courses are held in the mode of Lecture/ Tutorial. Lectures are commonly held by a professor and are aimed at laying a profound theoretical foundation. Lectures are usually accompanied by Tutorials (synonyms: exercises / practices / "Übungen"). 
      • Schedules:
        Tutorials usually take place separately, thus, have differing schedules (see Online Course Catalogue for schedules).
      • No PRIOR registration / No mandatory attendance:
        For both Lecture and Tutorial, there usually is NO PRIOR registration, attendance is NOT compulsory.
      • Registration for Examination at the Exam Office during the semester via e-Mail
        During the semester, a registration for the whole course at the exam office will be necessary in order to participate in the exam itself (see below).
      • Credit Points (=ECTS)
        In order to pass the course and gain the total credit points, the exam at the end must be passed.
        Only, and only if, the final exam is passed, credit points will be granted.
        Mere attendance in either L/T does not give any credit points.
        Caution/ Common Misconceptions: Although credit points in the Online Course Catalogue for L/T are often shown separately, credit points can only be gained as a whole and not in parts.
                 In some instances, Lecture and Tutorial are organized in one, therefore, do not have separate


      Seminar Courses

      In a seminar course, students are expected to conduct research on an academically relevant topic and hand in the results in form of a self-written paper that holds up to scientific standards. The aim is to get acquainted with academic writing and prepare for the bachelor/ master thesis. The seminar course consists of a limited number of participants as to allow interactive group works and discussions. Therefore:

      • A PRIOR APPLICATION is always required
        Without the specific confirmation by the Chair, students cannot take part in a seminar course.
        Each Chair organizes the application process for itself, which means that deadlines and access methods (random principle; first-come first-served (fcfs); individual application) vary. Please check the Chair's Website for further specific information.
      • Students are graded upon the written paper (often plus presentation) and/ or the contributions made during the seminar. Attendance is mandatory.
      • Study Plan/ Learning Agreement
        If a seminar is included in the Learning Agreement, the course can only be regarded as preliminary and might need to be changed. Due to the limited number of places available, some seminars cannot admit exchange students as the places available need to be given to students who will graduate from WWU; therefore those courses are often booked out even before the semester start. Exchange students will get all important information on offerings and deadlines before the semester begins.
    • Master: Major

      Only refers to Master-level courses and indicates the respective Major:
      At SBE, there are 4 possible Majors: Accounting, Finance, Marketing & Management.
    • MASTER-course Availability For BACHELOR-level students

      Master-level students can choose from all Master-level and Bachelor-level courses.
                                                Note: Seminars will always require a prior application at the Chair directly.
      Bachelor-level students can choose from all Bachelor-level courses & several Master-level courses, depending on the current study level.
                      If you are in your 4th year of a 4-year Bachelor program and you want to pursue Master-level courses:
                      If you are in your Bachelor's level and would like to pursue a specific Master-level course that is not available:
      SBE supports exchange Bachelor-level students to participate in Master-level courses if the necessary prior knowledge for participation in Master-level courses can be proven. As often group work is involved fellow students in the course will need to rely on each other and share common basic knowledge. Therefore, please double check if you have
      a) the necessary basic knowledge for that course, and
      b) enough time to participate in group work.
      Consult your home coordinator and ask to send an email to, including Transcript of Records from home university
      Optional from student's side:
      • highlight courses that show building-up of knowledge in that field of Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management
      •  include max 100 words of motivational text.

      The respective Chair needs to decide if a participation is reasonable.

    • ACCESSABILITY: Prior Registration/ Application at Chair?

      The majority of courses at SBE can only be attended without a prior registration or application. In those cases, there is no limitation to places so everyone willing to participate is able to take the examination.
      Please note: all courses eventually require a (binding) registration - see "final course registration at the exam office" -  after the semester start (see below).

               Rule of thumb:

      • Lectures/ Tutorials:       No prior application necessary / required / possible
      • Seminars:                         Required prior application
                                                    >> See respective Chair's Website
      Due to the limited number of places available, some seminars cannot admit exchange students as the places available need to be given to students who will graduate from WWU; therefore those courses are often booked out even before the semester start.
      Group Work Involved?
      If group work is involved, fellow students in the course will need to rely on each other and share some common basic knowledge. Therefore, please double check if you have a) the necessary basic knowledge for that course, and b) enough time to participate in group work .
    • SCHEDULES: Times and Place



      Additional Scheduling Questions

              Mandatory attendance?

      • For the majority of lectures and tutorials at SBE, there is no mandatory attendance. Please check the Online Course Catalogue for the particular course.
      • All Seminars, however, do have the obligation to attend.

              Select Overlapping courses?

      Regardless of mandatory attendance or not, our experience has shown that actual attendance and the passing of a course do have a positive correlation, meaning that students attending a class have a higher probability to pass. On these grounds, it is advised to not choose overlapping courses in the study plan.

               Cum tempore?

      If not noted otherwise, courses always start cum tempore, which is Latin and and indicates that a course will not start on the hour but 15 minutes later.
      For example, if a lecture is scheduled from 14-16 o'clock, the lecture will actually start at 14:15 o'clock and end at 15:45 o'clock (15 minutes earlier). Consequently, there will always be 30 minutes between two courses.
    • Course Material

      Course material: On WEBSITE LEARNWEB.

      >> Make sure to attend the FIRST SESSION of each course in every case as, often, course entry is protected
          by a specific password, which is handed out at the first course meeting.




    • Consultation

      In order to have a productive consultation, make sure to:

               A:     download the Excel table as a basis
               B:     keep prior e-mails attached / below &
                        use same e-mail address


      >> Consultation hours
      >> Group Meetings before semester start (March / September)

    • Submission

      Procedure for submission of Learning Agreement (LA) / OLA / Study Plan.

      a)  Before sending

                Make sure to go through the provided information above:        
                Pay special attention to
                 >>  possible prior application requirements
                 >>  access restraints to Master-level courses
                 >>  prevention of timetable conflicts

               Keep prior e-mails attached / below
               & use the same e-mail address in the correspondance


      b) Send to
                         (special-case e-mail address to Martin Schmidt)

      1. DOWNLOAD the Excel-Table  <<Course Overview>>.

                           & INSERT X in Column A

      1. Include, if necessary,
        LA /OLA link /  Study Plan if signature for home university is needed

      Please note/ Dislaimer: The Study Plan / LA is no guarantee that courses will take place.
      Moreover, for courses that require an application, each student is responsible for following the Chair's Website instructions.


    • Changes

      SBE Study Plan
      Regarding the SBE Study Plan, follow the instructions on this website.

                    One-time change is possible until OCT 25. Changes still possible afterward for:
                      >>   Courses with an application deadline after OCT 25
                      >>   Term II courses


      ERASMUS+ Learning Agreement:
      A once set and signed ERASMUS+ (Online) LA can only be changed once and the home coordinator's approval is required; use the Change form in the ERASMUS+ documents from your home university to document changes.
      See for the respective semester and its deadlines/ requirements and submit the Changes in the same way as the original LA/ Study Plan.