Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions concerning the study of geography, the advisor for the study of geography will be glad to help you. The advisor at the Institute of Geography (GI) is PD Dr. Dennis Edler. Mr. Edler himself studied geography at the RUB, has been a lecturer in the bachelor's and master's programs at the GI since 2012, and he offers a weekly two-hour open consultation hour for students and prospective students, which currently takes place on Tuesdays, 3-5 pm, in IA 6/75. In addition to face-to-face advising, telephone advising or advising using the location-independent Zoom video conferencing system can be requested.

The Department of Geography organizes its own event for the new first semester students, the "Introduction Week", in which basic questions about the organization of studies, including the organization of the upcoming first semester, are clarified. Among other things, it will be presented which courses from the course catalog are relevant for the first semester. In addition, it will be presented how students can register for the courses. The registration deadlines are planned so that you can register for the events during the introductory week. We recommend waiting for input from introductory week first and then registering for the events. Attendance at introductory week is mandatory for all first semester students. It is organized as a block event usually in the week before the semester starts. The date will be announced early in the course catalog of the winter semester.

In these cases, please contact the course advisor PD Dr. Dennis Edler. For an appropriate consultation, please compile in writing which courses you were able to complete successfully and which courses you are still missing. This overview serves as a basis for agreeing on a supportive and individual plan for the coming semesters - ideally in a face-to-face meeting. A current performance overview is available as a download option in the digital grade management system eCampus.

If you have any questions regarding grade administration, please contact the Student Secretariat of the Department of Geography, which is supervised by Ms. Birgit Bellenhaus (in cases of substitution by Ms. Ingrid Bode).

For the processing of B.A. forms, please contact the Examination Office, which is supervised by Ms. Manuela Deckert (in cases of substitution by Ms. Sabine Feige).

For organizational reasons, the Department of Geography cannot guarantee anyone a subsequent acceptance into requested courses. After the election week you can make inquiries with the lecturers whether a subsequent admission is possible. This may work in individual cases - depending on the capacity of the course - but the chances of success are rather low. Therefore, independent registration within the announced deadline has the highest priority in terms of study organization!

Yes, this is possible in principle. However, when assigning students to courses, priority will be given to students who have not yet taken a seminar in the modules mentioned. Accordingly, it may be that you cannot get a place for your second desired excursion or methods course for this reason.

Yes, this is possible. In the elective area we recognize all Bachelor courses - except English language courses. When registering for these external courses, please keep in mind that they are organized by lecturers from other faculties. Therefore, the registration procedures and deadlines will probably differ from the procedure you are familiar with from the GI. Therefore, please inform yourself early about the registration process.

Students who have started their studies from WiSe 2022/23 onwards are obliged according to the valid examination regulations in each of the two study programs to acquire at least 6 CP in an English-language module. Especially in the elective area, the GI regularly offers English-language courses. Modules acquired during semesters abroad can also be credited towards this. The criterion is checked when registering the Bachelor's or Master's thesis.

The examination board of the Department of Geography decided in February 2023 that there is only one mandatory entry requirement in the curriculum. Anyone wishing to participate in Regional Geography (incl. major excursion) must be able to prove that they have passed the module "Introduction to Geography" (via eCampus) at the time of registration. No further admission requirements apply. The corresponding study plans are currently being updated.


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