General support

Please be aware that there are a lot of workshops and services on offer for international students that help you settle in and deal with possible problems.

These services include:

  • Workshops on Academic Infrastructure and Research
  • Career Service
  • Personal support upon arrival
  • Academic coordination

Please access our BASIS website to read up on the individual services.

Before Arriving in Bamberg

Please note that both our International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt) and the MA team at the Department of English Literature (Prof. Dr. Houswitschka and Dr. Susan Brähler) are involved in the organisation and administration of your stay in Bamberg. The International Office takes care of the German prep class, of welcome events as well as housing and the ERASMUS regulations. Your academic advisor, Dr. Susan Brähler, is responsible for signing the updated version of your ERASMUS learning agreement ("during mobility"). The academic advisors need to make sure the classes you have selected for your mobility semester correspond with the framework set by the Joint Programme. Please bear in mind that you are not 'regular' ERASMUS/exchange students in the sense that your course selection needs to comply with the Joint Programme! 

Please note:
As you need a permanent residence in Bamberg, bank account and health insurance before you can successfully enrol, please make sure to arrive no later than three (better: four) days before the end of the respective enrolment period! To get help with these issues, please have a look at this page.

To contact the MA team, use this e-mail address: maeas.englit(at)

Meeting your coordinator

After having arrived in Bamberg (see box above), make sure you meet your academic coordinator asap. With her, you will discuss your class selection and they will also sign your ERASMUS learning agreement ("during mobility") issued by your International Office. Make sure you contact her even before you arrive in Bamberg to set an appointment.

Please note: Students failing to meet their coordinator in Bamberg will no longer be eligible for any extra support for international students.

Your academic coordinator:
Dr. Susan Brähler
An der Universität 9, 02.04

Obligatory Orientation Meeting

During the week before classes start again, new MA students of English and American Studies need to attend two obligatory appointments. 

1. Orientation Meeting
In the meeting, you will be given all kinds of information relevant to your study success in Bamberg. You will also meet some of your professors and your academic advisor. Please note that not attending this meeting can lead to serious problems during the course of your studies!

Next orientation meeting: 09 October, 2019, 9:30-11:00 at U9/01.11


2. Placement Test
This English language proficiency test is obligatory for all new students of the Institute of English and American Studies and you are only exempt from it if you are a native speaker. If you fail to attend the test, you are not allowed to take any courses of the Institute and might have to prolong your course of studies.

Next placement test: 08 October, 18:00-20:00 at MG1/00.04

All students need to see their academic advisor within a few days of arrival to discuss their individual study plan with her.

Your academic counsellor: Dr. Susan Brähler

Selecting classes

When studying on MA level at the Institute of English and American Studies, you need to consider a few things:

  • Seminars on MA level are called "Hauptseminare" and they yield 8 ECTS credits; seminars for 6 ECTS credits are NOT open to MA students
  • Lectures and tutorials open to MA students are called "Vorlesung" or "Übung" and you can earn 2 or 4 ECTS credits for them. Courses called "Tutorium" do not yield credits, including our support programme's workshops and tutorials
  • Language courses are taught by the language centre ("Sprachenzentrum"), they include German courses. If you wish to take languages other than German, please note that the courses are taught in German. You can normally use these courses for your free electives

After you have chosen your classes, check with your academic coordinator(s) in Bamberg to make sure you can actually take them before entering them into your ERASMUS learning agreement ("during mobility"). Once your course selection has been approved of by the coordinator(s), please register via FlexNow! asap and on your own. If you encounter any problems with the registration, contact your coordinator(s) immediately.

You find classes of the Institute of English and American Studies by following the link "UnivIs: Course List" on the right.