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Biology Course Capacity this Upcoming Semester: How to Register and How Course Places Are Alocated

All courses at the Institute of Biology – except for lectures – have limited capacity. How, when, and where you can register for course places varies from module to module. Please refer to the table below for further information on registration deadlines and how course places are to be distributed for the upcoming semester.

Specific legal regulations must be observed in the distribution of course places. You can find out more about how to sign up for different courses for the upcoming semester in the course catalog (eVV).

The system in place for courses with unlimited capacity is relatively straightforward. At the Institute of Biology only lectures fall into this category. Anyone can register for a place in this type of course. Usually, all you have to do is sign up for the course in Campus Management (CM) during the registration period. In rare cases you may only be able to sign up for the lecture on the first day of the course or at a preliminary meeting with the teaching staff. The procedure by which places are distributed can be found in the table on this page and in the online course catalog (eVV).

Please get in touch with the teaching staff if you forget to sign up for a course in CM in time. Only teaching staff is allowed to send changes to the list of participants to kursbuchungen@bcp.fu-berlin.de. This typically happens after the second day of the course. The changes requested by the teaching staff will then be entered into CM by the Examinations Office at the earliest opportunity.

Students are only allowed to directly notify kursbuchungen@bcp.fu-berlin.de if they wish to be removed from a course list. Course registrations must always be carried out by teaching staff.

Groups of people who are entitled to priority registration for places in courses with limited capacity at the Institute of Biology (for all distribution procedures) are listed in Section 11 of the Statutes of Academic Affairs (Satzung für Studienangelegenheiten, or SfS), published April 11, 2017. These include:

  • Parents whose child/children has/have not yet reached twelve years of age
  • People who are responsible for taking care of family members
  • People who have a disability as per Book IX of the German Social Code (SGB IX)
  • People who are pregnant (if they have notified Freie Universität that they will be going on maternity leave)

Our institute council has decided that this group can be expanded to include Erasmus students and tutors in certain situations. In specific cases, part-time students and others can also be put into this group following an advising session with the Office of Academic Affairs for Biology on the individual student’s curriculum plan.

All students eligible for advance registration are encouraged to attend an advising session with the Office of Academic Affairs before the advance registration period concludes. After this deadline has passed you will no longer be eligible for advance registration.

Please use the form (in the table below) to declare your interest in priority registration within the advance registration period for the upcoming semester.

The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for carrying out advance registrations in Campus Management and on the behalf of teaching staff. The person making the request is not permitted to carry out advance registrations themselves. Please note that if you do attempt to register yourself, then your right to advance registration will lapse as the Office of Academic Affairs processes registrations using a different set of authorization rights (“direct reservation”).

However, you should check Campus Management to verify that the registration you requested has been carried out correctly by the Office of Academic Affairs. Be sure to do this prior to the deadline indicated in a separate email that you received. Please get in touch with the Office of Academic Affairs if this is not the case.

For many degree program modules at the Institute of Biology you are required to show up in person in order to receive your course place. This distribution procedure is carried out in line with SfS regulations. You can find out which modules this applies to in the table below, as well as details concerning the relevant times, dates, and places.

All students who want a place in the course of the respective module are expected to show up in person on the day scheduled for distributions. The Office of Academic Affairs for Biology distributes course places with the help of assistants.

Students who wish to reserve a spot in such courses must show up in person. If you do not go to the in-person distribution appointment, then you will no longer be entitled to your place in the course, even if it has already been included in your curriculum plan. If you are unable to attend in person, then you must send a person who you trust and who has an official letter of authorization from you to sign up on your behalf, together with a list of your preferred courses (and several alternative options). The official letters of authorization will be collected by the Office of Academic Affairs in order to maintain a clear record of registrations. You are welcome to use the following form: Official Authorization Letter – Representative for In-Person Course Registration

If teaching staff does end up redistributing places, only they are allowed to send changes to the list of participants to kursbuchungen@bcp.fu-berlin.de. This typically happens after the second day of the course. The changes requested by the teaching staff will then be entered into Campus Management by the Examinations Office at the earliest opportunity.

Students are only allowed to directly notify kursbuchungen@bcp.fu-berlin.de if they wish to be removed from a course list. Course registrations must always be carried out by teaching staff.

You are required to show up in person on the specific date given for the distribution of course places. If you do not go to the in-person appointment, then you will no longer be entitled to your place in the course, even if it has already been included in your curriculum plan. If you are unable to attend in person, then you must send a person who you trust and who has an official letter of authorization from you to sign up on your behalf, together with a list of your preferred courses (and several alternative options). The official letters of authorization will be collected by the Office of Academic Affairs in order to maintain a clear record of registrations. You are welcome to use the following form: Official Authorization Letter – Representative for In-Person Course Registration

How to Register for Courses of the Winter Term 2024/25

Im case of course distribution using forms, students are required to register within a specific timeframe. It is very important to take note of the registration deadlines as the forms will not be accessible thereafter. You will find further information in the table below. (Italic font indicates preliminary information.)

Cours(es)  
Degree Program
How and Where When
Advance Registration all

Deadline September 10, 2024,  via form

Form

Supplementary Modules of Master’s programs

  • Biology and
  • Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology

In person,

October 2nd, 2024

10:00 am s.t.

Introduction Modules MSc via Campus Management  

Information Concerning Redistribution of Course Places by Teaching Staff

Teaching staff is only permitted to carry out redistributions of course places after the registration and distribution process has ended. The procedure is as follows:

  • Teaching staff may redistribute any remaining places or places that become free only during a preliminary meeting or on the first day of the course so that everyone is given a fair chance.
  • In cases where it is possible, only the teaching staff is permitted to swap course places and only at the times stated above. The two students wishing to swap places must notify the teaching staff in person or each individually via their ZEDAT account.
  • The Examinations Office may only accept subsequent registrations from teaching staff that are sent to kursbuchungen@bcp.fu-berlin.de. Students are not permitted to send these requests directly. The teaching staff then sends notification of these changes in a list to this inbox after the second day of the course. The teaching staff has to grant students access to Blackboard in advance. The Office of Academic Affairs and Examinations Office cannot provide assistance in this area.
  •     Teaching Staff must provide access to Blackboard in advance to the enrollment in Campus Management; the study office or examination office cannot help here.
  •     Students are permitted to deregister from their Zedat account, stating the module title, course number and course title, to kursbuchungen@bcp.fu-berlin.de.

    Information for "Nebenhörende" and doctoral candidates:

        Students from other universities in Berlin and Potsdam as well as doctoral students from the BCP department may be allocated places if there are any remaining places after the regular allocation (see table).
          From the winter semester 2024/25, there are two ways to do this:
            1. participation in the regular (in presenvce) allocation. Remaining places can then be allocated directly by the Office of Academic Affairs. For this purpose, "Nebenhörende "students must bring the pre-filled application for Nebenhörende.
            2. as for all other biology students, as described above by the teaching staff. Here, too, the pre-filled application form for "Nebenhörende" must be brought along by the lecturer and checked by the Office of Academic Affairs.

    •     Students can receive a matriculation number at the FU on the basis of the application and be registered for the modules in Campus Management.
    •     Doctoral students can be registered in Campus Management on the basis of their enrollment at the FU.