University Glossary

  • Accessible Education
    Students and prospective applicants with chronic/psychological illnesses or disabilities, bodily or otherwise, can make a personal appointment with the General Study Advice to discuss accessibility, planning your studies, and accommodation.

    The German Student Union offers general advice and counsel on studying with a disability.
  • Accident Insurance
    If you are enroled at the school and you have an accident, please alert the school immediately. All students at HfM are legally insured through the school for accidents. The insurance covers accidents at the workplace (school) – this includes accidents on the way to or from the school.

    If such an accident occurs, please inform the school without delay via the Service Unit Academic Affairs.

    Information for students - Unfallkasse Berlin (German)
  • Asimut
    Asimut is HfM's programme for booking rooms (including practice rooms). Furthermore, you are able to register for electives and compulsory electives.

    For questions and problems please contact karin.kickbusch(at)
  • AStA - Allgemeiner Studierenden Ausschuss

  • Credit Points
    For the substantiation of study and exam performance, credits (Leistungspunkte, ECTS, LP) are awarded in accordance with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

    A bachelor requires the attainment of 240 credits and a master 120 credits.

    Students attain the credits assigned to individual modules upon successful completion of the required coursework and upon passing the module exam. Where credits are assigned to individual module elements, and the coursework and exams for such elements have been satisfactorily completed, students can attain the corresponding credits to these module elements. The students’ credit accounts are held with the Academic Examination Department. Students can view their credit accounts at any time.

    Credits serve as a guideline for the average length of course workload necessary for a student to successfully complete a module. The student workload for one semester (6 months) comprises 900 hours, or 30 credits. In the calculation of workload per module, the contact hours (classes) as well as the amount of private study (preparation and follow-up work for classes, preparation of written work, minutes and presentations, exam preparation, exams etc.) are taken into account.
  • Recognition of External Projects (Bachelor)  
    Recognition of External Projects (Master)
  • Conflict Resolution Team and Advising

  • Email Account

    All enrolled students receive a HfM email address. User name and password will be provided during matriculation.

    All communication from HfM will be sent to this email address. You will recieve important information from the following offices:
    • Enrolment Office
    • Examination Office
    • Student Advice Office
    • International Office
    • Finances
    • The various departments
    • Orchestra Office
    • Lecturers
    • Scholarship Office

Your account is accessible through your web browser at (OutlookWebAccess - OWA) or can be set up to be accessed through various email programs or apps for PC, mac, or mobile devices. However, setting up forwarding via OWA is not supported.

Your email account has a capacity of 2 GB. Please make sure you always have an appropriate amount of space available, for example, by deleting read emails or less important emails. If you do not have enough space, incoming emails will bounce/not be delivered.

Please note that using your account for spam email, for spreading punishable racist or discriminatory contents, or for registration for fee-based portals or commercial purposes (for example, Ebay or gaming platforms) is prohibited and is a punishable offense.

  • Fachsemester (Programme Semester)
    Fachsemester (programme semester) refers to which semester you are currently studying for your current programme (not including leave of absences).
  • Free & Reduced-Priced Tickets

  • Hochschulsemester (University Semester)
    Hochschulsemester (university semester) refers to the total number of semesters for which one has been enroled – this includes leaves of absences and previously completed study programmes.

  • Modules
    Modules are the fundamental structural elements of the Bachelor and Master courses. They can include different types of class formats on one thematic area. The study programmes at Hanns Eisler are structured in modules.
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