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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 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 use this contact.


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.

Credit Transfer & Recognition of Extracurricular Activities

Further Information.


Fachsemester (Programme Semester)

Fachsemester (programme semester) refers to which semester you are currently studying for your current programme (not including leave of absences).


Guest Students/Guest University Students

Further Information.


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.


Leave of Absence

Further Information.



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.


Part-Time Studies

Further Information.