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Differences between the new subject-specific regulations (FSO) and the old study and examination regulations (SPO) bachelor programs

Bachelor programs

The following overview displays the fundamental differences between the new subject-specific regulations (FSO) and the previous study and examination regulations for the bachelor programs IBA, IBWL, BWL as well as VWL. We do not claim this information to be exhaustive.

Every student is required to read the new subject-specific regulation (FSO) in connection with the new general study and examination regulations (ASPO) thoroughly, previous to a possible transition into the latter. If any questions arise, the student should make use of the guidance offered at faculty.

Overview for the classification/ accreditation of study and examination performances in case of a switch from the previous SPO to the new FSO

  new FSO old SPO
Orientierungsphase /
Grundlagenausbildung
IBWL, BWL, VWL: German as foreign language is not allowed. In the module for the (first) foreign language, the student has to prove his/her English skills (CEFR level B2).
The modules Recht (Law), Angewandte Wirtschaftstheorie (Applied Economics) as well as Ringvorlesung (Lectures series) will no longer be covered.
IBA: English as foreign language is not allowed. Further the (first) foreign language is freely selectable. German obligatory for foreign students.
The modules Fundamentals of Business Administration, Business Cases as well as Applied Economics will no longer be covered.
IBWL, BWL, VWL: German as foreign language is not allowed. (First) foreign language is freely selectable.
IBA: English as foreign language is not allowed. Further the (first) foreign language is freely selectable. German obligatory for foreign students.  
Profilierungsphase /
Schwerpunktbildung
You have to choose three groups of modules out of the elective module groups available. You have to attend three modules, 6 ECTS credits each, in each group of modules. Consists of the modules/ elective module groups 16-30/31. In each group you have to choose one module allowable for this group.
Studying abroad In the IBA program studying abroad is also obligatory. ./.
Internships Elective module in the area of interdisciplinary qualifications (Außerfachliche und überfachlichee Qualifikationen (with ECTS credits) Requirement for admission to thesis (without ECTS credits)
Exemption from proof of foreign language skills with study abroad IBWL and IBA only
(see Art. 7 (7) FSO)
IBWL and IBA only
(see Art. 18 (5) SPO)
Exemption from proof of foreign language skills with 12 week internship abroad (fulltime, 40 hrs/week) not possible IBWL and IBA only
(see Art. 18 (5) SPO)
Evaluation of final grade The final grade for the bachelor degree results from the average of all modules necessary for graduating, including the Grundlagenausbildung as well as the Schwerpunktbildung and the Bachelor thesis - generating the weighted average (weighted arithmetic mean) of ECTS credits of all grades. The final grade for the bachelor degree results from the average of all individual performances in the modules 1-13 with single weighing, the modules 16-28 (IBWL, IBA) or 16-29 (BWL, VWL) with quadruple weighting, as well as the grade for the bachelor thesis weighted eightfold.
Study period Students failing to gain the number of ECTS credits required for successful completion of their degree course by the end of the second semester following the end of the standard period of study [...] and to provide proof to the examination office that they have earned the required number of ECTS credits within this time limit, will be deemed to have failed the bachelor degree [...] concerned for the first time. [...] Students failing to gain the number of ECTS credits required for successful completion of their degree course by the end of a further semester [...] and to provide proof of the ECTS earned to the examination office by this deadline, will be deemed to have finally failed the bachelor examination.
(The exact wording can be found in Art 7 ASPO)
In case that at the end of the 6th semester not all study credits are turned in, the bachelor exam is counted as not passed for first time. In case that at the end of the 7th semester not all study credits are turned in, the bachelor exam is counted as finally not passed.
(cf. Art 26 SPO)