The right choice – your courses

Paderborn University exchange students are basically free to choose courses from the entire course catalogue. 

The courses for all faculties are published in our campus management system PAUL (please click on "Menu" in the top right corner, you will then find the course catalogue in the center on the left). The program for the upcoming semester is published about two months before the start of the lecture period (ca. mid-January for the summer semester / mid-July for the winter semester).

  • Courses offered by the Faculty Business Administration and Economics can be found in the module catalogue of the faculty and more information in the module handbook. Please click here. (Please click on "Courses in English available for Exchange Students" and the semester in the drop down menu.)
  • Information on the English taught Master degree programs at Paderborn University can be found here. These courses are open for graduate exchange students as well as advanced undergraduate students with sufficient prior knowledge of the subject matter.
  • For a general overview of English taught courses, choose a semester in the courses catalogue and then click at „Courses in English"!
  • Students of Business and Economics can find extended information on exchange studies at Paderborn University here.  
  • Students of Arts and Humanities can find extended information on exchange studies at Paderborn University here.  


Things you need to know

For participants in the Erasmus+ program, the Learning Agreement is mandatory and the submission of a fully signed Learning Agreement document is a prerequisite for receiving the Erasmus+ grant. We do not set a deadline for our incoming exchange students. However, your home university usually has a deadline, so please enquire about this in a timely manner.

If the future course catalogue is not yet available you can refer to the course catalogue of previous semesters and add those to your learning agreement. At the time of your arrival, the learning agreement is normally just temporary and can be changed or extended. In this case, please contact your academic coordinator at the Paderborn University and complete the learning agreement "Changes" form.

More detailled information about the Digital Learning Agreement (DLA) and Online Learning Agreement (OLA) that Erasmus+ students have to issue you can find here.

Students who are not participating in the Erasmus+ programme should check with their coordinator at their home university whether they need a Learning Agreement.

At the beginning of the semester, the International Office will arrange introductory sessions for all subjects and / or make appointments with your academic advisor in the faculty.

The formal registration for courses is not necessary before your arrival. Exception: Students of Business and Economics can register in advance for a few courses. The faculty will inform you about this possibility in time.

For most courses, language skills on level B1 min. in the language of instruction are recommended.

A language certificate is not required.

Typically, exams take place within 2-3 weeks after the official end of the lecture period. In some cases, exams might take place later than that! Therefore, please make sure to inform yourselves about exam dates once you are here in Paderborn and check this directly with your respective faculty and professors.

Your Transcript of Records will list all courses/modules entered in PAUL with examination including your German courses (intensive course March/September and/or semester course).

The document will be issued by the International Office after all your grades have been approved by your tutors in PAUL. Our tutors are required to provide the grades no later than five weeks after the end of the examination period. In PAUL, you can check for yourself whether you are still missing grades and if so, which ones. You have access to PAUL as long as you are enrolled at UPB.

After all of your results are available, your transcript will be generated as soon as possible and uploaded to your Mobility Online account. In parallel, you will be informed by email that you can download it. If you wish, a copy can also be sent by email or a printout by mail to your home university.

Please note: all courses/modules for which you are registered for an examination will be indicated on your transcript. Therefore, during registration deadlines, check to make sure you are correctly registered in PAUL or withdraw from exams in a timely manner if a course should not be put on your transcript. You will receive more information about this in the study introductions or also by email during the semester.

If you are writing an academic paper during your time at UPB (e.g. Bachelor's or Master's thesis), which is supervised here at UPB, it can be included in the transcript.

In this case, please contact Ms Nicole Struzek and provide her with the following details:.

  • Title of your thesis
  • Name and e-mail contact of the supervisor at the faculty
  • Expected number of ECTS

Once we receive the information, we will contact your UPB supervisor and manually enter your project into your Transcript of Records.

To create your account in our campus management system PAUL, you need a TAN number. You will receive the TAN after your enrolment is complete (= semester fee and digital health insurance notification are received and evident in PAUL).

You can pick up the TAN in the Notebook Café or during our office hours.