Studying at ASH Berlin

Studying at ASH Berlin means studying at an interdisciplinary, research-intensive yet practice-oriented educational institution which offers a diverse range of professional and further-education perspectives for careers in social work, health and early education. ASH Berlin offers the following undergraduate Bachelor programmes:

Our Master programmes consist of the four consecutive programmes Research in Social Work and Education (M.A.), Social Work - Critical Diversity and Community Studies (M.A., starting in 2021), Management and Quality Development in the Health Sector (M.Sc.) as well as Public Health (M.Sc.) and a number of non-consecutive further education Master programmes (which are not open to exchange students).

Exchange students will be nominated by their home university for a specific study programme (e.g. Social Work), provided an exchange agreements exists between your home university and ASH Berlin.

Language of instruction and English courses

The majority of courses at ASH Berlin is taught in German. English courses (for exchange students) are only available in the Social Work programme within the so-called "International Curriculum". Advanced German and/or English language skills are thus a requirement for a successful stay in Berlin and at ASH Berlin.

English-taught courses / International Curriculum

The so-called "International Curriculum" in the Social Work programme offers English, and at times also Spanish courses. The exact English (and Spanish) courses may be subject to change every semester, but we guarantee that courses worth at least 30 ECTS will be offered every semester. Usually, the International Curriculum consists of approx. 10-15 courses (e.g. "International Social Work", "Racism and Migration" or "Social Work Practice Methods"). You can access the International Curriculum course lists and descriptions of the current and past semesters below. The exact course details will be published 2-3 weeks before the start of the semester via the LSF portal.

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ECTS and Learning Agreement

ASH Berlin uses the ECTS system to describe and define the course workload. One ECTS credit equals 25-30 hours of work.

A study programme at ASH consists of different modules. A module comprises several course units of related content. In the bachelor programme Social Work for example, the module “Diversity Studies” consists of two units: Unit 1 “Racism and Migration” and Unit 2 “Gender and Queer Studies”.

You can find the contents of the courses and modules in the module handbooks of each study programme.

You can find more information about the content of each module in the module handbooks of each study programme:

B.A. Social Work
B.A. Erziehung und Bildung in der KIndheit(German only)
B.Sc. Management und Versorgung im Gesundheitswesen (German only, until 2020 B.Sc. Gesundheits- und Pflegemanagement)
B.Sc. Physiotherapie / Ergotherapie (German only)
B.Sc. Nursing (German only)
M.A. Praxisforschung in Sozialer Arbeit und Pädagogik (German only)
M.Sc. Management und Qualitätsentwicklung im Gesundheitswesen (German only)

Some modules run for more than one semester so you might not be able to complete the whole module during your stay at ASH. In most cases this will not be a problem. Please also consult the course and ECTS manual for exchange students which you'll receive with our first e-mail to you about the application process.

Learning Agreement

The Learning Agreement is an essential part of your application and serves to compile a list of courses which you would like to attend during your stay. In order to find out about the courses offered, please check the course and ECTS manual for exchange students which you'll receive with our first e-mail to you about the application process. For the contents of courses and modules, you should consult the module handbooks (see above).

The courses you mention on the Learning Agreement will usually be your binding course choice. Should we realize that we might not have enough capacities for the courses you mentioned on the Learning Agreement, we will get in touch with you. If necessary, you can change your Learning Agreement and your course choice again after the start of the semester (e.g. in case of a time clash or if a course is not offered anymore).

If you'll study at ASH Berlin within the Erasmus+ programme, your home university will provide the Learning Agreement form for you. If you have any questions about your Learning Agreement or if you wish to get it signed by ASH Berlin, please contactincoming@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu.

On the Learning Agreement, you will probably have to mention the following details: 

  • Erasmus code of ASH Berlin: D  BERLIN05
  • Start and end date: Your start date will be first day of the German intensive course (if you're attending the course) or the first orientation day. The exact end date is individual and depends on your last exam date and/or your actual leaving date. For now, you should mention the last day of the teaching and exam period (see further below for the academic calendar). For students who are doing an internship in Berlin, the start and end date correspond to the start and end date of the internship, unless you also complete courses at ASH Berlin.
  • Contact person: Marion Fuchs, the contact details  such as e-mail or telephone can be found in our contact section.
  • Responsible person: The responsible person depends on your study programme:

If you'll study at ASH Berlin within a direct exchange programme ( = you're a student from one of our non-EU / non-Erasmus+ partner universities, e.g. Switzerland, Colombia or Mexico), your home university may provide you with a Learning Agreement form. If not, you can use our template "LA direct exchange".

If you apply as a free mover, please use our template "LA free mover".

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Final course choice and course registration

As explained above, the courses you mention on the Learning Agreement will usually be your binding course choice. At the time when you have to prepare your Learning Agreement, the exact course times and details haven't been published yet. Therefore, you may be required to change your course choice again after the start of the semester (e.g. in case of a time clash or if a course is not offered anymore). Depending on your study programme, you have two weeks time before or after the start of the semester to put together your final course plan and to sign up for your courses electronically.

The exact course times and details will be published in the course catalogue ("Vorlesungsverzeichnis") 3-4 weeks before the start of the semester via the LSF portal. Once you have put together your final course plan before or after the start of the semester, you also need to sign up for your courses electronically via the LSF portal (see below). Before the start of the semester (e.g. during the orientation days), we will explain the course registration procedure to you in detail, but you can also consult our step-by-step instructions for using the LSF portal. 

For exchange students during winter term 2021/22, the deadlines for course planning, course registration and Learning Agreement changes differ - depending on your study programme:

Preparation and putting together your course schedule:

  • 8 September 2021, 10am - 12noon: Please attend the MANDATORY webinar for exchange students in which we will explain in detail about how to plan and sign up for your courses. If you cannot attend live, please make sure to watch the recording afterwards. After the webinar, we will hold several online counselling hours, in case you have any questions about the course registration procedure. You can find the links to the webinar, the webinar recording and to our online counselling hours in our Moodle course for exchange students.
  • 18 - 14 September 2021: Put together your course schedule by using your Learning Agreement and checking the course times via LSF. Please read the course comments on LSF to find out whether or not a course includes synchronous teaching (i.e. live sessions) or asynchronous teaching (time-independent tasks) and if (some) presence based teaching will take place. When planning to attend courses which take place mainly synchronously, make sure that they don't overlap. If you are planning to attend courses which are offered in different groups (only applies to German-taught courses), note down a priority order of four groups per course. During course registration, you will have to mention four priorities anyway, so note down which group is your favorite one (priority 1) and which are priority no. 2, 3 and 4.

Course registration for 2nd to 7th semester courses:

  • 14 September 2021, starting at 12noon until 22 September 2021, midnight: Register for your courses online via the LSF portal. Signing up for courses offered in English and Spanish (called "International Curriculum") is on a first-come, first-served basis, so please be ready to sign up for courses on 14th of September, 12noon! Students wishing to take German-taught courses, should switch to the German version of this website for more detailed information (which is irrelevant to students wishing to take courses taught in English or Spanish). If you have any questions about the course registration, please use the instructions from the webinar, send us an e-mail or join our online counselling hours. You can find the webinar recording and the times and link to our online counselling hours in our Moodle course for exchange students.
  • 22 September 2021, midnight - 23 September 2021, 3pm: LSF closed for course registration. In case you signed up for courses with different groups, the system will now "calculate" students' course schedules.
  • 23 September 2021, 3pm: Please check your course schedule on LSF to see to which courses / groups you have been assigned (after logging in, go to "Meine Funktionen" > "Meine Veranstaltungen"). The course should appear as "zugelassen". 
  • 23 September 2021, 3pm - 25 October 2021: LSF is now open again for course registration. If course capacities are still available, you can sign up right away! Also, if you accidently signed up for a course which you no longer wish to take, please sign out of the course (so that other students can sign up).
  • starting from 7 October 2021 onwards: Start of courses. Online-taught courses will take place via ASH Berlin's e-learning platform Moodle. LSF and Moodle are snychronized daily between 7.30pm CET and 9.30pm CET, so if you've successfully signed up for a course via LSF before approx. 7pm CET, it will appear in Moodle after 9.30pm on the same day.

Course registration for 1st semester courses:

  • starting 1 October 2021 (until 14 October): If you wish to attend the "Fachenglisch” module (i.e. specific English language courses for Social Workers), you need to do a placement test via Moodle. You’ll get the result immediately and you can sign up for the corresponding course via LSF from 7 October, 12noon onwards. More details will be available on time via the website of the language centre.
  • 7 October 2021, 12noon - 11 October 2021, midnight: Register for your courses online via the LSF portal. Signing up for 1st semester courses offered in English (called "International Curriculum") is on a first-come, first-served basis, so please be ready to sign up for courses on 7 October, 12noon right away! Students wishing to take German-taught courses, should switch to the German version of this website for more detailed information (which is irrelevant to students wishing to take courses taught in English). If you have any questions about the course registration, please use the instructions from the webinar, send us an e-mail or join our online counselling hours. You can find the webinar recording and the times and link to our online counselling hours in our Moodle course for exchange students.
  • 11 October 2021, midnight - 12 October, 3pm: LSF closed for course registration. In case you signed up for courses with different groups (only applies to German-taught courses), the system will now "calculate" students' course schedules.
  • 12 October, 3pm: Please check your course schedule on LSF to see to which courses / groups you have been assigned (only applies to German-taught courses, after logging in, go to "Meine Funktionen" > "Meine Veranstaltungen"). The course should appear as "zugelassen".
  • 12 October, 3pm - 25 October 2021: LSF is now open again for course registration. If course capacities are still available, you can sign up right away! Also, if you accidently signed up for a course which you no longer wish to attend, please sign out of the course (so that other students can sign up).
  • starting from 13 October 2021 onwards: Start of courses. Online-taught courses will take place via ASH Berlin's e-learning platform Moodle. LSF and Moodle are snychronized daily between 7.30pm CET and 9.30pm CET, so if you've successfully signed up for a course via LSF before approx. 7pm CET, it will appear in Moodle after 9.30pm on the same day.

Changing your Learning Agreement (if necessary):

If your final course choice differs from your original Learning Agreement, you can change and adapt your Learning Agreement between mid-April and mid-May 2021. We will offer individual online appointments for that which students can book via our Moodle course for exchange students.

Since all courses in this study programme will be taught in German, please go to the top of this website and switch to the German version for details.

Since all courses in this study programme will be taught in German, please go to the top of this website and switch to the German version for details.

Since all courses in this study programme will be taught in German, please go to the top of this website and switch to the German version for details.

  • 14 September - 25 October 2021: Register for all other courses (e.g. German language courses) online via the LSF portal (first-come, first-served). Since courses may start from 4 October onwards, we recommend signing up right at the beginning of October, so that you can access the courses on Moodle right away.
  • starting from 4 October 2021 onwards: Start of courses. Online-taught courses will take place via ASH Berlin's e-learning platform Moodle. Face-to-face sessions will be announced in LSF.

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Exam registration

If you are doing an exam in a course or in a module, you need to sign up for the exam online via LSF (depending in your study programme). Exam registrations via LSF will open approx. six weeks after the start of the semester – and will be available until the end of the semester. Depending in your study programme, you can sign up for all or most of your exams via LSF. If you're only attending a course, but you're not taking the exam, you do not need to sign up for the exam via LSF.

More information about exam registration

Style of studying and teaching at ASH Berlin

Studying at a German university is likely to differ from the academic system at your home university. As a student in Germany, and particularly at ASH Berlin, you will probably have more responsibilities to take care of on your own, but at the same time, you are often more independent and free in your choices. This concerns your choice of courses, but also the way students write essays and research papers. Past exchange students have often remarked upon the fact that seminars at ASH Berlin often involve or even require a very active and lively student discussion. Therefore we encourage you to take part in seminar discussions – this way you will get more our of your studies at ASH and it is also a great way to get to know your fellow students and practise your German skills.

Further information

Moodleis ASH Berlin's e-learning platform. Via Moodle, you can download course material and communicate with your fellow students and the teacher. If you've signed up for a course electronically via LSF, the course will automatically show on your Moodle website (usually within max. 24h after course registration on LSF). You can log in on Moodle with your usual ASH Berlin student account.

According to §6 a of the general study and examinations regulations at ASH Berlin ("Rahmenstudien- und Prüfungsordnung", document only available in German), there is no general attendance policy at ASH Berlin. The attendance policy may be regulated individually within a certain study programme or module. We will inform you about the attendance policies during the orientation days. If you will miss several course sessions, please inform your lecturer beforehand anyway.

Plagiarism means using other people's ideas or quotes for your exam without referencing your sources. This counts as fraud in the sense of the general study and examinations regulations at ASH Berlin (Rahmenstudien- und Prüfungsordnung, article 21, paragraph 4). If you plagiarise, you will fail the course and you will not receive any ECTS credits for your course.

According to the general study and examinations regulations at ASH Berlin (Rahmenstudien- und Prüfungsordnung), the grading system is as follows:

  • 1,0 - 1,5: very good - an outstanding achievement
  • above 1,5 - 2,5: good - an achievement well above average requirements
  • above 2,5 - 3,5: satisfactory - an achievement in line with average requirements
  • above 3,5 - 4,0: sufficient - an achievement which satisfies basic requirements
  • above 4,0: not sufficient / fail - an achievement which no longer satisfies the basic requirements due to severe shortcomings

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Academic calendar

The academic calendar of ASH Berlin is divided into two semesters: the winter term and the summer term. Each semester consists of a teaching period (including exams) and a non-teaching period (often called "semester break") which most students use to complete research essays or practical placements. It is mandatory for exchange students to attend the orientation and teaching period during their semester at ASH Berlin, afterwards they may leave Berlin.

Each semester usually also features a so-called block week (“Blockwoche”) (students of BA Social Work have two block weeks) which is mainly used for extracurricular activities, excursions or to make up for any cancelled seminars.

  • Orientation days: 27 - 29 September 2021, details and programme see orientation days, attendance is mandatory!
  • Teaching period (incl. exams in the last week): 4th of October 2021 - 19th of February 2022
  • 1st block week: 15th - 20th of November 2021
  • 2nd block week (only BA Social Work): 7th - 11th of February 2022
  • Semester period: 1st of October 2021 - 31st of March 2022
  • Public holidays and closing time: see dates and deadlines
  • Pre-semester intensive German language course: see intensive German language course
  • Orientation period: end of March 2022, details and programme see orientation days, attendance is mandatory!
  • Teaching period (incl. exams in the last week): 4th of April 2022 to 23rd of July 2022
  • 1st block week: 16th - 21st of May 2022
  • 2nd block week (only BA Social Work): 11th - 15th of July 2022
  • semester period: 1st of April 2022 to 30th of September 2022
  • public holidays and closing time: see dates and deadlines

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Disabilities and special needs

ASH Berlin continuously works on making studying here more accessible for students with disabilities and special needs. The International Office supports exchange students with disabilities in planning their stay and can help prospective exchange students get in touch with our university’s and the studierendenWERK’s resources.

To plan your stay at ASH Berlin it is recommended you apply early and communicate your needs in your application. In cooperation with the International Office you will create an Individual Needs Assement that will help us plan the scope of the support you want. This could mean finding accessbile housing, suitable medical support, technical aids or personalised assisted study (provision of a person who can support you in writing, reading or library research). ASH Berlin employs a student assistant whose focus is accessibility and counsels students with disabilities and/ or chronic illnesses.

All rooms and facilities of ASH Berlin can be accessed through one of three elevators. Furthermore our library features bigger computer screens as well as seeing aids for people with sensory disabilities. The closest accessible dorm is about 10 km from ASH Berlin and can be reached within 15 minutes by public transport without transfer.

Further support and information is available on the "alice barrierefrei" website. Please contact us if you have any questions or need support when planning your semester at ASH Berlin.

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Students with children

As a certified family-friendly institution, ASH Berlin provides multiple options and facilities to support students who are caring for a child / children. You can find further information, support and links at "Family at ASH Berlin".

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Student services and further support

Please note that during the corona pandemic, the student services might not be offered or might be offered in a modified version.

ASH Berlin offers a variety of service and support facilities for students. On the 2nd floor, you will find the Computerzentrum which features the computer lab in room 218 and 219 with scanners and printers as well as IT support and you can borrow laptops and further hardware. At the Medienwerkstatt you can borrow various media equipment and cameras  to produce films and videos.

  • You can find support and counselling for women* and trans* students, the career service, psychological counselling and much more at Beratung und Unterstützung.

  • You can find the library, the Computerzentrum, the language department, the Medienwerkstatt and much more at Einrichtungen für Studierende.

  • The EmpA project "Empowerment, awareness and anti-racist institutional opening of ASH Berlin" aims to use an empowerment approach to improve the study conditions of international students, students with a refugee background and students of color*.

  • You can find the ASH Berlin sports courses, cultural projects like the ASH choir "Singin' Alice" or our collection of theatre props and costumes, the student-run café frei_raum, information about getting involved in university politics and much more at Hochschulleben.

  • On the ground floor you can find the student cafeteria (called "Mensa") which is run by the studierendenWERK BERLIN and offers various warm and cold meals and drinks. You can buy food or drinks from the Mensa with your Campuscard, cash payments are not accepted. 

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Psychological counselling

Psychological counseling is available in German and in English by the studierendenWERK BERLIN. The counselling is free of charge and confidential.

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Contact

Ms. Marion Fuchs

Incoming Student Coordinator
International Office
Room No. 345

Please contact me via e-mail only. I am happy to offer online counselling via video- and/or audio conference on demand.

Marion Fuchs vom International Office.

If you wish to apply as a regular degree-seeking student, please contact the general student counselling or check the overview of our study programmes which include English- and Spanish-taught Master programmes.

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