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Immatriculation
Enrolment at an institution on the list of students for a particular course. To enrol, you require an admission confirmation, which is issued after a successful application. It is important to enrol with the relevant institution within the specified period.

Independent study time
Part of the semester when no courses are held. The institution and its central facilities remain open during this time. Students should use this time for independent study and written assignments.

Institute
Faculties or departments in an institution can be made up of several institutes, each of which has at least one professor or chair. Institutes generally have an executive director, but important decisions are taken by the institute council, which meets on a regular basis.

Intermediate diploma
Examination at the end of the basic study stage of "Diplom" degree courses. The exact form of the examination (written examination or oral examination on one or more topics) is set out in the examination rules for the relevant course.

Intermediate examination
Examination following the basic study stage on Magister courses. The exact form of the examination (written examination or oral examination on one or more topics) is set out in the examination rules for the relevant course.

Intermediate seminar
Teaching course for students during the basic study stage, which generally ends with a written seminar assignment.

International admissions
Also known as foreign admissions. Department of the student registration office or admissions office responsible for admission of foreign students.

International course
An international course normally leads to an internationally recognised qualification. The tuition language is frequently English, which means that in many cases it is not necessary to demonstrate proficiency in German for several semesters, if at all. However, if your entrance qualification means that you have to attend a preparatory course first and complete the assessment test, you will have to learn German and pass a language examination in any case. German is compulsory for the preparatory course/assessment test.

Introductory course
Course in the first semesters providing necessary basic knowledge in the selected subject of study.

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