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Financial support that does not generally have to be repaid. For example, scholarships are paid by political or church trusts or the DAAD to students who apply for them and meet certain qualifying criteria.

Semester fee
Administration fee that every student has to pay each semester and used to fund local students' union services, such as maintenance of halls of residence and canteens. Tuition fees are not included in the semester fee and must be paid separately where required.

Sine tempore (s.t.)
A course that is listed as "09:00 s.t." in the lecture timetable (for example) will start at the exact time specified and not 15 minutes later, unlike lectures with the suffix "c.t.".

Social contribution
see: Semester fee

Standard study period
Period of study after which the desired degree can normally be obtained. The standard study period is frequently longer than the minimum study period.

State examination
Final examination for university courses that lead to professions with public regulation (e.g. courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, food chemistry or law).

Student body
All students in a department, institute or seminar.

Student council
Representatives elected by the student body to perform administrative tasks and to represent the student body on various university committees.

Student registration office
Also known as the admissions office at some institutions. This is where new students enrol and students already enrolled confirm their attendance each semester. The most important data for all students is managed here.

Students' union
Organisation responsible for the economic, social, health and cultural support of students, for example maintaining halls of residence and student canteens.

Study plan
Structured plan for an entire course that specifies which course should or must be attended in which semester and which examinations taken. Depending on the institution and course, the study plan can be a recommendation or a compulsory set of requirements.

Study record
The study record is used to document attendance of courses throughout studies and must be presented to the examinations office when registering for examinations.

Study semester
Study semesters are the semesters for which a student was enrolled as an "official student" for a particular course of study. Semesters taken off are not study semesters but are counted as semesters at university.

Study-related German courses
Special courses offered by institutions for international students who are already enrolled to study a main subject. Study-related German courses are often subject-specific and are intended to assist international students in dealing with the linguistic requirements of their studies. Contact the institution's language centre or the student advice service to find out whether your institution offers study-related German courses.

This term signifies that only subjects in a particular field and related subjects can be studied.

Subject-specific entrance qualification
(Ger. "fachgebundene Hochschulzugangsberechtigung") Type of higher education entrance qualification that is only valid for certain specific courses or for a particular subject area and related subjects.

Summer semester
In Germany, the academic year is divided into two semesters: the winter and summer semester. It normally begins in April (March at universities of applied sciences) and lasts until the end of September (August at universities of applied sciences).

Sworn translator
(Ger. "vereidigter Uebersetzer", also "beeidigter Uebersetzer" in some areas of Germany) Translator approved and sworn by a court in Germany or another country, with a stamp showing which judicial district and which language(s) he or she is approved for. (Attention: Some institutions only accept translations produced by a sworn translator in Germany.)

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