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A special feature of university study in Germany is that students can largely compile their own timetable. You simply need to make sure that you complete all of the compulsory subjects stipulated in the course rules. Students also decide for themselves which seminars and lectures they want to attend in addition to their compulsory courses. The order in which courses are attended is not normally relevant as they do not usually follow on from one another. The main point to consider when planning is that some compulsory courses are not available every semester.
Particularly on scientific courses such as mathematics and medicine, however, the timetable is more strictly regulated. The same applies to business and law and courses at universities of applied sciences. In these subjects, there is hardly any deviation from the timetable, as all courses follow on from one another.

c.t. and s.t.

Traditionally, courses at universities normally begin 15 minutes later than the time actually stated in the lecture timetable. This delay is known as the "academic quarter hour" and is indicated by c.t. in the timetable. The indication comes from the Latin "cum tempore" = with time. Thus, if the lecture timetable states that a lecture will begin at 10:00, it will not normally start until 10:15.
Variations from this convention are indicated in the lecture timetable by the initials s.t. (Latin "sine tempore" = without time). Lectures with this indication actually begin at the stated time.

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