This page will provide the key information for first semester students (with a focus on students of the MA Linguistics).

Freshman orientation

There will be a Freshman orientation for MA students on Tuesday, 13 October 2020, 3.15–4.45pm by Professor Maria Kouneli, Ph.D., as video conference.

Student with soap bubbles
Student with soap bubbles. Photo: Christian Hüller

Module recommendations for first semester students


We recommend the two foundational modules Phonology, Morphology, Syntax (04-046-2002) and Semantics (04-046-2001). You may chose the advanced module Local Syntax (04-046-2015) as third module or may enrol for a module offered by another institute (e.g. a Linguistics module in the MA programs of the German/English/Romance/Slavic department). If you prefer the second option, you have to contact the module commissioner ("Modulbeauftragter") of the respective module and ask whether you can be admitted to the module (in terms of required background knowledge and in terms of vacancies). If you are admitted to the module, you have to get the consent of the head of the intitute's examination committee (see form). Note that a direct module registration via Tool is not possible. However, the institutes will provide registration forms; you have to send the registration form (with the signatures of the teachers/lecturers of the module) to the Study Office. If you are interested in the special module Research internship (04-046-2034), you should register for it in a later semester.

Getting advice

  • General questions concerning the MA Linguistics: Michael Frazier, Ph.D. (Course advising)
  • Questions concerning the modules: module commissioners (see below)
  • General questions concerning student life in our institute: Student representative committee ("Fachschaftsrat", FSR)

Module commissioners

  • Semantics (Master): Prof. Gregory Kobele, Ph.D.
  • Phonology, Morphology, Syntax (Master): Prof. Jochen Trommer
  • Local Syntax (Master): Prof. Gereon Müller

Module registration

When you register for a module, you are also automatically registered for the module examination. In order to register for modules of our MA Linguistics, you have to choose TOOL. You are automatically admitted to the modules of our MA Linguistics. After a month the registration data are migrated from TOOL to AlmaWeb. It is possible to deregister from a module and the associated module examination no later than four weeks before the end of the lecture period, either by independently deregistering (TOOL or AlmaWeb) or by notifying the responsible examination office in writing. 


  • Module registration:
    Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 12pm till Wednesday, 14 October, 5pm.
  • Deregistration:
    • in TOOL: till 15 November 2020
    • in Almaweb: 1 December 2020 till 4 weeks before the end of the lecture period 

Start of the teaching period

Classes will start on 26 October 2020 and will end on 6 February 2021, which means that this winter semester will only include 13 weeks of teaching.

Communication with faculty and staff

When you enrol, you will be given login information for your student email account. Please use this email address for all electronic communications with teachers and staff. It is highly recommended that you change the email settings of webmail or your email client such that your full name will be given as sender information.  

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