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 Thursday, 28 September 2023, 3pm–4pm by Professor Fabian Heck online

enlarge the image: Two female students sit cross-legged on a bench in the university courtyard and talk. In the background, people walking into the lecture hall building can be seen out of focus.
Photo: Kirsten Nijhof

Module recommendations for first semester students


We recommend the foundational module Phonology, Morphology, Syntax (04-046-2002) and the two advanced modules Non-Local Syntax (04-046-2016) and Linguistic Typology (04-046-2031). You may alternatively 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

  • Phonology, Morphology, Syntax (Master): Prof. Jochen Trommer
  • Local Syntax (Master): Prof. Gereon Müller
  • Linguistic Typology (Master): Prof. Barbara Stiebels

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 week 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, 27 September 2023, 12pm till Monday, 2 October 2023, 5pm.
  • Deregistration via Almaweb: 9 October 2023 till 4 weeks before the end of the lecture period 

Start of the teaching period

Classes will start on 9 October 2023 and will end on 3 February 2024.

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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