Where can I find my course schedule? What can I expect my classes to be like?
You can find more detailed information on the Study Guide in the Course Catalog. Course- and exam schedules can be found in the Course Catalog and in MyTimetable.
Finding and compiling your schedule
- For more detailed information on the Study Guide, click on the Course Catalog.
- You can enter which courses you are taking in OSIRIS Student. It will show you only those schedules, possible changes, and exams that are relevant for your studies. If you set things up right at the start of the academic year by entering your program and the courses you are taking , your course- and exam schedule will be automatically compiled for you.
- When you log in to MyTimetable, you will automatically see all changes to your course- and exam schedules.
- The academic year officially runs from 1 September to 31 August, but beware! Classes often start in the last week of August! Always consult the study guide with the lecture schedule! The solemn opening of the academic year is on the Monday before or after 1 September, when 1 September does not fall on a Monday.
What to expect from lectures and classes?
Lectures usually consist of two blocks of 45 minutes each, with a 15-minute break in between. The break is yours to spend as you wish. You can also remain seated in the lecture room and talk with others or discuss assignments. Eating and drinking in the lecture rooms is not allowed.
Difference between a lecture and a class
- In lectures, there is often very little interaction between teacher and students. Lecture halls are large and teachers usually use a microphone to make sure everybody can hear them. Teachers usually work from a book. You will be told beforehand which chapter will be discussed in class. The information is usually available also on Canvas, but the slides used in the classes are more important.
- In classes, groups tend to be smaller and you are expected to participate a lot more. If you have any questions about the things you need to study, this is the place to ask them. Do not wait too long if you have a question because it may be much more difficult to get an answer later on.
- Although normally there is no compulsory attendance for lectures and classes, it is certainly advisable to attend them. You will benefit greatly from them when it comes time to take exams. When you attend lectures and classes, make sure you pay attention/participate, otherwise it will be a waste of your time and/or the time of fellow students who want to participate.
What should I do if I am not able to attend a lecture or class?
Generally speaking, whether or not you attend lectures or classes is up to you. It is your own responsibility. If you don't feel motivated, if you simply don't feel like attending, or if you have a hangover for instance, it is probably better not to attend. If you do show up, you should be prepared to pay attention, otherwise it will be just a waste of time.
- For lectures or classes for which attendance is compulsory, the teacher or coordinator must be informed if you cannot attend. In courses with compulsory attendance, you will normally only be allowed to miss one lecture or class.
- Missing a non-compulsory lecture will generally not be such a big deal because it will usually be available online as well. It is more important not to miss classes. If you really can't attend, try to join the class in another group.
- Tip: Get in touch with your fellow students and make arrangements about taking notes. Make sure that you don't miss important announcements, for example about exams or changes in required reading.
Can I attend lectures even if I have not paid my tuition fees?
- Officially, you cannot. You must have submitted your registration forms before September 1st, and have paid your tuition fees, or authorized the university to debit your account.
- However, if you handed in all the paperwork rather late and are not yet officially registered because of processing time, then you may attend lectures. Otherwise you would miss too much information. Because of the time needed to process your registration, you may not have immediate access to the electronic facilities.
- You can find more information on registration, student cards, and tuition fees in the administration and financial section of this website.