Studienlotsen

Studienlotsen (student support advisers) are responsible for giving confidential and voluntary initial advice to all students who receive an invitation letter from the Examination Office, because their curriculum suggests possible study difficulties.

The Studienlotsen program is currently in a transitional phase, as the project financing has expired. Therefore, some positions of the Studienlotsen are currently vacant. If there is no Studienlotse available for your study program, please contact the Student Counseling Center or the Ombudsperson teaching and doctoral degree studies.

Together with numerous faculty staff, we have developed criteria that should give you hints towards a successful course of studies and whose review should function as a kind of early warning system. We will also be happy to receive your feedback.

You have received a letter from the Examination Office?

In a confidential dialogue, together we will try to evaluate the causes leading to the letter. If necessary, we will find individual solutions for your problems and determine contact persons in the university's large advisory network to best support you in your course of studies.

Studienlotsen of the faculties

Contact your Studienlotsen. We are looking forward to your questions and suggestions.

Faculty 1: Architecture and Urban Planing – currently vacant –
Faculty 2: Civil- and Environmental Engineering – currently vacant –
Faculty 3: Chemistry – currently vacant –
Faculty 4: Energy-, Process- and Bio-Engineering Dr. Gisela Fritz
Faculty 5: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Informational Technology – currently vacant –
Faculty 6: Aerospace Engineering and Geodesy – currently vacant –
Faculty 7: Engineering Design, Production Engineering and Automotive Engineering Dr. Gisela Fritz
Faculty 8: Mathemtics and Physics – currently vacant –
Faculty 9: Faculty of Humanities Gitte Lindmaier, M.A.
Faculty 10: Management, Economics and Social Science – currently vacant –

FAQ

The Study Guides project is a subproject of the Qualitätspakt Lehre – Individualität und Kooperation im Stuttgarter Studium or QuaLIKiSS in short, which is a bundle of measures designed to optimize teaching and counseling at the University of Stuttgart.

The Studienlotsen belong to the individual faculties and cooperate with all the advice centers of the university.

 

The aim of the Studienlotsen project is to offer counseling to students, who have difficulties in their studies, as soon as possible and to prevent study terminations.

The Studienlotsen are an addition to the existing support network of the University of Stuttgart. They define their role

  • as a "gateway" to the university's counseling network,
  • as an early warning system that actively makes students aware of possible study difficulties as soon as possible and offers support.

The Studienlotsen offer first aid in cases of difficulties and uncertainties during studying. In a confidential initial meeting, students can discuss their situation and develop solutions to the respective problems.

In many cases, the Studienlotsen can help immediately or clarify, together with the students, which steps should be taken and which advisory services offer suitable support.

The special feature of the Studienlotsen project is to approach the students actively. Students who may face difficulties in their studies due to credit points or other criteria will receive an invitation letter from the Examination Office for a confidential and voluntary initial meeting with the respective student support adviser.

Similarly, students can approach their student support adviser on their own initiative if they feel the need of support in their studies.

In cooperation between the Studienlotsen and the members of the respective faculties, criteria have been developed that can indicate students with potentially critical courses of studies for each bachelor or teaching degree program at the University of Stuttgart. These criteria are based, for example, on the respective orientation exams, on the maximum total duration of the respective degree program, or on the credit points (ECTS) that can be earned per semester. These study program-specific criteria are filed with the Examination Office.

At the beginning of the examination registration period, the Examination Office starts an automated query, which compares the criteria with the achievements obtained in the previous semesters individually for each student. If a student's performance indicates that they may have potential difficulties in their studies, the student will receive a letter from the Examination Office suggesting that he or she should contact the student support adviser of their faculty.

No. The query by the Examination Office is automated, meaning no one has direct access to your individual achievements. The letter you will receive from the Examination Office in such a case is created automatically as well. Moreover, the Studienlotsen indicated as contact will not receive any information on the results of this query, except the number of students concerned. Your data will not be passed on to anyone.

The Studienlotsen are committed to keep all information received from a student in confidence. Only anonymized information may be used for a later evaluation of the project. No data of the students will be passed on to third parties without the students’ knowledge and explicit permission, neither within the project nor otherwise.

Students can talk with the respective Studienlotsen if they have received an invitation letter, but also on their own initiative, if they have questions related to their studies.

Not necessarily. But to clarify this, a meeting with your student support adviser is necessary.

Even if your course of studies exposes to be critical, this does NOT mean that you will not be able to finish your degree. If desired, we will aid you in finding suitable approaches for your problems.

Exam-related criteria (type 1):

  • If you have not registered for exams in your study program until now
  • At least ... cancellations of exam registrations in previous semesters
  • At least ... nonappearances at exams
  • At least ... exam admission refusals
  • Exams not registered or failed to pass:
    • A particular exam
    • One of several exams
    • Several exams
  • At least ... second attempts at exams in your study program
  • At least ... third attempts at exams in your study program
  • At least ... third attempts at exams in the previous semester
  • Bachelor thesis not yet passed or registered (in one of your subjects)

Credit criteria (type 2):

  • Not enough credit points in your study program
  • Not enough credit points in the previous semester

Additional information:

  • These criteria do not apply to additional modules, deselected modules or Master modules taken in advance
  • Criteria do not apply during holiday semesters
  • You will receive a separate letter for each criterion
  • Every student may receive a maximum of one letter per study program and per semester
  • If several criteria apply, a type 1 letter will be sent

Project

The action-oriented curriculum monitoring (in short: Studienlotsen Project) is one of the measures introduced by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research through the „Qualitätspakt Lehre – Individualität und Kooperation im Stuttgarter Studium” (QuaLIKiSS) to improve teaching and advice at the University of Stuttgart.

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