Study Guides

Study Guides 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.

3 question to... Dr. Eschenbach

Duration: 1:58 | Source: YouTube

Dr. Thomas Eschenbach, former Study Guide at the University of Stuttgart.

Together with numerous faculty staff, we have developed criteria that should give you specific help to enable 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?

Together with you, we will try to evaluate in a confidential, but open, and unbiased discussion what triggered the letter. If necessary, we will develop individual solutions and we will assess how we can best accompany you on your on your through the large advisory network of the University of Stuttgart.

The Study Guides of the faculties

Contact your Study Guide. We are looking forward to your questions and suggestions.

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


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

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


The aim of the study guides project is to offer students who have difficulties in their studies counseling as soon as possible, thereby, preventing the possible termination of their studies.

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

  • as a "gateway" to the university's support landscape
  • as an early warning system that actively and at an early stage makes students aware of possible study difficulties and offers support.

The Study Guides offer first aid in case of difficulties and uncertainties during studies. In a confidential initial interview, students can discuss their situation and develop solutions to the respective problems.

In many cases, the Study Guides can help immediately or clarify, together with the students, what the next steps are and which advisory service offers the right support.

The special offer of the Study Guides is that they actively approach the students. Students who may face difficulties in their studies due to credit points and other criteria will receive an invitation letter from the Examination Office for a confidential and voluntary initial interview with the respective study guide.

Similarly, students can approach their study guide on their own initiative if they feel they need support in their studies.

In cooperation between the study guides and the respective degree programs, criteria have been developed that can indicate potential students for each bachelor or teaching degree program at the University of Stuttgart. These criteria are based, for example, on the respective orientation examinations, on the maximum total duration of the respective degree program, and on the credit points (LP) 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 for each student matches individually the criteria with the achievements obtained in the previous semesters. 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 requesting that he or she contact the Study Guide 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 Study Guides 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 Study Guides are committed to keeping all information they receive from a student confidential. 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, either within the project or otherwise.

Students can talk with the respective study guides 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 conversation with your student guide is important.

Even if your critical status is confirmed, it does NOT mean that you will not be able to finish your degree. If you are willing to work together with us, we will help you to find solutions.


The action-oriented curriculum monitoring (in short: Study Guides 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.

To the top of the page