Extracurricular studies at the University of Stuttgart are highly popular in the city and surrounding region. Every semester, more than 1,100 people – from school leavers to the employed to retirees – attend the numerous lectures, presentation series, seminars and workshops offered. Regardless of background, age, education or occupation, anyone can sign up for extracurricular study and continue their education for truly lifelong, interdisciplinary learning.
The extracurricular studies contact point for course auditors is the Center for Education and Qualifications. Whether you are just after information, advice, or are ready to sign up – this is the place to start.
What exactly does auditing a course involve?
A guest auditor is anyone who is not enrolled as a student at the University of Stuttgart but still would like to attend regular university courses. No qualification for university studies (such as a high school diploma) is required. All it takes for you to register is to send the completed Request to be Admitted as Auditor [de] to extracurricular studies (“Studium Generale“) and to pay the auditing fees. The application is good for one semester at a time. Being admitted as an auditor does not, however, confer a legal right to participate in the chosen courses.
Offers for Refugees
Audit offerings are also open to refugees. The courses can facilitate getting to know Germany’s academic system with a view toward possibly studying at the University of Stuttgart. We have special Registration Pointers for Refugees.
Courses on offer
We publish the printed extracurricular studies program booklet always ca. four weeks before the semester starts. It lists all the lectures, presentation series, seminars and workshops available for auditing. They include formats especially designed for auditors by extracurricular studies as well as numerous regular courses offered by the University’s institutes.
Important information for guest auditors
The standard auditing fee of €150 per semester entitles you to visit a maximum of 10 semester hours (i.e., 5 two-hour events per week). The fee reduces to €40 for pupils, students from other universities, the jobless, welfare recipients, military and civilian service personnel, volunteers in the Voluntary Ecological or Social Year, and for the seriously disabled with at least a 50 percent disability.
Members of the “Society of Friends of the University of Stuttgart e.V” pay an auditing fee of €130 per semester with the discounted fee reduced to €30 per semester.
We only process the auditing applications after we have received the funds. Bank transfers must state the purpose and show the university bursar’s office as the payee, as follows:
- Payee: Universitätskasse Stuttgart
- Reference: Gasthörergebühr für Herrn/Frau Vorname Nachname, Beitrag (Auditing fee for Mr/Mrs first name last name, amount) sowie Wintersemester 2016/17 (and winter semester 2016/17)
- Name of Bank: Baden-Württembergischen Bank
- IBAN-Nr.: DE51 6005 0101 7871 5216 87
- SWIFT / BIC: SOLADESTXXX
To allow interested persons to sample events before registering, we intentionally set generous auditing application deadlines:
- Winter semester: September 1 to November 30
- Summer semester: March 1 to Mai 31
Since auditors are not enrolled as students at the University of Stuttgart, they cannot be admitted to examinations. In any event, study credits earned by auditing are not recognized by study programs or doctoral degree studies. However, we can certify participation.
ILIAS stands for “Integrated Learning, Information, and Work Cooperation System.” It is the University of Stuttgart’s online learning platform on which teaching and learning materials are stored for seminars and lectures. It permits course documentation such as scripts, literature, and presentations to be accessed and facilitates communication between participants. Learning materials are available 24/7 and can be easily reviewed after the events.
All auditors upon registration receive a code for use in setting up their ILIAS access for one semester. Extracurricular Studies provides specific training on how ILIAS works.
If you have further questions, we recommend you to visit our information event for guest auditors which takes place before every semester. Feel free to send us an email or to contact us during our office hours.