Many German universities offer Master study
programs in English for students from all over the world. Although the
students all technically fulfill the same prerequisites, for example
holding a Bachelor's degree, still the problem exists that the students
have largely varying background knowledge in each subject.
The lecturer then face the problem that
additionally to the intended topics of the course also the basics have
to be taught in order to bring all students on the same level.
Another problem of these Master programs are cases, where although the
student was carefully selected for the program he may not be able to
follow the lectures and in the end has to be send back home without a
In order to solve these problems the three
universities in Stuttgart, Ulm, and Karlsruhe have joined in the
project SULKA. Their goal is to develop an enhanced selection procedure
for national and foreign students of international Master programs.
The project SULKA has two supporting pillars:
In the following, both parts are explained in more
The goal of the exam in the candidate's own
country can be divided into two aspects.
- For the applicant:
- Necessity to closely look into the actual
contents of the aspired study program.
- Realistic self assessment of the own knowledge.
- For the admission committee:
- Obtaining a comparable criterium for all
- Ensuring a defined knowledge level and with
this reducing the "social problem" to send students home without a
- Only serious and qualified applications will be
sent in: Reduction of the work load to process the applications.
When offering an exam in the candidate's own
country, the span between the two extrema "paper-based exam with
supervision" and "computer-based test without supervision" exists.
Here, SULKA will realize the following approaches:
- Where existing structures like partner
universities or German exams can be used, a computer-based test with
supervision is aspired.
- Where this cannot be realized, a computer-based
test without supervision is carried out based on the honour principle.
In order to give the applicants the possibility to
look into the contents of the study program and to prepare for the
exam, SULKA prepares learning material in its second part.
The preparation material used by all thre
universities cover the following fields:
Here, each of the participating universities
(Stuttgart, Ulm, Karlsruhe) prepares only one field so that synergy
effects can be used. Furthermore, it becomes transparent that all three
universities agreed on the same high level of basic knowledge.
The preparation material gives clear information about the required
performance level and should enable the applicants to prepare in
self-study for the exam in their own country. The material will be
provided via the Internet. The contents will be divided in modules so
that a further use of these materials by other universities, study
programs or lecturers will be possible.
It should be emphasized that these learning
materials are not a "distance
learning course for free". It is assumed that the applicants already
obtained a (Bachelor) degree in a study program which is related to the
aspired Master program so that the provided SULKA material is rather a
support to prepare for the studies in Germany: the actual topics and
contents are listed, in some cases explained in more detail, and
"typical German" questions are provided.
|Contact in Stuttgart:
||Dr. Maren Paul
|Contact in Ulm:
||Prof. Hermann Schumacher
|Contact in Karlsruhe:
||Dr. Uta Brückner-Nieder
||Discussion meeting in Stuttgart
with participants from Aachen, Bonn, Darmstadt, Dresden, Hamburg,
Hannover, Karlsruhe, München, Stuttgart, Ulm