I finally got to select my courses this week! I had an orientation with my department where we talked about the process of class selection and registration. There are four-ish (I'll explain later) different types of courses offered at the University of Tübingen...
Just like lectures at Manoa, these take place in a big hall usually with 100+ students. There usually isn't going to be much discussion between the professor and the class. Lectures do not require course registration and attendance is not taken. However, your final grade depends on just one big exam. So it's best you go.
Blocked lectures are the "-ish" that I mentioned in the introduction to this post. They are just like regular lectures, but they are taught by a visiting professor who is at Tübingen for a limited amount of time. This means that instead of being taught for 2-3 hours a week over the course of a semester, it is taught for 10-12 hours every day over the course of 3-5 days.
These are paired with a lecture and similar to what we call a lab or a discussion section at Manoa. This is time for students to get any clarification from the lecture and require a lot more participation. Most exercises don't require course registration either.
Seminars are smaller classes (usually 15-20 students) and require active discussion and participation. There is usually a long paper (called Hausarbeit) in place of an exam and attendance is mandatory. Seminars require early registration and exchange students are not permitted to take them unless they are there for the full academic year or longer. This is because they are generally geared towards students preparing to write their bachelor thesis.
I will be taking four classes while I'm here.
I submitted course petitions through OSAS before I left, but since I wasn't able to arrange my classes until this week there have been some adjustments to what I thought I was going to take. Therefore, I will have to submit two more course petitions and hope that they come back with equivalents. Fingers crossed! I'm just glad to have my courses chosen. I start classes this week, so I'll update next week with how everything went. Bis bald!