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General information

What is the legal foundation of the general practical module?

The legal foundations are laid down in the internship regulations and the module description of the general practical module.

What is the aim of the general practical module?

“As part of supplementary studies, a practical module (optional module) must be completed successfully. Students whose professional goals lie outside academia should be given the chance to gain an insight into possible fields of professions and employment; in this way they will be confronted with the demands and particularities of practical work. Students should have the opportunity to check their professional motivation and their choice of profession, and to gain ideas for further shaping their course of studies.” (§2 Examination regulations)

Is the general practical module the right choice for me?

If you are studying a double-degree subject programme with supplementary studies, taking a practical module is compulsory. In addition to the general practical modules there are various alternative practical modules available to you. You will find the full selection of possible modules in the Supplementary Studies’ module catalogue and in the university course catalogue under "Praktikum" (internship).

When should I do my practical module?

You determine at what time during your studies you complete your general practical module. It is usual to do your internship during the lecture-free period.

How is the general practical module structured?

The general practical module consists of:

  • a course on professional orientation (2.5 credits)
  • dThe internship itself and an internship report (7.5 credits in total)


Courses on professional orientation

What courses on professional orientation can I choose?

You will find all courses currently applicable to the general practical module in the course catalogue under "Allgemeines Praxismodul"(general practical module).

How can I register for the course on professional orientation?

For information on how to register for courses please check the procedures for the individual courses as laid out in the course catalogue.

Can I take the course after completing my internship?

While it is usual to take the course on professional orientation before you do your internship, it is also possible to take the course after completing your internship.

Do I have to register for the examination online?

For the course on professional orientation please register for the examination either online (semester course) or by registration list (block course after the end of the semester). Please select the module “3400 Allgemeines Praxismodul - Berufspraktikum”; there you will find the examination registration options for the courses.

Can I retroactively use a course I have completed for the general practical module?

Courses which can be used for the general practical module may be “rededicated” to the module at a later date. The Joint Examination Office of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities will re-book the course for you on request. You will find which courses can be used for the general practical module by consulting the current module catalogue.


How do I select my internship?

You are completely free in your selection of your internship. The Internships Office will support you in this. Kiel University’s internship exchange is also available to you to further help your search.

Can I do my internship abroad?

Yes, it is possible to do an internship abroad.The International Center will give you more information on this.

How long should my internship be?

Your internship should take 6 to 8 weeks. A longer internship is possible: there are no time limits for this.

Can I split my internship?

You may split your internship into two parts; each part should be at least 3 weeks long.

Can I do a part-time internship?

Generally speaking an internship should be full-time. Exceptions are laid down by the examination regulations. If the internship is at a university or a research institute it is possible to do this part-time.