The Europaicum Certificate at a Glance

Europe creates opportunities. Those who know the law of the EU, who know how the European economy works, what differentiates cultures and what unites them - in other words, those who have European skills and competencies will have advantages in their professional lives. This applies to both the international and the German labour market, where European competencies are increasingly required as European countries continue to grow together.

 

  • The Certificate Europaicum is aimed at students of Saarland University (including guest students and students in the UniGR network).
  • Students of all subjects and faculties can enrol for the Europaicum.
  • The Certificate Europaicum is a unique Europe-related additional qualification.
  • Certificate studies are in addition to regular subject studies.
  • European topics as well as language and communication skills are part of the certificate.
  • The duration of study is flexible.
  • The acquisition of the Europaicum certificate is also possible for international and Erasmus students.
  • The total workload is 24 ECTS.
 

Structure of the Europaicum Certificate

A total of 24 ECTS credits (often referred to in Germany as ‘credit points’ or ‘CPs’) must be completed in order to obtain the Europaicum certificate. These 24 credits are earned by completing the following three modules: "Modern European Languages" (6 ECTS), an "Introductory or Basic Module" (9 ECTS), in which a broad basic knowledge on Europe can be acquired, and an "Advanced Module" (9 ECTS), where students can follow their individual interests on european topics.

 

Modules Europaicum Certificate

Modern European Languages (6 ECTS)

In the area of 'Modern European Languages' (language module), students are required to complete courses corresponding to 6 ECTS credits. Students may take courses in one or more modern European language(s). These courses are offered by Saarland University’s Language Centre: https://www.szsb.uni-saarland.de/start.html

Please note that no ECTS points are awarded for some language courses in English and French! You can find the relevant information in the respective course description.

Basic module (9 ECTS)

The introductory or basic module aims to teach basic knowledge on European topics. Students need to complete courses from at least two of the three interdisciplinary subject areas. They can take several module elements from one subject area, but these module elements may not be identical. The module elements mainly consist of lecture courses and introductory courses.

Students may take courses in the following subject areas:

  • European Law and the European Economy
  • European History, European Culture, European Religion, European Literature and Art
  • European Politics, Intercultural Communication, Europe as a research issue in Geography
Advanced module (9 credits)

The advanced module allows students to focus on a subject area that particularly interests them. Students are required to complete courses (i.e. module elements) corresponding to 9 ECTS credits. They can select courses from all three subject areas, or focus on only one or two subject areas. In the advanced module, they can take several module elements, but the courses may not be identical. The module elements mainly consist of lecture courses and exercise classes.

Students may take courses in the following subject areas:

  • European Law and European Economy
  • European History, European Culture, European Religion, European Literature and Art
  • European Politics, Intercultural Communication, European as a research issue in Geography

 

Study regulations Certificate Europaicum

The current study regulations in the Zertifikat Europaicum have been in effect since the winter semester 2021/22 (StO 2021). Students who have already enrolled before the winter semester 2021/22 study according to the former  study regulations (StO 2017). A transfer to the new regulations is possible via the SIM portal (instructions can be found here).

Study regulations (2021)