What is the Academic Lab?

The Aca­de­mic Lab is a cen­tral orga­ni­za­ti­on open to stu­dents of all facul­ties who are at any sta­ge of their stu­dies. The focus is on aca­de­mic work and wri­ting, for both nati­ve and non­na­ti­ve speakers who want to gain com­pe­tence using spe­cia­li­zed lan­guage as well as aca­de­mic rese­arch methods. Stu­dents have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to acqui­re skills in the are­as of rese­arch, wri­ting, and text ana­ly­sis and to beco­me more fami­li­ar with and effec­tively use aca­de­mic wri­ting tech­ni­ques.

The Academic Lab consists of three subprojects:

Research and Writing Lab

This sub­pro­ject helps stu­dents deve­lop skills rela­ted to aca­de­mic rese­arch and wri­ting. It inclu­des many work­shops that have a spe­cial focus on metho­do­lo­gi­cal skills used in rese­arch. It is a cen­tral offe­ring under the direc­tion of the vice-rec­tor and loca­ted on the first floor at Burg­str. 21. Read more

Academic German

The sub­pro­ject Aca­de­mic Ger­man is loca­ted at the Her­der Insti­tu­te in the Geis­tes­wis­sen­schaft­li­che Zen­trum (Huma­nities cen­ter, GWZ) at Beet­ho­ven­stra­ße 15. Its goal is to pro­vi­de sup­port for inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents who are using Ger­man as an aca­de­mic and rese­arch lan­guage. Read more

Academic English

The Lan­guage Cen­ter at Leip­zig Uni­ver­si­ty is the home to Aca­de­mic Eng­lish, the third sub­pro­ject. This sub­pro­ject is com­mit­ted to pro­vi­ding sup­port to Ger­man and inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents who have Eng­lish as an aca­de­mic and rese­arch lan­guage. Read more

Common areas

Alt­hough each of the sub­pro­jec­ts have a spe­ci­fic focus, they also have some are­as in com­mon. The­se inclu­de online offe­rings such as eLear­ning and blen­ded lear­ning as well as the deve­lop­ment of an over­ar­ching lan­guage poli­cy for Leip­zig Uni­ver­si­ty.

What does the Academic Lab offer?

The Aca­de­mic Lab offers extra­cur­ri­cu­lar work­shops that help stu­dents learn to more effec­tively wri­te aca­de­mic papers. The Aca­de­mic Lab also pro­vi­des work­shops focu­sed on aca­de­mic (pos­ter) pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, and rea­ding, lis­ten­ing, and stu­dy­ing stra­te­gies as well as spe­cial lan­guage cour­ses for Ger­man and inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents who have Eng­lish and Ger­man as aca­de­mic lan­guages. In addi­ti­on, the Aca­de­mic Lab offers rese­arch and wri­ting con­sul­ta­ti­ons that are open to all Leip­zig Uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents. Spe­cial advi­sing pro­grams for inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents round off the pro­gram. The pro­ject is finan­ced by funds from the Hoch­schul­pakt (Hig­her edu­ca­ti­on pact) and will run initi­al­ly until Octo­ber 2020. It is a cen­tral offe­ring under the direc­tion of the Vice-Rec­tor for Edu­ca­ti­on and Inter­na­tio­nal Affairs.