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Orientation Programme

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Welcome to Heidelberg University! To ease your transition into university, we cordially invite you to take advantage of the varied orientation programme designed especially for new students.

Orientation days for new international students

New international students are cordially invited to the orientation session hosted by the International Relations Office. Presentations, tours of the institutes and other university facilities, as well as small-group counselling sessions with older students will be offered from 11–13 October 2016 [more].

Introduction to the academic subjects

How is my course of study structured? What courses should I take? What exams do I have to take and when? All these questions are answered in the introductions to the academic subjects. Keep in mind that some disciplines require you to register for certain courses before the introductory session. For more information, see the Subjects by Degree website and the commented University Course Catalogue.

Introduction by the departmental student committees

How do I get tips from other students in my field of study? Almost every department has its own association of volunteer students committed to helping other students in their field. Many offer insider information to help new students successfully navigate the unknown academic territory.

Welcome by the rectorship and Getting Started Fair

The official welcome to new students and the Getting Started Fair will take place on the 17th of October 2016 in the chemistry lecture centre (Hörsaalzentrum Chemie) located at Neuenheimer Feld 252 (map). All students starting study in the 2016 summer semester and 2016/2017 winter semester are invited to the rector's welcome address at 9.00am in the main lecture hall. The Getting Started Fair will be held from 10:30am to 12:30pm in the Mensa at Neuenheimer Feld 304. The fair is your chance to get to know the wide variety of student associations and facilities at Heidelberg University and in the city of Heidelberg. You can buy the student ticket at the information desk of the RNV.

Information event "Enrolled - What now?"

Who can I go to with questions about my course? What does Heidelberg University have to offer besides attending lectures? At this one-hour information event you will receive general information on the most important places to go (student administration, advice centres, libraries, University Computing Centre, student services organisation “Studentenwerk” etc.), student services (WiFi access, university email address, student identity card, academic records, re-enrolment etc.), university leisure activities (university sports, language courses, offerings of the Studentenwerk etc.) and representative bodies.In this one-hour session, you will receive tips and recommendations on such topics as class schedule, courses, and libraries.

Please select one of the following dates:

  • 4 October 2016, 1pm-2pm, lecture hall 14 (second floor)
  • 6 October 2016, 1pm-2pm, lecture hall 15 (third floor)
  • 7 October 2016, 1pm-2pm, lecture hall 14 (second floor)
  • 10 October 2016, 1pm-2pm, lecture hall 14 (second floor)
  • 11 October 2016, 1pm-2pm, lecture hall 14 (second floor)
  • 12 October 2016, 1pm-2pm, lecture hall 14 (second floor)

Neue Universität, Grabengasse 3-5

Lectures preparing for a good start at university

All new students are invited to listen to the following lectures.

5 October 2016, Neue Universität, Grabengasse 3-5, lecture hall "Neue Aula" (second floor), live stream in lecture hall 13 (second floor)

  • 1pm-2pm:  "Willkommen an der Universität Heidelberg: Tipps und Hinweise zum Studienstart"
  • 2pm-3pm: "Lerntipps für Studienanfänger/innen"
  • 3pm-5pm: "Orientierung im Informationsdschungel: Informationsangebote der Universitätsbibliothek"

Central Student Advisory Office / Career Service course offerings

The "Fit im Studium" academic preparedness programme from 4-22 October 2016 is the best way to gear up for your first semester. The courses provide instruction on independent learning and planning. Many interesting courses will also be offered to students during the semester [more].

Information event about the secondary-level teaching degree programme

You will get information about the structure and organisation of the secondary-level teaching degree programme.

6 October 2016, 11:30am-12:30pm, lecture hall 15 (third floor)

Neue Universität, Grabengasse 3-5

Information about the secondary-level teaching degree programme

What will I have to study to become a secondary teacher and who can answer my questions? For these kinds of questions and any others about the organisation of the teaching degree programme, you can receive teacher training advice in the service portal.

You can find a general overview of all information sources relevant to the teaching degree programme (examination rules, contact persons etc.) on the website of the Centre for Teacher Education. There you can also subscribe to the RSS feed and the diary RSS feed in order to receive current information relevant to your course along with relevant dates and deadlines.

Answers to questions about your subjects, tips on planning your course and assistance in drawing up your timetable may be obtained from introductory sessions for the subjects and from your departmental advisors.

Financing your education

Where do I find information on scholarships, BAföG grants, student loans, etc.? Here are several useful links on financing your education.

Studying with disability or chronic illness

Other information and guidance services

The service portal is the information hub for the array of university administrative and advisory services for both German and international students. Please stop by, send an email, or simply call.

The International Relations Office provides assistance to prospective international students, students from abroad already studying at the university, international doctoral candidates and visiting faculty, as well as all students at Heidelberg wishing to spend some time abroad.

The Central Student Advisory Office / Career Service offers you support during every phase of studies. Meet personally with an advisor to receive guidance or discuss any aspect of university study. A wide range of informational sessions and workshops is designed to assist you in choosing and pursuing your course of study and transitioning into your career.

The Handicap Team assists students with a disability or chronic illness. Information event for students with disabilities or chronic illness on 23 October 2016, 6pm at Seminarzentrum (Bergheimer Str. 58A, Gebäude 4311, second floor)

Here is an overview of other information and advisory services for students of Heidelberg University.


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