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Offers for beginning students

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Welcome to the University of Freiburg!

This page contains information and offers to help you get your studies off to a good start.
We’ve also collected a lot of helpful information for you in our “Study Guide for Newcomers”.

If you have any further questions, please call the hotline at the Central Academic Advising Office

The App "Studienstart - Uni Freiburg" for a successful start to your studies!

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The app requires at least Android 6 or iOS 11. Alternatively you can use the app in the web view (with limited functions, e.g. no navigation) [in German].

Orientation Events

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Winter Semester Orientation Week

A week before the beginning of the teaching period in the winter semester, the University of Freiburg offers you orientation events in the form of informational lectures, programs for small groups, guided tours, etc.

You will find the current program in the app for the start of studies before the start of lectures.

Some departments also hold their own preparatory and orientation events even before the orientation week. We recommend checking the websites for your fields of study to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Afternoon for Beginning Students

On the last day of the winter semester orientation week, the university holds the afternoon for beginning students [de] at the SC Freiburg soccer stadium. All beginning students are treated to a colorful program: After taking in the rector’s official greeting, you can stroll through the Market of Possibilities and get to know the various advising services and leisure time activities available at the University of Freiburg.

Welcome Days

The International Office also invites international students to participate in its Welcome Days in the two weeks before the beginning of the teaching period.

University Library

The University Library (UB) offers guided tours and helpful information for first year students [de].


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  • The Central Academic Advising Office at the Student Service Center on Sedanstr. 6 is the first place to go with any questions or problems you encounter before, during, or after your course of study.
  • Further advising services are located in the same building, as are the information desk and the registration office.
  • The department International Admissions and Services provides international students with administrative and academic advising services.
  • Departmental academic advising is the place to go if you have questions concerning your field of study. Contact information for your departmental academic advising may be found in the description of your field of study.
  • The psychotherapeutic counseling service offered by the Studierendenwerk (Student Services) offers you support with crises and psychological problems. The Studierendenwerk Freiburg also provides support on further topics, like housing and financial aid.
  • The Nightline – a listening helpline [de] by students for students, can be reached every evening from 8 p.m. to midnight at 0761 203 9375.
  • The Student Council (StuRa) also offers advising on various topics [de].


The Central Academic Advising Office regularly offers workshops on topics like self-management, procrastination, stress management, or self-doubts regarding studies. Upcoming workshops are always announced on the website of the Central Academic Advising Office.


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In the University of Freiburg's mentoring program, experienced students accompany beginning students through their course of study.

The Student Mentoring Competence Network [de] coordinates and supports the following mentoring programs for students at the University of Freiburg.

Intercultural Mentoring
Experienced students from all faculties support international students at the beginning of their studies and give them advice on academic, personal, and social matters on the basis of their experience as students.

Mentoring for Teacher Education Students [de]
Advanced teacher education students meet with teachers of all school types and then pass on their experiences to beginning teacher education students.

Mentoring at Faculties and Departments [de]
Need-based mentoring programs support students from their initial enrollment to graduation. Read the page of the Student Mentoring Competence Network to find out what mentoring programs there are for your field of study.

Projekt Running Mates [de]
Students being the first in their family to study at university are supported by experienced students and can take part in interesting workshops. Further information and registration.

Digital Services

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The IT services offered by the university include the following:

  • myAccount – your central university account
  • HisInOne – campus management (for drawing up your schedule, signing up for exams, etc.)
  • ILIAS – the university’s learning platform
  • WLAN with “eduroam”

For a full description, read the brochure IT-Services for Students

Online Self-Learning Offers

  • Meet ELIS [de] – a learning strategy training tool for making your own learning more effective and efficient.
  • The platform kosmic [de] provides online self-learning materials for students of interdisciplinary fields in the areas of mathematics and chemistry. They give you an opportunity to brush up on your understanding of basic concepts and close gaps in your knowledge. The subject area “Interculturalism” provides an introduction to university culture and intercultural reflection – not just for international students but for anyone interested in the topic.

International Students

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The International Office invites international students to participate in its Welcome Days in the two weeks before the beginning of the teaching period.

The department International Admissions and Services provides international students with administrative and academic advising services.

Intercultural mentoring is a service designed especially for international students in which beginning students are accompanied through their course of study by experienced students.

The subject area “Interculturalism” on the online learning platform kosmic [de] provides an introduction to the university culture in Germany and is an opportunity to learn more about the concepts of culture and interculturalism.

There is also a lot of helpful information in the following brochure:
Welcome Guide for International Students

Orientation week for beginning students

We accompanied beginning student Leonie and tutor Jean-Michel on the orientation week for students of the field Archaeological Sciences in the 2018/19 winter semester. [de]


What matters most in starting a course of study

Anna-Lena Lessle from the Central Academic Advising Office says what her experience has shown to matter most in starting a course of study. [de]


My first lecture

Alex attends a sociology lecture with Prof. Manuela Boatcă and learns what she finds to be important in a lecture.