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Central Academic Advising Office (ZSB)



The Central Academic Advising Office (ZSB) is available to help you with all problems and questions that may arise before, during, or after your studies.

Individual Advising

Who should take advantage of them?
The open office hours are our "quick" advising format for issues of all kinds, especially urgent cases. There is no need to make an appointment. Please note that you might have to wait until one of our advisors is available.

When?
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Please sign in at the information desk when you arrive at the Student Service Center!

If necessary, you may arrange an appointment for one or more follow-up sessions during your open advising session.

All advising sessions are confidential.
Who should take advantage of it?
We recommend arranging an appointment for less urgent matters that feel particularly “serious” or seem particularly difficult and complex. It is also wise to arrange an appointment if you will be traveling a long distance to obtain information about studying at the University of Freiburg.

How?
To arrange an advising appointment, please call our telephone hotline at +49 (0)761/203-4246
or fill out our online appointment request form [de]

Advising appointments are usually scheduled to last one hour. As a rule, appointments are arranged a maximum of three weeks in advance.

Depending on the topic of the advising session (e.g., orientation advising), our advisors might contact you beforehand to let you know how you can prepare for the session.

All advising sessions are confidential.
Prospective Students
  • Should I study or not?
  • How can I learn my way around the many informational materials and orientation tools?
  • How should I approach a field I am potentially interested in studying?
  • I want to study, but I haven’t yet decided what field is right for me …
  • What can I study at the University of Freiburg? What fields can I combine and what degree do I earn then?
  • I can’t decide between different degree programs …
  • How is the degree program structured?
  • What are the prerequisites for enrolling in a degree program?
  • I have several plans. How can I combine them with one another?
  • What kinds of scholarships can I apply for?

Students
  • I’m thinking about changing my field of study and/or switching to another university …
  • I’m nervous about my upcoming exams …
  • I’ve failed an important exam …
  • There have been several changes in my life that are having a negative effect on my studies. How can I deal with this?
  • I don’t know whether the field I’m studying and/or the university is right for me …
  • I’m almost finished with my degree. What are my options after graduation?
  • What kinds of scholarships can I apply for?
The Central Academic Advising Office is located at the Student Service Center, Sedanstraße 6 (roughly a three-minute walk from Freiburg’s main train station):

Service Center Studium -
Zentrale Studienberatung (ZSB)
der Universität Freiburg
Sedanstraße 6
79098 Freiburg

Student Service Center info hotline: Phone: +49 (0)761 203 4246
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
studienberatung@service.uni-freiburg.de

Advising Services for Special Groups

For Prospective Students

Each year in November, the University of Freiburg holds an Open House and invites school students to take part in a “regular workday” at our university. Various informational events, advising sessions, and guided tours give the students a first impression of what it feels like to study at the University of Freiburg and how it works.

This year’s Open House for school students will be held in November.

What can I study in Freiburg? What’s the right way to apply?

The Central Academic Advising Office and the Registration Office hold informational events during the registration period for everyone who is considering the possibility of pursuing a degree at the University of Freiburg.

The academic advisors begin with a presentation introducing the degree programs offered at the University of Freiburg and then go on to explain how the application process works. Afterwards, the advisors are available to answer questions.

Dates:
in July 2015 before the application deadline

Who is it for?
The event is aimed at school students approaching graduation who plan to apply for admission to a degree program at the University of Freiburg.

If you have not yet decided whether you wish to study, and if so, what field of study is right for you, the Central Academic Advising office recommends making an advising appointment.

(The contents of this section has not yet been translated. Please visit until then the "Scholarship Advising" page)

In cooperation with the Freiburg Seminar, we offer the University for School Students for gifted school students from Freiburg and the region. The program enables school students to take courses and earn credits at the University of Freiburg during their last year of school. The participants are excused from school for a certain amount of hours to take the courses. The credits they earn count toward a degree in the appropriate field of study if they matriculate at the university after graduation. The following fields participate in the University for School Students Program:

  • Computer Science, Microsystems Engineering
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Classical Philology, Catholic Theology
  • Scandinavian Studies, English Studies, Romance Studies, Sinology
  • Mathematics
  • Law

Students must be recommended by their school and go through a selection procedure.
Please contact the Freiburg Seminar for more information.
If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Dennis Mocigemba.

The Central Academic Advising Office of the University of Freiburg has organized annual trial courses of study in natural sciences and engineering for female school students with great success for the past ten years.
The program gives female school students an exciting introduction to the fields of study Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Computer Science/Embedded Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Microsystems Engineering/Embedded Systems Engineering, and Physics. University graduates in these fields of study have excellent career prospects, and yet only few females decide to enroll in degree programs in these fields. To arouse their interest and give them the opportunity to experience daily life at the university in these fields, we organize a diverse program including lectures, workshops, and laboratory courses for interested female school students each year in April.

The trial course of study is usually held during Easter break.

What is BEST?
Which fields of study and which professions are best for me? How can I orient myself in the face of the enormous range of degree programs and find pertinent information about them? How can I make a good decision?

These are the questions dealt with in the BEST Seminars offered by the Central Academic Advising Office in cooperation with local secondary schools.
The two-day orientation und decision-making workshops give you the chance to think hard about your individual abilities, interests, and goals together with other prospective students and to find the best fields of study and professions for you.

What can I expect?
  • You learn about your most important interests, abilities, and goals in individual and group work,
  • we help you find suitable fields of study and professions,
  • we show you how to research your options and find the most pertinent information on degree programs and professions,
  • how to get your bearings in the “jungle of online information,”
  • and how to make a good decision.

How can I sign up?
  • Target groups: school students approaching graduation at local schools, persons completing a voluntary year of service (e.g., voluntary social, ecological, or cultural year), and students dissatisfied with their studies who are considering a change of fields and looking for a new perspective
  • Number of participants:18-22
  • Costs: 10 € service charge
  • Dates, registration, and more information: www.bw-best.de [de]
  • If you have any further questions, please contact the BEST trainers at the Freiburg Central Academic Advising Office Ute Benninghofen or Sabine Görtler.

Our online study-choice assistants (OSA) familiarize prospective students with fields of study offered in Freiburg. With self-tests, numerous video interviews and sample problems, photo galleries, and personal accounts, they give potential applicants an idea of whether a field of study actually fits their interests and inclinations.

For Students

Have you recently begun your studies and realized that you would like to organize your study routines better so that you don’t always put off studying for an exam until the last minute? Do you want to structure your workload better and have less stress and more free time without getting a bad conscience?

The two-day workshop teaches students planning and structuring techniques they can use to define and implement their personal study goals and make better use of the limited time available to them.

  • Dates:
    • 1st day: Thursday, 24 September 2015, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
    • 2nd day: Thursday, 01 October 2015, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
      (Teilnahme am ersten Tag ist Voraussetzung)
  • Place: Student Service Center, Sedanstr. 6, 2nd floor, room 02.025
  • Target group: 1st and 2nd semester students of the University of Freiburg
  • Costs: none
  • Registration: The number of participants is limited to 12. To register, please send an e-mail to Sabine Görtler: goertler@service.uni-freiburg.de
(The contents of this section has not yet been translated. Please visit until then the "Scholarship Advising" page

The decision at graduation: career entry or master’s degree?

  • Guidance in making a decision as you approach graduation
  • Should I look for a job right after earning my bachelor’s degree or should I go on to complete a master’s?
  • Which master’s program is right for me?
  • Which profession best matches my interests and abilities?

o make an appointment for an advising session, please call our telephone hotline at +49 (0)761/203-4246 or fill out our online appointment request form [de].
Please contact Michael Wenzel if you have any further questions.

Bachelor’s degree and then? – This is a question many students ask.

Should I start applying for jobs straight off, or would it be better for me to acquire further qualifications in a suitable master’s program? But how can I find a master’s program that fits my needs and interests, and what professions does my degree qualify me for?

This two-day workshop gives all students approaching graduation who haven’t yet decided what to do after completing their bachelor’s degree the opportunity to identify their own abilities and interests, research interesting options, familiarize themselves with decision-making methods, and apply them.
Please contact Michael Wenzel.

The Central Academic Advising Office also recommends the following external academic orientation services


The orientation test was-studiere-ich.de [de] gives prospective students who don’t yet have a concrete idea of what they want to study recommendations concerning degree programs in Baden-Württemberg that match their interest profile.

The Hochschulkompass provides a convenient means of conducting a nationwide search of relevant degree programs. The variable search engine helps prospective students to find appropriate degree programs at all German universities quickly and reliably. Users can find even more precise results by filling out the integrated study interest test (SIT).

The scholarship program Studienkompass (“Study Compass”) offers intensive academic and career orientation for young persons from non-academic backgrounds. Numerous studies indicate that youths whose parents did attend university are much less likely to study themselves and are at higher risk than students with university-educated parents to change fields or even break off their studies entirely.

The Studienkompass program begins in the second to last year of school and supports scholarship holders until the end of their first year of study. The program includes training courses and workshops designed to help the youths decide what to study and what career goal to pursue. The topics are set according to the individual interests of the participants. They visit universities, companies, and informational events to familiarize themselves with professions and courses of study. Guidance is provided by two volunteer advisors, professional trainers, and the Studienkompass team, all of whom maintain close contact with the Central Academic Advising Department of the University of Freiburg.

Applications are accepted each spring, and the program begins in the following school year. Eligible to apply are school students whose parents did not go to university who will be two years from graduation upon acceptance to the program. To learn more about the program, the application procedure, eligibility, and application periods, please visit www.studienkompass.de (in German).

One Week Student is an initiative of the nonprofit organization Quaestia, which was founded in 2013 with the help of students and is now active across Germany. One Week Student helps prospective students to find current students in their field of choice at their university of choice to live with for a week and find out what’s its like to study there. One Week Student is thus a mixture of couch surfing and peer advising: The host and guest live together, go together to courses, talk about studies, the university, and the choice of a field of study. The guest experiences what being a student is really like.

We at the Student Service Center recommend for all participants of One Week Student to also schedule an appointment with the Central Academic Advising Office and the relevant departmental academic advising office in order to discuss and reflect on the experience of the trial week with a professional advisor. It may also be a good idea to purchase a guest student card at the beginning of your trial week (50 euros, available at the Student Service Center, for more information, call our telephone hotline at +49 (0)761/203-4246.

We would like to encourage students already matriculated at our university who find the concept of One Week Student interesting to register as a host for prospective students. The website of the program describes the registration process in detail. If you are interested in being a host or have questions on or problems during the trial week, please contact the representative of One Week Student at the University of Freiburg, Ms. Sarah Renner.



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