Welcome Days for newly matriculated international students




What are the Welcome Days?

To prepare new international students for their studies at the University of Freiburg, the International Office organizes special welcome days before the beginning of each semester. It generally takes place two weeks before the beginning of the semester. For a general overview of the welcome days click here (PDF [58KB]) and to sign up for the welcome days click here.



What can you expect to gain from the Welcome Days?

The conditions of study at the University of Freiburg will be entirely new for you. In addition, you will be studying in an environment which you are not used to. We thus recommend that you take part in the welcome days. They will give you the chance to acclimatize yourself at the University of Freiburg more quickly and make our work easier as well.

We are certain that the wealth of information provided during the welcome days will have a positive effect on the success of your studies and also help you to acclimatize yourself socially in Freiburg. We are looking forward to seeing you there.



When do the Welcome Days take place?

The welcome days in the winter semester 2015/16 take place from Wednesday, 7th October 2015 to Monday, 12th October 2015.

On Friday, 9th October 2015, all new international students are invited to the International Welcome Buffet Dinner and the party "Kick Off".


Where do the Welcome Days take place?

The Opening of the Welcome Days (7th October 2015) will be held at “Audimax”, in “Kollegiengebäude II” (KG II).

Thursday, Friday and Monday (9th – 12th October 2015) the event will be held in the Lecture Hall 2006 (HS 2006) in “Kollegiengebäude II” (KG II).



Program of the Welcome Days

The following program is planned:

Wednesday, 7th October 2015

1:30 p.m., “Audimax”, in “Kollegiengebäude II” (KG II)


Welcome address from the Vice-President of the University of Freiburg


"Tipps and Tricks" for everyday life in Freiburg
from UNIKOS scholarship recipients and the International Office

Yes, Freiburg has affordable supermarkets, student bars which offer a good dinner for under 5 €, and movie theaters which have alternatives to the normal program, such as foreign-language films. In our presentation, we let you know how to find a bicycle which doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg or where you can ride to with the SemesterTicket.…and much more.

You can find the presentation here.


Presentation of the Computing Center (Rechenzentrum)

The Computing Center provides services such as e-mail addresses and internet access to studentes and also offers workshops on various topics from data processing (PowerPoint, Word, HTML, etc.).

You can find the Computing Center’s presentation here.


Guided tour of the university
from students according to university department

UNIKOS scholarship recipients and other international students lead small groups of students from their own field of study through the university and the University Library (UB). You will get an overview of the location of the various faculties and departments. In addition, you will receive valuable information on general procedures, the office hours of your professors, the departmental libraries, and more. During the subsequent tour of the University Library you will learn how to use the online check-out system.



Thursday, 8th October 2015

1:30 p.m., Lecture Hall 2006, Kollegiengebäude II (KG II)


Introduction to Studying in Germany

Studying in Germany is to some extent different from studying in other countries, so we would like to call your attention in some important and special aspects of it. We would also like to bring you to our "term world" regarding your future study here in Freiburg. What does Proseminar and Hauptseminar mean? What is a Übung? How can I register for courses?

You can find the presentation on studying in Germany here.


Departmental Student Advising

Every academic field offers departmental student advising. This is the place to ask a competent advisor questions about your study plans, the methodology of your field, and how to prepare for examinations.

You can find the presentation here.


Center for Key Qualifications (Zentrums für Schlüsselqualifikationen)
(Zentrum für Schlüsselqualifikationen)

Over the years, the demand for a more practical approach towards academic studies at institutions of higher education has intensified. The ZfS is part of the Freiburg Academy of Continuing Education and coordinates a comprehensive list of course offerings from a variety of faculties. The courses are intended primarily for students working towards a B.A. /B.Sc. as well as for law and secondary school teaching students. The ZfS has the task of accessing career-orientated courses within the university as well as identifying external providers in order to provide a range of particularly applicable courses.

You can find the presentation here.


Language Teaching Center

The Language Teaching Center offers language courses for students of all fields. Not only can you improve your German here, you can also learn additional languages. To take a course, you must register and pay a participation fee.


Groupe picture

We look forward taking a collective group picture with you.



Guided city tour

Our city guides will lead you in small groups through the city center. In addition to seeing the tourist attractions, you’ll also receive practical tips (such as where supermarkets are located).


Friday, 9th October 2015

10:00 a.m., Lecture Hall 2006, Kollegiengebäude II (KG II)


The German Health Insurance System

All students in Germany are required to have health insurance coverage. In order to matriculate at a higher education institution you must thus submit a certificate of coverage from a health insurance company. The premium for student health insurance and nursing insurance is set by the Federal Ministry of Health and is binding for all statutory health insurance companies.

You can find the presentation on student health insurance here.


Project "Create your future"

The projekt aims at helping the teenagers between 13 and 18 years old with migration background to use and develop their talents, abilities and interests.


Work and Social Counselling from the Sudent Services Freiburg (Studierendenwerk)

The Office of Student Services is responsible for food, living, financial aid, advising, and support services at the university.
If, for example, you are looking for a room, need legal consultation, want to find a tandem partner to help you learn German, or would like to find a part-time job, you can inquire at the info post of the Office of Student Services.


Cultural and Leisure Programs from the Sudent Services Freiburg (Studierendenwerk)

Each semester there's a new Studitours program. The trips take you to Europe's most beautiful cities, to the highest peaks of the Alps, or through the wild gorges of the Black Forest. Studitours is a great opportunity for students at all of Freiburg's higher education institutions to take inexpensive vacations, meet new people, and have fun. In addition, the International Club enables you to meet German and international students, celebrate together, or explore the region around Freiburg. Students from around the world meet for the international evenings each Thursday during the semester.


Question and answer session


Friday, 10th October 2015

6:00 p.m., Mensa Rempartstraße




6 - 8 p.m.

 International Welcome Buffet Dinner

in the Mensa Rempartstraße

Dinner Atmosphäre


9 p.m.

Kick-Off Party International

 THE Semester Opening Party

of the

International Office



Mensa Rempartstraße (Mensa Bar)

Admission free!



Monday, 12th October 2015

10:00 a.m., Lecture Hall 2006, Kollegiengebäude II (KG II)

Erasmus Logo


Introduction for ERASMUS-Students


Meeting with the ERASMUS departmental coordinators



Registering for the Welcome Days


In order to ensure that we can organize the welcome days as effectively as possible, we ask that you use our form to register for the welcome days (PDF [58KB]). It is also possible to register online.



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