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Counselors of the Central Academic Advising Office

To arrange an advising appointment, please call our telephone hotline at +49 (0)761 203 4246 (Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon) rather than contacting the advisors directly.


Friederike Alfes, M.A.

  • studies in political science, early modern and modern history and economics
  • mediator, systemic counselor
  • emphases: academic orientation, decision making, personal problem situations

Contact: , Phone: +49 (0)761 203 96863

Dr. Friedrich Arndt (Director)

  • studies in political science (Dipl. Pol.), philosophy, and social sciences, PhD in political theory
  • broad teaching experience and supervision of degree theses systemic advising
  • certificate (ISB Wiesloch)
  • head of the project “Focus on First-Year Students – Arriving at the University of Freiburg”
  • emphases: academic orientation, discovery of personal interests, writing advice, students with different backgrounds

Contact:, Phone: +49 (0)761 203 96864

Ute Benninghofen, M.A.

  • studies in political science, history, and German studies
  • qualifications and many years of experience in client-centered negotiating, theme-centered interaction (TZI) (group discussion), self-management according to the Zurich Resource Model (ZRM), and conflict management
  • BEST trainer (BErufs- und STudienorientierung) (career and academic orientation)
  • ZOS trainer (goal-oriented studies)
  • emphases: academic orientation, decision-making advising, personal problem situations, change of fields and institutions, academic difficulties (dropping out, difficulties with examinations, advising on study habits), parental advising

Contact:, Phone: +49 (0)761 203 4247

Patricia Keitsch, M.A.

  • Course of study in educational science and social education/social work
  • Systemic counselor (ISB Wiesloch), proactive therapist, and systemic counselor (D.I.P.), humor-, body-, and theater-based approaches
  • emphases: Student orientation, decision-making processes, personal problem situations, developments and transitions during studies (crises, breaks, dropout, changes of field or institution), learning counseling

Contact:, Phone: +49 (0)761 203 4224

Anna-Lena Lessle, M.A. (currently in parental leave)

  • studies in Romance literature and cultural studies and Scandinavian studies
  • many years of experience in information brokerage and brief counseling
  • emphases: academic orientation, decision making, integration into student life, personal problem situations

Contact:, Phone: +49 (0)761 203 96863

Anna Mielich, M.A.

  • Degree in cultural studies and German studies
  • Many years of experience teaching and conducting student instructional research projects
  • CoreDynamic coach and trainer, essentially a combination of movement, body, and intuition-based counseling approaches
  • emphasis: academic orientation, discovery of individual strengths, strategies for dealing with complex personal situations (processes of upheaval and decision-making, changes, stress, crises), students with children

Contact: , Tel.: 0761 203 96864

Michael Wenzel, M.A., M.L.

  • studies in sociology, psychology, ethnology, and human resources and business management
  • qualifications and many years of experience in career management, career and academic advising, human resources development, training, and negotiation
  • BEST-Trainer (BErufs- und STudienorientierung) (career and academic orientation)
  • profile pass advisor
  • emphases: scholarship advising, decision making, profile analysis, career planning, application advising, advising for students approaching graduation (studies-career)

Contact:, Phone: +49 (0)761 203 8833