Advice and services
Individual support for your questions around studying at FAU
Alongside the Student Advice and Careers Service (IBZ), the Career Service and the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA), there are several other services at FAU which offer advice and support to students for various different topics.
campo is FAU’s campus management portal, which will link the existing systems mein campus and UnivIS over the next few years.
Currently, campo is used for managing online applications and enrolment (apart from international and Master’s degree applications).
FAU’s Career Service is open to students, doctoral candidates and graduates of all faculties at the University. It offers a wide range of advisory services, events and information about applications and careers free of charge.
As a key point of contact for students and doctoral candidates, the Career Service aims to provide assistance for them when they are considering their future professions and to make the transition from study or doctoral research to work easier for graduates.
The services offered include:
- individual careers advice for all students and doctoral candidates
- checks of application documents in German and English
- seminars on applications and soft skills
- information day with presentations on starting a career
- career talks between students, doctoral candidates and alumni from different subjects
- networking events (faculty career day at the School of Law, phil.Forum)
- online job portal with part-time jobs, internships and entry-level positions for all subjects
- up-to-date information on company events, recruiting events and more on the Career Service blog
- specialist library with literature on applications, core skills and career orientation
Detailed information on all services and events is available on the Career Service page.
The Career Service was established in 2009 as a central point of contact and continues to expand the range of events and services that it offers. It is financed through tuition fee compensation and is part of IBZ (Student Advice and Career Service at FAU).
A referat (office) at FAU. RIA offers help and advice in all non-disciplinary questions to international students and researchers. RIA also provides all kinds of information on other topics, including studying abroad, funding for studying abroad and international scholarship advice.
The Centre for Teacher Education offers information and advice on a range of subjects related to teaching degree programmes at FAU, such as teacher training and professional development for teachers.
FAU promotes a constructive approach to diversity and is working to improve conditions for an anti-discriminatory studying and working environment. In order to make it easier for trans*, trans-ident and transsexual students in an academic context and their day to day life at university, FAU allows students to change their name and title provisionally for internal university purposes even before a change of name or status is approved by a court.
All you need to do is submit a supplementary identification card (Ergänzungsausweis) from the German society for transsexuality and intersexuality (DGTI) (German) together with an informal declaration of intent to the head of the department for Teaching & Studying (German). The Postmaster at the Regional Computer Centre Erlangen (RRZE) can then change the e-mail address accordingly.
All members of the university can change the name in their FAU e-mail address without giving any reasons by contacting the Helpdesk at the Regional Computer Centre Erlangen (German).
Student Services offer a counselling service (Psychologisch-Psychotherapeutische Beratungsstelle) for students who are experiencing psychological or social difficulties relating to their studies, parents, partners, sexual problems, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, feelings of guilt, psychosomatic illness and other welfare issues.
For more information on the support available, visit the Student Services-Homepage.
The contact person for disabled students who have questions on support related to their studies. At FAU, this position is held by Dr Jürgen Gündel.
Further information and Dr Gündel’s contact details: Students with disabilities
Diversity Scouts are student assistants who are trained by the Office of Equality and Diversity. As peer mentors for students who represent diverse experiences they offer support directly at their faculties as well as at the Learning Lab. The Diversity Scouts help other students to get oriented at the FAU and create networking opportunities around the topic of diversity.
For more information, please visit the website of the Office of Equality and Diversity.
The family services unit at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and Universitätsklinikum Erlangen provides support for families (including parents and family carers) with regard to family commitments and academic life. Students and staff of the University and Universitätsklinikum Erlangen benefit from comprehensive counselling on studying and working at the University with a child.
www.familienservice.fau.de (German only)
The Language Service can provide English translations of German documents, such as those needed for stays abroad, and supports graduates and postdoctoral researchers by offering proof-reading and translation services for publications. Please note that the translation services are subject to a fee.
The Learning Lab is a place for all students at FAU. Through trained diversity scouts, it acts as a point of contact for all questions concerning studies and student life. In addition to events, the Learning Lab also offers a writing centre with individual advice, learning places for independent learning as well as space and materials for group work, discussions and exchange of ideas.
For more information, please visit: http://learninglab.fau.de/en/
Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg offer free legal advice for students. This includes practical advice for all legal difficulties related to your studies in Germany in the following areas: labour law, international law, tenancy law, examination law and contractual law.
Further information (in German).
Since the beginning of 2018, maternity protection provisions apply to students if the University lays down binding rules for the time, place and form of a teaching unit or if the students are carrying out an internship or practical course as a compulsory part of their degree programme.
Please refer to the FAU family service for details of what exactly this means for you as a pregnant or breast-feeding student.
Office of Equal Opportunitiesy is responsible for all issues related to equality at FAU and offers advice on discrimination and sexual harassment.
Further information: Office of Equal Opportunities (German)
FAU is committed to life-long learning and plays its part in this initiative by organising degree programmes for people who are in employment which are designed to enable them to combine studying with working full-time.
The School of Business and Economics has its own Career Service which provides its students and graduates with information and advice on career planning. It also offers seminars, checks of application documents, assessment centre trainings and various other services and events to help the School’s students, doctoral candidates and graduates prepare for their professional lives. The Career Service’s network of contacts to companies enables students to gain practical experience during their studies.
FAU does not tolerate sexual harassment. It has implemented guidelines for dealing with sexual harassment to provide all members of the University with information about this subject and to ensure their protection. If you have any questions or require support, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunities.
Student Services provides social counselling on issues such as financial difficulties, studying with children, and studying with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
Further information: Sozialberatung des Studentenwerks
IBZ, the Student Advice and Career Service, is your main point of contact for all questions concerning your studies. Here, you will find all the necessary information on the degree programmes offered at FAU: subject combinations, study plans, admission regulations, application procedures, studying abroad, etc. IBZ can offer advice if you have problems during your studies or if you want to change your subject or transfer to another university. IBZ can also provide information on the structure and contents of individual degree programmes.
The women’s representative is supported by the Office of Equal Opportunities.
The Office of Equal Opportunities is committed to the promotion of gender mainstreaming and diversity at FAU. Sex, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities should be no obstacle during your studies or doctoral degree or in your professional life. At present, the office co-ordinates several projects and activities.
More information is available on the Office of Equal Opportunities website (German only).
Seminar papers, theses, lab reports, articles: The Writing Centre at the Learning Lab offers one-on-one help with academic writing in English for native and non-native English speakers. This service is free for members of the FAU academic community and is also offered in German for international students, for whom German is not their native language.
For more information, please visit: http://learninglab.fau.de/en/writing/