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FAU's onlince services at a glance

Missed a lecture? Can’t decipher your notes? Don’t worry! FAU has a wide range of online services and portals that will support you throughout your studies.

The first step

Although you have already registered on the IdM portal and applied to FAU via the campo portal, you still need to activate your IdM user account to be able to use FAU’s IT services and computer rooms. You will find your IdM user ID and an activation code in the letter you can download from campo. Use these details to log in. Once you have done this, your student ID card – your FAUcard – will be created automatically and sent to you by post. This is also where you can reset your password or change your address in future.

Find out how to active your IdM account:


When you activate your account at www.idm.fau.de it is important that you activate your FAU e-mail address. Important information from the Student Records Office and the Examinations Office, for example, on topics such as re-registration dates or registering for courses or examinations will be sent to this address. You can choose to have e-mails that are sent to this address forwarded to another e-mail address. You can also use your FAU e-mail address on applications or in other situations where you need a professional address.

Computer skills

Whether it’s compiling PowerPoint slides for a presentation or formatting a written assignment, you can learn a variety of tips and tricks for using different programs on the free computer courses at Erlangen Regional Computing Centre (RRZE).

The perfect tool

At the RRZE, you can find the right software for your studies. Many of the products are also available for private use


Cloud storage is very practical, but it needs to be secure. With the FAUbox you can save documents, images, music, videos and more, and synchronise them across several devices – easily, securely and reliably. You can access your files from anywhere and share them with other people.

Study at home

StudOn is the official online platform for studying, teaching and examinations at FAU. This is where you can register for courses using your IdM user name, and you will also find plenty of material for studying, practising and preparing for examinations. Forums and chats let you reach out and share ideas with other students and lecturers, or set up working groups of your own. At StudOn you can find scripts, schedules, exercises, tests, interactive videos and useful information which can help you settle into studying and working with StudOn.

Always up-to-date

The FAU website is the place to go for updates on current developments in teaching and research, as well as news for students. You will find information about courses and lectures that aren’t part of the regular programme, University Sports courses, degree programmes and scholarships, as well as current notices from the Examinations Office and Student Records Office there. You can also subscribe to news via RSS feed. Take a look at www.fau.de. You’ll also receive the FAU newsletter with key information and dates around once every two weeks. You don’t need to subscribe – it will be sent to your FAU e-mail address automatically.

Keeping up with FAU

What’s my professor’s e-mail address? Which room is my seminar in? What’s on the menu today at the restaurants? With the free FAU app everything from addresses, restaurant menus and study plans to the FAU social media channels is available on your phone wherever and whenever you need it. You can even use it to research books or find your way around using the navigation function (see page 33 for more).


Missed a lecture? Can’t decipher your notes? Don’t worry! You can find a wide range of video and audio recordings of FAU lectures and presentations on the FAU video portal and in Apple Podcasts – free of charge of course. You can download them to listen to or watch on your computer at home or on a smartphone while you’re on the move.

WiFi everywhere

To ensure you can access the online services at any time there are more than 1600 WiFi access points at FAU. They cover all locations in the city centre and the Southern Campus in Erlangen, as well as locations in Nuremberg, Fürth, Tennenlohe and Bamberg.

According to (study)plan

You can find all courses that are offered at FAU in a given semester and can create your own study plan on Univis. There is a complete telephone and e-mail directory and information about whether lectures and seminars will be held via Zoom, as a livestream or a webinar.


Cover Magazin frisch 2021

frisch! at FAU is the magazine for freshmen. In it, you’ll find everything you need to know about starting your studies. From service facilities to reports on faculty projects and extracurricular activities at the university to alumni interviews, it’s all here.

FAU magazine frisch (June 2021/German)

As a first-year student, you received an copy together with your enrolment folder. Individual copies are also available at FAU, for example in the dining halls and various student offices. You can also read the magazine online.