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FAU's online 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.

Find out how to active your IdM account:


When you activate your account at www.idm.fau.de, it is vital 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 at the computer courses at Erlangen Regional Computing Center (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 others.

Study at home

You can use StudOn to register for the courses you want to take in a semester. Tutorials on the platform explain how this works.

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. There you will find information about courses and lectures that aren’t part of the regular program, University Sports courses, degree programs and scholarships, as well as current notices from the Examinations Office and Student Records Office. You can also subscribe to news via RSS feed.

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.


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.


Cover Magazin frisch 2021

Here 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 freshman magazine „frisch“ (June 2021) (in German)