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Mandatory orientation course

Get to know the University quickly

As a new international exchange student or student participating in an exchange programme, you must take part in the orientation course in order to take care of all the important formalities for your stay at FAU with the help of student assistants. This includes registering at your place of residence, ensuring your health insurance is recognised or taking out new health insurance, opening a bank account, applying for a residence permit and finally enrolling at the University.

In this way, you can be sure that you do not forget anything and that no problems will arise later on, as it can be difficult to get to grips with the complex systems of the German authorities. An intercultural introduction to the university system and getting to know other international students and German students at certain events is also very helpful.

The orientation courses are held at the beginning of the semester in early October and early April. For students taking part in the intensive German course before the beginning of the semester, the orientation course starts in September or March before the intensive German course.

Exchange students and students participating in exchange programmes will automatically be forwarded the schedule by the Central Office for International Affairs. Participation in the orientation courses is mandatory for all exchange students and students participating in exchange programmes.

The orientation course for students in Erlangen for the summer semester 2016 starts on 2 March 2015.

Documents you have to bring along

Please make sure you bring along all required and valid documents on the first day of the orientation course. For a list of the documents you have to bring along, see documents you have to bring along  (German, checklist of documents you have to bring along).

Course programme

Current orientation courses schedules

For students in Nuremberg the orientation course is organised by the Office for International Affairs at the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law. Students will receive the relevant information via e-mail prior to the course.

School of Law

Introduction days for students participating in an exchange programme at the School of Law only take place in the winter semester (early October). For information on the introduction day, please contact Ms Trippmacher at the Chair of Civil Law, Law of Information Technology, Law of Technology and Business Law.

Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law

The Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law conducts its own introduction programme which is especially designed for its students. In addition to taking care of formalities, it also includes visits to companies and usually lasts four days. For information on the introduction programme, please contact the Office for International Relations. Students at the Department of Didactics in Nuremberg can also participate.

The general faculty introduction events  may also be of interest to you.