frisch! at FAU – a magazine for new students

An online guide to starting at FAU

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You have decided to study at FAU – and you have found an important companion for the start of your studies. Here you can find out everything you need to know here at the university. There are always questions upon questions at the beginning of your studies. Who can help? Where can I get the information? What does the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region have to offer? There are also lots of tips on everything that will keep you busy beyond your field of study – living, eating, having fun, and all of that as affordably as possible.

But the first semester goes by quickly, so why not find out about a semester abroad now? Then, when the time comes, you’ll be well prepared.

FAU also has many exciting continuing education and recreational opportunities in store for you – from language courses to university sports to music or FAU campus media. If you want to get involved politically to help shape FAU, various student initiatives are waiting for your cooperation. And if you don’t want to leave after graduation, FAU is always happy to welcome young academics.

You can download all the tips here (in German).

We wish you lots of fun and success with your studies at FAU!

Your editorial team

Welcome to FAU! You’re ready to dive into student life. We asked the experts to share their top tips for making a successful start.

Your guide to the universe

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There are lots of new things waiting for you as a first-year student at FAU. To help you find your feet, we’ve compiled some tips and information about the most important points of contact.

Do you soon have to start formatting your first written assignment? Are you expected to automatically insert cross-references and start numbering pages from page three? Or do you just like the idea of realizing your own projects using WordPress or Adobe? The training center at FAU’s Erlangen Regional Computing Center (RRZE) is on hand to help.

Leaving school and starting university can be quite a shock, and sometimes you would like nothing better than to just pull the covers over your head and hide. Don’t worry! If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Advice and Career Service straightaway. The team is always happy to help.

If you sort out your finances early on, you’ll free yourself up to have fun while you study.
FAU’s Student Advice and Career Service is an important port of call for any questions relating to student finance. We are happy to give you information on how to apply for scholarships and study grants.

FAU is committed to ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities when it comes to learning, research and personal development. The diversity of FAU’s members is a valuable source of potential and opportunity.

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.

Off to university! For most new students, that also means leaving home for the first time. Student Services is on hand to help, however, no matter what crops up.

Get to know our faculties

Would you like to put what you’ve learned in lectures into use in a workshop or laboratory and expand on your ideas? You can do this and more in the TechFak-EcoCar Team. Their current mission is to take over the skies with an electric aircraft.

Have you ever thought about setting up your own company while you are still a student? It’s not such a bad idea, as students at FAU are in the fortunate position of having the Digital Tech Academy (DTA), the start-up consulting service and the digital start-up centre ZOLLHOF at their disposal. Anatoli took the bull by the horns.

Have you always wanted to get into media? Do your friends and family keep asking what exactly you’re doing? Maybe the next time you can reply ‘I’m at funklust!’

Practical experience is particularly important for medical students. They can gain this experience and get feedback in the SkillsLabs. Medical student Franca talks about her experiences

In moot courts, FAU law students compete with law students from all over the world in fictitious court proceedings. Students can network with other students in the FAU Moot Network.

FAU goes international

Studying abroad is one of the most exciting and informative things you can do as a student. But with being abroad, many questions come hand in hand. At FAU, we want you to know where you can ask questions and get support. Our international student Ani has some advice to make your start at FAU easier.

After time spent on trains and planes and cars you’ve made it – welcome to Germany! Many things will be different, but there’s no need to worry. Our experienced international students are here to give advice. With their help, you’ll find it easy to adapt.

Why not head out and see the world? Travelling is the best cure for wanderlust – and a semester abroad is a great opportunity to explore a new country, learn a language, make new friends and improve your career prospects.

Whether you want to learn everyday languages like English, French or Spanish or something more unusual like Arabic, Korean or Finnish: you are sure to find something in the courses offered by the Language Centre.

What do Erlangen and Nuremberg have to offer? Which university sports courses are available at FAU? How can I combine sustainability with studying? FAU vlogs #meineFAU# have the answer to these and many other questions, with FAU students such as Laura presenting videos with information about the University.

All the things students do

Artificial hands, even the most sophisticated prostheses, are still by far inferior to human hands. What they lack are the tactile abilities crucial for dexterity. Other challenges include linking sensing to action within the robotic system – and effectively linking it to the human user. Prof. Dr. Philipp Beckerle from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has joined with international colleagues to summarize the latest findings in this field of Robotics – and establishing an agenda for future research.

You’ve arrived in the heart of Franconia and we want to give you some ideas for things to do in your new home that will help it find a place in your heart sooner. After all, university life isn’t just about studying.

Freshly graduated?

FAU has a range of services to help get you off to a flying start and make sure the transition from uni to work is a nimble sprint rather than a torturous marathon.

When you’ve got your degree, it’s usually time to start looking for a job, but sometimes things don’t always turn out the way you expect them to – like for FAU alumnus Melanie Lokotsch.