Start of the semester

Information and introductory sessions for new students

Starting your studies at university is a very special time. As first year students, you will experience many new things. However, there is one thing you can rely on: FAU, its institutions, faculties and partners offer a wide range of services and introductory events to help you find your feet as you start out at university. One thing you should always bear in mind: no matter what your question is, there is always an answer and someone who can help you.

Important: You must read your e-mails from the University. They give you important information about examination dates, registration dates or important updates on the coronavirus situation and infection prevention measures from the Executive Board. To make sure that you don’t miss any important information, you can set up-email forwarding to redirect your e-mail to another personal account.

Introductory events and information from the faculties

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology

Seminar building at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology (Image: FAU/David Hartfiel))
Seminar building at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology (Image: FAU/David Hartfiel))

School of Law

Juridicum
The Juridicum in Schillerstraße in Erlangen (image: FAU)

School of Business, Economics and Society

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Sciences

Entrance to the Chemikum at FAU.
FAU’s Chemikum building. (Image: Staatliches Bauamt Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Faculty of Engineering

Roter Platz.

Information about central institutions and services

Student Services (incl. advisory services, student restaurants, etc.)

Student restaurant at Langemarckplatz in Erlangen
Image: FAU/Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nürnberg

All advisory services are also available for contactless appointments (video consultation/telephone/e-mail).

The student restaurants are open and offer takeaway food.

Further information about Student Services

University Library

The main building of FAU’s University Library (Image: FAU/David Harfiel)
The main building of FAU’s University Library in Erlangen.(Image: FAU/David Hartfiel)

The University Library offers face-to-face sessions as well as digital and virtual events: At the Library, you can find a place to study, either alone or in a group, and it holds both online and face-to-face training sessions. You can also order media online and read e-books and electronic journals. The library staff are also available to give you advice and assistance at all times.

Further information about the University Library

University Sports

Students doing sports
Image: FAU/Jonas Baumgärtel

Visit www.hochschulsport.fau.de to find out all about the various courses offered by University Sports.

Further information about University Sports

Center for Teacher Education (ZfL)

Virtual orientation week in the orientation program (Grundlagen- und Orientierungsstudium)

Woman in a video call
Image: Colourbox.de

The Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS) offers an orientation week for new students as an online course. The orientation week is aimed at students of all faculties. You will receive important tips on organizing your first semester as well as practical advice for studying in general.

Further information about ZiWiS

Services offered by Students’ Representatives

The students’ representatives in the Student Associations (FSI) and Student Committees (FSV) (belonging to the Students’ Representatives (Stuve) have put together some information aimed at helping new students in particular to settle into studying at FAU. The FAU Social Media Address Book has an overview of all the social media channels of the student associations.

Checklist for new students

Tick in a checkbox
Image: Colourbox

The ‘Studienanfang leicht gemacht’ checklist for new students provided by our Student Advice and Career Service provides an initial overview and has useful tips to make sure you get off to a good start at FAU:

An introduction to online portals at FAU

An overview of the online portals is available here: Online platforms for organizing your studies.

A video has been produced at the Faculty of Engineering that provides a useful overview to students of all faculties of the various portals at FAU:

FAU Dialog – Join in the discussion!

The FAU Dialog offers students and staff a joint platform to shape the future strategy of FAU. All members of FAU have the possibility to discuss current developments, the University’s strategic approach and future goals with the Executive Board. The FAU Dialog covers a wide variety of topics: from site development and excellence strategy planning to the Hightech Agenda Bavaria and strategic partnerships.

Further information is available on our intranet after logging in with your IdM account

frisch! an der Uni – a guide for starting university

Cover of frisch! Magazine for 2021Congratulations! You have decided to study at FAU, and already you have found a valuable source of information: our magazine “frisch! an der FAU” knows (nearly) everything you need to know about our university.

Read articles online

The coronavirus and its impact on FAU

Coronavirus graphic
Image: Colourbox.de

We keep students and staff up to date on current developments and news at FAU with a special page devoted to information on the coronavirus, in podcasts, interviews and blog posts.

Coronavirus information page with you all need to know about studying

Questions and contacts












    Advice and services for students - Who can help me?

    Please contact your Student Service Centre:

    Student Service Centres at the Faculties

    Please contact your Student Service Centre.

    Student Service Centres at the Faculties

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ).

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)

    Please contact the Career Service.

    Career Service

    Student Life

    The student associations (Fachschaften) can help you with general inquiries.

    Student associations at FAU

    For international students: International Affairs (S-International) can help you with any questions about student life in Germany.

    International Affairs (S-International)

    Please contact the Training Assistance Office (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung).

    Training Assistance Office (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung)

    Please contact International Affairs (S-International) if you have any questions or require support on topics such as financing your studies, health insurance and residency.

    International Affairs (S-International)

    Information for international students about living in Germany is available at Student Services (Studentenwerk).

    Student Services (Studentenwerk) for living in Erlangen

    Student Services (Studentenwerk) for living in Nürnberg

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) if you have questions about German language courses.

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ), if you have questions about language skills.

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)

    Please contact the Language Centre, if you have questions about language acquisition.

    Language Centre at FAU

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ).

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)

    Please contact the FAU Family Service if you have any questions about balancing study with family commitments or caring for relatives.

    FAU Family Service

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) if you have questions about balancing study with work.

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)

    If you have any legal issues or difficulties (for example topics related to higher education law, labour law, consumer rights, tenants’ rights), please contact the legal advice team at Student Services (Studentenwerk).

    Legal advice team at Student Services (Studentenwerk)

    Please contact the psychological counselling service at Student Services (Studentenwerk) if you require psychological or social assistance, for example if you are experiencing difficulties with your studies or examinations or social anxiety.

    Psychological counselling service at Student Services (Studentenwerk)

    There are several places you can contact if you are experiencing discrimination or sexual harassment.

    Office of Equality and Diversity (overview)

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ).

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ).

    Please contact your Student Service Centre.

    Student Service Centres at the Faculties

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) or the Student Service Centres at the Faculties.

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)

    Please contact your Student Service Centre or the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ).

    Student Service Centres at the Faculties

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) for questions on any other topics.

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)


    Please contact the Training Assistance Office (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung) via Student Services (Studentenwerk).

    Training Assistance Office (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung)

    Please note: You will receive an automatic notification as soon as your application for admission (with conditions if applicable) has been accepted or rejected.

    Please contact the Admissions Office (Zulassungsstelle) for any questions about other topics.

    Admissions Office (Zulassungsstelle)

    Please note: If you have any questions about applications, admission and enrolment, please contact the relevant offices responsible.

    Please contact International Affairs (S-International) if you have any questions or require support about topics such as financing your studies, health insurance and residency.

    International Affairs (S-International)

    Information on accommodation for international applicants for degree programmes taught in English.

    Accommodation

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) if you have questions about German language courses.

    Language courses

    Please note: You will receive an automatic notification as soon as your application for enrolment is being processed.

    Please contact the Student Records Office (Studierendenverwaltung) for any questions about other topics.

    Student Records Office (Studierendenverwaltung)

    Please contact the FAU Family Service if you have any questions about balancing study with family commitments or caring for relatives.

    FAU Family Service

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) if you have questions about balancing study with work.

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)

    Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ).

    Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ)