Start of the semester

Information and introductory sessions for new students

When university starts in winter semester 2020/21, it will not be the same as in previous years. The coronavirus pandemic and its consequences mean that starting university will be a rather different experience for you, our new first year students. However, one thing will stay the same: FAU, its institutions, faculties and partners will still 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.

Your Start @FAU

Information from the faculties

Winter semester 2020/21 will be a mixture of a large proportion of online teaching combined with some face-to-face classes (‘hybrid semester’). This means that face-to-face classes will be offered in addition to online teaching, provided we are able to do so in accordance with legal provisions and regulations aimed at preventing infection and provided we are able to organise it. Information on the regulations that apply at each of the faculties is available on the following pages:

Services offered by Students’ Representatives

The Student Associations (FSI) and Student Committees (FSV) have come up with something new for the start of winter semester 2020/21, aimed at helping new students in particular to settle into studying at FAU. Unfortunately, this semester there can be no personal mentors, games evenings, pub crawls or other introductory events to let new students get to know each other. However, the students’ representatives are offering online consultations or online games evenings instead. Make the most of the services offered by the Students Associations and Student Committees and don’t be afraid to ask anything and everything about studying here at FAU!

Information from the central institutions

Student restaurant at Langemarckplatz in Erlangen

image: FAU/Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg

All advisory services are available for ‘contactless’ appointments (video consultation/telephone/e-mail). Our legal counselling services are working entirely by e-mail, the Amt für Ausbildungsförderung (Training Assistance Office) has introduced extended telephone hours. Personal visits may be possible in individual instances (for example to sign a contract or arrange a KfW student loan), but an appointment must be arranged in advance.

All student restaurants (apart from EWF and Insel Schütt in Nuremberg) are open for business. You can either reserve a seat in advance or buy food to take away.

Further information

The main University Library in Erlangen (image: FAU/David Harfiel)

The main University Library in Erlangen.(image: FAU/David Hartfiel)

Virtual training courses, online reservations for study places or online reservations for physical media: the University libraries at FAU are geared to digitalisation and online services. The library staff are also available to give you advice and assistance at all times.

The University Library has drawn up FAQs for special rules introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic regarding borrowing, opening hours, reading rooms, and training courses.

Further information

Students doing sport

Photo: FAU/Jonas Baumgärtel

Members of staff put sports courses online in the summer semester. We hope to be able to offer courses on campus again in the winter semester.

Further information

Studienanfang leicht gemacht’ checklist

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:

frisch! an der Uni – a guide for starting university

frisch! Titelbild 2020Congratulations! 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.

An overview of all the links in the magazine

The coronavirus and its impact on FAU



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, information, contacts

There are a number of advice and service centres available to help with any questions you may have about studying at FAU. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or encounter any difficulties.