Start of the semester

Information and introductory sessions for new students

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.

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.

What form will teaching take in the summer semester?

Information is available on the FAU coronavirus information website under studying and teaching

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

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

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.

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 to find out all about the various courses offered by University Sports.

Further information about University Sports

Center for Teacher Education (ZfL)

Teacher in front of blackboard
Image: Panthermedia

The Center for Teacher Education (ZfL) is a central research institution and, together with your lecturers, the right place to turn to with any questions you may have about your teaching degree program (Lehramt) at FAU. The entire range of information and services on offer is available here:

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

Woman in a video call

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

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:

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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

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

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