Start of the semester

Information and introductory sessions for new students

Your start of the semester 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.


What form will teaching take in the winter semester?

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

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.

Your Start @FAU

Introductory events and information from the faculties

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))


The Juridicum in Schillerstraße in Erlangen (image: FAU)

Kussmaul research campus (image: FAU/Erich Malter)

Kussmaul research campus (image: FAU/Erich Malter)

Entrance to the Chemikum at FAU.

FAU’s Chemikum building. (Image: Staatliches Bauamt Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Der sogenannte “Rote Platz” am Südgelände der FAU (Bild: FAU/Erich Malter)

Der sogenannte “Rote Platz” am Südgelände der FAU (Bild: FAU/Erich Malter)

Services offered by Students’ Representatives

The following events have been organised by student associations for the start of the winter semester 2021/22.

If your student association is not on this list, check the FAU social media address book for information on social media channels at the University.

Have we missed anything? Let us know by e-mailing the Web Team.

Information about central institutions and services

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

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

Further information

Teacher in front of blackboard

Image: Panthermedia

The Centre 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 programme (Lehramt) at FAU. The entire range of information and services on offer is available here:

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 organising your first semester as well as practical advice for studying in general.

More information


Checklist for new students

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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

FAU Strategy Talks – Join in the discussion!

The FAU Strategy Talks offer 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 Strategy Talks cover 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.

The coronavirus and its impact on FAU

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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

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.