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Central Office for International Affairs

Who we are

The Central Office for International Affairs (Referat für Internationale Angelegenheiten, RIA) is the University’s main contact point for all questions regarding international studying, teaching and mobility. We see ourselves as coordinators, initiators and contact persons for all of the University’s international activities, and as such we work closely with the Executive Board and FAU’s five faculties. We offer advice to the following target groups:

We offer a wide range of support services for all our target groups. We offer advice and information to students at FAU about going abroad. We organise an initial orientation programme and offer comprehensive advice to international students at FAU during their studies. We also offer advice and a cultural programme to international doctoral candidates and researchers and their accompanying family members. We provide support to all FAU lecturers and staff who would like to teach at a foreign university or exchange knowledge about their own field of activity with their international colleagues. In addition, we provide support with establishing and maintaining university co-operations.

We closely collaborate with

  • the FAU Executive Board
  • FAU teaching staff
  • the University Administration
  • the international offices of the individual faculties
  • the Association for Promoting Internationalisation at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Förderverein zur Internationalisierung der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • the cities of Erlangen, Nuremberg and Fürth
  • external organisations such as the Bavarian University Centre for Latin America (BAYLAT)

Advice at the Faculties

In addition to the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA) and the Welcome Centre for International Researchers, the following contacts are familiar with all aspects of internationalisation at the faculties and with international marketing.

School of Business, Economics, and Society

International Relations Office at the School of Business,Economics and Society

School of Law

‘International’ portal of the School of Law

Please contact the lecturers listed here

Head of Office

Peter Forna, M.A.

  • Job title: Beratung und Betreuung von internationalen Studierenden inklusive Praktikanten
  • Address:
    Helmstr. 1, Eingang A (Einhornstrasse)
    Room 01.015
    91054 Erlangen
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-65144
  • Fax number: +49 9131 85-65151
  • Email: peter.forna@fau.de
  • Office hours: 9-12 Uhr außer mittwochs

Bianca Köndgen, M.A.

  • Job title: Dozenten- und Personalmobilität ERASMUS; Erasmus-Praxisaufenthalte
  • Address:
    Helmstr. 1, Eingang A (Einhornstrasse)
    Room 02.011
    91054 Erlangen
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-65166
  • Fax number: +49 9131 85-65151
  • Email: bianca.koendgen@fau.de
  • Office hours: 9-12 Uhr außer mittwochs und nach Vereinbarung