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Welcome Days October 4–8, 2021

Welcome Days at the University of Bonn

The Welcome Days at the beginning of the semester are an opportunity for us to welcome all new students and doctoral students from abroad to Bonn and facilitate a successful start of their studies. You will find all important information on this page.

What are the Welcome Days?

The Welcome Days are an opportunity for new students and doctoral students from abroad to gather information on the most important issues, such as enrollment, registration with the local authorities, and opening a bank account, among others. Getting to know fellow international and German students and doctoral students during recreational activities is another benefit of the Welcome Days.

You will find information about events offered, how to participate and everything else there is to know in our Welcome Days app.

When do the Welcome Days take place and who can participate?

The Welcome Days take place at the beginning of each semester.

For the upcoming winter semester 2021/22, the Welcome Days are scheduled for October 4–8, 2021.

The program is open for all new University of Bonn students from abroad – whether they are here as exchange students, to obtain a degree or to do their doctorate.

What’s in the Welcome Days for me?

  • Support with formalities (e.g. enrollment, registration with local authorities or health insurance, opening a bank account)
  • Getting to know the University and city of Bonn
  • Support with finding accommodation
  • Preparing for courses
  • Support with contacting your department
  • Recreational group activities
  • Networking with other international and German students and doctoral students

Costs and registration

Participation in the Welcome Days is free of charge. No registration is required. You can simply join the listed events.

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The Welcome Days App

Our Welcome Days App is now online. It includes lots of useful information, our Welcome Days event directory and links to all events. You can also use the app to contact us or network with other students and doctoral students. Please note the usage and data protection policies.

Download the app here:
Apple App Store11
Google Play Store22

Please note: After installing the app, you will have to search for Uni Bonn, register and enter the event code "WD21".

Using the app is not a requirement for participation in the Welcome Days. All information is also available on this web page. We still recommend using the app so that you have all the information at hand and can connect with others.

Welcome Days Event Directory

Please find all events scheduled for the upcoming Welcome Days on October 4–8, 2021 below. Zoom links for digital events will be made available here on the morning of the respective event. You will find the event directory and links in our app as well.

Event language is English.

Overview of events

  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021
    10:00 – 11:00 am: Info event "Visa and Residence Permit"
  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    02:00 – 03:00 pm: Info event "Opening a Bank Account"
  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    03:00 – 04:00 pm: Info event "Pre-Arrival Info Session 3" (for all new international students)
  • Friday, September 24, 2021
    09:00 – 11:00 am: Q&A session
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    03:00 – 04:00 pm: Info event "Current information on Corona protection measures"
  • 09:00 – 10:00 am: Welcome to the University of Bonn 
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: WhatsApp consultation556
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Keynote Talk "From Bonn to Indonesia" (in German; International Day of the Vice Rectorate for International Affairs) 
  • 03:00 – 04:00 pm: WhatsApp consultation556
  • 06:00 pm: First-Semester-Students' Welcome768
  • 06:00 pm: Language Café87996965 with AStA and International Club 
  • 07:30 – 08:30 pm: Keynote Lecture "Europe in the Global?!" (in German; International Day of the Vice Rectorate for International Affairs)
  • 09:00 am – 05:00 pm: Distribution of Welcome Folders (Please note the instructions66610765)
  • 09:00 am – 03:00 pm: Ersti Radio Day4447
  • 09:00 am – 03:00 pm: Vaccination Bus City of Bonn (further information77711)


  • 09:00 – 10:00 am: Info event "Studying at the University of Bonn" (for degree-seeking students)
  • 09:00 – 10:30 am: Info event for Erasmus students
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am: Q&A session "Enrollment" 
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: WhatsApp consultation
  • 02:00 – 03:00 pm: Info event "Free-Time Activities" 
  • 03:00 – 04:00 pm: WhatsApp consultation
  • 04:00 – 06:00 pm: Virtual Information Fair
  • 06:00 pm: Sightseeing Walk with International Club (Registration not possible anymore)
  • 09:00 – 10:30 am: Info event "Studying at the University of Bonn" (for Erasmus and Global Exchange students) 
  • 09:00 – 10:00 am: Info event "Financing and Scholarships" 
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am: Q&A session "Opening a Bank Account" 
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Presentation of the project "Lead-in Studies at the University of Bonn - Support and Integration (LISSI)" (only for undergraduate degree-seeking students)
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: WhatsApp consultation1010
  • 01:00 – 02:00 pm: Info event "German Courses" 
  • 02:00 – 03:00 pm: Info event "Digital Services at the University" 
  • 03:00 – 04:00 pm: WhatsApp consultation1010
  • 06:00 pm: Werewolf Game Night with International Club
  • 09:00 – 10:00 am: Info event "Residence Permit"
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am: Q&A session "City Registration and Broadcasting Fee"
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: WhatsApp consultation8
  • 02:00 – 03:00 pm: Info event "Health Insurance and Doctor’s Appointments"
  • 03:00 – 04:00 pm: WhatsApp consultation8
  • 06:00 pm: Online Pubquiz1014 with International Club
  • 09:00 – 10:00 am: PhD Welcome (for international doctoral students) 
  • 09:00 – 11:00 am: Meeting the Erasmus Departmental Coordinators (for Erasmus students)
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am: Q&A session "Accommodation" 
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: WhatsApp consultation9
  • 12:00 – 01:00 pm: Info event "Jobs and Internships" including introduction to iStart program 
  • 02:00 – 03:00 pm: Q&A session
  • 03:00 – 04:00 pm: WhatsApp consultation9
  • 04:00 pm: Hike to Drachenfels Hill121110 with International Club
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    04:00 - 05:00 pm: Q&A session for all questions

Event formats explained

Info events consist of talks on a specific topic, following which questions can be asked.

Q&A sessions are an opportunity to ask questions on a specific topic. You can stay to listen to other participants’ questions, or leave the room at any time once your questions have been answered.

The easiest and quickest way to have your questions answered is sending a message via WhatsApp. Please note the applicable usage and data protection policies.

Important Downloads

Here you will find additional information on topics covered during the Welcome Days as well as our Incoming Guide for international students.


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Welcome Days


Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-3260

Office Hours

From October 25, 2021:

  • Mondays (via Zoom)
    10:00 - 11:00 am

  • Wednesdays (on site, room 1.001)
    02:00 - 03:00 pm

Bonnews – Newsletter for International Students

Want to stay up-to-date and receive interesting information on International Club events, points of interest and other events in and around Bonn? In its biweekly newsletter, the International Office provides information on upcoming events, popular destinations and much more.

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Information on planning your stay and on legal formalities after arriving in Bonn.

Campus International

The Campus International program seeks to promote greater intercultural exchange at the University of Bonn.

Study Buddy Program

The Study Buddy program of the International Office connects international and Bonn students.

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