Welcome Days at the University of Bonn

With the Welcome Days we would like 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. 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 before arrival, during the Intensive German Courses Before Starting the Semester and at the beginning of each semester.

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.

The Welcome Days App

Our Welcome Days App 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.

Download the app here:

Please note: After installing the app, you will have to search for Uni Bonn, register and enter the event code “WD22”.

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Welcome Days Event Directory

Please find all events scheduled for all students and doctoral students from abroad whose stay begins in the winter semester 2022/23 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.

The event directory is subject to changes.

Event language is English.

Overview of events

  • Thursday, July 14, 2022
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Pre-Arrival Info event: Enrollment for exchange students (Erasmus Europe and Worldwide, GEP)
    Place: Zoom

  • Monday, August 15, 2022
    03:00 – 04:00 pm: Pre-Arrival Info event for exchange students (Erasmus Europe and Worldwide, GEP, Institutional Exchange)

    Place: Zoom

  • Thursday, August 18, 2022
    03:00 – 04:00 pm: Pre-Arrival Info event for all new international students

    Place: Zoom

  • Friday, August 26, 2022
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Course Selection and Study Plan (only for GEP students)
    Place: Zoom
  • Monday, October 03, 2022
    all day: Reunification Day (public holiday)

    Please note: All stores are closed and move-ins into student dorms are not possible.

  • Tuesday, October 04, 2022

    all day: Recommended arrival for all new students and doctoral students from abroad

    12:00 – 03:00 pm: First-Semester-Students' Welcome with welcome from the rector (12:00 – 12:45 pm in the main building's Assembly Hall/Aula) in German and Info Fair (12:45 – 03:00 pm in the Arcade Courtyard) for First-Semester-Students

    Place: University main building (Assembly Hall and Arcade Courtyard), Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, 53113 Bonn

  • Wednesday, October 05, 2022
    10:00 – 11:00 am: Welcome Days Info Booths
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Welcome Event for all new international (doctoral) students
    12:00 – 01:00 pm: Welcome Days Info Booths

    Place: Wolfgang-Paul lecture hall and foyer, Kreuzbergweg 28, 53115 Bonn

  • Friday, October 07, 2022
    10:00 – 11:00 am: PhD Welcome

    Place: Zoom

    01:00 pm: Info event “Free-Time Activities” with City Tour and Hangout in the City afterwards
    Place: Wolfgang-Paul lecture hall, Kreuzbergweg 28, 53115 Bonn

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022
    05:00 – 06:00 pm: Info event “Doctors' Appointments and Health Insurance”

    Place: Wolfgang-Paul lecture hall, Kreuzbergweg 28, 53115 Bonn


Would you like to know what else is important for your planning and the beginning of your stay? On this page you can find important information about formalities, institutions and advisory services. Moreover, you can watch our videos on essential topics regarding planning and arrival.


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Lisa-Sophie Heidchen

Welcome Days


Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-3260

Office Hours

  • Mondays (on site)
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Wednesdays (online by appointment)
    02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

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Intensive German Courses

Intensive A1.1 to B2.2 German courses are offered in March and September before starting the studies.

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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