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Advising and Service

The University of Bonn offers a wide range of advising opportunities and services for you to use at all stages of university studies. Our advising and service network is here to help you with everything related to academic orientation, application and enrollment, degree progression, academic problems, personal challenges, stays abroad and career counseling. These services are supplemented by various student-run advisory bodies and the services of Studierendenwerk Bonn in the areas of funding, housing and social affairs.

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Subject-Specific Study Advisory Services

The subject-specific study advisory services provide help with detailed questions concerning program contents and progression, modules and examination regulations, and the opportunities for setting academic priorities during your studies. They are also the persons to contact if you want to discuss the modalities of earning transfer credit for previous coursework and examinations before submitting your application.

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Central Study Advisory and Counseling Service

The Central Study Advisory and Counseling Service (ZSB) guides prospective students through the process of gathering information and making decisions, offers advice on choosing a degree program and applying for admission, and helps new students get started at the University. For current students, it serves as a general resource providing guidance and support in periods of academic re-orientation and when students experience doubts about their studies or personal problems.

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Student Registry

The Student Registry is responsible for handling applications, admissions and enrollments. It manages leaves of absence, deregistrations, data changes and semester fee payments as well as many other issues in student management.

Examination authorities

For all enrolled students, the office of the examination authority (examination board) in charge of their chosen degree program is an important point of contact.

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Career Center

The Career Center supports students with career orientation and planning, offers advice on career orientation and job application strategies, and runs career events that help students identify possible career paths.

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Students with disabilities

Before and during their studies, students with disabilities are welcome to contact our representative for students with disabilities for advice on possible accommodations in case of long-term health issues.

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Students with family responsibilities

Students who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as students providing care to children or close relatives during their studies, are welcome to contact the University of Bonn’s Office for Family Services for support, information and counseling.

International Office

The University of Bonn’s International Office is the contact point for all issues revolving around international and intercultural programs and activities: How and when do I plan a stay abroad? What are potential destinations? How do I pay for everything and how do I prepare myself in the best possible way? Comprehensive counseling services are also available for international students to help them structure their studies in Bonn in the best possible way.

Advice and support from fellow students

Student councils

The student councils provide information and support from the student’s perspective. Student councils are a key point of contact, especially for first-year students, because their activities at the start of studies offer good opportunities to forge initial contacts and familiarize yourself with the University environment. Many student councils offer study scripts, help arrange language exchanges and learning partnerships, and organize subject-related excursions.

General Students' Committee (AStA)

Aside from representing students’ political interests, the General Students’ Committee’s main tasks are counseling and service. Their expertise covers a wide range of topics: advice on federal financial aid (BAföG), advice for students with children, social and legal consultations, advice for international students, and advice for queer students. In short, AStA is the place to go to for help and advice on just about any issue.

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Studierendenwerk

The Studierendenwerk Bonn is a service provider for more than 45,000 students in the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg higher education area and a partner of the University of Bonn. Canteens and cafeterias, affordable housing and childcare services, student funding and counseling on all kinds of study-related issues: by offering a wide range of services, the Studierendenwerk helps ensure equality of opportunity.

Funding

Have questions about applying for financial aid (BAföG) or want to learn more about funding opportunities for students?

Housing

Want to live in a student dormitory or looking for a suitable place to live in Bonn?

Counseling & Social Affairs

Looking for writing assistance, psychological help or support for students with disabilities?

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