Settling in Right.

Starting Your Studies

Great to have you on board with us!

Starting university is a personal and unique experience – a new chapter in life that’s exciting, opening up myriad new opportunities in parallel. Embarking on your studies marks a new chapter in your life that will differ in many aspects from your usual ways of living and working. We want to help you get ready for the transition to university studies in a positive and systematic way and make sure you independently co-shape your start into your studies.

Study Compass

Pick up your personal printed copy of the Study Compass (available in German only) at the Studying at the University of Bonn info box and other pick-up boxes containing the Study Compass as well as “forsch”, the University magazine, now. (Google Maps). 

You can also acquire a copy of the Study Compass from your responsible examination authority or your subject-specific study advisory services/degree program management during their opening/office hours.

Podcast "Studierendenfutter"

You don't know what else to explore at the university besides your subjects or what kind of support options are available? Then just listen when Britta Förster and Sandra Schramm from the Central Student Advisory and Counseling Service at the University of Bonn and other experts give monthly tips on how to get through your studies more easily and in a more relaxing way.


Checklist for starting your studies

What do I need to know for the period just before my studies begin? Who can help me with which questions? What are the key things I need to do to get off to a strong start to my studies?

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Subject-specific preliminary courses

Preliminary courses support new students in their transition from school to university and help close any knowledge gaps before the first semester begins. They are also a good opportunity to get to know your future fellow students.

To the Preliminary Courses


Orientation Weeks

During Orientation Weeks, the various departments offer introductory events to convey important information about your degree program. Older students help welcome you to the university, and you can get to know your fellow students.

Go to Orientation Weeks


Welcoming First-Semester Students

At our Welcoming First-Semester Students event you’ll receive a greeting from university management, have the chance to look into the various offerings at our University and even attend a get-together where you can get to know your fellow students and departmental student council.

Go to Welcoming First-Semester Students


Study financing and support

Are you just starting your studies and interested in learning about financial support options? We’ve put together information on topics such as BaföG and scholarships.

Go to Study Financing


Living in Bonn

Interested in living and studying in the Federal City of Bonn? We’ll show you what accommodations are available, introduce you to search portals and give tips about looking for an apartment in your new university city on the Rhine.

Go to Living in Bonn 

Welcome Days for international students

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.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Volker Lannert

Organizing your studies

Navigating the formalities, settling into university life, planning the start to your studies – you will find tips on ideal organization of your studies and additional information and advice here.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Volker Lannert

Counseling & service

You still have questions but don’t know who to ask? This overview will help you navigate key topics and contacts.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Frank Homann

University life

Your studies have started, and now it’s time to discover your lovely new university city on the Rhine. Comprehensive information about university life can be found in this section.

International Study Programs in Bonn

You are an international undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral student interested in studying at the University of Bonn? International Study Programs in Bonn can provide support and advice. Our pages contain information on the various programs and formalities involved with studying for an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral degree at the University of Bonn.

Study and Internship Abroad

There are many ways to make a stay abroad part of your studies: through spending a semester abroad in Helsinki, doing an internship in Chile or carrying out research for a thesis in Africa. International Outbound Mobility advises and supports you in your individual plans, while of course bearing in mind the current restrictions.

Uni Bonn to Go! Install the Actionbound app and get started.

Welcome to the University of Bonn! Take part in a virtual tour of the University by using the Actionbound app on your smartphone! Various tours as well as QuickStart instructions can be found on the Youth University Portal.

Veranstaltungen der Zentralen Studienberatung
Recherchemöglichkeiten zur Neuorientierung
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Sie möchten sich umorientieren, z.B. weil Sie Ihr Studienfach/ Ihre Hochschule wechseln wollen, ganz aus dem Studium aussteigen wollen oder noch andere Pläne ...
Prüfungen? Ok! – (Prüfungsstress ade!) (Teil 2)
Poppelsdorfer Allee 49, ...
10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Prüfungssituationen können sehr herausfordernd sein und mit Druck, Stress und Ängsten einhergehen. Doch man kann seine Haltung zur Prüfungssituation ...
Durchstarten statt Aufschieben (Termin 1)
Poppelsdorfer Allee 49, ...
02:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Prokrastination ist eine weit verbreitete Angewohnheit: Studien zufolge schieben 80 % aller Menschen mal mehr, mal weniger häufig Dinge auf. Bei etwa 25 % der ...

Videos on starting your studies

Watch the traditional opening of the academic year 2022/23.

Eröffnung des Akademischen Jahres 2022-23

Contact Information

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Central Study Advisory and Counseling Service

Students from Germany
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International Service Point

International Students
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