First-Semester-Students' Welcome
The official welcoming event for First-Semester-Students at the University of Bonn

Current information about the First-Semester-Students' Welcome 2022

This year's First-Semester-Students' Welcome event will take place on October 4th, 2022. Further information about this year's event will be announced on this page as soon as possible.

Welcome to the University of Bonn!

Dear First-Semester-Students,

It is my distinct pleasure as rector to welcome you to the University of Bonn — a University of Excellence with over 200 years of proud history. You are now one of roughly 40,000 students here at our university. Welcome!

You are beginning your studies at the University of Bonn in (at least) one of our seven faculties, each offering a broad palette of degree programs. Many of our departments have earned a stellar reputation in comparisons with both national and international competition. In part this reflects our Excellence Strategy, which has successfully secured six Clusters of Excellence for our institution, more than any other German university. This is just one of the reasons why the current edition of the renowned Shanghai Rankings scored us 70th on its list of roughly 1,000 universities around the world, placing us among the most prestigious institutions anywhere on the globe.

Yet it is not just the strength of our sciences that makes Bonn so special. This place, this haven for academia is extraordinary in its own right: Bonn is a city of great history and promising present and future…

For all its famous scientists and philosophers, Bonn is also known as the birthplace of one of the grandest musicians of all time, whose 250th birthday was commemorated last year: Ludwig van Beethoven. It was here in Bonn, at the heart of Europe, that Germany’s Basic Law was signed 71 years ago—even today the finest constitution ever produced on German soil. This is why we at the university see ourselves as bearing a special responsibility to foster the values of democracy, freedom and enlightenment and to actively promote the fundamental values of equal opportunity and diversity. Beyond this, Bonn has a very distinctively international orientation, serving as the German base for the United Nations, including the headquarters for the UN’s World Climate Secretary and many globally active organizations and companies. Let us now offer a special welcome to all of those students among you who come to us from all corners of the world! I'm confident that you will come not just to live here in Bonn on the Rhine, but to love it as well. At your feet lie a great variety of cultural and leisure opportunities, both within the university community and outside it!

Without question, you begin your studies with us at a remarkable moment. The global coronavirus pandemic forced us to shift the last few semesters almost completely into the digital realm. Our plans call for resumption of in-person instruction to whatever degree circumstances allow. It seems crucial to us that you first-semester students in particular be afforded every opportunity to get to know our university, your instructors and your fellow students personally wherever possible. Because we know how important direct dialog is, especially when one is just beginning to study. With that said, we will also continue to use any digital elements that have proven their value. Not least because we are all aware of our obligations to those facing extra risk from the pandemic—which of course also includes many of our students. All information about your studies can be found on the university website under “Studying.” That portal also contains a variety of other helpful information and counseling offerings from your faculties and departments.

And now it’s time to wish you all a fine and successful start to your academic pursuits at the University of Bonn. I very much look forward to getting to know you personally on October 4th at our First-Semester-Students' Welcome, or whenever the opportunity arises, and fervently hope that such chances can come sooner rather than later.

Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Hoch
University of Bonn Rector


Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Hoch, University of Bonn Rector
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Erstsemester-Welcome 2021
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Info-Tip:

A student wearing a yellow sweater, headphones and a big smile is working on her notebook. In the picture’s background a white window and one of the University’s main building’s towers can be seen, with the Study Compass’ cover displayed on the right side.
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The "Starting Your Studies"-Portal

The Central Student Advisory and Counseling Service's (ZSB) "Starting Your Studies"-portal provides all info you might need for a successful start to your studies. The ZSB is your first point of contact for all questions about studying.
Here you can get consultation, a checklist for starting your studies and the Study Compass!

View across the Hofgarten-lawn to the University’s main building.
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The Student Registry's Service-Hotline

Do you have questions about current application, enrollment and/or admission procedures for your studies and would like to clarify them quickly by phone? The Student Registry's Service Hotline is there for you!
The service hotline is available Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm, at +49-(0)228/73-4464 and -4491.

The University’s Information Center with its counter and shelves filled with info material as well as the Uni-store.
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The University Bonn Information Center

You have questions about the university in general? You are looking for a contact point for a specific problem? You would like to buy university apparel or accessories? Just contact our Information Center in the main building! There you will also find the university store. University apparel and accessories are also available at our online store.

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 the International Office's Welcome Days-page.

Welcome Days
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Student Representative Bodies participating in the First-Semester-Students' Welcome

The AStA's info booth at the First-Semester-Students' Welcome event in 2019
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Meet the General Students’ Committee AStA

Three members of the Student Council of Medicine - one dressed in a white lab coat - are smiling at the camera
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Get to know the Student Councils

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Information Fair for First-Semester-Students

As a part of the First-Semester-Students' Welcome Event, the University of Bonn usually offers an information fair. There you can meet representives of central university institutions and members of student organizations. We will announce all information regarding this year's information fair on this page as soon as possible.

A review of the participating institutions of the 2021's (Virtual) Information Fair for First-Semester-Students can be found below. In the meantime, all information about various counseling and service offers provided by central university institutions can be found on the Central Study Advisory and Counseling Service's webpage.

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