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

First-Semester-Students' Welcome 2023

First-Semester-Students' Welcome 2023
© Bosse + Meinhard / Uni Bonn

First-Semester-Students' Welcome 2023

On October 4th about 2,000 new students attended the First-Semester-Students’ Welcome put on by the University of Bonn. The event's emphasis was on providing advice and information and enabling people to get to know one another. Whether it was at the official welcome in the main auditorium (Aula), the info fair in the Arkadenhof or the party in the evening, the First-Semester-Students’ Welcome provided ample opportunity for new students to find out more about their University, get to know their student councils and meet fellow students.

First-Semester-Students' Welcome 2023

First-Semester-Students' Welcome 2023

Ersti-Welcome 2022
© Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

Picture gallery 2023

Pictures of this year's First-Semester-Students' Welcome have been added to the photo gallery.

Live-Stream (English) October 4, 2023

Live-stream of the First-Semester-Students' Welcome 2023 (English translation)

For those who could not be there on October 4th, the welcome-program was live-streamed. The program was held in German and simultaneously translated into sign language and English.


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 76th 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: 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. This summer semester the University of Bonn returned to in-person teaching. It seems crucial to us that first-semester-students in particular be afforded every opportunity to get to know your 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 digital elements that have proven their value. 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 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
© Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

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.
© Bosse & Meinhardt

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.
© Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

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 12.30 pm and from 1 pm to 5 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.
© Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

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
© Lukas Ullrich, KLEINLAUT

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

The AStA's info booth at the First-Semester-Students' Welcome event in 2019
© Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

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
© Student Council of Medicine

Get to know the Student Councils

A picture of Campusradio bonn.FM's crew
© bonn.FM

Find out more about Campusradio bonn.fm

Information Fair for First-Semester-Students

As a part of the First-Semester-Students' Welcome Event, the University of Bonn offers an information fair. There you can meet representives of central university institutions and members of student organizations.

A list of the participating institutions of the 2023's Information Fair for First-Semester-Students can be found below.

Additionally, 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.

  • Alumni Network
  • Amnesty International Students Group Bonn
  • Bonn University and State Library
  • bonnFM
  • Career Service
  • Central Study Advisory and Counseling Service (ZSB)
  • City of Bonn
  • Connexxion, christian university student group
  • General Student’s Comittee AStA
  • Healthy Campus Bonn
  • IAESTE International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience
  • Infopoint
  • International Office
  • Kulturticket
  • Language Learning Center – SLZ (Department IX, IKM)
  • litterarium & atelier
  • Music forum of the University of Bonn
  • NatFak-Festival e.V.
  • Protestant congregation for students
  • Queer Department of the General Students‘ Committee AStA
  • Roman Catholic University Congregation
  • Student Service Organisation Bonn
  • Sustainability at the University of Bonn
  • Transfer Center enaCom
  • Universitätsgesellschaft Bonn – Alumni, Friends and Supporters e.V.
  • University of Bonn Foundation
  • University IT and Data Center (HRZ)
  • University Sports 
  • Vice Rectorate for Equal Opportunity and Diversity
  • Vice Rectorate for International Affairs
  • various student councils and representatives of the faculties

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