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Counseling and Other Services

Details regarding counseling and other services for international students at the University of Bonn are listed below.

Summer Semester 2019:

 Welcome to the University of Bonn!


StudierendeWe are pleased that you chose to attend the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn, and we are glad to welcome you as a new student in Bonn. On this page, you will find some general information concerning life in Bonn, as well as specific information about our Social Support programs for international students offered by the International Office.  If you have any questions regarding your stay in Bonn, feel free to stop by our Help Desk!


First Steps...Save the Date

Orientation session for new international students - October 1, 2019, 2-4 pm, Aula, main building
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  • Main Library - Guided Tour in English

Date: October 9, 2019, 2 pm  and October 15, 2019, 2 pm

Meeting Point: Entrance Hall of the ULB (Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Bonn). Adenauerallee 39-4153113 Bonn

Further ULB offerings (in German):


We hope this brochure will make it easier for you to find your way around the University of Bonn, and will supplement the subject-specific information available in the varying University Departments. The information in this brochure is for general guidance and has an interdisciplinary focus. 


  • Welcome Service for International, Master, and doctoral students

The University of Bonn offers specialized support for Masters and doctoral students during the first days/weeks after their arrival in Bonn. The Welcome Service includes information and - when appropriate - accompaniment service to the necessary bureaucratic procedures in Bonn (e.g. escort to various bureaus, or a pick-up service for those with a handicap). Further information and contact details can be found here.

  • "No worries" - Support group"

    International students can be confronted with various unknown situations or problems at the beginning os, and during their studies.Our ‘International Support Group’ offers international students a relaxed and informal opportunity to talk with each other about the difficulties of studying as an international student.
    Dates: 29.05., 05.06., 19.06., 03.07. and 10.07.2019 - the meetings will take place at 7 p.m. in the rooms of the "Alte VHS", Wilhelmstraße 34 (Room: Workshop X or Workshop Y).
  • Intercultural Training Workshop  (In English)

Offered by the International Office, the Intercultural Training Workshop ntails a two-day workshop for international and German students. This workshop takes place from 9 a.m-5 p.m. at the International Club.

Dates and further information is provided on this website!

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  • Certificate of International Competence 

The University of Bonn awards motivated students, who are engaged in extra-curricular activities and intercultural exchange, with a Certificate of International Competence. Students who attend extra-curricular language courses, lectures or seminars related to an international topic, and who promote intercultural exchange between German and international students, may receive credits towards the Certificate.

To earn the certificate, you must fulfill three of the following four components found by visiting the link below. In case you're staying for a limited number of semesters, please be aware that around two semesters are normally needed to collect all the necessary credits. For further Information see here

  • German Language Classes for International Students without DSH

These language courses are free of charge and open to regular students who were not required to present a German language certificate upon enrollment. These courses are free of charge. You can find more information on our website at "Learning German". 

  • International Choir

If you are interested in joining our International Choir, made up of both German and international students, simply let us know. Rehearsals take place in the International Club every Monday evening during the semester!

Location: International Club, Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

Choir Head: Mr. Kirchharz
Date: Monday evening from 8-10 p.m. during the semester.
The registration for the summer term 2020 for new singer is possible up from March 16, 2020

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  • Academic Support

You can find academic support at your faculties. Please ask your Student Adviser or your department's Student Council/Fachschaften (in German - sorted by departments/institutes):

► Departmental Student Advisors

► Student Bodies of Faculties

  • Support from the General Student´s Committee - ASTA Bonn

The General Students' Committee (AStA, short for ‘Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss’ in German) is the university-wide student representative body. The committee represents student interests to the university directors, the public, and politics. The members are elected by the student government. For an overview of the AStA's departments, see:

► Advice and Counseling


Foreign students can find additional information about the period on the following pages: before studying / during your studies after studies.

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