Course Information

The university offers about one hundred degree programs with a wide range of courses within its seven Faculties of Humanities, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Law, Catholic and Protestant Theology and Agriculture. International students can choose from all courses offered by the university as well as from classes offered by the International Office. In general, the language of instruction is German, however, there are also classes taught in English. The flexible program structure and the different course offerings present students with a tailor-made study abroad program.


Academic Advising and Course Registration

Students choose their courses before the semester starts and sign up for no less than 12 and no more than 18 hours per week. Your performance during  the orientation course  will directly influence what kind of classes you will take during the semester. During the last week before the beginning of the semester we will discuss your choices with you and help you registering for classes.

Course Recommendations

Based on your performance during the orientation course, you might be placed into an intensive course and/or receive recommendations on what kind of courses you should additionally take during the semester. A list will be emailed to you at the end of orientation. Please follow these recommendations or talk to Mr. Gerkhausen if you have any questions.

Course Types

Depending on their language skills, international students can choose from classes offered by the International Office and university courses.

1. The International Office offers German language classes on different levels as well as topical courses from areas of German culture, media, politics and history. 

2. The course catalogue of the university offers “seminars” and “lectures”. Classes are generally held in German, some are taught in English. You can find information on university classes and the online course catalogue here

Course Registration and Schedule

During the last week before the beginning of the semester, you should choose and sign up for classes. Based on the teachers’ recommendations and your interests, you can plan your tentative schedule. During our advising sessions, you should then discuss your choices and schedule with us. These advising sessions are mandatory in your first semester and strongly recommended in the second semester.

If you are staying for two semesters at the University of Bonn, you will receive an email with your recommendations for the second semester shortly before the course advising week (i.e. 1-1.5 weeks before classes begin) as we can only place all students (old and new) at the same time. 

We invite you to our course advising session in order to discuss your schedule with us. All of the following rules apply also to you.

You can register online for International Office courses shortly before the beginning of each semester. In the winter semester 2017-18 the course registration website will be available from October 05 (2 p.m.)  until October 09, 2017 (10 a.m.) and from October 12 (2 p.m.) until October 15, 2017 (10 a.m.)! These courses will start in the week of October 09, 2017.

In order to register for university classes, you need to contact the respective professors directly during their office hours, via e-mail or in the first session. These courses will also start in the week of October 09, 2017more

At the beginning of the semester you will receive a form called „Belegbogen“.  In this course form you need to list all classes you are taking (Orientation Courseclasses at the International Office and/or classes at the university ). Please fill in this course list completely and e-mail it to Martina Stephan by October 31 (!

By then, you should have decided which classes you want to take and which classes you want to drop. If you agree with your teacher on simply auditing a class instead of taking an exam, please let Martina know.

How to choose and register for classes


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