The first few weeks and especially the introductory offer initial support; here you will learn what really matters in your studies. In addition to organisational information, you will get to know your first lecturers, fellow students and much more. In the first lectures, you will also find out what kind of exams you have to take in the modules.
How to survive your first semester!
The semester has started and you have no idea where the cafeteria is or when your lecture starts, let alone where you should go? So many new things and so much organisational stuff – the first few months can be a lot. But don’t worry, this uncertainty is normal in the beginning and others will feel the same as you. You’ll see that with a structured start to your first semester, everyday life at the university will be a piece of cake. So that you can start your studies without any unnecessary, we have put together a few tips and a guide to make your first semester a little bit easier.
Our tips for an easier start!
We also had to deal with the same challenges and uncertainties at the beginning of our studies, so we have put together a few quick tips for a successful start to student life:
Get an overview of your university and campus before your first events so that you don’t get lost on your first day. A visit to the campus is great to arrange in between, for example, flat visits.
Create a semester plan right at the beginning, with lecture times, deadlines and exam dates. This way you can keep track of everything. Pick up our free semester planner at an AStA office.
Get into the habit of informing yourself. Things work a little differently at university than they do at school. Use the university homepage, the OSCA portal, ask your fellow students or your student council.
Your CampusCard is not only your student ID, it is also your library card, your canteen card and your culture and semester ticket. So don’t forget it!
At the university, everyone gets their own university email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is where you will receive all important information about the university. Therefore, it is important that you check your mail regularly.
During no other time will you have the opportunity to meet so many different and new people. And believe us, having a good and large network during your studies is always a great advantage!
In addition to studying, treat yourself to some time off. Because study time is more than just cramming! Go to university sports, attend university events and parties, discover the cultural offerings and get involved!
The first semester goes by so quickly! Enjoy your first semester break and reflect on what you can do better next semester.
Very important: Don’t drive yourself crazy!
Our Freshman-Guide for you
Are you always wondering what enrolment, fellow students or a tutorial actually are? Our Freshmen guide provides you with practically everything that is of interest during your studies and for life alongside. In addition to information about everyday life at the university and the various offers and facilities, we provide you with facts and figures about studying at the HS OS as well as an overview of where you can get involved at the university.