After Arrival in Ulm/Neu-Ulm:

Important things to do within the first days after arrival in Ulm/Neu-Ulm

Introduce yourself at the International Office of your university and ask for orientation activities and the Buddy Programme. Normally, there will be social activities you can take part in and you will receive support with the following formalities and other things you might need assistance with:

  • Complete your rental contract (student residence) via Studierendenwerk or International Office.
  • Open a German bank account (open an account, get a bank card/EC card, get information on money transfers).
  • Take out a health insurance policy if you do not have health insurance in your home country covering a sufficient medical care in Germany.
  • Enrol on the given days of registration (specified in your acceptance letter);
  • Register as a resident at the city council and apply for your residence permit if necessary.
  • The University Training Camp (in German) is a great opportunity for all new students to brush up or refresh their mathematical knowledge (German-taught course).
  • Introduction programmes for new students: before the semester starts, the constituted student body (Verfasste Studierendenschaft) and subject-related student representatives (Fachschaften) offer introduction programmes (in German) to all new students. The programmes are interdisciplinary (FUESE - FachÜbergreifende ErstSemesterEinführung) and subject specific (Fach-ESE - Fach-ErstSemesterEinführung).
    For more information please refer to this website of Ulm University

    These events offer helpful information for your studies and are a great opportunity to make initial contacts.
Study curricula, timetables and course advisors

When the semester starts, you will need the following (only in German!):

Based on these plans you can create your personal study plan for each semester. A course advisor (Studienfachberater) can help you if you need assistance.


The International Office of your university can give important advice concerning all formalities you have to handle at the beginning of your stay in Ulm/Neu-Ulm. Furthermore, you can get valuable tips about living and studying in Ulm/Neu-Ulm that hopefully help you feel comfortable and at home soon. Therefore, you should make use of as many of the offered information and orientation activities as possible.