Welcome Services

Arrival and First Steps

New incoming students will be picked up at Ulm train station by our S.T.E.P.S. tutors, who have their room keys and an information package for them. Please note: arrival and check-in to the rooms is only possible an certain days; pick-up by S.T.E.P.S. tutors is only offered between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m.

The S.T.E.P.S. tutors will escort the new students to their residences, show them around town and campus, and they will help them with the various administrative procedures during the first days in Ulm (public registration, residence permit, opening of bank account, immatriculation at university, etc.).

Please remember to submit your arrival notification form via mobility-online at least 10 days before coming to Ulm, so we have enough time to find a tutor for you and put you two into contact!

Intensive German Language Course & Orientation Week

Prior to the start of every semester, the International Office organizes

  • a month-long Intensive German Language Course in March or September
    • for students with German B1 who wish to take classes in German
    • for students with little or no German
  • a week-long orientation period in April or October (sign-up required for the individual events):
    • Discovering Ulm - Adventure Tour
    • Library Tour
    • Welcome Day

for new arriving incoming exchange students from partner universities.

Semester Dates

When planning the dates of your mobility to Ulm and your housing application, please consider whether you will be participating in the Intensive German Language course or not.

When planning your travels to and from Ulm, please mind the arrival dates for moving into a room in a student residence, arranged by the International Office. For organizational reasons, it is not possible to move into your dorm room before the dates listed!

Arrival Days 1 September 3 - 11, 2022
Intensive German Language Course September 12 - October 7, 2022
Arrival Days 2 October 4 - 9, 2022
due to holiday weekend October 1-3
Orientation Period October 10 - 16, 2022
Beginning of Classes Oktober 17, 2022
End of Classes February 18, 2023
Exam Period I February - March, 2023
Exam Period II March - April, 2023

Arrival Days 1 March 3 - 12, 2023
Intensive German Language Course March 13 - April 7, 2023
Arrival Days 2 April 4 - 9, 2023
Orientation Period April 10 - 16, 2023
Beginning of Classes April 17, 2023
End of Classes July 22, 2023
Exam Period I July - August, 2023
Exam Period II September - October, 2023


Incoming Students Support Team

Alexandra Hoppe (Incoming Students Coordinator)
Emily Haible (Student Advisor)
Linh Nguyen (Student Advisor)

Advising (online)
Wednesdays 16:00 - 17:00 CET


The International Office offers this orientation programme free of charge to Erasmus+, SEMP, GUC and Exchange Students from our <link en io mob-in planning-mobility exchange-partners internal-link>partner universities. 

We regret that Free Movers and Erasmus+ Trainees cannot participate, not even on a fee-paying basis.

ERASMUS Ulm & friends (EUF)

The EUF is a volunteer student group which organizes extra-curricular activities, not only for Erasmus+ students - all exchange students, in fact all international and German students of Ulm University are welcome.

They organize a variety of activities throughout the year, such as a city rallye and a welcome party. During the semester, they keep up the tradition of the German Stammtisch (regular's table), which is held in different bars. And sometimes, they offer day trips or weekend excursions.