Compass for advisory services

This compass provides an overview of the various advisory and information services at Ulm University to help you find the right contact person for your question or concern.

You will find both general information for current and prospective students of Ulm University as well as additional info and offers for international current and prospective students. Do you need help choosing the right study programme? Are you second-guessing your chosen pathway or do you have questions around student accommodation or how to fund your studies? The compass helps you find your way through the jungle of advisory services.

Prospective students

Information for prospective students

  • Choosing the right study programme

    • Which programme is right for me?

    • What are my personal interests, strengths and aspirations?

    The Zentrale Studienberatung (central student advisory services) advises and accompanies you throughout the entire process of finding the right study programme and career:

    from the first orientation ('what do I want?') to self-reflection ('what am I good at?') all the way to a well-founded study choice ('that's what I'll do!').

  • Application & admission

    • How do I apply?
    • What deadlines are there to consider?
    • What is the admission procedure for my desired degree programme?

    The Zentrale Studienberatung provides general information on how to apply for a study programme both at Ulm University and elsewhere.

    The Zulassungsabteilung (admissions office) gives specific application advise for each individual study programme at Ulm University and provides information on the formalities of applying for a higher semester or changing into a different study programme.

  • Course catalogue

    • What can I study at Ulm University?
    • How are the study programmes structured?

    The Zentrale Studienberatung (central student advisory services) provides information on the course offers at Ulm University and the structure of the study programmes.

    The course advisors can give in-depth advice on questions concerning the contents of your desired study programme.

  • Study tasters, insights & events

    What’s it like to study at a university? How do the teaching styles differ from school? What do the facilities look like where students spend their days? Come to our taster lectures and see for yourself!

    Our online taster courses (ViSchnu) give you first-hand interactive insights into the contents and structure of our study programmes as well as study culture and the work life. ViSchnu is a great way to see whether your expectations and interests correspond to real study contents.

    Subject-specific info sessions are a good way to get to know Ulm University and get a feel for individual subjects and their contents, objectives and potential career paths.

    More events for prospective students

  • Study requirements

    • What skills and level of knowledge are required to study at a university?
    • What interests and aptitudes are called for in (my) university studies?

    The Zentrale Studienberatung (central student advisory services) advises on the requirements of university studies at the various higher education institutions in general (skills, aptitudes, ...).

    The course advisors answer questions on specific study requirements for individual subjects.

  • Studying with family responsibilities

    • What support options are there for students with family responsibilities?

    An overview of the offers at Ulm University on this topic can be found here.

    The Zentrale Studienberatung (central student advisory services) is the first point of contact for students with family responsibilities.

    The Studierendenwerk (student services) offers information on living with a child, financial assistance and childcare.

    The Family Service is the place to go to if, for example, you have questions about the children's holiday programmes, day care places for children of doctoral candidates and the babysitter list.

    The Gleichstellungsreferat (equal opportunities unit) of the student representative body (StuVe) is contact point for all questions concerning equal treatment of the various groups of students at Ulm University, with a special focus on students facing additional burdens.

  • Studying with a disability

    • What support options are available for students with a disability?

    The representative for students with a disability or chronic illness (Zentrale Studienberatung) advises, for instance, on questions about compensation for disadvantages (Nachteilsausgleich) and on support options in everyday student life with regards to mobility, visual or hearing impairments, chronic physical or mental illness and specific learning disabilities (SLD).

    The accommodation department of the Studierendenwerk (student services) has information on barrier-free living.

    The Gleichstellungsreferat (equal opportunities unit) of the student representative body (StuVe) is contact point for all questions concerning equal treatment of the various groups of students at Ulm University, with a special focus on students facing additional burdens.

  • Accommodation

    • Where can I live during my studies?
    • What student residences are there? How expensive are the rents?
    • How do I apply for a room in a student residence?

    The accommodation department of the Studierendenwerk (student services) offers a wide range of information on accommodation and student residences in Ulm.

  • Funding your studies

    • How can I finance my studies? What are my options?
    • Can I get BAföG?

     

    The student finance department of the Studierendenwerk (student services) offers comprehensive information and answers questions on the topic of funding options, including BAföG, scholarships, loans, jobs.

    The unit for BAföG and social affairs of the student representative body (StuVe) offers information on BAföG and study funding from a student perspective.

     

Nach dem Abi hatte ich keinen Plan, was ich machen sollte. Die Berater in der Zentralen Studienberatung der Uni Ulm haben mir dann gezeigt, wo meine Stärken und Schwächen liegen und welches Studium gut zu mir passen würde.
Ich habe mich dann für ein Studium der Informationssystemtechnik entschieden, weil ich gerne programmiere und mich für die Zusammenhänge Mensch und Maschine interessiere.
Mit der Unterstützung durch das Studierendenwerk war es dann einfach eine Wohnung in Ulm zu finden.
(Mola, Studentin im 4. Semester im Fach Informationssystemtechnik)

Students

Information for students

  • Planning and organising your studies

    • How do I organise/ plan the course of my studies?

    • When do I take which courses?

    • What specialisation should I choose?

    The course advisors are here to help you with questions around structuring your studies, choosing elective modules and the specifics of the study programme (internships, laboratory courses, mobile modules abroad etc.).

  • Work & career

    • What career opportunities do I have with my degree?

    • Can I orient my studies towards a specific profession?

    The Zentrale Studienberatung (central student advisory services) support you in your basic considerations as to how to proceed after your studies.

    The course advisors provide subject-related information on starting your career.

    • What skills do employers expect from me?

    • How do I apply for a job? What important things are there to consider?

    • How do I get in touch with companies and where can I find suitable job offers?

    The Career Service provides support in the form of a job portal, an application guide, job & career fairs as well as events on job-related topics and a Career Center with company videos, recruitment events, etc.

  • Doubting your path?

    • Am I right in this degree programme/at this university?

    • What are the alternatives to my current path?

    • I am dissatisfied with my study programme – should I change the subject or university?

    • Should I withdraw from my degree?

    The Zentrale Studienberatung (central student advisory services) is the main contact point if you have any doubts about your study programme. They support you in dealing with your own motivation and goals and, if necessary, thinking about alternatives (e.g. change of programme, change of university, vocational training, internship, "time-out").

    The course advisors can provide guidance if you doubt your choice of study programme or if you are interested in closely related subjects (e.g. chemistry, chemistry and management or biochemistry).

    The Psychosocial Counselling Service of the Studierendenwerk (student services) is also a source of support in times of doubts about your studies or if you struggle with uncertainties and problems in your everyday student life.

  • Troubleshooting study problems

    • How can I learn more efficiently?

    • My motivation to study is low – what can I do?

    • I have examination anxiety – what can help me?

    • I have lost my right to examination – what now?

    • My degree programme is too difficult for me, the requirements are too high.

    The Zentrale Studienberatung (central student advisory services; ZSB) supports you with the planning and organising of your learning process and can talk to you about individual learning and work techniques. You can also discuss topics such as time management, motivation and exam preparation or ask for help when you have lost the right to examination and with regards to examination-related problems in general.

    The course advisors can help with examination-related problems also, as well as with subject-specific learning troubles.

    The student advocates in the various departments sometimes offer courses on the subject of learning and exam preparation.

    The Psychosocial Counselling Service of the Studierendenwerk (student services) offers courses on topics such as exam stress, time management and practical learning. Individual counselling sessions on these topics are also possible.

  • Studying with family responsibilities

    • What support options are there for students with family responsibilities?

    An overview of the offers at Ulm University on this topic can be found here.

    The Zentrale Studienberatung (central student advisory services) is the first point of contact for students with family responsibilities.

    The Studierendenwerk (student services) offers information on living with a child, financial assistance and childcare.

    The Family Service is the place to go to if, for example, you have questions about the children's holiday programmes, day care places for children of doctoral candidates and the babysitter list.

    The Gleichstellungsreferat (equal opportunities unit) of the student representative body (StuVe) is contact point for all questions concerning equal treatment of the various groups of students at Ulm University, with a special focus on students facing additional burdens.

  • Studying with a disability

    • What support options are available for students with a disability?

    The representative for students with a disability or chronic illness (Zentrale Studienberatung) advises, for instance, on questions about compensation for disadvantages (Nachteilsausgleich) and on support options in everyday student life with regards to mobility, visual or hearing impairments, chronic physical or mental illness and specific learning disabilities (SLD).

    The accommodation department of the Studierendenwerk (student services) has information on barrier-free living.

    The Gleichstellungsreferat (equal opportunities unit) of the student representative body (StuVe) is contact point for all questions concerning equal treatment of the various groups of students at Ulm University, with a special focus on students facing additional burdens.

  • Subject-specific questions

    • Which specialisation/ elective modules should I choose in my studies?
    • What internship opportunities are there in my degree programme?

    • How can I adapt my studies to my circumstances?

    • What exactly do I learn in this or that module?

    The course advisors are contact point for all predominantly subject-specific questions.

  • Personal and psychosocial problems

    • How do I deal with daily life problems (e.g. communication challenges)?
    • I have exam anxiety and/or stress – what can I do about it?

    • I suffer from depression, insomnia and/or anxiety – who can I turn to?

    The Psychosocial Counselling Service of the Studierendenwerk (student services) offers students competent advice and one-on-one counselling to help solve psychosocial matters and challenges (in German or English). Students who struggle with learning difficulties, examination anxiety as well as study-related difficulties and daily life problems can come here for personalised support.

  • Examination and student administration

    • Application forms and questions on academic leave, re-registration, change of study programme, termination of enrolment
    • Questions about study and examination regulations

    • Questions about subject-specific examination regulations, lectures and modules

    The Studiensekretariat is the student administration and examinations office at Ulm University and contact point for questions concerning study and examination regulations. They can also provide the application forms for academic leave, re-registration, change of study programme and termination of enrolment.

    The course advisors and/or programme coordinators answer questions related to subject-specific examination regulations as well as specific lectures and modules.

  • Going abroad

    • Where can I go for a semester abroad?
    • How do I finance my studies abroad?

    • How do I arrange an internship abroad?

    • What is required to get my study achievements and examination results from abroad recognised here?

    The International Office offers a wide range of information on semesters and internships abroad, including partner universities and available scholarships.

    The course advisors can help you get clear on what study achievements you want/need to obtain at a foreign partner university (e.g. Learning Agreement and recognition of study achievements and examination results).

  • Doctorate/ PhD programme

    • Who can I contact with questions about doctoral studies at Ulm University?

    The Promovierendenkonvent (council of doctoral candidates) at Ulm University provides a central platform for all persons who intend to, are in the process of or have already completed a doctorate/ PhD programme at Ulm University.

    The Graduate & Professional Training Center is the University's academy for junior scientists and offers interdisciplinary continuing academic education. The Center serves as contact point for scientists from the beginning of their doctorate until they get appointed as professor.

    The course advisors sometimes provide advice on doctoral studies in their department (e.g. at the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Sciences and Psychology).

International Students

Information for international prospective and current students

  • General questions around studying at Ulm University

    • Where can I find advice for refugees at the University?

    • Who supports me during my studies?

    • How do I get my visa? What do I have to bear in mind during my studies with regards to the residence permit?

    • Where can I find help when I have problems with authorities or insurance companies?

    The International Office is the central (primary) contact body for international students. They support international students in all matters concerning their studies and beyond (e.g. study requirements and preparation, residence permit, transition to doctoral studies/ job, problems with authorities).

    The Zentrale Studienberatung (central student advisory services) provide advice on all general questions in relation to choosing and realising a degree.

  • Application and admission

    • Information on application and admission for international prospective students and refugees

    The Zulassungsabteilung (admissions office) has a contact person for general questions on the application and admission procedure for EU citizens and for prospective students from countries outside the EU respectively.

  • English-taught master’s programmes

    • Who can I contact if I have questions on applying for an English-taught master's programme or programme contents?

    • How do I find an apartment?

    • How to finance my studies?

    Contact the programme coordinators for any questions concerning English-taught master's programmes (application, course of studies, requirements). They can also help students in English-taught programmes with questions on accommodation and finances.

  • Funding your studies

    • How can I finance my studies in Germany?

    The student finance department of the Studierendenwerk (student services) offers comprehensive information and answers questions on the topic of funding options, including BAföG, scholarships, loans, jobs.

    The International Office advises international students on how to fund their studies (including scholarships).

  • Accommodation

    • How do I get an apartment?

    The accommodation department of the Studierendenwerk (student services) offers information on accommodation and an overview of the student residences in Ulm.

    The International Office also supports international students in their search for accommodation, if required.

  • Psychosocial challenges

    • Who can I turn to if I have problems adjusting with regards to my studies, everyday life, culture, homesickness etc.?

     

    The Psychosocial Counselling Service of the Studierendenwerk (student services) offers support for students who have problems adjusting in their studies and everyday life as well as those who struggle with homesickness and other psychosocial difficulties.

  • Offers for students by students

    The international unit of the student representative body (StuVe) has the task of representing and communicating the interests and needs of international students. There are also a number of multicultural events and extra activities on a regular basis in order to improve the networking of international students.

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