Information for Freshman

We have collected all the necessary information to get you off to a successful start at university. The information is sorted into periods before the start of your studies so that you can get an overview of what should be done when. Some things even have to be done in time before the first day of lectures.

If you miss a deadline, this is no problem either: Simply speak to the appropriate contact person and an individual solution can certainly be found!

After Matriculation

Searching for information in the Study Service Center
Photo credit: Marek Kruszewski/TU Braunschweig
Searching for information in the Study Service Center
  • First of all, acquaint yourself with all the relevant term dates.
  • Still looking for accommodation? Take a look at the numerous notices around campus, for example at the Old Building, the Mensa or the General Students’ Committee (AStA). For more information on the halls of residence, please contact the Student Support Services. For useful information and links, you can also check out the information sheet [in German] prepared by the Central Student Advisory Service.
  • Remember to register your new place of residence. You are required to do so with the City of Braunschweig’s Bürgerbüro [in German], an administrative office for citizens, within two weeks of your move.
  • For some degree programmes, you will need to complete preliminary courses or internships before the start of your studies. Find out when these preliminary courses [in German] take place and how to register.
  • It is compulsory to attend language courses for some courses. The Language Centre offers courses in many foreign languages and in German as a foreign language. 
    Please note: Some courses require you to take a placement test before you can enrol in the language course. You should therefore inform yourself in good time about the registration procedure and the dates at the Language Centre. As a rule, registration for language courses is possible two weeks before the start of lectures.

  • During the Train4TU seminar, you will learn all about self- and time management, effective study habits and scientific work. The seminar is designed for all freshers, particularly those without an academic family background and/or from a migrant background.

 

Students meet at the Carolo Campus Café C3
Photo credit: Marek Kruszewski/TU Braunschweig
Students meet at the Carolo Campus Café C3

4 weeks before the start of term

  • Using your user ID (y-number), you will be able to access the university’s W-LAN and your university e-mail address. If you did not receive a y-number at matriculation, it is best to check with the Gauss IT Centre directly. For all other questions concerning IT at the university, please read the Don’t panic brochure [in German] produced by the Gauss IT Centre.
  • Some degree programmes offer special orientation days for freshers. For details, please check this overview provided by the Central Student Advisory Service [in German].
  • Have you applied for BAföG yet? German students can apply for BAföG to fund their studies. For information and contacts, please visit the Student Support Services website.
  • If BAföG is not sufficient to cover your expenses, come and visit the Matriculation Office’s Financial Counselling Service at the Study Service Centre. The staff there will do their best to help students dealing with financing problems or financial bottlenecks. Under some circumstances, it may for example be possible to apply for an exemption from certain fees and contributions.

 

2 weeks before the start of term

  • Many degree programmes provide sample study plans. You will want to get hold of these plans and read through the exam regulations for your programme. Further information is provided by the faculties.
  • You can also draw up a study plan using the study management system Stud.IP [in German] and get an overview of all your upcoming lectures and classes.
  • Are you into sports? Students can participate in university sports. Find out what’s on offer and how to register at the Sports Centre [in German] and check out the current sports programme [in German]. Registration usually opens on the first day of lectures.
  • Find out now about the courses offered by the Language Centre: For some language courses the placement tests already takes place during the first week of lectures! Learn a foreign language or German as a foreign language.
  • Finding your way around campus is not always easy. Locate specific places or lecture halls on the Campus map [in German].
  • To borrow books, you need your electronic student identity card, the TUcard. You can also take part in introductory sessions [in German] at the University Library.

 

The first week
  • On the first day of the lecture period, there will be a central Freshers Welcome with the President of TU Braunschweig. Afterwards, the central facilities will introduce themselves during an information fair in the foyer of the Old Building.
  • During the first week, the schools usually host special fresher events for the individual degree programmes. Contact your programme coordinator [in German] to learn more. For some degree programmes, freshers need to fill in registration sheets. Your programme coordinator will be able to help you with this, too.
  • After the first few days are behind you, you will slowly but surely settle in at the university. If you have any suggestions on how we can further improve the quality of our teaching, please Let us know [in German]. In this blog, you can send your suggestions for improvements directly to the university’s management and your ideas will be forwarded to the relevant person.