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Information for new students

Dear new students, 

everything is new in the first semester. Many processes are different from those at school or at your previous university. And now, due to the corona pandemic, even more, completely new questions arise, like "Classroom and / or online teaching - how can I complete the winter semester at the Faculty of Engineering?" We have put together these and other important topics and information for new students here:

Matriculation (or Enrollment)

To become a student of the University of Freiburg, you have to matriculate, after having received the admission letter from the International Admissions and Services Department (IAS) of the university. Due to Corona, personal matriculation is not possible. You can only matriculate by post or online. Please find more information here.

App Studienstart

The central university app "Studienstart - Uni Freiburg" can be a usefull guideline during this important entry phase. It offers lots of information and helps with planning the orientation week and other events as well as to creating checklists.

Information for new Bachelor students about studying under Corona conditions in WS 2020/21 (presence or online)

The first semester was planned in such a way that all courses (lectures and exercises) at the Faculty of Engineering can be taken online
We do recommend taking the Systems Design Project, which is planned for the first semester according to the curriculum, only if you can be present on site, as practical work in small groups is required here. If this is not possible for you, we would recommend to postpone it untill your 3rd semester.

For the following first-semester courses, we also offer options to participate in presence (e.g. in small groups, rolling systems, broadcasting to several lecture halls...):

  1. Einführung in die Programmierung (lecture and exercise)
    Degree programs in Computer Science, Microsystems Engineering, Embedded Systems Engineering and Sustainable Systems Engineering
  2. Mathematik I für Studierende der Informatik und der Ingenieurwissenschaften (exercises)
    Degree programs in Computer Science, Microsystems Engineering, Embedded Systems Engineering and Sustainable Systems Engineering
  3. Rechnernetze (lecture and exercise)
    Degree program in Computer Science
  4. Mikrosystemtechnik - Prozesse und Bauelemente (lecture)
    Degree programs in Microsystems Engineering, Embedded Systems Engineering and Sustainable Systems Engineering

Please be aware that you must be present in person in order to take the exams at the end of the lecture period (from mid-February to the end of March).

Further information for new students can be found on our website about teaching in WS 2020/21 in October.

Information for new Master students about studying under Corona conditions in WS 2020/21 (presence or online)

In winter semester 2020/21 all courses (except for lab courses and projects) can be taken online. In addition to the online offer, some lecturers will offer on-campus sessions. Written exams can only be taken on-campus.

International students who cannot come to Freiburg in the winter semester 2020/21 can matriculate (enroll) as off-campus students. However, you should be aware that most of the exams are written exams which can only be taken in Freiburg. The exams will take place between 15 February and 31 March 2021. If you cannot be in Freiburg in February, you will have to postpone the exams to a later semester. This may lead to an extension of your study duration by one semester or more. Furthermore, you should consider that courses or tutorials, which are streamed live, might take place at inconvenient times for you, depending on where you are located.

Further information for new students can be found on our website about teaching in WS 2020/21 in October.

Orientation Day for new undergraduate students (winter semester)

The (online) orientation day for new undergraduate students of the Faculty of Engineering will take place on the last Friday before lecture time starts (October 30, 2020). On that day, students will be informed about their respective study programs, study plans, examination regulations and also get some practical tips from the student council. You can find the detailed program for that day here.

Orientation Day for new postgraduate students (Master) (summer semester or winter semester)

MSc. Embedded Systems Engineering 30 Oct. 9:30-10:15 am Georges-Koehler-Allee 101, lecture hall 026 (ground floor) On-site and online
MSc. Microsystems Engineering 30 Oct. 10:30-11:15 am Georges-Koehler-Allee 101, lecture hall 026 (ground floor) On-site and online
MSc. Computer Science online
MSc. Mikrosystemtechnik 2 Nov. 11:00 - 12:00 Georges-Koehler-Allee 101, room 02 016/018 (2nd floor) On-site and online

For any on-site events, on-site participation is optional. You will not miss out on anything if you only watch the videos. Videos of these events will be posted here in the week 26 - 30 of October.

Pre-course in Mathematics

The pre-course in mathematics (offered by the student council every year in October) is for new undergraduate students (freshmen). More information about the pre-course can be found here.

Course Booking (or: Course Registration) and deadlines

You should register online for each course (lecture, excercise, lab course, seminar etc.) you want to take in the first semester. It is recommended to do this after having attended the orientation meeting to make sure you know which courses you can or have to select. Instructions on how to do this can be found here. Please keep the deadlines for course booking in mind.

UniCard (Student ID Card)

A few days/weeks after matriculating, the university will send you a letter with your student ID card (called UniCard). You can find out which features the card has on the UniCard website.

University User Account

After matriculation you will also receive information about your user account for the central IT services. You will need this user account to, for example, book your courses, register for exams, and more. You can find more information about the university user account here.

Faculty User Account (TF-Account)

In addition to the university account, all students of the Faculty of Engineering need a faculty user account. You need this "TF account" to use the computers in the pool rooms of the faculty (PC pools in building 082). The mailing list "", which the office of studen affairs ("Studienbüro", i.e. examination office, study advisors, program coordinator etc.) uses for important informational emails, also runs via this account. (So, if you haven't got this account or do not configure it correctly, you will miss important e-mails!)

You can obtain the faculty user account from the pool managers in building 082 (1st floor, opposite the entrance to the cafeteria).

User Account for the University Library

The UniCard is also your user id for the library. Nevertheless, you have to register yourself before using the library for the first time. You can either register online (website is in German) or ask the librarian of the Faculty of Engineering to set up an account for you.


As a student of the University of Freiburg, you have access to the WiFi network, "eduroam", which is available on the university's campuses all over the city. Instructions on how to install this WiFi network on your mobile phone and computer can be found here.

Semester Ticket

The semester ticket enables you to use all means of public transport in Freiburg and surroundings for the semester. The semester ticket for the winter semester is valid from 1st October to 31st March, while the one for the summer semester is valid from 1st April to 30th September. Even if you don't have a semester ticket, your UniCard (plus matriculation slip and passport or other ID with photo) allows you to travel for free every night from 7:00 p.m. onwards (but only if you have downloaded a “19-Uhr-Nachweis” from the following website.

Semester dates and teaching periods

On the website of the university you can check out the semester dates, teaching periods and holidays. Bookmark it now before you forget!

Exam periods, registration and de-registration

The dates of the exam periods as well as the deadlines for exam registration and de-registration vary according to department. The ones of the Faculty of Engineering can be found here.

Living in Freiburg - The first steps

A comprehensive list of To Dos after arriving in Freiburg can be found here.