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Information for new students - Winter semester

 

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
The System Design Project is planned for the first semester according to the curriculum. To participate you will need to be present on site on at least three occasions, which will be determined in the beginning of November. If this is not possible for you, we recommend you to postpone this course until your 3rd semester. 

For the following first-semester courses, we might also offer options to participate in presence (e.g. in small groups, rolling systems, broadcasting to several lecture halls...), as soon as the Covid 19 infection rates allow it. For the moment, most are only offered online. Details can be found in the course descriptions in the campus management system HISinOne.

  1. Einführung in die Programmierung (lecture and exercise)
    Degree programs in Computer Science, Microsystems Engineering, Embedded Systems Engineering and Sustainable Systems Engineering
    Switched to ONLINE
  2. Mathematik I für Studierende der Informatik und der Ingenieurwissenschaften (exercises; lecture is online)
    Lecture is ONLINE
    Degree programs in Computer Science, Microsystems Engineering, Embedded Systems Engineering and Sustainable Systems Engineering
  3. Rechnernetze (lecture and exercise)
    Degree program in Computer Science
    ONLINE (with very limited voluntary presence options)
  4. Mikrosystemtechnik - Prozesse und Bauelemente (lecture)
    Degree programs in Microsystems Engineering, Embedded Systems Engineering and Sustainable Systems Engineering
    Switched to ONLINE

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, in particular video tutorials on various topics, can be found on our website about teaching in WS 2020/21The material will be supplemented in the next 2-3 weeks (as of Oct. 22).

 

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, in particular video tutorials on various topics, can be found on our website about teaching in WS 2020/21The material will be supplemented in the next 2-3 weeks (as of Oct. 22).

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) Livestream via Zoom
MSc. Microsystems Engineering 30 Oct. 10:30-11:15 am Georges-Koehler-Allee 101, lecture hall 026 (ground floor) Livestream via Zoom
MSc. Computer Science Online
MSc. Mikrosystemtechnik 2 Nov. 11:00 - 12:00 Georges-Koehler-Allee 101, room 02 016/018 (2nd floor) Livestream via Zoom

 
Videos of these events will be posted here shortly. More information can also be found on the following web page.

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.

In addition, video tutorials are available on our website for teaching WS 2020/21. The material will be supplemented in the next 2-3 weeks (as of Oct. 22).

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.

At a glance: fact sheet on the UniCard.

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 "account" to use the computers in the pool rooms of the faculty (PC pools in building 082). The mailing list "student@tf.uni-freiburg.de", 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!)

Normally, you would obtain the faculty user account from the pool managers in building 082 (1st floor, opposite the entrance to the cafeteria). However, due to the current pandemic restrictions, we will forward your details to the responsible pool managers. They will set up the account and notify you afterwards.

Read more in our fact sheet on the faculty's online systems.

Confused about all the different accounts? Check out this handout!

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.

Save and read it later: Library registration, rules & the latest Covid-19 update.

WiFi

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!

Or download the winter semester schedule here.

Exam periods, registration and de-registration (Examinations Office)

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.

Below you will find exam-relevant information for you as a first semester student:

Information and tutorials for Bachelor students

We have some general information for freshmen with general tips and information about studying with us summarized in a short video tutorial Prinzipielles zum Studium an der Technischen Fakultät (German)

Information on how to find and use the study plans for the Bachelor of Science degree programs at the Faculty of Engineering can be found in the video tutorial Studienpläne - Überblick über das Curriculum (German).

General information on the examination regulations of the Bachelor of Science degree programs at the Faculty of Engineering can be found in the video tutorial Prüfungsordnungen - Die AGBs des Studiums (German).

You can find a demonstration of the registration process for courses in the campus management system HISinOne for the Bachelor program BSc Embedded Systems Engineering in the video tutorial BSc ESE - Belegen in HISinOne (German).

You can find a demonstration of the registration process in the campus management system HISinOne for the Bachelor program BSc Computer Science in the video tutorial BSc Informatik - Belegen in HISinOne (German).

You can find a demonstration of the registration process in the campus management system HISinOne for the polyvalent Bachelor program  Computer Science in the video tutorial polyvalenter Bachelor Informatik - Belegen in HISinOne (German).

You can find a demonstration of the registration process for courses in the campus management system HISinOne for the Bachelor program BSc Microsystems Engineering in the video tutorial BSc MST - Belegen in HISinOne (German).

(edited: October 26, 2020)

 

General information and tutorials (independent of your study programme)

How the registration for seminars or proseminars in computer science (which also are a part of the ESE Bachelor's degree program) works, is explained in the video clip Booking of seminars in Computer Science (English).

 

You can find demonstrations of some student self-service funcions in HISinOne here:

How to...change your contact details in HISinOne (English)

How to...add a new Email adress in HISinOne (Englisch)

How to...self-print your certificate of studies/enrollment certificate in HISinOne (English)

(edited: October 28, 2020)

 

Living in Freiburg - The first steps

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