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Preparing for & starting your studies

Many higher education institutions offer new students the opportunity to take part in special events to prepare them for academic life. Orientation weeks held at the beginning of each semester help to point new students in the right direction. Preparatory courses have also proven to be helpful for students starting certain programmes. In addition to orientation weeks and preparatory courses – which are voluntary but strongly recommended – relevant pre-study work placements are not only useful, but often a prerequisite for admission and therefore compulsory.

  • Preparatory courses & pre-study work placements

    Many universities offer preparatory courses before the semester starts, which help first-year students to refresh and extend the knowledge acquired at school. While participation in these preparatory courses is voluntary, pre-study work placements can be compulsory and part of the programme's admission requirements.

    Preparatory courses & pre-study work placements
  • Orientation weeks

    Orientation weeks provide first-year students with interesting information, useful tips, and advice about all aspects of studying, the subject area, the degree programme, and the place of study. They also offer the opportunity for you to get to know some of your future fellow students.

    Orientation weeks