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Important information for first semester students

Orientation meeting

All first semester students are required to participate in an all-day orientation meeting that will take place  on Thursday October 11th, 2018, 9:00 to 18:00, Luisenstrasse 37, room A132.


A basic equipment list can be found here. If you are an international student, be aware that it may be cheaper for you to get the equipment you need in your own country, before departing for Germany. In particular, you are expected to have your own geological compass (phone apps are not a substitute, though they may be used in addition to a proper compass), and be proficient in using it. A fancy compass (e.g. Clar-type, or full-blown Brunton models) is not necessary, you can get military compasses and trekking compasses with inclinometer, which are a fraction of the cost and work just fine. For students from North America and the UK, waterproof geological field notebooks bought in your own country are as little as half the price you would pay for them in Germany, where there is only one reseller. The same goes for some advanced mapping boards (the lightweight, spring-loaded kind that allows you to work in rainy and windy conditions). Stock up before you come here.

Mandatory course registration: deadlines for first semester students only

Registration deadline: October 15th, 2018

Deregistration deadline: October 29th, 2018

Except for these deadlines, which differ from those of higher semesters, all rules for course registration are the same as for other semesters of enrollment, read them here. Read also all other relevant pages for enrolled students. You are expected to know where documents for download are located, when the deadlines for various tasks are, have adequate knowledge of exam rules, etc.

List of first semester courses

Can be found on this page, under "Documents". Please note that here are listed also courses that technically below to your second semester, but that physically happen in the current winter semester (and you may therefore consider taking in your first semester). Updated winter semester course lists are usually available starting  in July/August.

updated on 02.08.2018