Preparatory courses and orientation programmes
To prepare you for subject-specific requirements and studying at a university, our departments and central institutions (e.g. International Office, Central Student Advisory Service) offer preparatory courses and orientation programmes. On this page you will find an overview of our courses and programmes.
In our orienmtation week from 15 - 19 October 2018, numerous introductory events for first-semester students will take place.
Study preparation and orientation programmes for international students
5 - 28 September 2018: GO Konstanz - Intensive German language course with orientation programme for international students
Every year in March and September, the University of Konstanz offers a four-week intensive German language course with orientation programme. It is organised by the International Office in conjunction with the Language Institute (SLI). Groups of about 15 participants are taught by experienced lecturers at all levels: basic, intermediate and advanced. All formalities that are important for studying and living in Konstanz are also addressed during the programme: from opening a bank account, to acquiring German health insurance, enrolling at the university and applying for a residence permit as an international student from non-EU-/EEA countries. Additionally, we will introduce you to German academic culture and discuss (inter-)cultural expectations, academic standards, and approaches to scientific writing. We also assist you with organising your studies. In addition to tours of the university, KIM Library and IT Support, the Language Institute and sports facilities, you will be able to take part in a city tour and other excursions in the Konstanz area.
Target group: International exchange students / free movers and full-time students (bachelor, master, doctoral)
Please carefully read the following information about GO Konstanz and register on the websites of the International Office.
4 - 12 October 2018: OriPro - Orientation programme for international free-movers and exchange students
Every year in April and October, the International Office organises a free orientation programme for international students (OriPro) shortly before the start of the semester. All formalities that are important for studying and living in Konstanz are also addressed during the programme: from opening a bank account, to applying for German health insurance, enrolling at the university, and applying for a residence permit as an international student from a non EU/EEA country. Additionally, we will introduce you to German academic culture and discuss (inter-)cultural expectations, academic standards, and approaches to scientific writing. We also assist you with organising your studies. In addition to tours of the university, KIM Library and IT Support, the Language Institute and sports facilities, you will be able to take part in a city tour and other excursions in the Konstanz area.
Target group: International exchange students / free movers
GO Konstanz participants cannot take part in OriPro, as they are already taking part in another orientation programme.
Please carefully read the following information about OriPro and register on the websites of the International Office.
4 - 9 October 2018: OrioPro Master - Orientation programme for international master students
OriPro Master is an orientation programme for new international master's students.
It will support you with your start into student life before you dive into your daily student routine. Following a tight schedule, we will assist you as you familiarize yourself with the German academic system, learn more about our campus life and deal with the most important formalities. Beyond that, OriPro Master will give you a chance to make your first friends at the University of Konstanz.
OriPro Master offers you:
- sessions on organising and financing your studies
- support with formalities and German authorities (enrollment, health insurance, registering with the municipality, opening a bank account)
- opportunities to connect with master's students from different faculties and study programmes
- recommendations for free German language classes
- information about employment in Germany
- For students of Non-EU/EEA countries: documents check for receiving a residence and work permit for study purpose
For more information go to the OriPro Master website.
Preparatory course Kon'start for "first generation students"
1 - 6 October 2018: Preparatory course Kon'start for "first generation students"
Taking part in Kon'Start is voluntary. The programme (taught in German) helps first-year students to prepare for their new life at university before daily lectures start. Kon'Start is primarily aimed at first generation students, that means those who are the first ones in their families to go to university.
- Insights into the world of research and teaching at the University of Konstanz
- Workshops for a successful start to your studies
- Meeting other first-year students from different disciplines
- Exciting tours to help you explore your campus and the city of Konstanz
Please find more information on how to take part here: Kon'Start
Parents on campus
13 + 14 October 2018: Parents on campus
Preparatory courses for specific subjects and study programmes
3 - 27 September 2018: Preparatory course in mathematics for students of Mathematics, Mathematical Finance, Physics (taught in German)
The transition from school mathematics to university mathematics usually is quite challenging for new students. University mathematics requires a high level of creativity and the ability to think in abstract terms. Schools are only able to teach these abilities to a limited extent. This is why even those who always have had good grades find it hard to live up to the requirements of university mathematics lectures for beginners. The preparatory course in mathematics will facilitate the transition to university mathematics. In the four-week-course, you will be introduced to the abstract approach typical for university mathematics and be given plenty of opportunity to practice using it. Participation in the preparatory course is not compulsory, but highly recommend to all new students!
Target group: This course is mainly designed for new students of
- Mathematics (B.Sc. and B.Ed.)
- Mathematical Finance (B.Sc.)
- Physics (B.Sc.)
- Economics and Business Education (M.Sc.)
Please read the additional information on the preparatory course in mathematics and register so we can plan ahead.
25 - 27 September 2018: Preparatory course mathematics (Department of Economics)
The preparatory course in mathematics for new students of the Bachelor's Programme in Economics takes place from 25 - 27 September 2018 and is taught in German. This preparatory course will help you prepare for the requirements in mathematics which are higher than those at school. The course is especially intended for students with a larger time gap between leaving school and starting their studies. You will repeat the maths content you learned in school and get prepared for the maths topics in the Economics study programme.
Target group: New students of the bachelor's programme in Economics
Here you can find more information.
4 - 12 October 2018: Compact course - introduction to the calculation methods in the natural sciences for new students of Physics, Biology, Mathematics, (Chemistry, Computer Science).
Many new students find mathematics at the university-level extremely challenging, even those who always have had good grades. Often they struggle to understand the lectures and complete the exercises.
In order to smooth your transition to university mathematics, the Department of Physics runs a compact course on the calculation methods in the natural sciences (taught in German) for all first-semester students of the Faculty of Sciences. Participants of previous years said they hugely benefited from this course.
Aims of the course are to: get used to formal thinking, accept mathematics as an important tool and get practice. In addition to this, you will refresh and deepen your knowledge of mathematics.
Target group: First-semester students from the Faculty of Sciences, especially of Physics, Mathematics and Biology. Chemistry and Computer Science students may also take part if they are interested. Registration is not necessary.
You will find more detailed information about the compact course on calculation methods in the natural sciences on the website of the department.
8 - 12 October 2018: Preparatory course in mathematics (Department of Chemistry)
The Department of Chemistry runs a preparatory course in mathematics for all new students at the department which is taught in German. Registration is not necessary. Participation is voluntary.
The course takes place: Monday 10:00-16:00 in room M 629, Tuesday to Friday 8:15-16:00 in room M 629.
Target group: New students of the bachelor's programmes in Chemistry, Life Science and Nanoscience and of the Chemistry Teacher Education Programme.
Here you can find more information on starting your studies in the Department of Chemistry.
8 - 12 October 2018: Preparatory course in mathematics (Department of Computer Science)
The Department of Computer and Information Science runs a one-week preparatory course in mathematics (taught in German) to smooth the transition from school to university. In this course you can brush up on your school knowledge of mathematics and learn how to work at the same (university) level with your fellow students. The preparatory course in mathematics runs all day. We absolutely recommend this course to new students in the Bachelor's Programme in Computer Science!
You do not need to register. Further information is available in the course catalogue.
Target group: New students in the bachelor's programme in Computer Science
10 - 16 October 2018: Advanced Econometrics - Preparation Course für new master students M.Sc. Economics
Please find more information on the preaparation course on the website of your masters programme.
17 - 26 October 2018: Quantitative Methods in Economics - Preparation Course für new master students M.Sc. Economics
Please find more information on the preaparation course on the website of your masters programme.
19 + 20 October 2018: German for humanities scholars
German for humanities scholars – preparatory course for first-year students (in German)
This two day block course if intended for first-year students in the humanities. It will prepare you for the special requirements of academic writing. Topics include syntax,coherence, summarising texts, punctuation and spelling. The sample texts and exercises will help you improve your ability to express yourself.
You can find the course in the course catalogue.
Click here for more information on the course
Friday, 19 Oct. 2018 | 9:00-17:30
Saturday, 20 Oct. 2018 | 9:00-15:30
room: F 423
Instructor: Regine Schumacher
Please register for the course, stating your areas of study, via e-mail to Regine Schumacher:
Online preparatory courses for different subjects
VE&MINT online preparatory course in mathematics to brush up your school knowledge of mathematics, especially for students in Mathematics, Computer Science, the Natural Sciences and Technology (MINT subjects)
The online preparatory course in mathematics (taught in German) helps prospective students to check their knowledge of mathematics and prepare for their studies. It also recommends suitable courses at the university of your choice. The course includes: extensive study material, diagnostic tests (self-assessment) as well as numerous videos and interactive exercises.
You can find more information (in German) as well as the link to start the VE&MINT online preparatory course in mathematicson this website.