The International Office offers a bright variety of events during the orientation weeks to welcome new international exchange students.
The program for the orientation weeks will be send by email a few weeks before the orientation weeks start. The program varies each semester, but some events are offered every year:
The orientation weeks begin with the Newcomer Service Welcome Breakfast, in the Mensa of the University of Bremen. There, the employees of the International Office, the Goethe-Institut, the Foreign Language Center, the student tutors, and the volunteer employees of the Erasmus Initiative will be introduced. Students can make their first connections over coffee, tea, and pastries, and have their questions answered. A guided tour of the university campus will be offered afterwards.
Attendance at the Welcome Breakfast is obligatory for all exchange students participating in the German Intensive Course. Please arrive in time for this event if you will attend the German Intensive Course.
German intensive language course (optional)
During the orientation weeks, the Goethe Institute offers a three-week German Intensive Course encompassing levels A1 to B2 for interested international exchange students. This course may include fees. Students can obtain 6 ECTS from the course if they successfully pass the exam. More information about the German Intensive Course can be found here.
Events of the International Office
During the last orientation week, another obligatory event called "Study at the University of Bremen" takes place for all international exchange students. The date and time will be published in the orientation weeks program. At this event, you will learn important information about studying at the University of Bremen: course selections, modules, ECTS, examinations, how to use Stud.IP., and more. Tours will also be offered, e.g. in the university library or in the Parliament of Bremen ("Bremer Bürgerschaft").
Special information sessions in the departments
During the orientation weeks, some departments offer special consultation hours for exchange students. The dates and times of the special opening hours will be published in the Newcomer Service Brochure, which will be handed out at the Welcome Breakfast and the Welcome Desk.
Events of the Erasmus Initiative of the University of Bremen
The Erasmus Initiative of the University of Bremen e.V. is a group of former Erasmus students who organize many events (parties, excursions, sporting events, etc.) for current international exchange students both during the orientation weeks and throughout the semester.
More information about the Erasmus Initiative Bremen