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Advice on your study decision

The University of Bremen advises and supports you in your concerns. Here you will find contact points for all your matters: Support in making study decisions, advice on all aspects of studying, support in personal problem situations, questions on studying with children and other topics.

 

 

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Central Student Advisory Service
VWG, ground floor

Advisory hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu 9-12 a.m., Wed 2-4 p.m.
Well available: Mon 2-3 p.m., Fri 11-12 a.m.

+49 (0) 421 218-61160
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Advice on your study decision

First point of contact for gaining information about studying at the University of Bremen is the Central Student Advisory Service, which advises you in all relevant areas such as application and admission, the content of study programs, and study requirements as well as change of subject or university.

In-depth subject-specific questions can be clarified by the Study Centers in the Faculties or in the subject-specific counseling service. For questions about career orientation and career start, you should ask the experts in the Practice Offices. Details of whom to contact can be found in the Studies Database.

Funding Issues

Studying is expensive and needs to be financed. If you have any questions regarding the financing of your studies, you can contact the Sozialberatung of the Studentenwerk. Concerning benefits according to the Federal Training Assistance Act BAföG you need to contact the Studentenwerk, in case of problems you can take advantage of the Bafög and social counseling at the AStA (in German). Scholarships can also be used to (co-) finance your studies. The University of Bremen annually awards Germany scholarships.

We have put together more information about student financing and jobs for you here.

 

International Students

The work of the University’s International Office revolves around questions that concern international students. The multilingual consultants in the International Office inform about options, outlooks, and individual procedures. This way we ensure that you get off to a good start when taking up your studies. And the kompass program for international students brings foreign and German students together, building a bridge to the University of Bremen.

 

Studying with Child(ren)

You don’t have to face this challenge alone. In the summer of 2007, the University of Bremen was accredited by “audit familiengerechte hochschule” [audit family-friendly university]. Childcare, nappy changing or games on campus are projects that have since been realized. The Family Portal of the University of Bremen (in German) helps you to find the right contact persons.

 

Studying with a Disability

The University takes care of the needs of students with disabilities or chronic illnesses. You will find help and support at the Contact and Information Center for Students with Disabilities or Chronic illness (KIS), at the self-help initiative IG Handicap and the psychotherapeutic counseling center ptb.

Deciding on what to study in 5 steps

  • 1st step: Know what you want

    What skills and interests do I have? What do I like doing at school, in my spare time or in my job? Do I want to study at university or start a course of vocational training instead? And what would be best for me – studying at a university or rather at a university of applied sciences? What knowledge would I like to deepen during my studies and what do I expect from my studies? Self-tests can give you hints, but the decision is still up to you.

    Note down answers to these questions in keywords. Of course, you can also visit the Central Student Advisory Service to talk about things.

  • 2nd step: Information Search

    Look for the subjects that suit your interests and future intentions. Find out as much as possible about your intended degree program. Try to figure out what studying certain subjects requires of you and whether you feel up to these requirements. Counseling centers such as the central student advisory services for higher education institutions, program advisors and student counseling such as the student council or StugA, vocational information centers, career counseling offices of the labor exchange can help you in the decision-making. You should also make use of written sources of information, such as information leaflets on study programs, course catalogs and the green book “Studien und Berufswahl” [Studies and career choice] available from the of the Labor Exchange.

  • Step 3: First, see what studying and your chosen career field are like

    Nothing beats trying something out first. Make use of information days and trial offers. Most universities allow students to attend courses in the current semester without the need for formal registration. The Central Student Advisory Service will be happy to help you plan and prepare a self-organized trial experience.

    Also try to get in contact with students. Who else is able to tell you better what to expect? And if you are interested in certain occupational fields that require a university degree, you should explore such professions as early as possible via an internship. This will help you to check your motivation and estimate whether you can imagine doing the job in future. A brief spell in a company or organization active in the field or talks with people already working in the sector, can be enlightening.

  • Step 4: Make a decision & apply

    If you are uncertain about what to study, think about what is still needed to come to a decision. Problems in the choice of studies can also be discussed in the consultation hours of the Central Student Advisory Service. Once you have made up your mind, the all-important step follows: The application! From the beginning of May, you can obtain the required documentation; and see if you can apply online. Information on applications can be found on the Internet. The brochure “Studying at the University of Bremen” contains all the important information about studying at the University of Bremen as well as details of how to apply. It will be available in printed form from the beginning of May in the Bremen schools, at the Agentur für Arbeit [labor exchange], and in the administration building (VWG) of the University of Bremen. Many courses have subject-specific enrollment requirements (language certificates, internships etc.), which you should inform yourself about in good time. Application deadline for most undergraduate courses at the University of Bremen is July 15 of every year.

  • 5th step: Take up studies

    Incidentally, once you have obtained a place at the University of Bremen, you can prepare for your studies even before the official start. And it’s always helpful to improve your foreign language skills, because English literature is commonplace in every study program! The University also offers options for improving your math or EDP knowledge.

    The orientation week and Uni-start events take place before the instruction begins in October and will help you get off to a smooth start. There are non-subject-specific events, guided tours, introductory courses, details of study programs, and lots of opportunities to meet your future fellow students. Good luck and a good start into the new territory of university studies!