When you start to study, a new phase of life begins that demands to be organized. Psychology student Sandra Dittrich gives a few tips for a good start.

For many, this means not only getting to know a completely new subject and university, but also moving to a new city and finding their way around it. But what is the most important thing you should know about this step?

That’s exactly what I’ve asked myself when I started my studies, and to simplify your start at least a little, here are the most important tips.

First of all, you should re-register your residence within two weeks. As a rule, you have to go to the registration office in person. But watch out! – Each city district has its own registration office, so it’s best to first check the city’s website to see which authority to go to. In my case, for example, I had to go to the Bürgeramt Mitte. You should also remember to bring your identity card or passport with you, as well as a confirmation from the landlord.

In addition to the change of residence, the question then arises of how to finance your studies or the appartment. The Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAFöG for short, can be of great help here. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has set up this law so that schoolchildren, trainees and students can receive financial support and get an education of their choice. BAFöG can quickly and easily be applied for online, and does not require much work.

In addition to the basic aspects that you have to think about when you move to a new city, you naturally also have questions in your head in regards to the university and the study itself, such as, for example, how to sign up for seminars or similar. At the beginning I was not sure if I had to register for exams or if this happens automatically.

But do not panic! – In most cases, the questions are clarified within the first week. Nevertheless, I would like to focus on the most important aspects below.

For the courses of Studium Generale you can do the registration yourself on the university website. As soon as the courses are made available, you will also receive an email in which the registration link is provided. For lectures or seminars that are incorporated in the studies, normally you do not have to register, otherwise you will be informed. Exactly the same happens with the exams.

However, if it is about a semester abroad or internships, the students should deal with this at an early stage. Especially for an internship, you should apply early, preferably half a year in advance. For a semester abroad, students are welcome to contact Ms. Bettina Pauley or Ms. Iris Ulbrich at the International Office.

As a rule no one is left at the university with unanswered questions; every professor, lecturer and staff member is helpful and open to assist, to make the entry into the study and all organizational aspects as easy as possible for students.