Ori­en­ta­ti­on pro­gram for in­ter­na­tio­nal stu­dents

Due to the Corona Pandemic, which requires us to follow special hygiene and distancing rules, the orientation phase for our international students unfortunately cannot take place in person as usual. In order to welcome you at the University of Kassel, to introduce you to service facilities and to provide you with important information about the start of your studies, we offer a compact weekend programme from October 23-25th for your orientation. We have designed the programme so that you receive all the information, regardless of whether you are still in your home country or have already arrived in Kassel.

Par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on

Participation in the orientation programme is free of charge for all participants. Important: Participation in the guided campus tour on Saturday afternoon and the short city tour on Sunday afternoon (see below) requires registration.

Fri­day, Oc­­to­ber 23th

The access link will be announced here a few days before.

At this digital welcoming event, the team of the Welcome Centre of the International Office will welcome you officially. You can also look forward to welcoming words from the university’s president and representatives of important service institutions.

 

Sa­tur­day, Oc­to­ber 24th

Get to know the student tutors of the Welcome Centre during this online information session. They will be available during the semester to help you with organisational questions concerning studying and living in Kassel. In a presentation lasting about one hour, we provide important information on the topic of "Studying in Kassel". Afterwards there will be time to get to know each other and for informal exchange.

Information session in German: The access link to Zoom will be announced here a few days before.

Information session in English: The access link to Zoom will be announced here a few days before.

Decide for yourself whether you want to join the English or the German group.

 

Then come with us on the Campus Tour. We will take you past the most important places and service facilities at the University of Kassel. Important stops will be the Language Centre, the IT Service, the Student Union and the new Student House with the AStA. Of course, the cafeteria is not to be missed and we will show you where you can get the best coffee on campus.

In order to maintain the distance and hygiene regulations, we will organize the Campus Tour in small groups. Important: Registration is required for this. Please use the following form to register. We will then inform you a few days before by email about your group and the meeting point.

 

Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 25th

Get to know the student tutors of the Welcome Centre during this online information session. They will be available during the semester to help you with organisational questions concerning studying and living in Kassel. In a presentation lasting about one hour, we provide important information on the topic of "Living in Kassel". Afterwards there will be time to get to know each other and for informal exchange.
 

Information session in German: The access link to Zoom will be announced here a few days before.

Information session in English: The access link to Zoom will be announced here a few days before.

Decide for yourself whether you want to join the English or the German group.

Come with us afterwards for a short guided tour of the city and get to know your fellow students. Between Holländischer Platz and Rathaus (town hall) (Obere Königsstraße 8) we will show you important stops so that you can find your way around and supply yourself during your first days in Kassel. We will explore the inner city on foot. Nevertheless, please do remember your semester ticket!

In order to maintain the distance and hygiene regulations, we will organize the city tour in small groups. Important:  Registration is required for this. Please use the following form to register. We will then inform you a few days prior to the event by email about your group and the meeting point.

Tech­no­lo­gy

In order to participate in a zoom videoconference, you need a PC/laptop, tablet or smartphone with internet access. You can install the zoom app (when you click on the links in the programme, a corresponding dialogue box opens) or alternatively participate via your web browser. You do not need to create an account with Zoom. Click the appropriate link (in the programme) and enter the password if necessary. If you wish to have a look at Zoom beforehand or check your Internet connection as well as your audio connections, Zoom offers you to start a test meeting. Please take a look at the following links for Zoom's user instructions and note the information on data protection. We will not record meetings.

Re­gis­tra­ti­on for the gui­ded cam­pus tour and the ci­ty tour

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Fur­ther of­fers at the be­gin­ning of stu­dies

The dates of the introductory events for the winter term 2020/21 in your faculties will probably be available from the beginning of August 2020 on the respective course page. Example course of study Psychology: Uni Kassel -> Studium -> Bachelor study courses -> Psychology -> Introduction and start of study

 

The semester preparation course German for international and Erasmus students (level A1-B1) takes place online from 23.09.- 21.10.2020. More: https://www.uni-kassel.de/einrichtungen/en/sprz/szdb/learning-german/erasmusvorkurse.html

 

You can also subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram

Instagram.com/unikassel_internationalstudent, to keep up to date with current campus activities.

Ke­eping track

Whether by bus, train, bicycle or on foot, you have a few possibilities to come to the university:

  • Parking spaces: Around the Campus Holländischer Platz there are very few parking spaces in the surrounding streets (Hentschelstraße, Mönchebergstraße). Parking is also paid. You might be able to find free parking spaces on the surrounding streets.
  • Train connections: The long-distance railway station is Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe. You can also reach Kassel main station via regional transport. You can find all train connections at www.bahn.de.
  • Bicycle: Kassel has around 400 rental bicycles available at 56 stations, including the locations near Holländischer Platz, Menzelstraße, Heinrich-Plett-Straße and Wilhelmshöher Allee. The first 60 minutes are free for students of the University of Kassel. Further information at: https://www.nextbike.de/de/kassel/campusbike/
  • Long-distance buses: Long-distance buses stop in Kassel at the Wilhelmshöhe bus/train station and at the P + R car park in Kassel-Ost.
  • Airports: The closest airports are: Kassel-Calden, Frankfurt, Hannover and Paderborn. From Kassel-Calden, you can take a taxi or bus 130 to Kassel city center. The exact timetable is available on the website of the Kasseler Verkehrsgesellschaft. There are train connections to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe from Frankfurt, Hanover and Paderborn.
  • You can also use your semester ticket to attend pre-courses, but also to travel free of charge in Kassel and to get to a few cities nearby by regular trains (Not ICE – fast trains). the AStA has put together some information for you.
  • Did you not receive your semester ticket on time?
  • In Kassel, the central locations are Holländischer Platz, Wilhelmshöher Allee, Heinrich-Plett-Strasse, Menzelstraße (Arts faculty) and Aueparkhalle. There are two locations in Witzenhausen: Steinstraße and Nordbahnhofstraße. Further information

As a rule, you arrange your timetable yourself according to the requirements of your module examination regulations. Information and support are available at the subject-specific introductory events. Example lesson plans can also be found in the module handbook of your examination regulations.

You can also access the course catalog via this page: Im Studium - Kurse, Module und Prüfungen
"Wie belege ich Veranstaltungen?"

Viele wichtige Hinweise rund um das Thema Prüfungen gibt es hier:

There are many important tips on the subject of exams here: Prüfungen - Hinweise, Rechte und Pflichten

The examination regulations are listed here:  www.uni-kassel.de/go/pruefungsordnungen

The library offers a wide range of support to help you get started with uni work. In addition to courses on databases, research or literature management, self-study videos are also available.

Dates and videos can be found here: http://www.uni-kassel.de/ub/benutzung-service/schulungen-fuehrungen.html

Moodle is a web-based open-source learning platform where students and teachers can collaboratively post, edit, annotate and discuss materials. https://moodle.uni-kassel.de/moodle/

Every student is advised to own the Campus Card. It can be used both as a means of payment at the canteens and cafeterias on Holländischer Platz and in Heinrich-Plett-Straße as well as for printing and copying documents on campus. It also serves as an identity card for the university's library locations. Tenants of student dormitories are also increasingly using the card as a payment card for washing machines and dryers.

More information about the Campus Card: https://www.uni-kassel.de/its-handbuch/identitaetsmanagement/campuscard/allgemeine-informationen.html

The uni account is the central access to the services of the University of Kassel. There is an email account and personal password associated with the uni account. Students need the uni account to create timetables or to register for exams. You need a uni account to log in to  the internet at the dormitories and on campus too. It is basically essential to create a uni account straight upon your arrival. More information can be found here: http://www.uni-kassel.de/its-handbuch/identitaetsmanagement/uniaccount/freischaltungaktivierung.html

 

 

On campus you can access the net via Wi-Fi, as long as you have your uni account activated.  http://www.uni-kassel.de/its-handbuch/?id=37194

 

  • Tutors are students of higher semesters, who have already taken the first major hurdle to their studies and, depending on the background of their experiences, give their undergraduates information and support for starting their studies. As part of the project, you will get to know other students from your own area as well as from other departments and thus have contacts with people from a few faculties.
  • The study portfolio helps you to keep track of your studies while optimising your learning. More information is available here: https://www.uni-kassel.de/projekte/studien-portfolio/startseite.html

 

AStA (Der Allgemeine Studierendenausschuss) is the general student committee. It represents student interests on a political level and makes a contribution to student life with further education, counseling and cultural activities.

University elections

Every year, all members of the university elect their interest groups. Students choose the student parliament, the student members of the senate, the student councils, the student representatives on the faculty councils.

The student council

The student council consists of volunteer working students and represents the student interests in the department. As a selected student council member, you will be involved in the university committees, help organise student introductions and, in addition, learn a great deal about the university: