Study checklist

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Taking up your studies can be both exciting and confusing. So we asked students to draw up a checklist of the most important points to think of when you start. This list is meant to be a suggestion only, and can of course be adapted to your individual needs. If you have questions, the relevant services/institutions and contact persons from your study programme will be pleased to help.
True to the motto: “If you ask for help you will get it!”


  • 1. Documents for the current semester/LeibnizCard

    For the validation of your electronic student card (LeibnizCard) a photo is required.
    The photo must be transmitted electronically before your enrollment.

    • If you have applied for a restricted admission programme, you will receive the photo upload information along with your admission letter.
    • If you have enrolled in an admission-free study programme, you will find the information for uploading your photo directly after completing the online application in your application for enrollment (PDF form).

    From the middle of September (winter semester) or March (summer semester), depending on the date of registration, you will be sent a LeibnizCard, which includes your Semesterticket (season ticket for local transport). First semester students will receive a pre-validated LeibnizCard (you will need to re-validate it from the second semester onwards).

    You can then print your enrolment certificate (Immatrikulationsbescheinigung) yourself via our Online-Portal. To register for the university’s online services, you will also receive your LUH-ID and your initial password in advance. Please keep these documents in a safe place. For further information on online services see tip 9.

    The Semesterticket is valid from 01.10 in the winter semester and from 01.04 in the summer semester. For further information and a route plan see the AStA website (German language only)

  • 2. Go to the preparation courses (Vorkurse) and the introductory sessions (Einführungsveranstaltungen) of your degree programme!

    In the Preparation Courses (Vorkurse) and Introductory Sessions, you will not only find out about subject-related and organisational details but also meet your fellow students. While it is of course possible to study on your own, it is much easier in a group. You are advised to set up a network as soon as possible.

    Students of the same subject usually pick up the new students outside the main building after the Official Welcoming Event (in the winter semester only).

    International students also have the opportunity to attend specific Orientation Days.

    From 01.09. (for the winter semester) or the 01.03. (for the summer semester) you will find the preparation courses and introductory events in the online course catalog.

    If you have missed your preparation courses and introductory sessions, please speak to cour course advisor for your subject to get the important information for a good start.

  • 3. Apply for BAföG / a student loan and look for a place to live

    As soon as you have been admitted, you can apply for student loans. Your enrolment certificate can be handed in once you receive it. The date of application for BAföG is decisive for the start of BAföG- payments. And don’t forget to submit a renewal application to Hannover Student Services three months before it expires.

    If you have further questions on BAföG: The BAföG- and Social Counselling Office (German Language only) of the Hannover Student Services can provide information on financing your studies (BAföG, job seekers allowance, income support, housing benefit, student loans, scholarships, insurance, etc.). Hannover Student Services can also help you in Looking for Accommodation (German Language only) (e.g. Student hostels, online accommodation exchange etc.).

    Find living space in Hannover

    Please note: BAföG is restricted to German students and recognised refugees taking up a degree programme. International students (EU and Non-EU) are unfortunately not eligible for BAföG.

  • 4. When you move: re-register!

    If you have recently arrived in Hannover, you should register or re-register your address with the city authorities (Bürgerämter der Stadt Hannover) as soon as possible.

    Students from non-EU countries please note: you must register with the immigration authority (Ausländerbehörde). This is important, also because you will be issued with a German tax number. This is also necessary if you wish to open a German bank account.

    Further Information on visas and immigration procedures for international students

  • 5. Have a look at the university campus/dining hall

    The campus rallies offered by the different subjects in Orientation Week provide an overview of the campus. If your subject does not offer a campus rally, you can consult the Location Finder and the List of the Main Lecture Halls.

    You can use the LeibnizCard to make cash-free payments in the Student Services Dining Halls and Cafeterias. No additional validation is required here. First semester students receive a pre-validated LeibnizCard by post.

  • 6. Print out, read and file valid regulations

    For each degree programme, there are exam and internship regulations. You are recommended to collect them in a file as they can change in the course of your studies. They will then be available if you have any questions later on.

    All of these documents are available at Exam information & Course Advice. You will also find the deadlines for exam registration and the contact persons for your degree programme there.

  • 7. Consult the course catalogue and semester planner

    As you will soon discover, Learning at the University is different from at school. To make things easier for you, the timetable for the first semester is drawn up jointly during Orientation Week. One more reason to attend the Preparation Courses and Introductory Sessions.

    If you have any further questions, the Study and Exam Regulations will tell you which lectures and classes you must attend. The online course catalogue can be found on the Online-Portal.

    Please note that registration via Stud.IP is required for some courses (see tip 9).

  • 8. Find out about registering for exams and registration deadlines

    Missing a deadline and thus not being able to take an exam would be most annoying and could have unpleasant consequences. It is best to find out in good time about the relevant procedures in your study programme. All the necessary information is available at Exam information & Course Advice.

    Please note: International students who have been accepted only provisionally (vorläufige Zulassung) are often required to provide evidence of certain proficiency within a set period of time. The relevant requirements are stated in your acceptance notification (Zulassungsbescheid). Students who cannot produce evidence in time that they fulfil the requirements will be exmatriculated!

  • 9. Activate your LeibnizCard for the library

    Your LeibnizCard is also your library ticket for the University Library (TIB). It must first be activated in the library. Please take your passport or ID and your current registration document (Meldebescheinigung) to the information desk in one of the libraries. You can prepare activation under Reader Registration.

  • 10. Activate your LUH-ID, web access and Stud.IP

    You can access the internet in almost all buildings and on the campus via LUH-WLAN. For instructions on activating and setting up access to the network and an overview of the services provided by LUIS (Leibniz Universität IT Service), please see the current Question Time guidebook.

    You will take many courses online via Stud.IP, where you can not only communicate among other students but also contact your lecturers as well. Instructions and a description of all the functions are also to be found in the brochure "Any Questions?".

    Any Questions?
    PDF, 11 MB
  • 11. Make a note of the deadline for re-registering for the next semester

    Semester fees (Semesterbeitrag) must be paid for each semester; this is called re-registering (Rückmeldung). You will receive the deadline for reregistering, the amount due and account details by E-Mail.

    If this E-Mail gets lost you can find all the necessary information online. The deadline for re-registering can also be found at the Semester Dates, together with the beginning and end of lectures for each semester.

  • 12. Learn university terminology

    Some of the terminology used at universities is quite special and a lot of technical terms and abbreviations are being used, some of which you may never have heard before. (Click here for a Quick Overview of the most important academic terminology - German language only). We encourage you to ask if there is something you don’t understand. It could well be that your fellow students don’t know what is meant either, and are grateful that you have dared to ask.

    Apart from Uni Language, academic work is a skill that you will gain in the course of your studies. And bear in mind that this skill will shape your studies. It is only in very few cases that you will be training for a job; instead you will learn in the course of your studies how to familiarise yourself with new topics quickly and in a focused way.

  • 13. If you have questions concerning your study programme

    Everyone was once a first semester student, and there is no such thing as a question that is not worth asking. In particular, your fellow students in the Fachschaften (Student Representation) will be pleased to help you.

    In your study programme, course advice (Fachstudienberatung) and the degree programme coordination (Studiengangskoordination) will also be pleased to help. The website of the relevant faculty contains information on who is responsible and who to contact. In case you don’t know which faculty your study programme belongs to, please call in at the ServiceCenter.

  • 14. In case you don’t know what to do

    If you are in a situation where you don’t know who is responsible for what, or if you are faced with problems that you don’t know how to solve, please come to the ServiceCenter or the Student Advisory Service.

    The ServiceCenter houses most of the service facilities at Leibniz Universität Hannover in one place. The Student Advisory Service assists with any questions concerning your studies.

  • 15. Organise your leisure time

    To counterbalance your studies, to meet other students, or merely to “step outside the box”, there are many different options at Leibniz Universität Hannover and in Hannover Region.

    At Leibniz Universität Hannover there is also a wealth of Student Initiatives and Groups that greatly enrich university life.

    There’s also a lot to discover at University Sports! With over 100 kinds of sport in over 700 courses, something is bound to take your fancy. The LeibnizCard is conveniently not only needed for the lockers in the TIB and for borrowing books, but it is at the same time your SportCampusCard.

    To promote intercultural exchange, the International Office runs the Study Buddy Programme.

    Get in touch with other first semester students at Leibniz Universität Hannover via our First Semester Facebook Group before you take up your studies!

  • 16. Make use of discounts

    With a valid enrolment certificate (Immatrikulationsbescheinigung), you can get many discounts, e.g. for theatre, opera, cinema, museums, adult education classes, and with some service providers such as mobile phone providers.

    With an International Student Identity Card (ISIC- Card), students can also get similar discounts abroad and sometimes even for flights. It is always worth enquiring about student discounts/concessions!

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© Zentrale Studienberatung / LUH
Student Advisory Services
Our Student Advisory Services will be pleased to assist you! Contact us via phone, e-mail or in person!
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover