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Welcome Event for First Semester Students

Welcome Event for First Semester Students on 12 October 2020

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The first virtual welcome event for all first semester students will take place on Monday 12 October 2020. The welcome event will commence at 9 a.m. and starts with a visit to the President of LUH followed by an introduction of the most important facilities and points of contact for students during the first few months of their studies, scheduled until 1 p.m.

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The tour is hosted by Céline Beckhausen, a student, and Jan Egge Sedelies, a LUH graduate. Viewers are welcome to make contributions via the YouTube chat feature – members of staff from Communications and Marketing, Student Advisory Services and the International Office will be happy to answer any questions. At the end of the event, some questions – especially those regarding organisational aspects of the upcoming semester – will be answered by the President of LUH and the Vice President for Teaching and Academic Programmes.

The welcome event for first semester students will be guided by the motto “Do it like Leibniz”. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the namesake of the university, was a progressive thinker who worked in Hannover for a long time. He was renowned for his diverse interests, his curiosity, his fondness for debates, his worldly views as well as for his international networks – a shining example, not only for LUH students!

In addition, there will be individual welcome events organised by the faculties or the individual degree programmes and student bodies. For further details, please refer to the website of the respective faculty and student body.


  • 9 a.m. Words of welcome from the President and the Mayor of Hannover

    Prof. Dr. Volker Epping, President of LUH, welcomes the hosts in his office located in the main building of Leibniz University Hannover. They will be joined by Belit Onay, Mayor of Hannover and a LUH graduate, who will welcome all first-semester students to the state capital.

  • 9.20 a.m. Service and advisory facilities: from enrolment to periods abroad

    Introduction of facilities represented in the ServiceCenter in the main university building:

    •  Student Advisory Services
      The team of Student Advisory Services answers questions regarding practical aspects of your studies and gives advice on choosing the right degree programme. Orientation, information and guidance are an inherent part of our university and ensure that students are successful during all stages of their studies – including students with disabilities.
    • Admissions Office
      Whether you would like to begin your studies in the first or in an advanced semester, whether applying for admission to a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme – the Admissions Office provides prospective students with important information regarding the allocation of places.
    • Examination Office
      The Examination Office organises examinations for Diplom, bachelor’s, master’s and Magister degree programmes. Other duties include dealing with applications, granting or denying admission to examinations, checking deadlines and issuing certificates or notifications.
    • Leibniz Language Centre
      Each semester, the Leibniz Language Centre offers about 220 language courses and other ways to learn languages for approximately 5,000 students – both within and outside of the lecture period. Moreover, it is one of the largest examination centres in Germany offering German language exams necessary for admission to university (DSH).
    • Centre for Quality Enhancement in Teaching and Learning: Key Competencies
      Learning strategies, preparing for examinations, academic writing, practical insights, additional qualifications or advice on applications: transferable skills are essential – during your studies, in the context of placements or when launching your career. The Centre for Quality Enhancement in Teaching and Learning (ZQS) supports students from day one.
    • International Office
      The International Office offers information and services for international students and members of staff regarding their studies or their research stay at Leibniz University Hannover. In addition, it provides advice and guidance for all those interested in spending a period abroad. The team is responsible for exchange programmes and provides information on grants and funding opportunities while maintaining international collaborations of LUH.

    Some facilities are located in separate rooms or buildings outside of the ServiceCenter. You can use this database to search for rooms and buildings on campus.

  • 10.05 a.m. Online learning and IT services

    Winter semester 2020/2021 will be a hybrid semester with as much face-to-face sessions as possible. However, the focus will be on online learning. Information on online learning at LUH, available IT services and how to use them will be provided by:

    • LUIS (Leibniz Universität IT Services)
      Email account, Wi-Fi, software licences, notebook rental service and much more: Leibniz Universität IT Services (LUIS) provides IT services and IT infrastructure for research, teaching, and administration.
    • ZQS/elsa (Centre for Quality Enhancement in Teaching and Learning)
      ZQS/elsa provides services related to digital media in university education, such as advisory services on using digital media in teaching, technical guidance for members of teaching staff, producing audiovisual media and course content, recording lectures or the learning management systems Stud.IP and ILIAS.
    • Dr. Florian Leydecker is a member of research staff at the Institute of Applied Mathematics and has received an award for outstanding teaching presented by the Presidential Board of LUH.
  • 10.30 a.m. Psychological counselling, equal opportunities, student services, student bodies
    • Psychological Counselling for Students (ptb)
      ptb provides help and guidance for students of all higher education institutes in Hannover facing issues in the course of their studies or in their personal lives – free of charge and confidential, either in personal consultations or during group appointments.
    • Equal Opportunities Office
      The Equal Opportunities Office promotes equality between women and men, advocates family-friendly conditions for students and staff and fosters diversity management.
    • Student Services Organisation Hannover
      Cafeterias, student accommodation, BAföG service: Studentenwerk Hannover (Student Services Organisation Hannover) is a central point of contact for many queries of LUH students.
    • Students' union (AStA)
      The students' union represents the interests of students, both within and outside of the university. In addition, the students' union provides guidance on BAföG, social and academic issues, as well as information material and events. Moreover, the student’s union negotiates terms for the semester ticket.
  • 10.50 a.m. Break

    Short break

  • 11.00 a.m. Facilities in the lower ground floor of the main university building

    The hosts will visit the following facilities located in the lower ground floor of the main university building:

    • Study areas
      LUH offers numerous study areas equipped with sockets and Wi-Fi access at all locations. Currently, there are some restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Cafeteria Sprengelstube
      Like all cafeterias, the Sprengelstube is managed by Studentenwerk Hannover and sells snacks and beverages.
    • LeibnizSHOP
      LUH merchandise is available in the LeibnizSHOP, including LUH pencils, coffee2go glass mugs, handcrafted chocolate or organic cotton hoodies.
    • Leibniz Exhibition
      The Leibniz Exhibition is devoted to the namesake of LUH and features numerous exhibits such as models of his famous calculating machines. Furthermore, the exhibition provides insights into his ideas and research in the fields of humanities, law, economics, aesthetics and politics.
    • Printshop
      Printing, binding, scanning, laminating – the Printshop offers many services that students require – even before they embark on writing their thesis.
    • Validating your LeibnizCard
      The LeibnizCard serves as your student ID and your semester ticket and combines many features, such as paying in cafeterias or using the library. In order to remain valid, the LeibnizCard must be revalidated each semester.
  • 11.20 a.m. TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library

    Passing the International Office building, the tour continues at “TIB Science/Technology”, the main location of the university library. The team will explain how to use the library and introduce services available at TIB.

  • 11.30 a.m. Break

    Short break

  • 11.45 a.m. University Sports Centre

    The SportCampus of the  University Sports Centre (ZfH)  is located within walking distance of the main university building. The ZfH organises a comprehensive sports programme available for all students and members of staff at LUH, including a fitness studio and a climbing hall. In order to relax from your studies, the ZfH offers many popular sports activities.

  • 12.00 noon Break

    Short break

  • 12.15 p.m. Meeting university management for coffee in the cafeteria

    During a short tour, viewers will learn how a cafeteria works. Subsequently, the hosts will meet the President of LUH and the Vice President for Teaching and Academic Programmes who will answer questions of first-semester students submitted via the live chat.

  • 1 p.m. End of the live stream

    A video of the complete live stream is available via the YouTube channel of LUH.

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30167 Hannover