Checklist for first semester students
There is much to think about to get your studies off to a perfect start. We have put together a checklist of the most important things to remember in advance.
We wish you a good start at the University!
Essential documents and information for first-semester students
When your enrollment application has been processed, you will receive your Uni username (B-Kennung) and an initial password to get you started. You will need your username to access our various services, e.g., STiNE, on-campus Wi-Fi, and your university email address. A letter will provide you with an iTAN list for various processes. The Regional Computing Center at Universität Hamburg (RRZ) will assist you with questions about your uni username.
You will receive your provisional semester documents—a provisional student ID and a provisional semester public transport pass—via email 3 to 4 weeks after the enrollment deadline. At the same time, you will provided with a payment form for the semester contribution. When you have submitted all required enrollment documents, when your health insurance has notified Universität Hamburg about your health insurance status and we have received your semester contribution, we will send you your permanent semester documents that are valid for the entire semester.
When you have submitted all required enrollment documents, when your health insurance has notified Universität Hamburg about your health insurance status and we have received your semester contribution, we will send you your permanent semester documents that are valid for the entire semester. Find your online proof of enrollment (Online-Semesterbescheinigung) in your STiNE account under “Dokumente” (documents tab). In addition to the certificate of enrollment, this also includes a Section-9 certificate (§-9-Bescheinigung) for the office of the federal student loan scheme (BAföG) and proof of enrollment for Deutsche Bahn.
Setting up your technology: Wi-Fi, University email address, etc.
You must create your own password to activate your uni username (B-Kennung). For this, use your one-time password to log into the user administration and set your own new password.
The University will send important information to your University email address: FirstName.LastName@studium.uni-hamburg.de To log in, you will need your uni username (B-Kennung). See the instructions for setting up your account.
The STiNE portal will form an important communication tool throughout your studies at Universität Hamburg. You can register for courses and exams in STiNE. (log in with your Uni username, calledB-Kennung) Important: You can forward system messages to your University email address. If you have any technical problems, call the hotline, Tel: +49 40 42838-5000 or/and use the support form.
Students can access the University’s Wi-Fi network (eduram) at many locations. This also requires your Uni username (B-Kennung). Read the instructions for Wi-Fi log-on.
Students can use printers at our libraries for cashless printing. Find all information on printing and your CopyCard, e.g., on the State and University Library (Stabi) website.
The essentials of a successful start at Universität Hamburg
All departments offer so-called orientation modules (Orientierungseinheiten, OE) in the week before the semester starts. Find out everything you need to know about getting started at the University and your degree program. We recommend that you join the orientation offer for your degree program. Individual orientation information
Some subject areas provide voluntary preparation offers. Ask your degree program coordinator whether theses courses are also offered for your chosen degree program.
The below tools will help you find your bearings on campus:
- Video campus tour
- Campus Navigator
- Campus map in our UHH mobile app.
- PIASTA Welcome Week tours
- AStA introduction
Even before orientation kick-off, the Welcome Week provides interdisciplinary information about getting started at University. Take this chance to learn your way around campus early on and meet international students! Go to PIASTA for information on the program and registration.
Refer to the exam and academic regulations (subject-specific regulations) Bestimmungen) if you have more questions about course requirements and your personal timetable. The academic offices in the faculties will gladly help you with any further questions about academic and exam regulations.
Create a personal timetable based on the academic regulations and register for courses in STiNE. Our course catalog is available in STiNE too. During the orientation period there is a separate registration period for first-semester students.
You will need the iTAN list to register for modules, courses, and—later in your studies—to register for exams. Find out how everything works during orientation! In case of difficulties, the academic offices in the faculties gladly help you along.
The coronavirus pandemic has transformed university life and may continue to affect teaching. See our coronavirus FAQ page for current regulations on semester operations.
Besides subject-specific offers, Universität Hamburg provides free-time activities that promote interdisciplinary networking among students; for example, University Sports; University Music; the University theater group; PIASTA; or the various opportunities to get involved in campus politics.
Finances and accommodations
See our various tips on financing your studies. If you consider to apply for funding from the federal student loan scheme (BAföG) you should do this as soon as you have got your letter of admission because processing will take a while. Studierendenwerk Hamburg will assist you with your BAföG application and advise you on matters relating to financing your studies.
The Studierendenwerk residence halls will be occupied quickly and finding a room on the private housing market can take several months. See our overview of living options in Hamburg.
When enrolling at a German university, international students can apply for a residence permit for the purpose of university study. They must get this permit extended regularly. Use the online residence permit guide to arrange an appointment. You can access the necessary forms online. The Department of International Affairs will advise and support you with any questions about your residence permit.