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In the following section you will find all the information you need to plan and organise your studies at FAU at an early stage:

First steps at FAU

The first days at university can be very complicated. You don’t know anyone yet, you don’t know where things are, and all the new words you encounter don’t make it any easier. But here’s the good news: all new students feel exactly the same. That’s why there is a whole range of events and services for international students to make getting started at FAU as easy as possible.

The organisation and planning of one’s studies is often associated with a lot of bureaucracy – sometimes it is not easy to keep track of things. The fellow students in your degree programme will certainly be happy to help you. The FAU websites also offer a number of useful information.

UnivIS[1]

UnivIS is FAU’s central information system. Via UnivIS, you have access to the electronic course catalogue and can compile a list of the classes you are taking. UnivIS also contains a directory of all people and institutions at FAU, a publication database and information on current job offers. Via the integrated search function, you can locate all rooms at FAU and get the contact details of staff and lecturers.

Geokurs

Geokurs is the institute’s own platform for online course booking. Via Geokurs, students can register bindingly for courses of the upcoming semester. Normally, the booking phase is around the middle of the semester. Necessary information will be announced on the institute’s website in time.

Mein Campus[1]

The online administration portal ‘mein campus’ is the virtual counterpart to the Student Records Office and the Examinations Office. It includes functions for student, examination, and class administration. You can manage your personal account details, register for examinations and obtain an overview of your grades. You can also print out your official documents and certificate of enrolment via mein campus

StudOn[1]

StudOn is FAU’s platform for online learning. Students can access or store seminar papers, handouts, reading lists and general information. StudOn also allows direct exchange between students and lecturers in forums, chats and Wikis. StudOn is also used for online examinations. Students can log on with their University user account.

Geodok

GEODOK provides online access to the collection of the institute’s library (Wetterkreuz 15, First Floor, 91058 Erlangen) and allows to search literature. Each record contains a shelfmark indicating the location of the item in the library. Please note that GEODOK contains neither an order service nor a delivery service.

OPACplus[1]

OPACplus provides online access to the FAU library catalogue. The catalogue allows you to search the entire University Library and all branch libraries. Apart from books and printed journals, you can also access electronic journals and literature databases. Via OPACplus, you can also use the inter-library loan services for literature which is not available at FAU and the campus delivery service FAUdok.

[1] https://www.fau.eu/study/current-students/manage-your-studies-online/

In the first semester there is a lot to learn, including many foreign words, abbreviations and technical terms. Below you will find from A to Z some of the most important terms you will need during your time at FAU, as well as general information about student life.

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