Getting off to a good start


"Ersti ABC" video

Getting used to academic life at a German university can be confusing: What is a "Fachschaft"? What does "c.t." mean? The video "Ersti ABC" explains the most important terms you'll encounter from A to Z. No easy task for our campus reporter Stephan Musholt!

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Orientation events for first-semester and transfer students [de]

The faculties of the University of Münster host orientation events for first-semester and transfer students at the beginning of each semester. These are offered as individual information seminars or as part of a larger programme of orientation events. We definitely recommend taking part! The Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB) can provide you with further details and dates.

  • Search and find

    University map

    Although the University of Münster has no central campus, you can reach most facilities and institutes on foot, by bike or bus. Our University map shows you where each building is located.
    View map of the University of Münster [de]

    Institutions A-Z

    Institutions A-Z is a database of all facilities of the University with their respective contact data. A link redirects you to the institute's corresponding website and another shows you its location on the University map.
    Search for Institutions A-Z [de]

    Person search

    Professors, administrative staff, students – using this database, you can find the email addresses and phone numbers of many members of the University.
    Use the Person search [de]

    Academic organisation

    The student portal MyWWU provides access to essential applications and includes a number of valuable additional features such as a calendar, timetable and news section. Via the LSF/QISPOS portal, you can register (and de-register) for individual courses and their corresponding required assignments and examinations.
    View the course catalogue (LSF/QISPOS portal)
    Visit MyWWU [de]

    Overview of the faculties

    The University of Münster is comprised of 15 faculties. Together they form the structural foundation of the University.

    Accommodation search

    Every student who studies in Münster needs a place to live. While some prefer sharing a flat (WG) with other students , others choose to rent a room in a student hall of residence. You can find offers of accommodation in various magazines and Internet portals.
    Overview of accommodation offers

  • First steps

    Are first steps always the hardest? Not necessarily! To help you gain orientation at the beginning of your studies, various facilities of the University of Münster provide helpful advice to first-semester students:

    University Library (ULB)

    The University Library (ULB) is one of the central facilities of the University of Münster – a place you are sure to encounter as a first-semester student. Your WWU student ID is also your ULB user card. You only have to activate your library user card once. For an introduction to our libraries and the services they offer, we recommend attending a training session.

    The ULB website also provides an overview of the most important information for first-semester students:
    ULB information for first-semester students [de]

    Centre for Information Processing (ZIV)

    The Centre for Information Processing (ZIV) is the University's central service provider for communication and information technology. The ZIV is responsible for assigning University email address to all first-semester students and ensuring that sufficient computer pools are available. The ZIV also offers software courses.
    Important ZIV information for first-semester students

    Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB)

    The Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB) is the place to go prior to and during your studies for information and advice in matters related to choosing, taking up and completing a degree programme. The ZSB staff provide support when dealing with personal, academically-related difficulties, and also offer psychological consultation.
    Visit the ZSB [de]

    University Sports – Keeping your mind on the move

    Academic life can be exhausting and challenging at times. The best way to reduce stress is to take a University Sports course.  The University Sports programme offers a multifaceted, inexpensive, needs-based selection of high-quality fitness opportunities with some 120 different types of sport, tours, continuing education courses, tournaments and international sporting events.
    View the University Sports programme [de]

    Student dining

    There's a saying in Germany that goes "You can't learn well on a full stomach". On the other hand, you can't learn well when you're famished either. At the dining halls (Mensen) and bistros operated by the Student Support Services (Studierendenwerk), you will find a wide variety of meals and snacks every day.
    View the menus at the University dining halls and bistros [de]

    NRW Semesterticket

    With your Semesterticket, you can take all the buses in North Rhine-Westphalia for free. You can also use your Semesterticket to ride the trains in North Rhine-Westphalia for free. The Semesterticket is not valid on high-speed trains (IC and ICE). [de]

  • Dates

    Orientation events

    The faculties of the University host introductions and week-long orientation programmes for first-semester students. Not only do these events introduce you to the city, but also help you get to know your fellow students. The Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB) provides an overview of the upcoming events.
    Overview of orientation events [de]

    Semester dates and holidays

    When does the semester begin, when does it end? This is important information for planning ahead.
    Overview of the semester dates and holidays

    Online event calendar

    In our online event calendar, you can find the dates of all upcoming events at the University of Münster, e.g. lectures, conferences, congresses, music performances, plays and sporting events.
    View the event calendar

  • Stay in the know

    Exciting things are always happening at the University of Münster. Interesting lectures are held, research findings are presented, new degree programmes are launched, new exchange programmes and courses are offered. If you want to stay on top of things, there are several news and media channels you can subscribe to:

    The WWU Münster on Facebook

    WWU Twitter feed [de]

    Online event calendar