Getting to know the university, your fellow students and the city: what first-semester students can expect
In-person contact with instructors, a strong supervision relationship and lively exchange with students in various other programmes and semesters – whether in seminars, the »M18« or in one of the university’s many activities – this is the norm for students at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. But what if you’re just beginning your studies in Weimar? How will you get to know your new place of study, your instructors and fellow students in a semester that has been completely rearranged due to the ongoing pandemic?
During Student Orientation Week from 19 to 23 October, even before lectures begin, first-semester students will have the chance to get to know their university, familiarise themselves with their new home and place of study and get to know their fellow students. Students will be welcomed online and a digital lecture programme is scheduled with everything you need to know about organising your studies. New students can meet in-person starting at noon every day and student tutors have created individual programmes for each degree programme.
Every faculty has its own programme designed to give first-semester students a good start to their studies following Student Orientation Week. Each programme is aimed at offering as much in-person teaching as possible, especially for first-semester students.
Faculty of Media: responsible classroom teaching supplemented by live streams and interactive online content
Personal interaction between students and instructors and a strong supervision relationship is the cornerstone of the Faculty of Media’s philosophy. This means that some of the 2020/2021 winter semester courses will be taught in-person while adhering to corona regulations. This applies in particular to introductory events, where instructors welcome new students to the various departments and which will take place on campus again this year. The events, as well as courses during the lecture period, will take place in rooms large enough that distancing and hygiene regulations can be observed. The hygiene concept applies to all seminar rooms, lecture halls and the Medieninformatik labs – which will be available for students to use starting in November. For larger lectures where students from various courses and semesters come together, digital concepts have been developed, from live-stream lectures to interactive seminars on Moodle.
Workshop introductions: Faculty of Art and Design opts for small, fixed groups
Studying during the coronavirus pandemic poses a particular challenge to the Faculty of Art and Design since many of the teaching formats in design studies are only possible in-person. The Faculty has thus given a lot of thought as to how in-person (or at least partially in-person) instruction can take place in the 2020/2021 winter semester, with some aspects online. The major goal is to give new students the opportunity to study, work and get to know the university on campus. Orientation courses (including in the workshops) for first-year students have been organised together with instructors and will take place in small groups. This means that new designers will be able to get familiar with the wood, plastics, plaster, mould making and metal workshops in weekly alternating groups of five.
Interactive opportunities for students to start their studies in the Faculty of Civil Engineering
The Faculty of Civil Engineering is also paying special attention to first-year students; the official orientation will take place in the first week of lectures, beginning on 2 November and the Faculty of Civil Engineering is offering online tutorials and assignments on Moodle for the first time in order to facilitate the start of the semester. »The interactive ›Einstieg ins Studium‹ is for all first-year students who are looking for a refresher on the basic subjects of math, mechanics and construction chemistry«, explains Dean Prof. Conrad Völker. »Our newcomers can contact instructors and fellow students via chat, phone or e-mail. In addition, student tutors are available for advice during Student Orientation Week«, he continues.
Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism organises joint orientation course with final performance
First-semester Bachelor and Master students in Architecture and Urbanism and Master students in MediaArchitecture will be supervised in-person during this semester project. Studio space will be shared and will comply with hygiene and distancing regulations. This will enable all newcomers to interact directly with instructors and fellow students. In the international Master’s programmes of Integrated Urban Development and Design and European Urban Studies, the core courses have been organised to be taught in-person. During Student Orientation Week, the individual programmes will be offering subject-specific orientation and information events. First-semester students in the Bachelor programmes of Architecture, Urbanism and Mdia Culture will be welcomed to the joint orientation course from 26 October to 5 November, getting them ready for Weimar »as Genius Loci«. This year, a final performance will be choreographed under the coronavirus-compliant motto of »DIS–TANZ–DER–DER–SITZ–GEISTER«.
To mark the start of studies, the Faculty of Civil Engineering once again has an information hotline, which is staffed by students who pass on their personal experiences to curious people and provide an authentic insight into study life in Weimar.Monday to Friday10 a.m. to 2.p.m.Phone: +49 (0) 36 43/58 45 62
If you have been to school for a little longer or if you already want to prepare yourself a little for your studies, there is a special offer for self-study this year. For the subjects Math I, Mechanics I and Construction Chemistry, the Faculty of Civil Engineering provides online preparation material for the course "Einstieg ins Studium" via the learning platform Moodle.
Moodle is the online learning platform used by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar for the exchange of materials for contents of different modules.
You register at Moodle with your university login, which you have already received with your enrolment documents.
If you have questions about the learning materials, there are forums in Moodle where you can easily ask your questions. There will also be online consultations (question and answer sessions with tutors) from 19. October 2020 to 30. October 2020. More detailed information is available in the Moodle course.
All students of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar have a personal e-mail address according to the scheme:
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The easiest way to read the e-mails you receive via this university address is to use any standard web browser at the address: https://webmail.uni-weimar.de. With webmail you can process your e-mails from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection and a web browser.
Attractive places of residence in the Studierendenwerk Thüringen housing complexes
Also in Weimar, the Studierendenwerk Thüringen offers well-equipped accommodation in its own student residences.
Particularly attractive are the rental prices of about 250 € per month on average, which include all operating costs including water, electricity and heating. The apartments are mostly furnished and have modern fitted kitchens.
In addition, the residential complexes are directly connected to the data networks of the universities. Thus, for example, online teaching content can be used in your own room around the clock.Housing tutors help newly arrived international students to find their way around the new environment, the facilities of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen as well as the city.
Suitable housing is also available for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses as well as for students with children.An overview of the housing facilities can be obtained online by all interested parties. The application for free housing is made directly through the Studierendenwerk Thüringen.
Please inform yourself regularly about the current corona measures in Weimar to find out if for example places where you have stayed within the last 14 days have been declared risk areas and if you may therefore have to undergo a domestic quarantine.