Student services

Our students have full access to the university services. A broader overview of these can be found on the general university website. Here is a short list of services that will be particularly relevant:

Courses and Materials

The university’s course catalogue is available online through UnivIS—to change the language, click the UK flag in the upper right corner. Students will also receive the schedule of their degree courses at the beginning of each semester. You are welcome to attend language and soft skill courses in addition to these. You can usually also attend lectures by other faculties and programmes as these are normally public in Germany. Lectures are marked with ‘VORL’ (for German Vorlesung) in UnivIS. If you wish to attend seminars or other courses, you should contact the respective lecturer in advance and ask.

Course materials are usually made available through StudOn. Once you are enrolled you will get access to this platform. Unfortunately we cannot make material available to non-students.

Office for International Affairs

The Central Office for International Affairs offers a variety of services specifically for international students to assist them with practical matters relating to studying and living in Germany. They organise, for example, orientation courses, culture and film nights, intercultural courses and job application training. They have collected information for prospective students, which will also be helpful for newly admitted students. The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology, to which the M.A. Human Rights belongs, also provides support for incoming students, such as a general orientation course, international afternoons and career services. They also coordinate a buddy programme matching international and German students, and publish a brochure to help with the first steps in Erlangen that contains, for example, contacts for city services and English-speaking doctors.

Contact details can be found online for the university wide and faculty specific offices. You can also subscribe to the international newsletter here.

German Courses

Even though the programme does not require students to know or learn German, they are of course free to do so. Students can enroll in the courses offered by the university’s language centre. This includes the possibility to take part in an intensive course offered during the semester break in September or March.

Outside of the university, German courses are offered by, for example, a “Volkshochschule” (public adult education institutions) or various private language centres.

Academic Writing in English

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the university’s services for improving their academic writing, particularly non-native English speakers. There are courses offered by the language centre, which can be found in UnivIS, as well as individual counseling offered by the learning lab.

Computer and Library Services

Computer services at the university are offered by the RRZE (Regionales Rechenzentrum Erlangen). Information on internet, email and computer access at the university can be found here.

Information on library services can be found on their website. Students have full access to the university library’s database of books and journals, as well as a number of external databases. If students are interested, the programme also organises a short seminar on researching these databases offered by library personnel.

Accommodation

The M.A. Human Rights programme requires residence in Erlangen for at least two semesters (from October to mid-July). FAU will do its best to assist new students in finding accommodation. However, the housing market is relatively tight and FAU neither owns nor manages own student accommodation facilities and is not allowed to act as an estate agent.

University staff will try to assist you in your search. However, they are not responsible for finding accommodation and can only make recommendations. If you need support, please fill out the form available here and send it to accommodation@fau.de.

Public Transportation

The Nuremberg-Erlangen area is well connected by a public transportation network (VGN). VGN and the student union of Erlangen-Nürnberg are offering a semester ticket for students that is valid in the entire area covered by VGN. The ticket consists of a basic ticket that is mandatory to buy for all students and that is valid only at night (7 pm to 6 am) and on the weekends, and an additional ticket that extends the validity to 24 hours every day. Further information can be found on the university’s webpages and the VGN’s webpages.

Career Service

FAU’s career service offers special courses and invididual consultations for international students and recent graduates (up to one year after graduation). More Information and contact details can be found online at the career service’s website.