Presidential Department for Study Affairs

Clara Liehmann

Katrin Freese

0441 798 2190


Why should I participate in the certification programme?

  • You get to know the university.
  • You will improve your study skills.
  • You will become aware of intercultural issues and differences.
  • You prove that you are committed to your studies.
  • You will meet many new people!


Have you taken at least three courses out of different key areas?

Then apply for your certificate here.

You enter the courses you have attended, we check your details and issue the certificate Study techniques for international students for you.

Apply for the certificate

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Study techniques for international students

Certification programme for international students

INSTEP allows you to take part in courses for international students which will help you find your feet at the university and study successfully. Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate that can help make your applications stand out.

Taking part

Select at least three courses for international students you would like to participate in. Sign up for the selected courses directly (usually via StudIP).

After completing your courses, request your certificate via the website (see left).

You must have taken courses from at least three of the following key areas:

  • Language courses
  • Workshops on scientific work and writing or on professional qualification
  • Social or cultural activities
  • Intercultural training

Language courses

Attend one or more language courses alongside your studies. The Language Centre offers:

  • German for Internationals
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • and much more

Language courses

Academic & professional skills

Attend events organised by the Study and Career Counselling Service.

The ZSKB Learning Workshops offer workshops on the following topics:

  • Scientific work
  • Academic writing
  • Studying


The career counselling organises events on all aspects of academic appointments and your professional future.


Social or cultural involvement

Get involved with other international students. The International Office offers many opportunities:

  • Have a stand at the summer festival!
  • Be a local buddy for newcomers!
  • Offer your own event in the IKT!
  • Take part in the module "Orientation PLUS" and accompany international students!


Intercultural training

Do you sometimes wonder why your ideas about studying might not match the reality in Germany? Do you feel stressed in certain situations that you don't understand? Do you wish you had strategies to deal with them successfully?

Then take part in this intercultural training!


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