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Orientation and events
Advisors for international students (International Office)
Orientation and events
Moin and welcome to Oldenburg! This site will introduce you to programs and event formats that will help you find your way around Oldenburg and guide you during your studies. You can also find out more useful information about living and studying in Oldenburg and our university.
Below you will find an overview of different offers that you may find helpful for your orientation at the university and in the city of Oldenburg.
Benefit from our Welcome Week for international students to familiarize yourself with the University of Oldenburg, your studies and the city of Oldenburg and to get to know your fellow students. You can choose from a diverse program of information sessions and social events.
The University's Orientation Week takes place annually during the winter semester following the Welcome Week and provides orientation and social events to all new students at the University.
Do you have questions about your studies, the city or would you like to meet new students? The tutors of the International Office offer you advice and support and organize regular events during the semester.
Are you interested in getting to know students from all over the world? Or are you an international student new to Oldenburg? Then come to the Buddy Programme!
The Buddy Programme is designed to promote intercultural exchange between international and local students. It is also intended to make it easier for international students to arrive in Oldenburg and begin their studies.
Are you an international student in the first semesters of your (specialist) studies? Studying in Germany offers you many opportunities, but also presents you with challenges. You do not have to be alone in this.
Would you like support in overcoming these or other personal and intercultural challenges as well as exchange with other students? Then OrientationPLUS is the right programme for you!
If you have any questions about your degree programme, students from the student councils can help you and share their personal experiences.
Discovering the city on foot or with your phone: The Christian churches in Oldenburg have prepared a short trip through the city centre. Almost 5 kilometres in length, this is a kind of pilgrimage route through Oldenburg's city centre.
Oldenburg State Museum of Art and Cultural History
The State Museum of Art and Cultural History presents cultural objects from various eras. In the picture gallery you will find works from old masters to classical modern art. The museum currently offers a virtual exhibition:
In addition to visiting the clothing exhibition, you can also take a virtual tour of the castle:
Horst Janssen Museum
The Horst Janssen Museum is dedicated to the visual arts on paper. It is named after the great North German draughtsman, etcher, woodcutter, poster artist, illustrator, author and graphic artist Horst Janssen. The museum offers an exciting encounter with the work and personality of this unconventional artist. The drawing tables allow you to be creative yourself. Currently, you can get a glimpse of the exhibition online:
Edith Russ Haus
With its focus on the art of new media, the Edith Russ Haus is an unusual museum. In a regularly changing exhibition programme, the museum shows innovative and experimental positions of international contemporary art. Presentations, artist talks and workshops promote public discourse on contemporary art and its relationship to the social reality in which it is created. The international scholarship programme for media art of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith Russ Haus makes it possible to realise three new artistic projects every year. Founded in 2000, the museum owes its existence to an initiative of the late Edith Maria Ruß, a teacher who bequeathed her assets to her home town on the condition that a house "for art in the transition to the new millennium" be created.
Oldenburg's Artothek is an art lending and educational institution founded in 1982. All citizens of the city can borrow works of art at the Arthothek. By purchasing, presenting and lending works of art, the Artothek focuses on promoting regional artists. In addition, it offers many ways of experiencing art. For instance, you can borrow works by famous artists and experience them in the comfort of you home. A wide range of programmes for children, young people and adults allows them to be creative themselves, to talk about art or simply to enjoy art.
Oldenburg Computer Museum
Home computers, arcade machines, game consoles and pinball machines from the 1970s, 80s and 90s can not only be viewed but also tried out in the Oldenburg Computer Museum (OCM). The exhibition is structured chronologically and includes icons from the years 1972 to 1998. The devices are always ready for use and equipped with software; they can – and should – be used, explored and experienced. In a unique hands-on exhibition, you can experience home computer history by playing old arcade game classics on vintage C64, Atari or Amiga machines, or writing your own programmes.
Oldenburg State Theatre
Housed in a magnificent historical building, the city's theatre is the meeting place for opera, drama, and ballet in Oldenburg. Here, you can see classics such as Faust by Goethe or listen to symphony concerts or recitals.
Would you like to learn German for the first time or improve your German language skills? The University of Oldenburg offers a variety of opportunities for this.
The Language Centre offers German courses at different levels during the semester as well as during the lecture-free period.
The Language Café is an informal way to practice Spanish, French, German, English, Russian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch or any other language. Meet new people, practise your language skills and get to know other cultures.
The Language Café is designed like a carousel: each table has a flag representing the language spoken. Choose the language yourself. Changing is always possible! Help others with your mother tongue and in return you get help from the others.
Would you like to improve your German language skills with a native speaker? Then you will enjoy our Sprachtandem programme! You help a native German speaker with your language, and your German partner practices German with you.
The university offers a wide range of events on campus and in the city. Check out the links below for an overview of events organised by the International Office, the university and its units, the city of Oldenburg and much more. We hope you enjoy exploring Oldenburg and participating in the events!
Looking for a fun way to spend your evening? Join us in a local bar! This is the perfect opportunity to mingle, get to know your fellow students, chat and discover one of the local night life. The [...]
Interested in a fun game night and meeting new people? Then drop by IKT!
Benefit from our Welcome Week for international students to familiarize yourself with the University of Oldenburg, your studies and the city of Oldenburg and to get to know your fellow students. [...]
The placement test is used to identify the language level in German of all new international exchange students for future language courses. The test will take place online. Further information (link [...]
Where is the library? Where will my lecture take place? Where can I eat lunch or do sports after class? You are new to Oldenburg and don't yet have an idea of the numerous buildings on campus? No [...]
We welcome all new International students (exchange students AND regularly enrolled students) during our reception. You will get a first impression of the University of Oldenburg and will get to know [...]
During the introduction, we will show you the most important functions of the Stud.IP learning platform. How do I change my password? How do I set the language? How do I register for exams? We will [...]
How do I find books in the university library? Where can I borrow them? When do I have to return them? And what happens if I don't do this in time? During the guided tour, these and other questions [...]
All new international students (exchange students AND regularly enrolled students) will be welcomed to Oldenburg by the City of Oldenburg in the historic town hall. We will meet at 14:30 in front of [...]
It must be exhausting to be new in a city. You don't know the streets, you don't know where to go shopping, where to find products from your country etc. That's why we organise the city rally and [...]
Which country is made up of 180,000 islands? Hint: It is not Philippines! Put on your most comfy PJ, grab your most favourite drink and join us for an evening filled with brain busting questions, fun [...]
Would you like to spend a relaxed evening with us together at the Pinte? Meet us at the student bar near the student residence in Schützenweg for cheap drinks and good vibes. We look forward to seeing [...]
Whether you need a break after the info sessions, a snack or just want to get to know our university’s canteen - our tutors will show you how everything works and share their recommodations. Bon [...]
New to Oldenburg and the University? Life in the city of Oldenburg is new and unfamiliar to many International students and there are a lot of things do. During this event, we will welcome you to the [...]
This event is aimed at all new exchange students. Everything you need to know about your exchange studies in Oldenburg will be discussed within this information event: Who are my most important [...]
Intercultural training for students with degree. Please register for the event. Registration open from the beginning of March. Registration (EMT)
Information session European Studies in Global Perspectives (EuGl). A14 0-030 Please register for the event. Registration open from the beginning of march. Registration (EMT)
Would you like to get to know your fellow students, play fun games together, chat and laugh. Then this is the right place for you! Our tutors have prepared a selection of games for you and are looking [...]
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