How was your college orientation

Orientation semester - try out courses

To study? Yeah sure! But what …

You have a lot of talents, but you are not yet sure where you should go? No problem. Many universities offer orientation semesters in which you can get to know study programs, get a taste of campus air and often take exams.

An orientation course helps you to make the right decisions for your future professional life.

How does an orientation course help me?

In addition to the technical orientation, you can reflect on your professional ideas / goals in an orientation course and also acquire key competencies for academic work. For example, you will learn how to allocate your time while studying sensibly, how to best learn, which pitfalls there are in studying and which techniques you can use to successfully complete your studies. The lecturers and mentors will show you how to use a library and conduct scientific research, how to write a student thesis and how to generally proceed in the university world.

You can try out practically whether you like studying.

How do I find an orientation semester near me?

The best thing to do is to inquire directly at the university of your choice. You can find some examples here, but of course you can add to this list at any time. Orientation semesters are very individual offers that could look different at each university.

startING - Orientation semester at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences
startING is a full-fledged BAföG-eligible semester at the beginning of your studies, in which you do not have to decide on a specific subject. Comprehensive measures for study subject orientation (excursions, practical laboratory exercises, colloquia, etc.) as well as lectures in basic subjects enable sustainable study subject decisions and a smooth entry into technology studies. If you participate successfully, there is a guarantee of a place in the desired course of study.

prepareING OTH Amberg-Weiden
Which STEM degree is right for me? How much math is there in the courses? And how is college actually going? The prepareING orientation course offers first insights into various MINT courses at the OTH Amberg-Weiden, without the prospective student having to commit to it right from the start.

College +: BTU Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg
In two semesters, students in the College + orientation course take part in the preparatory course. This preparatory course supports the search for a course that corresponds to one's own inclinations and abilities. And the good thing about it: The course modules that have been selected are counted towards the course that participants later decide on. This way you don't lose any time and at the same time you gain insight into the variety of technical courses at the BTU.

"TUKzero" Technical University of Kaiserslautern
The orientation course lasts one semester and is aimed at high school graduates and other prospective students. From architecture and computer science to mathematics, physics and chemistry - those interested can choose from more than 100 different courses at the TUK.

Orientation semester at Albstadt-Sigmaringen University
Whether engineering, computer science, life sciences or business science and management - you choose which courses you take according to your own interests. In the orientation semester you will get an individual insight into highly specialized courses, the specific content of which may not be really clear to you.

Orientation studies, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
There are two orientation courses at the University of Frankfurt: the BA Natural and Life Sciences (2 semesters orientation phase + 6 semesters specialized study) and the BA Humanities and Social Sciences (1 semester orientation phase + 6 semesters specialized study). In addition to the choice of events from the regular subject catalog, the orientation students are supported in their choice of subject in series of lectures, workshops, projects as well as advice and mentoring. Only the usual semester fees are due, BaföG can be applied for.

StudyMINT, University of Hanover
The orientation semester starts in the winter semester at the faculties of electrical engineering and information technology, mechanical engineering and bioprocess engineering as well as business informatics. The students are enrolled and have a timetable that includes lectures (mathematics, computer science), elective modules (from the fields of bioprocess engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering) and orientation modules (laboratory presentations, course presentations, laboratory tests, coaching) as well as almost weekly excursions.

Smart Studies, Trier University of Applied Sciences
There will be a new course orientation program at Trier University of Applied Sciences: the “Smart Studies” orientation semester. From the summer semester, prospective students can spend a semester examining their choice of course and get to know various bachelor's degree programs in the fields of building + living, IT and technology at the Trier main campus.

OSKAR - orientation semester, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
OSKAR means studying full-time at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences for one semester and gathering realistic impressions from studying. Upon passing the orientation semester, students receive a certificate and can start their desired course in one of the study programs involved (e.g. economics, technology, architecture).

Orientation semester, Aalen University
Aalen University offers a semester in which prospective students can find out where their strengths and weaknesses lie. You don't have to decide beforehand whether it's technology or business, because you can try it out.

Orientation studies, Harz University of Applied Sciences
The orientation course at the Harz University of Applied Sciences is a study variant for all full-time Bachelor courses at the university. It is integrated into all study and examination regulations and is compatible with the course of study chosen later. You can try studying under real conditions for up to two semesters and then start a bachelor's degree.

Student studies, Fernuni Hagen
Interested pupils can take part in distance learning while they are still at school. You can register as an academy student before acquiring your Abitur and select, attend and work on courses / modules from the Bachelor's degree programs. Some of these courses can be completed with a written exam or homework.

Orientation studies, TU Braunschweig
Not only prepare the choice of course, but also practice your ability to study! That is the motto at the TU Braunschweig. For this purpose, the participants choose from a large number of courses according to their possible desired courses - assigned to the more than 30 Bachelor courses of the TU - and study, so to speak, "on trial".

"Bridge to Studies", University of Siegen
"Bridge into Studies" is a preliminary course in different subjects. Participants can register for one to a maximum of two semesters free of charge. Entry is possible in the summer and winter semesters.

Module studies Naturale, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
The “Module Studies Naturale” offer prospective students the opportunity to try out a semester in the natural sciences: from physics, chemistry, biology, biomathematics, biophysics to business mathematics. There is an opportunity to take exams.

Steiger College Clausthal University of Technology
The Steiger College is a unique study preparation semester for MINT courses. Introduced in 2018, in addition to the study orientation, the focus is on life in the university community and the acquisition of study skills (learning techniques, time management and study life balance). At the same time, credit points can be acquired for the later course of study.

Bachelor MINT with an introductory year, Saarbrücken University
The eight-semester Bachelor Plus MINT program introduces interdisciplinary subjects from the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT). Before starting the actual six-semester specialist course, an introductory year is offered that gives an insight into the most important subject areas and the respective subject-specific methodology of the MINT subjects.

Compass studies, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen
In one semester, the participants get to know courses in the fields of economics, politics & administration as well as culture & communication. Exams can already be taken in introductory events, higher bachelor courses can be attended as a listener. Soft skills for studying are deepened in their own “compass courses” (developing specialist texts, arguing, writing strategies) and all participants receive personal coaching.