Getting started with your studies

Enrollment formalities, orientation events and dates: you will be faced with many new impression and things to do. Here we present an overview of what to expect.

Congratulations on being admitted to the University of Stuttgart and a hearty welcome! Now that you are entering a new phase in your life with your studies, you are sure to have questions that need answers. With the topics presented below we hope to clear up any remaining uncertainties.

Please remember that you still need to enroll after you have received your study place and accepted it. You enroll via our online campus management system C@MPUS. Start with the system guide which you will find there, but if it does not answer all your questions feel free to contact the Admissions Office. For more information please refer to the Enrollment FAQs.

The following enrollment topics are also important:

For some study programs, you will have to complete internships (some may be outside the University). Some must be completed by the time you start your studies. You will find the relevant information:

Information on how to proof the pre-study internship is published in the application guideline for German and EU citizens.

If you will be enrolling in humanities and social science study programs (regardless of whether it is at Bachelor’s, Master’s or teaching degree level), you can obtain optional guidance on a required or voluntary internship from the STUDIES - INTERNSHIP - CAREER office.

Should you be unable to accept your study place because you are performing voluntary service – including voluntary social or ecological year or caring for relatives – under the current rules, you can be admitted during the next two application periods ahead of all other applicants (so-called pre-selection).

Should the University of Stuttgart turn down your application to a restricted-entry study program you will receive a rejection notice. In that event, be sure to read the notice carefully. For counseling on possible alternatives and bridging possibilities, do not hesitate to contact Student Counseling Center.

You will incur certain costs linked to your studies. Find out here what Fees and contributions you will have to pay.

Students enrolled at government-accredited institutions of higher learning in Germany must carry mandatory health insurance. The most important information on this topic has been assembled for you in this information leaflet [de] by the Foundation for University Admissions ( [de].

Just starting your studies or just arrived in Stuttgart? We have pointers for you how to find a place to live, how to finance your studies and other topics dealing with the subject of Living in Stuttgart.

We suggest that you look around the University on your own even before beginning your studies. It will help you discover the locations of useful contact points, such as libraries, laboratories, or administrative offices. It is also a good idea to stop by the institutes or the research sections where you may meet other students in your field.

The two University campuses

The University of Stuttgart is divided into the Stadtmitte and Vaihingen campuses. Good S-Bahn service links the two locations.

C@MPUS and ILIAS - these are the key online services at the University of Stuttgart providing platforms that will help you organize your studies.

ECTS, LSF, Module, Notenübersicht (grade transcript), Prüfungsanmeldung (exam registration), Prüfungsfrist (exam deadline), Schlüsselqualifikation (key skill), Studienverlaufsplan (study progress plan), Stundenplan (timetable) – are you flummoxed by these terms from everyday life at the University? This is why we put together a clear, neat glossary with succinct explanations and translations for you.

Here you find support and counseling resources for studies-related questions and problems:

Counseling from A to Z

For setting up your class schedule you should use the following documents and programs:

  • the Module Manuals (also called Module Guide or Module Handbook, they contain a detailed description of the module contents and of the individual courses). You can find them on the Campus Management System C@MPUS (please click as follows: choose the degree - click on the book behind the study program's name).
  • the syllabi (also called overviews of module examinations or macrostructure); you can find them on the study program's website.
  • the annotated course catalogs (especially in languages and cultural studies, see below).

New students can find pointers on how to set up a class schedule, also class recommendations and partly completed class schedules here:

Also visit the C@MPUS guide on how to create your personal schedule.

Annotated course catalogs describing course contents and registration are used in humanities, linguistics and social sciences. In these subjects, it is normally possible to choose from different courses. C@MPUS is increasingly replacing annotated course catalogs; to find out more on this topic, visit the respective study program websites.


Student Counseling Center

Student Counseling Center

 Admissions Office for Germans and Foreigners with German Education

Admissions Office for Germans and Foreigners with German Education

 Admissions Office for Foreign Nationals and EU Citizens

Admissions Office for Foreign Nationals and EU Citizens

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