IU Orientation Week
The perfect welcome to university life at IU

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You’ve arrived in Germany and classes start in one week – now what? You’re in a new place with limited knowledge of the language, seeing new faces everywhere, and adjusting to a new sense of autonomy around your studies. Chances are, you’re feeling a little overwhelmed.

But there’s no need to worry! At IU, you’ll feel welcome and supported every step of the way – starting with Orientation Week. Here’s an overview of what you can look forward to when you’ve arrived in Germany.

Arriving in Germany: Next Steps

Enrol at one of our campuses

You’ll need to enrol in-person at the IU Student Office in Berlin or Bad Honnef. Make sure to bring along your documents for verification.

Get started at IU

Receive access to everything you need for your studies including myCampus, IU Learn App, IU email address, Office 365. During your first week at IU, you’ll also have an orientation programme.

Study, network and explore

Attend tutorials on campus 2-3 days a week, study the online materials, and take exams online or in-person. You'll also be able to work part-time and get access to our online career services and networking events.

Complete your studies

Hooray, you made it! If you complete your last six months on campus, you will be eligible for an 18-month post study visa so you can stay and look for a job in Germany.

IU Orientation Week: All you need to know

One week before classes officially begin, we have a range of exciting sessions running on campus and online to get you started on your IU journey. Orientation Week is the perfect opportunity for you to meet the IU community, complete your enrolment, ask questions, and essentially prepare yourself for the beginning of your studies.

Whether you’re joining us in Bad Honnef or Berlin campus, or virtually, these sessions will give you all the information you need to start your next chapter at IU. Can’t wait? Check out the section below to find out what we’ve got lined up for you during the IU Orientation Week.

Already in Germany? Join us at the IU Berlin or Bad Honnef campus

Exciting times await you when you join us on your chosen IU campus. Some of our presentations will only be held online on Zoom, so make sure to bring along your laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. All you need to do is connect to the Wi-Fi on campus and click on the Zoom link to join these virtual sessions – easy!

At the end of the Orientation Week, all presentation slides will be made available on the IU myCampus student platform. Here’s a summary of what you can expect:

Live presentations

Due to limited capacity, you will need to register your attendance for the live presentation.

What we’ll cover:

  • Introduction to the teams at IU
  • Enrolment and administrative processes
  • Health insurance in Germany
  • Student card/Semester ticket
  • Other useful information to help you navigate life in Germany

Chat with us in person

Have questions about learning on campus or our services? Swing by the IU campus for our Drop-in Info Sessions to clarify your doubts or have a chat with our student representatives.

Depending on which IU campus you’re at, our Campus Management team will also be organising fun Meet-and-Greet sessions so you can socialise with fellow students and faculty members.

Online presentations

Whether you’re on or off campus, join our virtual Zoom sessions to learn more about:

  • myCampus student platform
  • IU Career Office services and features
  • Examinations and assessments

Join us online (via Zoom meeting link)

Can’t make it to Germany during Orientation week? Don’t worry, you won’t miss out. The Live Presentations held on campus will be repeated online via Zoom. You will also be able to join us for the other sessions held online – all you need is a working internet connection and a device to access.

Virtual live presentations

Register for our Live Presentations to find out more about:

  • Enrolment and administrative processes
  • Health insurance for international students
  • Student card/Semester ticket
  • Campus facilities and living on campus
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Join us online (via Zoom meeting link)

No matter where you’re located, join our virtual Zoom sessions to learn more about:

  • myCampus student platform
  • IU Career Office services and features
  • Examinations and assessments
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Have any questions?

Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with our Study Advisors.