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During your studies and especially at the beginning, you will encounter numerous challenges: the transition to university, a new learning environment, a new city or even country. And you will have many questions: Which course or Major should I choose? (Where) do I want to study abroad? Etc. 

UCF (and the University) provides support and advising – by UCF staff and fellow students ("peer-advising"): 

UCF Advisors

UCF has an academic advising system. All LAS students are assigned to an advisor who is available for advice and guidance as you make important decisions about your studies and your future professional life.

Academic advising brings together students with faculty, creating a relationship that ideally lasts for the full four years of your study. Topics to discuss with your advisor could for instance include your choice of Major, whether to pursue an independent project, where to apply to study abroad and – at a later stage of your studies – what to do after LAS.

Your academic advisors, who are members of our own staff, have years of experience in supporting LAS students. This means that they can provide you with a new perspective on your own situation, help you to think through your options in a systematic and constructive way, and support you with your own decision-making process.

Please see the Student Handbook for more information on academic advising at UCF.

Peer Advisors

The LAS student body is a very active community and has several support and advising offerings:

Peer Advisors

Student-to-student peer advising means LAS students help and advise younger peers especially throughout their first year of studies: advice on university- and life-related issues, program progression, surviving university bureaucracy, dealing with transition to adulthood and self-reliance, the unspoken rules, norms, and values at UCF and in Freiburg... All first-year LAS students are assigned to their peer advisors during the Welcome Week. Your continuing participation in the peer advising is voluntary.

Peer advisors are senior UCF students who volunteer for the role. An advising group consists of 2 peer advisors and about 6-8 advisees. There are several peer advising meetings throughout the year, each with a different focus depending on upcoming LAS decisions and deadlines. The first meeting is about getting to know each other, sharing first impressions of Freiburg and UCF, etc.

If you want to know more about peer advising at UCF, please contact  (peer advising coordinator) or her . Registered LAS students can find more information on Ilias. We thank the University Mentoring Program for their supprt.

 

UCF Students Council LogoThe UCF Students Council, the association of all LAS students, provides a great platform for many social and extracurricular activities within the student body and contributes to support and advising at UCF:

Mediators

The LAS Student Mediators confidentially resolve individual conflicts within the student body or between students and University staff members. They are also happy to answer questions about student life at UCF: 

Committees

Within the Students Council are numerous student committees that bring together students with similar interests: Outreach Committee, Journalism Committee, Global Order Project, Ecoalas, Intense Committee, Acts of Kindness, Reading Room Committee – a great opportunity to become involved at UCF!

Intercohort get-togethers

The Mediators and the Students Council Board organize an intercohort get-together at least once per semester. The idea is to get students from different cohorts together in a relaxed setting – ice-skating, movie nights, picnics and BBQs by the lake, in parks etc.

Program Consultation

Program consultation focuses on technical and organizational questions regarding the LAS Program. Thorsten Leiendecker, the LAS Program Coordinator, can be contacted at:

  • Email: 
  • Student Office Hours: Monday: 10–11 / Friday: 9–10, Room 01069
                                    Tuesday: 14–15 (appointment only via Ilias)


Information on LAS courses is available in the Course Catalog. There and on the UCF staff page, you can also find the lecturers' contact details and office hours. Please always refer to the information provided by the Academic Program Coordination on the ILIAS Info Board and in the Student Handbook first.

Examination Office

The Examination Office is responsible for the administration of forms, exams, grades, and transcripts. Kathleen Robinson and Lukas Kersten are available for student- and exam-related matters in the Examination Office:

  • Email: 
  • Tel. +49 761 203-67342 (Kathleen Robinson) and Tel. +49 761 203-67613 (Lukas Kersten)
  • Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9–12, Room 01070

Major Consultation

The Major consultation helps you with the decision-making process of which Major to choose. Consultation is provided by UCF staff and by LAS students.

Major and Core Consultation

Major and Core consultation focuses on the content and organization of these areas of studies. Please consult the information provided by the coordinators first (e.g. Wikis, Interest Groups on the ILIAS Info Board).

Major Interest Evening (Major fair)

At the Major interest evening, all four Major coordinators present "their" Major and answer your many questions about the content and organization of each Major. This event is organized once per year, usually during the summer semester and coordinated with the deadline for the LAS Major declaration.

Major Information Evenings by students

At least once per semester, LAS students from each Major organize a Major information evening. Interested students from the same Major get together to discuss problems they might have, ways to improve the course offerings and selection, possibilities for additional training or education, etc.

Major Interest Groups on Ilias

On Ilias you can find the Major Interest Groups that offer additional (background-)information on the Majors, specific courses, course materials, and excursions.

Study Abroad Consultation

Consultation for outgoing and incoming exchange students focuses on questions that are relevant before, during, and after their stay abroad or their stay at UCF.

Study AbroadPlease consult the study abroad information on our website and on ILIAS first.

If you have questions please get in touch with UCF's International Coordinator Anne Klemperer at

Study Abroad Fair

Every spring, UCF hosts a Study Abroad Fair for all LAS students interested in studying abroad. After presentations from Anne Klemperer and a representative from the International Office on study abroad opportunities, both are available for all your questions. This is followed by an informal session during which interested students can talk to LAS students who have returned from studies abroad as well as to exchange students from our partner universities and ask them about their experiences.

Other Support

Beyond UCF, the University and the Studierendenwerk provide the following student services and advising:

  • University Central Academic Advising:  A team of central academic advisors provides help with all problems and questions that may arise before, during, or after your studies.
  • University Advising Service for Students with Chronic Illnesses: Ms. Beate Massell provides information on compensation for disadvantages in course work and examinations.
  • University Intercultural Mentoring Program: Experienced students from all university departments (mentors) share their experience as a student with international students at the beginning of their studies (mentees) and support them on a personal, professional, and social basis.
  • The Studierendenwerk Freiburg offers psychological counselling, social counselling, legal advice, medical advice, advice on insurances and financial matters, studying with children, studying with disabilities and more
  • Finally, the University lists contact possibilities in case of emergencies here.

LAS Peer Advising Testimonial

Johanna and Benedikt were peer advisors in 2019:

Peer Advisors"Our main motivation to become mentors was to offer guidance to first-years starting a new chapter of their lives at UCF and Freiburg. This new chapter often creates many questions, insecurities and challenges, as well as new inspiration and possibilities. We remember this time in our own first year very well, and hoped that our involvement as advisors would make the first year at UCF somewhat smoother for our mentees. 

Our aim was getting to know all our advisees and create a personal connection, so they would feel comfortable talking about their personal situation and we would be able to give proper advice. In the end, this showed us that that we are connected in many more ways than just being students at the UCF!"