First Semester at College

The Leuphana Semester starts with an Opening Week during which you work on a joint project with other first semester students. During the Leuphana Semester you gain the tools as well as ethical and cultural foundations for scientific work. It comprises five thematically related teaching units – so-called modules. During the course of the three interdisciplinary modules on Responsibility and Sustainability, Humanities and Methods I, you grapple intensively with different perspectives on science as well as with scientific methods. In the subject-specific Methods II and Introduction modules, you get an introduction to your major.

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Offers for international students: Getting started

  • Language and Orientation Programme
  • Buddy Programme
  • Finding Accomodation
  • Helping with formalities

Offers for international students: Getting started

Language and Orientation Programme

Language and Orientation Programme (LOP)

Buddy Programme

New international students can receive individual support by fellow students upon request.

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Finding Accomodation

The Leuphana Accommodation Service assists new international students in finding an accommodation.

Finding Accomodation

Helping with formalities

For help with registration in town, residence permit, health insurance or other formalities, please contact the international office at

International Office

Module: Responsibilty and Sustainability

The module deals with the social responsibility of scientists. This responsibility is made tangible in a concrete way by means of the example of sustainable development. The course of lectures and the accompanying tutorials set out the content framework for the module: they introduce the topic of sustainable development and furnish you with the initial tools so that you are able to get your bearings in the interdisciplinary debate on sustainability.

In the course of lectures, you encounter characters who provide you with differing perspectives – switching between individual specialist fields and civic practice. In the project seminars, you tread research ground for the first time and develop your own hypotheses for sustainable development together with your fellow students.

You present the initial results of your research to one another at the conference week, open to members of the university.

Module: Humanities

In this mo­du­le, you be­co­me fa­mi­li­ar with the pos­si­bi­li­ties of humanistic and cultural analytical methods and get an in­tro­duc­tion to sci­en­ti­fic ways of thin­king and working. The role of hu­ma­nis­tic forms of per­cep­ti­on in the un­der­stan­ding of the mo­dern world is il­lus­tra­ted in an ex­em­pla­ry man­ner here. The ran­ge of se­mi­nars on of­fer in­clu­de such di­ver­se to­pics as hu­ma­nism's con­cep­ti­on of man, the his­to­ry of salt pro­duc­tion in Lüne­burg or the edu­ca­tio­nal pro­gram­mes from the age of en­ligh­ten­ment.

For all the di­ver­si­ty of the se­mi­nar to­pics, they do have one thing in com­mon – the mo­du­le to­pic. The mo­du­le to­pic is pre­sen­ted in a joint forum event (lec­tu­re) in over­views and at the same time is con­ti­nued in more depth through cont­ri­bu­ti­ons from the accompanying seminars. In the se­mi­nars , you learn fun­da­men­tal me­thods for sci­en­ti­fic work with the sup­port of de­di­ca­ted tu­tors. The­se in­clu­de the lo­ca­ti­on and eva­lua­ti­on of in­for­ma­ti­on bey­ond Goog­le and Wi­ki­pe­dia, dea­ling with sci­en­ti­fic pu­bli­ca­ti­ons, on­line sour­ces, bio­gra­phi­cal and bi­blio­gra­phi­cal di­rec­to­ries or the uni­ver­si­ty's own da­ta­ba­se of jour­nals, for ex­amp­le.

Module: Methods I

Du­ring the lecture on sci­en­ti­fic theo­ry and me­thods you are in­tro­du­ced to sci­en­ti­fic ways of thin­king, prac­tices and me­thods and con­fron­ted with the ques­ti­on “What is sci­ence?”

In ad­di­ti­on, you ob­tain in­sight into the dif­fe­rent ap­proa­ches and pro­ces­ses. Be­si­des the lec­tu­re you at­tend an in-depth seminar, which is text-ba­sed and re­fers to select con­tent from the lec­tu­re by gi­ving ex­am­ples. The gui­ded re­cep­ti­on of texts and the cri­ti­cal dis­cus­sion in small groups fol­lo­wed by de­ba­tes ser­ve to ac­qui­re a de­eper un­der­stan­ding of the spe­ci­fic sub­ject area from the lec­tu­re.

The Me­thods I mo­du­le is con­clu­ded with a writ­ten exam and oral pre­sen­ta­ti­on du­ring the se­mi­nar.

Module: Methods II

The path to sci­en­ti­fic know­ledge is made up of ca­re­ful in­di­vi­du­al steps. You will learn in a subject-specific methods mo­du­le which of the­se you must mas­ter in your ma­jor.

If you have any ques­ti­ons about the sub­ject-spe­ci­fic me­thods II mo­du­le, plea­se con­tact the programme director of your major.

Module: Introdution to the discipline

In the mo­du­le, you get a ba­sic introduction to the content of your major. You thus ac­qui­re in­sights into your spe­cia­list field across a se­mes­ter and gain an over­view of the the­ma­tic fiel­ds which re­la­te to it.

If you have any ques­ti­ons about the sub­ject-spe­ci­fic introduction mo­du­le, plea­se con­tact the programme director of your major.

Registering for courses

Six weeks before the beginning of lectures, the course catalogue is published on myStudy, Leuphana’s web-based student portal. You need to set up an account in order to be able to access the course catalogue. On the portal home page you will find a user’s guide for students which will show you how to set up your account.

In general, course registration is activated on myStudy at the beginning of October. Places in compulsory lectures are assigned using a list procedure without participant limitation. Spaces in lectures with a limited number of seats can be assigned using a random selection procedure. You have the opportunity to apply for a place in these lectures during the two random selection phases.

We recommend taking a look at the general examination regulations for your course of study as well as the associated subject-specific schedules when creating your timetable. You can find the relevant guidelines on which modules need to be completed there.

Support during registration

During the Opening Week the First Semester Tutorial helps you with registering for courses.