First Semester at College

Your studies at the College begin with the Leuphana Semester, in which you develop an introduction to science. In dealing with socially relevant topics, you discover the value of science in an individual way. You will be confronted with profound social problems and work together to develop initial approaches to solving them. You will gain insight into the fundamentals of science and the social responsibility it bears. In addition, you will acquire the first subject-specific basics. The opening week marks the beginning and the conference week the end of the Leuphana Semester.

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.

Please sign up at

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


The Leuphana Semester comprises five thematically linked teaching units - the so-called modules. Within the framework of the three interdisciplinary modules Responsibility, Criticism and Methods I, you will deal intensively with different perspectives on science and society as well as with scientific methods. Accompanying all three modules, the Leuphana Semester Tutorial supports you in familiarising yourself with the basics of scientific work, in drawing connections between the modules and in orienting yourself in everyday study. In the two subject-specific modules Methods II and Boundaries, you will receive an introduction to your major or to your teaching subjects/subject area.

module Transforming knowledge: responsible action

The responsibility module invites first-semester students to take an in-depth look at fundamental questions of responsible action in the 21st century and thus illuminate the guiding principle of sustainable development in the digital age and the shaping of social transformation processes from an interdisciplinary perspective. In the lectures, you will meet exciting personalities who will switch perspectives with you - between individual disciplines and civil society practice, thus equipping you with the initial tools to orient yourself in the interdisciplinary debate on sustainability. In the project seminars, you will tread research ground for the first time. You will work independently on transformation issues and present the results at a public university conference. Finally, in practice-oriented exercises, you will learn the basics of programming and data analysis with Python and explore how these new possibilities also influence your concrete project and science as a whole.


Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang
Universitätsallee 1, C11.323
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1678

Module coordination

  • Dr. Annika Weiser
  • Johannes van Deest, M.Sc.

Module Problematising knowledge: critical thinking

In the critique module, students deal with questions about the conditions of social coexistence. These questions are answered through a questioning observation of both historical developments and present-day social conditions. The focus is explicitly on the social level as well as the individual level. The module consists of two core elements that build on each other: lecture and seminar. While the lecture serves as an overview and thus opens up different perspectives on the semester topic, the seminars illuminate a specific aspect. In addition, students are introduced to the basics of scientific work here. The module concludes with a panel discussion between representatives of the four faculties, which is intended to provide the students with a transition to the second semester, which is more focused on specialised studies.

module responsibility

  • Prof. Dr. Roberto Nigro

module coordination

  • Dr. Laura Picht-Wiggering

Module Producing knowledge: methodologies

In the methods module, a lecture introduces you to scientific thinking, practices and methods. With the help of the question "What is science?", you will explore different paths to knowledge and gain concrete insights into the different approaches and procedures. In addition to the lecture, you will attend an in-depth seminar, which is text-based and refers to selected lecture contents in exemplary form. The guided reception of the texts, the critical discussion in small groups as well as the subsequent debates serve to gain a deeper understanding of a specific topic area from the lecture. The module is completed with a written test and an oral presentation in the seminar.

module responsibility

  • Prof. Dr. Henrik von Wehrden

module coordination

  • Julius Rathgens

Module Producing knowledge: research methods

The path to scientific knowledge consists of careful individual steps. You will learn which of these you need to master in your major in this subject-specific methods module.

If you have any questions about the subject-specific module, the persons responsible for the major are your direct contacts.


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.