Info on the OU for the winter semester 23/24

The OU takes place in the days before the first lectures start. It's organized by students from higher semesters to make your start into uni life as easy and carefree as possible but at the same time it's your first official "course" at uni.

It takes place from Friday, Oct 6th until Friday, Oct 13th with an exception for M.Sc. Intelligent Adaptive Systems. Please check out our FAQ for further details. For more information about the OU for M.Sc Informatics check here.

  • - On Saturday, Oct 7th, there will only be an optional city tour of Hamburg; on Sunday, Oct 8th, there will be no OU program.
  • - Note to all those travelling by car through the Elbtunnel during the OU: The Elbtunnel will be fully closed from Friday Oct 6th, 9 pm until Monday Oct 9th, 5 am.

The OE starts on Friday from 10 am on the premises of the Informatikum, with a welcome by the board of the Department of Informatics. As we are expecting a high number of new students, it is best to come at a random time between 9:30 and 10 am. That way, the rush will hopefully never be too big all at once, and we can entertain you until 10 am. If you would like to participate in the OE, it would be great if you could fill out the registration form.

Since the welcome address will take place outside, you should dress according to the weather and possibly bring an umbrella.

Before starting the OU, you should take a look at our preparation course! There you will find useful information, for instance about your university and email accounts:

What is the OU?

During the OU you'll get the chance to meet the other students and learn lots of things about the Uni Hamburg that you'll need in your studies and day-to-day life. So don't worry to much beforehand, we'll show you all of the important stuff! To do that, we've planned a variety of activities. In addition to an introduction to all of the important things you'll have to do and know for your studies, there will be a city tour in small groups. We'll also show you the "Informatikum", the CS campus. Furthermore you'll also get to know STiNE, the campus management system, which you'll need to enroll in courses and we'll help you in finding the right courses for you. There will even be two test lectures to give you a first impression of what studying will be like.

If you're working or planning on working parallel to studying, try to keep the time of the OU as free as possible, especially the first Friday, as we'll be going over some essential stuff on that day. We know it may be hard to manage this, but we promise it'll be worth it.

At lunchtime, the refectory serves hot food at reasonable prices. You can pay cash or with a card. Snacks and drinks are available throughout the day at the OE café. You are welcome to bring your own cups for coffee and tea.

Each day of the OE will end with an evening program, e.g. a game night, a Kiez tour and a foosball tournament.

Universität Hamburg

Department of Informatics
Vogt-Kölln-Straße 30
22527 Hamburg