Welcome to the OU!

Dear future Intelligent Adaptive Systems (IAS)-students. You should have received an e-mail at the beginning of July welcoming you to the university and offering some information on the orientation unit (OU). Please check your e-mail regularly to receive all updates and don’t hesitate to ask questions via the contacts given in that mail.

If you didn’t get any e-mail regarding the Orientation Unit yet, please use the contact information given at https://www.inf.uni-hamburg.de/studies/master/ias.html

OU for winter term 2022/2023

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 the 07th of October until Friday the 14th of October with an exception for M.Sc. Intelligent Adaptive Systems. Please check out our FAQ for further detail.

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.

In the evenings you’ll get a chance to get to know your peers during digital board game nights or similar online activities. Even if you already have friends in Hamburg, getting to know the other students is worthwhile since working together in groups will be essential in your studies!

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.


You probably have lots of questions. Please try the FAQs first before writing an email.

What is different for M.Sc. Intelligent Adaptive Systems (IAS)?

The OU for M.Sc. Intelligent Adaptive Systems has a special schedule and begins on Monday the 10th of October 2022. You will receive further information per mail.

Do I have to register for the OU?

A registration is optional. However, it helps us plan for the OU. Thus, please register here.

Do I have to attend the whole week?

Absolutely! The OU offers the best start into your studies.

Since we also have an extensive program in the evenings that will include lots of socializing, we would advise you to keep them free as well.

What to do if I am late/don't know where to go?

Contact the Info Point by email to oe-infozentrale@informatik.uni-hamburg.de or by phone (see below).

In what language will the OU be held?

The OU will be in the language of your course, meaning in most cases that will be German. But in the case of i.e. IAS it will be english

What is an iTAN list?

The iTAN list includes codes that are needed to enroll or withdraw from courses. You should have received it per mail after having transfered your tuition fees. But don't worry: You can still participate in the OU if you haven't received it.

I am currently in the succession procedure, can I still come?

Yes, of course!

Do I have to register for courses in STiNE before the OU?

No. Please wait with module registration until the OU week, where we will show you how to do it.

Isn't the deadline for course registration before the OU?

No, not for freshmen. The deadline is later so that you can enroll during the OU.

Is there any fee I'll have to pay to take part in the OU?

No, participation in the OU is absolutely free. If you want food or drinks however you will need to bring money for that.

Will there already be lectures during the OU?

No, there are no other courses during the OU week.

Can I bring friends/non-students along with me?

No. The OU is for freshmen only.

For which courses is the OU?

The OU of the CS department is for the following programs: B.Sc. Informatik, B.Sc. Computing in Science, B.Sc. Mensch-Computer-Interaktion, B.Sc. Software-System-Entwicklung, M.Sc. Informatik, M.Sc. Intelligent Adaptive Systems.

Is your question not listed?

You are welcome to contact us by email to oe-infozentrale@informatik.uni-hamburg.de or by phone (see below).

How to get there

You can reach the CS campus (“Informatikum”) by public transport in the following way: Take the U2 to Hagenbecks Tierpark, use the far exit, take bus lines 181 or 281 to Informatikum (the third stop for the 181 and second for the 281), and then turn the corner to your right into the Vogt-Kölln-Straße. After 50m you’ve reached the entrance of the Informatikum. Of course there’s more than one way to reach your destination with the HVV, but your stop should always be “Informatikum”.

HVV Plan



We are students from higher semesters that all got to enjoy a great OU ourselves. Now it’s time to pass the torch and give you the chance to get a head start into life as a student at Uni Hamburg. We’ll show you around the campus, what uni-life will be like and all kinds of tips and tricks to make your life easier.


During the OU there will be an extensive evening program. We’re going to organize board game and karaoke nights, a poker tournament, barbecues and a tour of the “Kiez”.
There should be something for everyone, giving you the chance to get to know each other even better!


Of course we won’t only show you the Informatikum in Stellingen. We’re also going to do a scavenger hunt at the main campus and a tour of the city of Hamburg.

Also, you’ll have test lectures at the main campus and together we’re going to find the best cafeterias and places.