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

Please be aware that all information below regarding dates, times, locations and contents of the OU still needs to be updated and is subject to change due to Covid-19.

OU for winter term 2021/2022

If you want to participate, please contact us via E-Mail.
For participating in person you have have to be vaccinated, tested or recovered.

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 30th of September until Friday the 8th 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!

This year the OU will be hybrid for the bachelor students. This means that there will be two days at the Informatikum (CS campus) and four days digitally. Some groups will start off on Thursday and some on Friday. Also there is a possibility to take part completely digitally if you wish. All groups will get the same information. Because planning is more complicated, a registration (Further below) until the 24th of September is necessary.

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 Thursday and 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 4th of October 2021. You will receive further information per mail.

Do I have to register for the OU?

Yes, you have to register for the OU until the 24.09.

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 a TAN list?

The TAN 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.

Where can I register for the orientation weekend (EWE)?

Here or during the OU Week at the info point.You can register via the form on this website.

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.The Informatics OU is for the following courses: B.Sc. Informatik, B.Sc. Computing in Science, B.Sc. Mensch-Computer-Interaktion, B.Sc. Software-System-Entwicklung, M.Sc. Informatik, and 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

If you want to do the OU partially at the Informatikum:

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”.

If you want to do the OU digitally:

You will have to leave your bed, go to your computer and turn it on. Then you’ll have to click on a provided link and join our meeting!

But if you wonder how to reach the CS campus, see the description above.

HVV Plan