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December 2022

NEWS at the Psychological Counselling Centre:

The open office hours on Monday, 12.12.2022, must be cancelled, but will be repeated on Wednesday, 14.12.2022, from 12 - 1 pm.

Thank you very much!


New offer for a work-life balance in studies and job 

For organisational reasons from
6th DECEMBER (not from 1st December as originally planned), there will again be stress management tools for students and employees twice a week. In addition to meditation, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR according to Jacobson) will now also be offered.

Tuesdays: 1-1:30 pm, meditation with
Ms. Carina Sprungk

Thursdays: 1-1:30 pm, PMR with
Ms. Laura Borngräber

More information, so also the registration, can be found on the website of "Meditation and Mindfulness" and on Viadrina's Instagram page @viadrina.

We look forward to seeing you!

October 2022


The Academic Advisory Service is particularly helpful for first-year students. The subject advisors provide support with timetabling, course and module planning and are happy to answer your subject-specific questions.

September 2022

12th September 2022 - TEAM DAY of the Central Student Advsory Service (ZSB)

We at the Central Student Advisory Service (including the Psychological Counselling Service) will hold our team day on Monday, 12th September 2022.

Please note that we will not be available on this day.

From Tuesday, 13th September 2022, we will be there for you again.

Thank you very much!

June 2022
22nd June 2022 - Open Day for Prospective Students on Viadrina Day
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You want to get to know the university, professors and future fellow students?

Then come to the Viadrina Day at the European University Viadrina on 22 June 2022. The doors will be open to you for campus walks, interesting lectures from the departments, library tours and a dormitory tour. If you still have questions, you can ask them at the many information stands.

In addition to the Open Day for prospective students, Viadrina Day also includes a summer party organised by the Student Body (AStA), a Viadrina exhibition and much more!

Let's experience this special day together! We are looking forward to seeing you.

Click here for the programme of the Open Day!

Click here for the Viadrina Day website!

Your Viadrina ZSB

6th June - 7th July - "Schnupperstudium" - Be A Student For A Day!
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You would like to know what to expect before you enrol into university? 
Studying is something you are considering but you are not sure if it is for you and how it even works?

Then use your chance and join us as a student for one or more day(s). Attend lectures at our three university faculties, meet our professors, faculty members and students, have a look at the university campus and soak up some uni atmosphere …

Learn more about the degree programmes we offer and get to know Viadrina University with the help of the "#Schnupperstudium"!

Have fun and enjoy your day(s) as a student!

Check out the Schnupperstudium programme and details here!

Your team at the Central Student Advisory Service

Event Information of the Psychological Counselling Centre:

Group offer for Ukrainian students
Exchange - Support - Strengthening Resilience

Are you unable to distance yourself from the situation in your home country? The stressful images from the media or news accompany you incessantly? The Psychological Counselling Centre offers you the opportunity to exchange ideas on these and other topics within a group. Participants can jointly develop solutions and strategies for dealing with very stressful issues. Further contents are worked out within the group. The group discussion is psychologically accompanied and will be held in English.

If you are interested, please contact

Пропозиція для групи українських студентів
Обмін – Підтримка – Посилення психологічної стійкості

Вас не покидають думки про ситуацію у Вашій Батьківщині? Вас переслідують стресові образи із ЗМІ або новин? Центр психологічного консультування пропонує Вам можливість обмінятися думками на цю та інші теми в групі. Учасники можуть спільно розробити рішення та стратегії поводження зі стресовими темами. Подальший зміст розроблятиметься у групі. Групова дискусія матиме психологічний супровід та проводитиметься англійською мовою.

Якщо Вас зацікавило, будь ласка, зверніться за електронною адресою:

May 2022
From 2 May 2022 - Open meditation groups - Work-life balance alongside your studies and career
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You are looking for ideas to balance your studies, your other commitments and your private life? You have heard of meditation and are curious to find out more?

Then join us for a meditation adventure and come to one of our Open Meditation Groups, currently held once a week in person and once a week online. You are very welcome to drop by without registering in advance. Write an email to psychberatung[at] to receive the link that is valid for all online meetings.

Monday 13.30 - 14.00 in the meditation room HG K17, in the basement of the main building


Thursday 13.00 - 13.30 Online

Organiser: Dorothée Thierer, Viadrina Psychological Counselling Centre

April 2022
11th - 14th April 2022 - Orientation Week for First-Year Students
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Welcome dear first-year students!

We are happy to welcome you to the #Viadrina Campus. During Orientation Week, you will receive all the important information you need for a successful start to your studies directly from us, the Central Student Advisory Service, the Department for International Relations, the faculties with their academic advisors and other Viadrina departments. In addition, your student representatives have organised a colourful additional programme for you, so that you can get to know your new fellow students and professors.

You can find the entire programme and all links to additional materials on our Orientation Week page.

Have fun and a successful start of your studies!

Your Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Around the turn of the Year 2021 - 2022
Availability of the Central Studetn Advisory Service

Over the turn of the year, the Central Student Advisory Service will be closed from December 23, 2021 to January 2, 2022. As of January 3, 2022, we will be available for you again as usual!

We wish you all a wonderful, cozy winter season and successful planning for the new year 2022!

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November 2021
22nd November 2021 -  TEAM DAY of the Central Student Advsory Service (ZSB)
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We at the Central Student Advisory Service (including the Psychological Counselling Service) will hold our team day on Monday, 22 November 2021.
Please note that we will not be available on this day.
From Tuesday, 23rd November 2021 we will be there for you again.
Thank you very much!

Until November 28, 2021 - #Giveaway - Mindful Monday

Central Student Counseling's Mindful Monday blog is celebrating its 100th mindfulness impulse this month!

And because we want to celebrate it properly, we're having a giveaway. We are giving away 10 books on mindfulness.

All you have to do is answer the following question and send the solution to by 11/28/2021:

When did Mindful Monday start with the first mindfulness impulse?

More information about the competition and the books can be found here:

Good luck wishes you your Viadrina ZSB!

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October 2021

11th - 15th October 2021 - Orientation Week for First-Year Students

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Dear first-year students, welcome to the European University Viadrina!
You are new at the #Viadrina and would like to get to know your fellow students? You want to know how to create your #timetable or ask the student advisor of your subject other urgent questions? You finally want to experience the university campus and atmosphere?
For the perfect start to your studies, we the Central Student Advisory Service (Zentrale Studienberatung, ZSB) have organised the #OrientationWeek from 11-15/10/2021.
Check-in is on Monday, 11/10 at 9:30 a.m. in the Audimax building (AM, see campus map). At 10:00 a.m. we will start with a welcome by University President Julia von Blumenthal and the Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB).

You will find the exact schedule of the Orientation Week in the next few days at:
Orientation Week is complemented by the "Erstiwoche"(freshers week) and "Erstifahrt", the ice breaker programme run by the student representatives (info in German).

IMPORTANT: Regarding #Corona, the 3G rule will apply on the entire Viadrina campus. With a proof of vaccination, recovery or current test (max. 72 hours old) you can participate in all events of Orientation Week. All Corona rules are updated daily at

If you haven't already done so, please check your euv mail account now (viaCampus > My functions > Mail). There you will have received an invitation with the first important information. In your euv mail account you will regularly receive the most important first-hand information.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Your Viadrina ZSB

September 2021

        Enrolment period for degree programmes with open admission

                                       *** until 30th September 2021 ***

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Prospective students with a German university entrance qualification can still conveniently enrol for our open-admission degree programs until 30 September 2021!

The European University Viadrina is one of the most international universities. If you are also looking for excellent support, a very broad range of courses and outstanding study organisation, the Viadrina is the right place for you.

In terms of student satisfaction, the European University Viadrina once again belongs to the top group in the nationwide university ranking of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) from May and December 2020. >> To the current results of the ranking:

If you still need information, please feel free to take advantage of our extensive advisory services.

Please note: For the degree programmes Intercultural German Studies and German-Polish Law Studies, the application period is 01.05.2021 - 05.09.2021!

August 2021
25th August 2021 - Mindfulness meditation. Taster session on the Ziegenwerder for students and employees

On 25th August from 1-2pm on the Island of Ziegenwerder, you can learn more about mindfulness meditation together with Marianne Tatschner from the psychological counselling centre of the EUV and also try it out right away.

Registration by 22 August at:

Have fun!

July 2021
23rd July 2021 - Start of the lecture-free period
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The lecture-free period has begun. Many of you now have #exams, #term papers or #internships on the schedule. We wish you maximum success with all your projects!

Allow yourself some breaks and small time-outs and enjoy the lecture-free time. If you have any questions, please contact us or your programmes's Academic Advisory Service. We are here for you (you can find our office hours in the right column).

We wish all #Viadrina members a wonderful summer!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Your Viadrina ZSB

June 2021
9th June 2021 - Digital Viadrina Day and Digital Open Day
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Every year European University Viadrina opens its doors to prospective students. A chance for you to get a first glimpse of Viadrina University and learn about our study programmes. This year, we have created a varied digital programme to show you what it is like to study at our university: Get to know the university, your future profs and fellow students. Join us for special presentations by experts from the Viadrina's three faculties and for our virtual campus tours, and get lots of useful information on studying at European University Viadrina.

Use your chance and discover what Viadrina University has to offer!

Also, check out this programme for the entire Digital Viadrina Day on this website.

6th June until 7th July 2021 - Become a student for a day (or more)  - online!
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You would like to know what to expect before you enrol? Studying is something you are considering but you are not sure if it is for you and how it even works?

Then use your chance and join us online as a student for one or more day(s). Attend lectures at our three university faculties, meet our professors, faculty members and students, have a look at the university campus and soak up some uni atmosphere …

Learn more about the degree programmes we offer and get to know Viadrina #University!

Have fun and enjoy your day(s) as a #student!

Your #Viadrina ZSB team

April 2021

6th - 11th April 2021 - Giveaway for Freshers!
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First-year students, watch out! You can win a FREE #lunch in the #cafeteria ("Mensa") for you and your friends.
Viadrina and the Studentenwerk #Frankfurt (Oder) will soon be 30 years old. We are therefore giving away 30 x 3 #Mensa meals together!
Visit our Instagram page @viadrina to learn more!

The giveaway runs until the end of Orientation Week on 11th April!
Your ZSB and your Studentenwerk

6th - 9th April 2021 - Orientation Week for First-Year Students

#Orientation Week begins on Tuesday, 6 April 2021! On the Orientation Week website you will find everything you need for a successful start to your studies.

On 6 April, we will start with a #live stream (German and English) and welcome by Viadrina President Prof. Dr. Julia von Blumenthal and by us, the Central Student Advisory Service - your point of contact throughout your studies.

Don't miss the introductory sessions on your study programmes, information on studying abroad, language courses, our Viadrina learning platforms and much more!

If you have any questions, you can contact our university departments by phone and email on consultation day on Thursday, 8 April 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be happy to help you!

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March 2021

15th March 2021 - Admission period for the summer semester ends!
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Last call for all of you who want to study #Europe in the summer #semester. The #enrolment period for our open-admission programmes ends on Monday, March 15!

In the summer semester, exciting programmes such as European #Cultural History (Master), Cultural Studies (Bachelor), Culture and #History of Central and Eastern Europe (Master) will start.

You can find more info about the study programmes and the #admission requirements at:

So, don't miss your flight.

We are looking forward to meeting you! Your @viadrina

February 2021

12th February 2021 - Workshop for students:

Yes, No, Maybe?! Should I Really Do It…Decision-Making for the Undecided

202102_Workshop_pexels_cottonbro ©@cottonbro Every day we make countless decisions - from what to have for breakfast to the bigger formative decisions regarding #studies, #career paths or for our entire lives and those of tthe people around us.
Some decisions come easily, others are extremely difficult and some decisions are not made at all, sometimes out of uncertainty and fear. What exactly happens in the process of decision-making, how one gets to the bottom of one's own indecisiveness and what possibilities there are to support personal decision-making, we will shed light on and try out in this workshop.
Register by Thursday, 04 February 2021, 23:59 at!
This event will be held in German.

January 2021
Viadrina Ambassadors wanted - Aplly now until 3rd January 2021

We are looking for German-speaking students of all disciplines from the 1st semester onwards, who can act as Viadrina ambassadors at schools and at the Viadrina, conducting workshops for high school students, reporting on their studies, and presenting the university. You will be given the tools to do this in a training session on February 5.

Would you like to get to know the university from a completely different perspective and actively support us, the #Viadrina ZSB / CSAS?

APPLY NOW until January 3rd!

More info at: (in German)

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December 2020

23rd December 2020 - 3rd Jannuary 2021 - Christmas Holidays
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The year 2020 has presented us all with great challenges. At #Viadrina, too, everything this year was quite different than expected. Students and staff have given their all to master the challenges and continue university life with as much normality as possible.

For those looking for some inspiration on how to switch off from this stressful year 2020, here is a little mindfulness suggestion for "Bringing Beginner's Mind to the Holidays" and here is a relaxing #challenge for those who would like to do nothing at all for a few minutes.⠀

On that note the #Viadrina ZSB team wishes all students, staff and readers of this blog a happy, relaxing Christmas and a great start to a healthy, happy new year 2021!


November 2020
2 - 11 November 2020 - Handing Out #Welcome Backpacks for Freshers
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In the first two weeks of lectures, our #ZSB team is distributing welcome backpacks for first-semester students.

The environment-friendly cotton backpacks are filled with helpful info material and #Viadrina goodies.

In order to get the coveted backpacks, students should arrive punctually at their introductory classes.

If you want to know more about the backpacks and the distribution, you can find videos and photos of the whole campaign on our Instagram channel!

#freshers #firstsemester #helloatviadrina

October 2020
October 26-30, 2020 - Orientation Week for First-Semester Students of all Study Programmes!
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Dear first-year students, the digital Orientation Week starts on Monday, 26th October 2020! It will take place online. You will find all offers and live streams on this page.

During the #Orientation Week you will receive all important information about your #study programmes, course enrolment, timetables, financing and more directly from your contact persons. Some of the information is provided via live streams and some information on the online learning platform Moodle (log in with your study access data.) Also, on Tuesday, 27th October at 11 am our university president Professor Dr. Julia von Blumenthal will welcome you to #Viadrina.

See you on Monday, 26.10. at 9:30 a.m.!

Lectures starting on November 2 will take place partly online and partly on #Campus (hybrid semester). More information in the introduction week!

Welcome to the Winter Semester 2020-21!
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The new semester has started and we welcome all students and especially our #freshers! The winter semester will be a #hybrid semester, i.e. there will be both online and classroom courses.

But you still have a little time for preparation. The Online Orientation Week starts on 26.10.2020! During the introductory week you will receive all important information about schedules, course registration, planning your studies etc.

Lectures will start from 2.11. In the viaCampus portal you can already have a look at the courses in the course catalogue (subject to change).

We have sent further information directly to your student e-mail account. Please check it regularly and always use it to communicate with all university departments!
Have fun with the preparations! We are looking forward to you!
Your Viadrina ZSB

October 2020

14th-20th October 2020 - Project Week for First-Year Students

From 14th to 20th October, 2020 our project week "Kick Off for Studies" for first semester students took place on the #Viadrina campus. During the annual project week, organized by the ZSB and the ZSFL, First-year students can prepare for their studies and get to know some of their fellow students.

The theme was "University & City, Country, Oder". In 11 groups, the freshers developed project ideas to promote cultural life in the twin city of Frankfurt (Oder)-Słubice.

You can find more videos, photos and information on our Instagram Channel in the Story Highlights under "Project Week"!

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September 2020

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In beautiful late summer weather the ZSB was #ontheroad the other day. For our team day we took part in the slightly scary but beautiful city tour "Criminal Berlin".

The city guide told us about (fortunately) mostly historical crimes and misdemeanors of all kinds - from black market racketeering during World War II to poisoning.

We visited many historical corners and locations in the centre of the capital that we had not yet seen.

For more snapshots of our #Berlin tour visit us on Instagram!

Summer Semester 2020

Mindful Monday - The Mindfulness Blog Brought to You by the CSAS

Get inspired by „Mindful Monday“, the Viadrina’s very own popular mindfulness blog, brought to you by the Central Student Advisory Service. On Mondays (once a week or sometimes once a fortnight) we post a mindfulness impulse right here - to try, to meditate, to share.

Mindfulness can make you more stress-resilient, relaxed and able to focus as well as improving your general mental health.

Enjoy a mindful start to your week with “Mindful Monday”!

Want more mindfulness? Come to our open meditation group! NOW MEETING ONLINE!

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End of the Lecture Period of the First Online Semester
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The first online semester at Viadrina is over. This semester challenged all students and staff in many new and unexpected ways.

We hope you have nevertheless reached your goals despite this difficult situation. We wish you the best of luck for your last exams, papers and all your other projects.

See you again in the fall - hopefully in person as well as online! Until then have a gorgeous summer!

If you have any questions concerning your studies, please feel free to contact us!

Your Viadrina CSAS

24th July - Winter Semester Re-Registration Deadline!

The RE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE is 24th July! If you haven't done it yet, please transfer the semester fee without delay.
If the fee arrives after 24th July, an additional fee of 15 Euros is due.
After re-registration you will be able to validate your semester tickets, e.g. at the machine in the Audimax building a every Monday until Friday from 2 to 4 pm.
You can find all the necessary information on this website and in your student e-mail account.
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6th June until 7th July 2020 - Prospective Students, Be a Virtual Student for a Day!
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Hello Prospective Students!

The "Schnupperstudium" is virtual this year!

Use this opportunity to get insights into uni life. You will be able to attend virtual lectures of the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics and Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences. Furthermore, there will be digital campus walks, live chats and much more ...

We are looking forward to meeting you!

>> All info and link to the "Schnupperstudium" here <<

July 2020
2 Brand New Online Workshops in July! - 10th July and 17th July 2020

You want to live with less stress in your daily life?
We have two really helpful workshops for you!
"Reduce Inner Stress":
Friday 10th July 2020, 10am-4pm
"Stress-Free Communication:
Friday, 17th July 2020, 10am-4pm
The workshops offer a relaxed way to learn and try helpful tips for a more stress-free life.
Register now before all spots are gone. The workshops are a collaboration with the Department of International Affairs. All info here.
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June 2020
"Avoiding Misunderstandings through Mindful Digital Communication" - Now online! (in German)
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As a part of the digital workshop series "Work & Sweatpants" Marianne Tatschner of the Psychological Counselling Centre was interviewed by Ulrike Kaefer of the Viadrina Coworking Space. They talked about mindful communication and about how best to avoid misunderstandings in our new digital day-to-day by communicating mindfully.

For everyone who missed the talk we have uploaded the interview here.

You can find more info on the "Work & Sweatpants" series on the website of the Viadrina Coworking Space (in German). More about mindfulness on our Mindfulness and Meditation weppage

For more workshops in the summer semester check out our workshop page!

10th June - Viadrina Digital Day with Online University Open Day and Summer Party

10th June 2020 is VIADRINA DIGITAL DAY!

For everyone interested in studying we have our "Online University Open Day" from 10 am until 4 pm. During this period you can learn about all of our study programmes and get deeper insights into uni life. Don't forget to ask us your urgent questions from 2 pm until 4 pm.

At 5 pm the Summer Party organized by the AStA starts off with live music by Lunya and DJ sets by Gregor Sündermann and Alissa - broadcast live by pure fm!

We are looking forward to seeing you!
Your Viadrina CSAS

#viadrinadigitalday #openday #summerparty

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May 2020
27th May 2020 - Online Workshop - "Avoiding Misunderstandings through Mindful Digital Communication"
20200522_AchtsameKommunikation ©Pixabay As a part of the digital workshop series "Work & Sweatpants" Marianne Tatschner of the Psychological Counselling Centre will be chatting with Ulrike Kaefer of the Viadrina Coworking Space next Wednesday about mindful communication and about how best to avoid misunderstandings in our new digital day-to-day by communicating mindfully.⠀

Wednesday, 27th May, 2 p.m.⠀

The link to the Zoom meeting:

No registration necessary. More info on our workshop webpage and on the website of the Viadrina Coworking Space (in German).

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You have no clue which profession to choose? Or you have an idea but need more infomation or input?

Take part in the parentum online fair this Tuesday 26th May 2020 from 2 until 6 pm!

You and your parents will have the opportunity to shower career advisors from all kinds of institutions with your questions - amongst them of, course our Viadrina CSAS study advisors regarding all the exciting study programmes we have here at the European University Viadrina :)

More info at:

Your Viadrina CSAS⠀

Summer Semester - First "Digital" Semester at the European University Viadrina

Now it's official: the summer semester is the first ever "digital" semester at Viadrina.

We want to know how our students are facing the new situation and have interviewed students from different faculties and semesters. The videos will be posted in our new Insta-Story series "Digital Semester - Apart, not Alone".

You can find the series on our Instagram channel @viadrinazsb

We wish all students and staff of Viadrina a happy and successful new Semester!

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6th May 2020 - ViaRunning 2020 - this time online!
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This year like every year our official Viadrina charity run ViaRunning 2020 will be held for a good cause!

Everyone can take part - no matter where in the world you are or whichever is your preferred speed - on the threadmill, in the park, across the city, running, promenading or on wheels. "Be there or be square." The Viarunning team would also love to see your photos!

For those who don't want to or cannot move: you can simply donate the entry fee of 3 Euros. All proceeds wil go directly to the Verein Studienförderung Passo Fundo e. V.

You find all info and links o Instagram and Facebook on the website of our PR department (in German).

April 2020

6th-10th April 2020 - Online Orientation Week for First-Year Students

For all our freshers the first Viadrina Online Orientation Week will start this Monday, 6th April. That means, you're supposed to familiarize yourself with the materials and documents we have collected on Moodle on Monday 6th April and Tuesday 7th April. After that you wil be well-equipped for starting your studies! On Wednesday 8th April you will be able to contact all of Viadrina's Service Departments from 10am until 2 pm to ask us any of your unanswered questions.

We hereby wish to thank all of our colleagues, who have made this first Online Orientation Week possible at record speed!!

You can find all info on the Orientation Week right here: (in English and German)

#study #motivation #wewelcomeyou


März 2020

News for students regarding Corona Virus!

On this website of the Viadrina Department of Public Relations you find important, topical news regarding the Corona Virus.

The site offers you information concerning hygiene, rules of conduct, what to do when you have an exam and regarding the current status of containment of the virus.

So far (9th March) no one at Viadrina is registered as a suspected or confirmed case.

To help make sure it stays that way, please read the short info website and kindly observe the listed rules of conduct.

Here you find all the latest news from the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Ministry of Health.

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February 2020
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A few days ago MOZ (Märkische Oderzeitung) invited experts in the field of vocational training and studies for their yearly telephone consultation. Callers can ask questions concerning their dream occupation, study programmes, financing your studies and many more.

The guests were: Madeleine Weiche of the Employment Agency Frankfurt (Oder), Silke Hartwig of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry East Brandenburg and Bennet Zimmermann of the Chamber of Crafts Frankfurt (Oder). Study advisor Janine Behrendt was Viadrina's ambassador and answered your questions.

#study #career #future

22nd February until 13th April 2020 - Lecture Free Period

We hope you all got through the exam period without any major troubles! You have now more than earned the lecture free period ;)

We wish you a successful, and most of all relaxing time until the lectures start in the summer semester and are looking forward to seeing you all again on the first day of class on 14th April 2020!

All important semester dates are on this website.

If you need any help with your studies in the meantime, just contact us.


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ZSB visits the Olympic Base Brandenburg
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A few days ago our study advisor Franziska Boll visited the Olympic Base Brandenburg in Frankfurt (Oder) and got to know the base and all the great athletes there.⠀

Our cooperation between Viadrina University and the Olympic Base offers (future) Olympic athletes the opportunity to study while pursuing their athletic career.⠀

We wish our team Tokyo 2020 all the best for this Year's Olympic Games!! 頑張ってください!

More info on the Base:

#olympicgames #athletes #tokyo2020

Winter Semester 2019/20

Workshop in English by the Psychological Counselling Centre

As always the Pyschological Counselling Centre will offer a workshop for English speakers in the winter term. If you are interested, mark the date in your calendar and register as early as possible to make sure you get a spot.

Do You Get My Meaning?
Improving Your Relationships through Mindful Communication
Friday, 31 January 2020, 10am-3pm, Room AM 02

If you speak (some) German, our other workshops might also be helpful to you.

For more information and an overview of all our workshops take a look at our workshop page.

Registration at:

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December 2019
Central Student Advisory closed during the holidays

The Viadrina Central Student Advisory Service will be closed from 23rd December 2019 over the holidays. We will be back from 6th January 2020.

We wish all students and staff of Viadrina (and everyone else who reads our "News" page of course ;) ) a very merry Christmas and a good start into a new, successful and happy year 2020.

If you would like to know more about what we are planning for you in 2020, check out (amongst others) our workshop page or the Viadrina Day and "Schnupperstudium" pages!

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November 2019
25th to 29th November 2019  - Climate Strike Week at Viadrina
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Together with school students and apprentices, the Viadrina students are calling for a climate strike week in Frankfurt (Oder) from 25th to 29th November 2019.

How sustainable is Viadrina? How clean is our city? How good is the Federal Government's climate package? What are the alternatives to conventional plastic packaging materials?

The future of our planet is close to your hearts, too? Then make sure to come by and join in!

The General Student Committee (AStA) and INFINITY Viadrina, together with many other actors from the university and city, have developed a programme for the Climate Strike Week to discuss, learn and act together.

Look forward to exhibitions, DIY cosmetics workshops, lectures, movie screening, joint garbage collection campaign and much more!

The complete programme can be found on the AStA website.

16th November 2019
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The 25th Uniball will be held on 16th November 2019 from 8 pm.

Have you grabbed your tickets yet? Today is your last chance to buy tickets for the Uniball from 12 - 2 pm in the cafeteria in the GD building! You can also get tickets at the Kleist Forum and online.

Further information:

October 2019
14th October 2019 - University Check for the New Semester

Yesterday's rbb tv show "Brandenburg aktuell" featured the three universities in Brandenburg - amongst them of course the European University Viadrina - according to the "most popular university in Germany in 2018 and 2019"!

In short interviews new students let you know about their first impressions and our ZSB study advisor Franziska Boll tells you about Viadrina's advantages (spoiler alert: it's not just the award-winning cafeteria)...

The feature is by K. Kooroshy / M. Nowak and in German. You find it at:

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7th -11th October 2019 - Orientation Week for New Students
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Winter semester's 2019/20 Orientation Week is in full course...Yesterday we started off with a welcome for our new students by Viadrina's Vice President Janine Nuyken and our university's advisory and support services, afterwards the info market with coffee and cookies, the introductory events for international students and many more.

Afterwards we had a big get together at the Kleist-Forum with a welcome by Viadrina's president Julia von Blumenthal and Frankfurt Oder's mayor René Wilke.

Orientation week will be continued with introductory events for the programmes, information about e-learning, financing your studies, housing, studying with disabilities, with a Campus Rallye, Karaoke, Bowling and many more events! Find the complete programme on this site!

#orientationweek #freshersweek #viadrinstart

Blogpost "Frankfurt (Oder) is the better Berlin" (in German)

In her article "Frankfurt (Oder) is the better Berlin", which was published during the rbb-Sommerakademie 2019 "Vielfalt entdecken" (Discovering Diversity) Elisa Dittmeier talks about student life in Frankfurt (Oder) - far away from crowded lecture halls and castings for shared student apartments.⠀

Learn more about Frankfurt (Oder)‘s manyfold advantages for students at: (in German)

The rbb-Sommerakademie for students will be held again next year. For more information, contacts and the application form visit the rbb-Sommerakademie website.

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Author: Elisa-Sophie Dittmeier⠀

Picture:Willi Wallroth (CC0)⠀

September 2019
26th September 2019 - Kick Off Week

Kick Off your studies - Project Week "Uni & Stadt, Land, Oder"

Just now the Kick Off project week has started at the Audimax building. During the project week our freshers can learn academic research and working methods in their field of study as well as get to know some of their future fellow students.⠀

Here are some snapshots of the welcome words by the project coordinators Franziska Boll and Katja Kraft and peer tutors and of the first icebreaker.

#kickoff #backtoschool #freshers

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04th-06th September 2019 - Central Student Advisory Service at the GIBeT Expert Conference 2019
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ZSB On the Road

Last week our study counsellors Kerstin Richter, Marianne Tatschner und Franziska Boll visited Cologne for the GIBeT Expert Conference 2019 of the Gesellschaft für Information, Beratung und Therapie an Hochschulen (GIBeT) e.V.
They used the conference to network with study counsellors from all over Germany and to share and bring home the latest news and trends in counselling.

One of the highlights was their visit at Cologne Cathedral. Here are some snapshots taken at a lofty height...

#ontheroad #zsbontheroad #cologne #colognecathedral #overtherooftops

August 2019

We wish all Viadrina students and staff a happy and relaxed lecture-free period! For your projects such as summer internships or term papers we wish you stamina and success!

If you encounter any problems or questions: the Central Student Advisory Service is of course open during the lecture-free period.

To everyone looking for an inspiring read during the summer holidays we recommend Marianne Tatschner's "Mindful Monday" blog (see also left column "Mindfulness and Meditation" -> "Mindful Monday").

#holidays #summer #mindfulmonday

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1st-3rd August 2019 - Pol'and'Rock Festival in Kostrzyn

Study Counselling of a different kind...At this year's Pol'and'Rock Festival in Kostrzyn the guests had the opportunity to have their futures read by the Central Student Advisoy Service.

We even had a VIP visitor at our @viadrinazsb divination booth... René Wilke, mayor of Frankfurt Oder, had his palm read by our ZSB team.

According to our study counsellor Franziska Boll his palm shows a very strong connection between the city of Frankfurt and Viadrina university...

@ob_renewilke @polandrock @playgroundeurope #Festival

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July 2019
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The Central Student Advisory Service wishes all students success in your final exams! We are here for you if you have any questions or problems.

#finals #viadrina #europauni #studentlife #youcandoit #bestofluck

5 July - Workshop in English by the Psychological Counselling Centre

As always the Pyschological Counselling Centre will offer a workshop for English speakers in the Summer term. If you are interested, mark the date in your calendar and register as early as possible to make sure you get a spot.

Mindful Self-Compassion
How to treat yourself well when the going gets rough
Friday, 05 July 2019, 10am-3pm, Room AM 202

If you speak (some) German, our other workshops might also be helpful to you.

For an overview of all our workshops take a look at our new English workshop page.

Registration at:

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June 2019

20th June 2019 - FuckUp Night

During our first FuckUp Night here at Viadrina our participants could gain insights into how to fail your studies in style.⠀

A big thank you to our (ex-)students who talked about their personal experiences with changing their course or dropping out. Also thank you to the die Agentur für Arbeit, Queraufstieg Berlin, IHK, QualifizierungsCentrum der Wirtschaft GmbH, BLOK O, Career Center and the Gründungszentrum as well as our participants! We had a lot o fun talking to you all and hope you got some exciting and inspiring insights!

#failbiggerfailbetter #failinginstyle #fuckupnight

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Viadrina Day 2019 was a big success!

Viadrina Day is an open house day, family party, uni summer bash, open air concert and after show party - all in one great package.

A big "thank you" goes out to all our guests, prospective students, organisers, helpers and everyone who took part in making this day an absolute highlight.

Find more snapshots of the day in our university logbook, the Facebook pages of our Public Relations Department and of course our Central Student advisory service (ZSB) Instagram account.

12 th June 2019 - Viadrina Day

Get to know the European University on Viadrina Day.

You can take part in lectures, find out more about your dream courses, get load of info material and find how to get involved in student activities at the Initiativenmarkt. Also, there will be campus and library tours and a bus tour of the student residences.
Afterwards there will be a family party and summer party open air concert and in the evening an after show party.

Find the complete programme on our Viadrina Day website.

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#vday #party #unilife

We start at 10.00 a.m. at the Gräfin Dönhoff building...Meet us in person at the Central Student Advisory Service booth!

May 2019

17th May 2019 - U18 European Parliamentary Elections for Minors

On 17th May the Viadrina will serve as a polling station for the U18-Election for the European Parliament.

Our Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) team will be there, too. We are currently busy with our preparations and have just entered the button-production phase of the project...

If you are under 18 and want to take part in the discussion about our political future, come by and cast your vote from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in front of the Audimax-building, Logenstr. 4.

Also, at 6:00 p.m. there will be an election party at the verbuendungshaus fforst (Forststraße 4).

Find out more about the U18-election and how it works at:

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9th May 2019
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9th May is Europe Day! Today and running up to the Elections to the European Parliament on 26th May there will be many Europe-related events at the European University Viadrina and around Frankfurt (oder)-Słubice: from a Crash Course Polish to a Picknick and Conversation, Lectures, the Viadrina Award 2019, Film Evening, Discussions, Dance Course, party (of course) and much more!

Check out the complete programme at: (in German)

#itspartytime #weareeuropebaby

8th May 2019 - vocatium Frankfurt (Oder)

8th May the ZSB-Mobile was on the road again...this time at the career fair vocatium Frankfurt (Oder). Our study counsellors Janine Behrendt and Dr. Linda Giesel, as well as our intern Charlotte served as Viadrina envoys.

They provided visitors with information about our courses, enrolment requirements and student life at the Viadrina.

Find out more about the vocatium career fairs at the website of the Institut für Talententwicklung.

Photos: Charlotte Grünberg

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The team of the Central Student Advisory Service wishes all students and colleagues a wonderful Easter Holiday and happy and fruitful Easter Egg Hunt!

If you have any questions or problems, the Central Student Advisory Service will only take a short break from Good Friday until Easter Monday and then we will be back for you here at the Auditorium Maximum, Room 112.

If you miss us during the holidays, you can now follow us on Instagram @viadrinazsb!


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April 2019

Instagram PHOTO CONTEST for Freshers - Win a Viadrina T-Shirt!
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The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) is now on Instagram!

Dear Freshers, follow us @viadrinazsb and post your orientation week snapshots on Instagram. Tag your posts with #viadrinastart. The best entry wins brand new Viadrina T-Shirt - so go and get creative! :)

Deadline is 15 April 2019

#orientationweekviadrina #freshersweek #helloinstaworld

5 April 2019 - University Fair "Hochschulmesse 2019: Studieren in Berlin und Brandenburg"
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Last Friday, 5 April 2019 the university fair "Hochschulmesse 2019: Studieren in Berlin und Brandenburg" was held at the Mercure Hotel MOA Berlin. More than 50 institutions presented the 600+ degree programmes availabe in the Brandenburg -Berlin region.

Our ZSB team and the teams of the Academic Advisory Services promoted Viadrina's wide range of programmes and meanwhile also enjoyed themselves a little...When they aren't saving the world, Ms Ignatius (Law), Mr Matthiessen (Social and Cultural Sciences) and Mr Trenkmann (Business and Economics) are saving students who have questions concerning their courses, modules, schedules, etc.

More info on the Hochschulmesse 2019


1-5 April 2019 - Orientation Week

Are you ready for a fresh start? During the Orientation Week you will receive all the important information you need for a successful start at the European University Viadrina.

We highly recommend all new students - whether complete newbie or experienced new Master student - take part in their course's introductory session. Also, there will be a variety of ice breakers, cultural events and of course orientation sessions of all sorts.

Do not miss the orientation week! We are looking forward to meeting you here at the European University Viadrina.

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Photos: Heide Fest / Centre right: ZSB

For the complete freshers' guide and programme click the link:

#studystart #orientationweeksummer2019 #bornready

3 April 2019 - New Career Fair "vocatium Nordwestbrandenburg"

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For the first time the brand new job and talent fair "vocatium Nordwestbrandenburg" was held on 3rd April 2019 in the Graf von Lindenau-Halle in Neustad!

A wide range of exhibitors were present: BTU Cottbus, TH Brandenburg, Industrie- und Handelskammer Potsdam, KMG, Swiss Krono, Customs - and of course the European University Viadrina.

Our study counsellors Franziska Boll and Dr. Linda Giesel journeyed to scenic North-West Brandenburg via #ZSB-Mobil and presented our wide spectrum of courses to the many visitors.

Whilst on tour they discovered the beauty of Neustadt and found out just how cool horses in Brandenburg are...

Learn more about the vocatium Nordwestbrandenburg on the Instituts für Talententwicklung website.
February 2019
24 February - Workshop "Professional Counselling"

Amongst several helpful workshops for students the Central Student Advisory Service also offers trainings for Viadrina employees. This time, Marianne Tatschner of the Psychological Counselling Centre gave helpful advice on the subject of "Professional Counselling".

We will offer several new workshops for students during the upcoming summer semester 2019. In these workshops students can gain insights into many key study and life skills.

Learn more about our workshops and other events on our workshop page! (page in German; we offer workshops in German and English)


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11 February - European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) Voted "Most Popular University in Germany" Second Time in a Row

For the second time in a row the European University Viadrina was voted "Most Popular University in Germany by students and alumni. In an online poll conducted by the ranking website "" over 42.000 students and former students voted in the following categories: syllabi and lectures, lecturers, room equipment, organization and library. All in all, 97 % of our students would recommend studying at Viadrina.

Today we had a little "unboxing ceremony" at the Central Student Advisory Service...

We are very happy with the result of the ranking and will, of course, continue to strive to make every student feel welcome and have a great learning experience at Viadrina!

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You'd like to see the real thing? You will find the award at the Audimax building on campus. #perfectselfieopportunity #makeyourparentsproud

Want to know more? Check out this article (in German).

For more detailed information on the ranking click here (in German):

9 - 10 February - HORIZON Stuttgart
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On 9 and 10 February 2019 the HORIZON Career Fair was held in Stuttgart, Germany. At the fair a wide range of institutions of higher education, businesses and counselling services from the region, Germany and from all over Europe introduced themselves to the visitors.

Our study advisors Kerstin Richter and Franziska Boll were of course present and answered all questions regarding studying at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder).

For more information (in German) click here:

Summer Semester 2019

5 July - Workshop in English by the Psychological Counselling Centre

As always the Pyschological Counsellling Centre will offer a workshop for English speakers in the Summer term. If you are interested, mark the date in your calendar and register as early as possible to make sure you get a spot.

Mindful Self-Compassion
How to treat yourself well when the going gets rough
Friday, 05 July 2019, 10am-3pm, Room AM 202

If you speak (some) German, our other workshops might also be helpful to you.

For an overview of all our workshops take a look at our new English workshop page.

Registration at:

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January 2019
18 January - Workshop in English

Mindfulness in a Nutshell
What It Is and Why You Should Care
Friday, 18 January 2019, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room HG 201b

For more information visit the website of the Pychological Counselling Centre.

To register visit (in German).

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December 2018
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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The team of the Central Student Advisory Service wishes you a merry Christmas and a great start into the new year!

We will be back on 7 January 2019.