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News about Student Life at Viadrina and about the Central Student Advisory Service

Changed open office hours at the Central Student Advisory Service

Please note that at present the Central Student Advisory Service open office hours are only held via telephone on Tuesdays between 2 pm and 4 pm! Please call +49 (0) 335 5534 4488 to contact us.

Changed Telephone Hours at the Psychological Counselling Centre

Please note that the Psychological Counselling Centre Telephone Hours are held only Thursdays from 2 until 3 pm.

Meditations Groups Offered by the Psychological Couselling Centre

There will be no meditation group until including 19th April!

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.