American Studies Leipzig Student Orientation Week 2006

American Studies will hold during 10-12 October its second annual orientation program. The American Studies Orientation Week is meant to introduce new students to what is involved with pursuing a degree in American Studies, to help students organize their studies for the coming semester (and beyond), and to introduce new students to the broader American Studies Community in Leipzig.

A detailed program can be found here.

Students enrolled in other BA programs at the University of Leipzig who want to study American Studies as their minor (Wahlbereich), please click here to find out how to enroll in American Studies courses.

For the incoming students, we really look forward to seeing you at the American Studies Orientation Week and getting to meet you for the first time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact members of our American Studies Team (please write either to Zoe Kusmierz, Katja Schmieder, or Crister Garrett).

What follows is a brief description of the events planned.

Starting Tuesday morning (10 October), at 9 am, we will have an orientation registration and spend the morning presenting the program, and providing students with a chance to get to know the staff and to ask questions.

On Wednesday (11 October), we will have several staff members available for individual advising during the morning (we will also have a “Home Base” open where students can come by and grab a cup of coffee or tea and talk to staff members). In the afternoon (2 pm to 3:30), we have a visit planned to the American Consulate where students can meet the Consul General and learn about the various resources available to you for your studies at the Consulate. Afterwards we will have a session on study abroad opportunities, something that students need to start thinking about early in their studies.

On Thursday (12 October), there will be a special tour of the University Library for American Studies students followed by a roundtable with American Studies graduates who will discuss how their degree has helped them with professional careers. Afterwards there will be a scavenger-hunt (Schnitzeljagd) where students will be made up into teams and have to solve tasks around Leipzig. We did this last year (helps students get to know the university and the town and each other a bit better), and the students loved it. We will even have prizes!

We will round up the day with an American Studies barbeque in the late afternoon on Thursday. The Student Body Council will then host a welcoming party on Thursday evening.

Thanks, and See You Soon!

American Studies Leipzig