Orientation 2008

On September 30 and 7/8/13 October American Studies will host its annual orientation days. The American Studies Orientation Days are meant to introduce new students to what is involved with pursuing a degree in American Studies, to the broader American Studies Community in Leipzig, and to help current students organize their studies for the coming semester (and beyond).

As introduced in 2006, there will be separate orientation programs, depending on which American Studies program you are enrolled in. We highly encourage you to participate in the events and take this chance for individual advising and getting to know the institute’s staff and fellow students. Please scroll down to find out more about the orientation for your respective program.

First-Year Bachelor Orientation

For incoming students, the orientation is mandatory, and we really look forward to seeing you at the American Studies Orientation Event 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 Student Advising Team.

The First-Year BA Orientation will take place on 7 and 8 October.

Starting Tuesday morning, 7 October, at 9.30 am, we will have an orientation registration and spend the morning presenting the program, providing students with a chance to get to know the staff and to ask questions. You will also get a chance to enrol in your Wahlbereich. In the afternoon, from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm, we have a meeting planned with American Consulate staff who will inform you about the various resources available for your studies there. Afterwards there will be a reception, followed by the traditional scavenger-hunt where you will form teams to solve tasks around Leipzig to get to know the campus and each other.

On Wednesday, 8 October, we will have several staff members available for individual advising from 9 am to 11 am. From 11 am to 12.30 am, there will be a special tour of the University Library for American Studies students. From 1 pm to 2 pm, we will offer you a session on study abroad and international internship opportunities. Between 2 and 2.30, the student council will introduce itself. We will round up the day with an American Studies barbecue beginning at 3 pm on Wednesday. Results from the scavenger hunt will be presented at the barbecue, and winning teams will get their prizes.

An overview of the BA orientation program can be found here.

First-Year Master Orientation

The MA Orientation will begin at 11 am on 8 October with an address of welcome where you will be introduced to our faculty and staff members and to the institute itself. During lunch you will have a chance to get to know each other. And afterwards, there will be a special campus tour for you to become acquainted with the university and the second-year MAs. In the afternoon, you will join the faculty and other American Studies students in the American Studies barbecue.

For an overview of the MA orientation, please click here.

Second-Year Bachelor Orientation

For our second-year BA students, we want to take this opportunity and talk about your first year of studying in Leipzig, your future course of studies and choosing your core electives (Wahlpflicht) in American Studies. On 30 September from 12 am – 3 pm there will be an orientation session where we will introduce you to some new developments and answer your questions, etc. Afterwards, we offer you individual advising.

For an overview of the BA second year orientation, please click here.

Third-Year Bachelor Orientation

For our third-year BA students, we want to get together with you on 30 September from 3 pm – 6 pm for a group meeting and individual consultations to talk with you about your experiences in the past year and the year ahead. Let’s meet to talk about suggestions, concerns, and general issues related to your field of study and the BA American Studies program. In this meeting, we also want to share some information on the BA thesis work.

For an overview of the BA third year orientation, please click here.

Magister Semester Kickoff

We want to offer you an opportunity to talk about the Magister program and the new opportunities for Magister students as MA modules are open to you as well. We have special office hours dedicated to talking to you about these on 8 October, from 11 am to noon 13 October, noon to 1pm.