Entering Students Welcome


Dear Incoming Students,

American Studies Leipzig welcomes you, the BA and MA Entering Cohorts of 2020, to Leipzig. We look forward to meeting and getting to know you soon.

Formal instruction starts on October 26th, and much of it will be online. Please bookmark and keep checking our dedicated info page for more information on this.

Also, please use the TOOL platform to sign up for your modules, and consult our registration information sheet for further instructions.

Before that, on October 13th, we invite you to attend the Student Information Day. The day is currently planned as an in-person event, a chance to safely meet your fellow students and instructors, and it is packed with information you will need during your studies here at Leipzig. It is designed specifically for entering students, and so we do encourage you to come and join us on that day.


Digital Preparations

American Studies Leipzig prides itself of having a very active online community. Once you are admitted to our program, you will see that our webpage is the most important digital channel of communication at the institute. Of course, you are also invited to like our facebook profile and to check out our youtube channel.

To be ready for the coming semester, much of which will be digital, be sure that you have at least one electronic device that is video conference ready. To participate in regular seminars, lectures, and tutorials, we recommend using a Desktop PC or a Laptop with a webcam (built-in or separate) and a headset.

Recommended Books

  • Campbell, Neil C., and Alasdair Kean. American Cultural Studies: An Introduction to American Culture. London: Routledge, 2012. Print.
  • Hebel, Udo. Einführung in die Amerikanistik / American Studies. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2008. Print.
  • Marcus, Greil, and Werner Sollors, eds. A New Literary History of America. Cambridge: Belknap, 2009. Print.
  • Tindall, George Brown, and David Emory Shi. America: A Narrative History. New York: Norton, 2010. Print.

Student Orientation Day: Preliminary (!) Schedule

On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, American Studies Leipzig will hold its Student Orientation Day. Entering BA and MA students are cordially invited to attend all sessions listed below, focusing on the events marked for the respective cohort.

When? What?  Who?

Registration (in front of lecture hall HS 9)


Official Welcome


BA Program Orientation

12:00-13:00 Campus Tour BA
12:00-13:00 Welcome and MA Program Orientation MA

Info Session with US Consul General


Info Session with Dr. Manns-Süßbrich (University Library)

ca. 14:45

Welcome by FSR & ASL Alumni Association & Event Committee

ca. 15:00 Get-together and pizza BA/MA


All orientation events are scheduled to take place in Hörsaal 9 (HS 9) in the Hörsaalgebäude (HSG) on the university’s  main campus (Augustusplatz), 04109 Leipzig.

Orientation Day COVID Safety Protocol

This year’s Student Orientation Day is planned with the ongoing pandemic in mind. The large lecture hall will allow for social distancing, and the get-together and pizza session in the end is planned to take place outdoors, if weather permits. As you get to the Hörsaalgebäude,

  • pay attention to the signs signaling the proper walkways and directions
  • keep proper distance of 1.5 m to others at all times
  • wear your face mask whenever you are not seated in proper distance from one another
  • stay away if you feel ill or experience symptoms resembling a cold

For more information on the impact of the pandemic on the coming semester, please refer to our continuously updated COVID-19 info page at: americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de/covid

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