Stibadium und Teich, Botanischer Garten
Foto: Karla Fritze
Botanic Garden

Student support services

  • Information about the average cost of student life, funding options for financing your studies, scholarships, and advice on housing can be found here.
  • The International Office advises international students on questions related to their degree, their legal status in Germany, financial and personal concerns.
  • The buddy program for international students connects new students with an experienced student from the University of Potsdam, if possible from the same degree program, to support them in adjusting to the university and life in Germany.
  • Melinda Niehus-Kettler, our Anglophone Modernities tutor, is happy to support you with further advice on how to best organize your studies with us. Contact Melinda at: niehuske@uni-potsdam.de
  • One-to-one peer-tutoring sessions for academic writing assignments are regularly offered by your peer-tutor Rhituparna Chakraborty. See here for more information.
  • The Writing Assistance Program at the Center for Languages and Key Competencies (Zessko) offers workshops, writing groups and individual assistance to students with their academic writing assignments. Information on faculty-specific writing assistance for international students can be found here, or contact philo-writinguni-potsdamde directly. Other forms of writing coaching available through Zessko can be found here.
  • The Zessko centre also offers presentation coaching.
  • Students who have surpassed the standard study period (i.e. longer than 4 semesters) can make a voluntary appointment with our graduation counsellors Patrick Kühmstedt and Stephanie Sumner for an individual consultation. Issues covered include: planning one's studies in order to complete the degree (planning for exams, help with designing semester plans, time management); identifying hindrances to finishing the degree (cases of hardship, compensating for disadvantages, writer's block); and connecting students with other support services at the university.
  • Information on mental heath counselling can be accessed here.
  • A complete list of Potsdam's student support services can be found here.
  • Advice on dealing with sexualized discrimination, harassment and violence can be found here
Stibadium und Teich, Botanischer Garten
Foto: Karla Fritze
Botanic Garden