Student organizations at the University of Potsdam are associations that have been registered in accordance with Section 2 of the Regulations for Associations at the University of Potsdam (Registration Regulations) from July 12, 1993. Their activities are not limited to certain subjects or disciplines. Student organizations deal with a variety of topics ranging from politics, equal opportunities, and sustainability to sports and culture. So if you want to get involved in a good cause during your studies, you will certainly find the right group for you here.
Hi, we are the Amnesty International chapter for the city and the institutions of higher education of Potsdam. Amnesty International is the biggest global movement for human rights. On every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, we meet at 7:15 p.m. at the seminar room of the KuZe cultural center to plan our next steps. Through public activities such as information booths, film screenings, talks given by experts and informal get-togethers, we would like to spread information about human rights violations, draw attention to cases of oppressed human rights defenders and increase public pressure on those responsible. Because we take injustice personal!
To stay up to date, feel free to check out our website or follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Or even better: Join our next group meeting or one of our online get-togethers to get to know us.
We can’t wait to meet you!
We are the Potsdam chapter of ArbeiterKind.de and our goal is to encourage school children form non-academic backgrounds to take up university studies, to advise them during their studies and offer our support with networking and their entry into professional life. To do this, we meet once a month, discuss any remaining questions, organize information events and chat about our experiences in everyday university life.
We would be happy to meet you if you have questions on how to finance or organize your studies, on stays abroad or other issues, or if you just feel like working with us to promote educational justice.
You can find our presentation video here.
We are an association of students who agree with the principles of unionized labor and we are open to any student of institutions of higher education in Potsdam. We are promoting an open, solidary and democratic university and take a critical look at different forms of student employment inside and outside the university. Are you interested? Anyone is welcome to join us!
Our next meeting is on November 12, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom (Meeting-ID: 640 3559 2588, Password: 86205322). We will also be hosting an event on November 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. on the subject of trade unions and the benefits they bring to students.
More information will be available on our Facebook or Instagram channels or via e-mail (email@example.com). We are looking forward to meeting you!
Dear first-semester students, our student organization DIE LINKE.SDS is an advocate for the interests of students: i.e. a diverse, democratic and social university where all students feel comfortable, can participate, and complete their studies without any issues. To this end, we actively participate in committees dealing with higher education policy. In addition, we draw attention to the socio-political issues that are important to us by regularly organizing events on these topics and by showing solidarity with other groups and actions during protests.
We define ourselves as a strong queer-feminist, ecological and antifascist voice on campus. You can also find us and our current topics on Instagram and Facebook! We can’t wait to meet you!
We are the Erasmus Student Network Potsdam, ESN for short. Our task is to promote the integration of foreign exchange students at the Potsdam institutions of higher education. Our main focus is on promoting cultural interaction by organizing events for international and German students.
Every semester we organize a varied cultural program with events such as city tours in Berlin and Potsdam, excursions in the region and throughout Germany, visits to theaters, operas, concerts and sporting events, as well as parties.
By doing so, we would like to help international students find their way around and settle in Potsdam and get in touch with other people.
Where do I come from? Who am I? Where will my journey take me?
You are new in Potsdam ‒ We welcome you and can help you find answers to these questions. At this moment, you are still discovering the university, new rhythms of life, a new apartment and new people... Our protestant student organization offers you a space to get to know us, breathe, think ‒ and for questions, fun and community. For the heaven above us – within us – around us.
No matter if you identify as Christian or as someone still searching for answers – or both. We are a diverse group... open-minded, curious and ecumenical. As a small oasis in a university setting, we meet weekly for breakfast including lauds, or for evening discussions and various other activities.
Just drop by – at no cost and with no obligations.
ESG - Your parish during university studies.
It is the 10th anniversary of Golm Rockt Festival. It has been a long journey starting with a small celebration within a department that has now turned into a two-day campus festival. And we still want more! Let us party, dance and enjoy the epic performances on stage. We stay true to ourselves even as a registered student organization: No entrance fees, food and drinks that are affordable for students and 100% volunteer work. This is only made possible thanks to the support for our student project from the Studentenwerk Potsdam and the student body associations of the University of Potsdam as well as the many volunteers.
Our festival is for you and we are looking for motivated students who want to help us organize the event or help out on the day of the festival. We will welcome you in our midst with open arms.
Grüne Hochschulgruppe Potsdam stands for a cosmopolitan and ecological campus!
This means that we are striving for both external changes (a campus with blooming meadows and more freedoms for students) as well as critical examinations of the status quo in everyday university life. Together, we oppose any form of discrimination and want to reduce structural barriers. We have a queer-feminist orientation and fight for real gender equality at the university. Do you want to get involved in higher education politics? Then drop by for one of our meetings! Don’t worry, we are not just about bleak university politics. We also organize exciting events like clothing swap parties or sustainable workshops.
You can find out more about us here: www.ghg-potsdam.de | Instagram: ghg_potsdam
You can contact us via Instagram or e-mail: ghggruene-potsdamde
We are the student organization of the Young European Movement Berlin-Brandenburg (JEB) at the University of Potsdam. The JEB is an independent and cross-party youth organization, whose members are linked by the European idea in its various forms, as well as by the shared desire to help shape Europe! As a member of the German branch of the Young European Federalists, we are part of a Europe-wide network that includes over 30 countries. Together, we promote diversity and unity in a federal Europe and form an open, pluralistic platform for young people who want to get involved in European politics.
If you would like to talk about this Europe that surrounds us, to discuss ideas and reform proposals, to debate current affairs and to play an active role in European life, then we are the right organization for you. Work with us for a democratic, transparent, solidary, peaceful Europe based on the principle of subsidiarity!
Are you interested in a scholarship and would you like to find out more about the opportunities and the application process? Are you committed to social-democratic values like freedom, justice and solidarity? You believe that the path you took in your life was too bumpy and not linear enough? We can help you with all of these issues! Educational justice is our core goal! Many high school and university students are still hesitant to apply for a scholarship even though they are ddicated and have good grades. We want to change that!
For more details visit: https://www.fes.de/studienfoerderung/botschafter-innen
We look forward to getting to know you!
You can find our video presentation here
You are looking for variety during your studies and want to improve your soft skills and work as a volunteer? You want to speak English more often and get to know people and cultures from all over the world? You want to participate in an internship abroad yourself and get a look behind the scenes before you go? You have an eye for appealing design and want to work creatively?
Then IEASTE is the right group for you!
IAESTE is an international, non-political, independent organization that helps you find internships abroad. We, the local committee, help students of the university find internships and offer support to interns staying in Potsdam. You are more than welcome to join! For more information, visit www.iaeste-potsdam.de.
We are the student organization of IJM, an NGO committed to fighting against slavery world-wide. IJM liberates those affected (including follow-up care), supports the judiciary in the prosecution of perpetrators and provides training for police officers, public prosecutors and judges. The goal is to make slavery risky and unprofitable. After all, more than 40 million people today are leading a life of slavery (ILO, Walk Free Foundation, IOM 2017), i.e. they are treated as property and held against their will using deception or violence and forced to work. They do not receive any or very little remuneration for this. We want to raise awareness among Potsdam residents about the issue of “modern slavery”. Are you interested in joining us in our work and stand up against slavery? If so, you can contact us via: campuspotsdamijm-deutschlandde
Or come to one of our meetings taking place every two weeks. The next one is on November 16 via Zoom. More information is available here.
You can find our presentation video here.
The Jazz Choir is a student choir that is all about having fun while singing and making music together. Apart from Jazz, we also perform pop music, traditional songs and other popular classics. Twice a year, the Jazz Choir organizes big concerts, one of which takes place in the Kaiser Friedrich Church in Golm and the other on the university campus. Beyond that, we also perform at at other smaller events like celebrations organized by departmental student representatives, university events or Christmas markets. The Jazz Choir Campus Golm is always looking for new members in all voices. Choir practice takes place on Wednesdays between 6 and 8 p.m. You can reach us via e-mail: jazzchor.campus.golmgmailcom
We are the Juso student organization. Within the self-administration structures of the students, we are actively committed to the social concerns of students, reforms at the university and an active student body. Our core values are socialism, feminism and internationalism. We are fighting for a society of the free and equal without exploitation, oppression or violence.
Feel free to visit our social media channels and come to one of our next meetings or events. We are looking forward to meeting you!
Instagram: juso.hsg.potsdam | Facebook: JusoHSGPotsdam | Twitter: @JusoHSGPotsdam
You can also write us an e-mail: juso.hsg.potsdamgooglemailcom
Jugend gegen AIDS (Youth against AIDS, cooperation partner of JUSO Hochschulgruppe)
Youth against AIDS is a non-profit organization of young people who are promoting sexual health all over the world. The origins of our organization can be traced back to the efforts of a small group of students from Hamburg. In 2009 they wanted to make a statement against stigmatization and in favor of more sexual education in schools by distributing red AIDS ribbons. Today we are working throughout the Federal Republic of Germany and are also advocating for sexual health beyond its borders. With our work we empower young people to deal with their sexuality in a self-confident and responsible way. We are looking forward to meeting you at our Studium+ project!
This video will give you a first impression of what we do. Video
We are the Catholic student organization Potsdam. People from all Potsdam institutions of higher education and faculties meet here; it's all about community, conversations even well into the night, social commitment and spirituality without blinders on. Self-determination, democracy, tolerance, and faith are of great importance here. Everyone can contribute with his or her interests, abilities and wishes and make KSG what it is: colorful and full of life. In Potsdam, you will find us in Hegelallee 55 (near Nauener Tor) and here: www.ksg-potsdam.de. We would be happy to see you at our Wednesday meetings to spend a great evening together!
You can find our presentation video here
Lesecafé is a student-run, self-organized FreiRaum (free space), i.e. students volunteer their time for students. Everyone can express themselves freely through educational, artistic and cultural offerings within the FreiRaum. Lesecafé is open to all people, but any discriminatory or violent behavior will not be tolerated. Offering a variety of drinks, coffee and tea as well as food, depending on what the “kitchen for all” has to offer, the Lesecafé also provides a place to relax and network during your day-to-day university life.
Do you want to be a part of all this? If so, feel free to write us a message or contact us directly during our opening hours. golmcasfemail.asta.uni-potsdamde
“Nature is calling – we are the answer!”
NAJU is the stand-alone children's and youth association of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU). NAJU offers you space and support for the realization of your own projects and offers internships and volunteer positions (Voluntary Ecological Year FÖJ; Federal Volunteers Service BFD). We get involved when it comes to climate and biodiversity protection. As nature's mouthpiece, we want to counteract the current threats and destructive developments. Whether it's for nature conservation missions, weekend seminars, summer camps, protests or in the office – anyone who wants to do something for nature and climate protection is welcome and needed.
Naturschutzjugend (NAJU) LV Brandenburg Träger e.V.
Jugendbildungsreferentinnen: Claudia Günther, Anne Kienappel
Haus der Natur, Lindenstraße 34, 14467 Potsdam
Phone: +49 (0)331-2015575 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.naju-brandenburg.de
We are the student organization Nightline Potsdam. We are a listening hotline run by students for students. You can reach us throughout the semester by calling +49 (0)331/977-1834 from Sunday to Thursday 9 p.m. to midnight. We can help you sort out your feelings and thoughts. Your worries, no matter if they are big or small, are worth a call. We conduct our conversations in an appreciative and unbiased manner. You will remain anonymous. To find out more about us, visit nightline-potsdam.de. You can also follow us on social media: facebook.com/nlpotsdam/ or instagram.com/nightline_potsdam/. #EsIstEinenAnrufWert #itsworthacall
Everyone knows it, everyone loves it, and ever since its doors opened in 1999, the “Nil Studentenkeller” has been an integral part of university life for generations of students. The club and event location is hidden under the lecture halls of Building 11 on the Am Neuen Palais Campus. There, members of our association organize a culturally diverse and affordable offer as volunteers.
In keeping with the motto: “by students for students”! At our legendary “DonNilstag” event on Thursday nights, students have been known to dance until the early hours of the morning. Get in line as early as possible, because the basement vaults will fill up quickly.
You want to do creative volunteer work? Then meet up with us and get to know us!
We are a student organization with the goal of creating a space where people with and without refugee experiences can exchange ideas. The project also aims to improve the situation of asylum seekers in Brandenburg and, at the same time, improve important key competencies among students. Through active exchange between asylum seekers and future academics, the project contributes to the development of an open and unprejudiced society. Prejudices and reservations are reduced through education and reflected cooperation in projects with refugees. These projects include our language courses, which are currently offered online, homework assistance and intensive networking activities. We also offer a StudiumPlus seminar!
The Potsdam Working Group for Security Policy (PAS) is a member of the Bundesverband Sicherheitspolitik an Hochschulen (BSH), the largest network of student organizations dealing with foreign and security policies at German institutions of higher education. We deal extensively with foreign and security policy issues. For this purpose the PAS regularly organizes informal get-togethers, excursions, seminars and lectures with high-profile speakers. These are developed and organized independently by our members. PAS was founded in 2016 as a student organization that is independent of political parties and denominations.
Potsdamer Instrumentalisten is a wind orchestra founded in 2018 for students who want to make music in a relaxed environment alongside their studies. We play music from all possible genres ranging from movie scores to pop at an intermediate level in terms of difficulty (one to two years of practice with your instrument are required). We are a group of roughly 25 regular members today and are always ready to welcome new musicians.
Due to the coronavirus, we cannot currently meet for practice, but if you are interested in joining us, please contact vorstandpotsdamer-instrumentalistende or visit our website potsdamer-instrumentalisten.de/. We can’t wait to meet you!
#guterwandel We are getting involved - for you!
RCDS stands for democratic, just and ideology-free higher education policy. We represent your student interests with unambiguous positions, good dialog and by taking a clear stand. We are active on various levels and committees within university policy on your behalf. RCDS Potsdam is one of the largest student organizations in the Northeast Regional Association. This enables us to constantly exchange ideas with many different people, not only within our group, but also to cultivate contacts in the large national network. We stand for honest and pragmatic university policy. We have established various formats to exchange ideas with each other on a regular basis. You are always welcome at informal get-togethers, meetings or other events. We always try to invite interesting people to discuss and exchange ideas with us. We have already welcomed our Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier and Member of Parliament Kai Whittaker. Even with our digital format, we have already had a very exciting discussion with the leader of the CDU faction in the Brandenburg state parliament, Jan Redmann. For the upcoming semester we have once again organized a variety of events to exchange ideas with many different guests.
If you want to participate in exciting discussions or simply meet new people, we are the right group for you.
Sustainability has become a major concern of society and therefore there are more and more initiatives that are active in the multifaceted areas of sustainability. SiNC (student initiatives for a sustainable campus) tries to unite all sustainable initiatives at the University of Potsdam. Currently we consist of Studium oecologicum, UniSolar e.V. and Bunte Wiese Potsdam. We bring sustainability to our university in many different ways: Fruit trees in the Griebnitzsee student village, a signpost in Golm that draws attention to all sustainable projects on campus, new versions of the energy-saving stickers and a series of lectures in the winter semester 2020/21. Contact us (uni-potsdam.de/sinc) and we will make the University of Potsdam more sustainable!
Hello and welcome! It’s nice of you to check out SMD virtually ;) We are students from various disciplines and at different stages in our studies. What unites us is our faith in Jesus, which we want to live authentically even in everyday student life and share with our fellow students. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a Christian or not, if you have questions or are just looking for a community. Come visit us! We are happy to welcome any newcomers. Where can you find us? On Campus :) On our website: hochschul-smd.org/potsdam/ or at one of our popular get-togethers on Wednesday night (more details on the website). Or just have a look at our video :) or write us a message: infosmd-potsdamde
The student magazine "speakUP" is the most important independent student medium at the University of Potsdam. It is run on a voluntary basis by students for students. As an online magazine, we regularly provide you with information on our website https://speakup.to/ about news from education and university policy, interesting facts about student life in Potsdam and the surrounding area, exciting projects and events organized by the student body. We also share our content on social media and cmmunicate with our readers there, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. That way, students of the University of Potsdam can always stay up-to-date – for free, but not for nothing.
At the beginning of 2012, the project “Junges Gemüse” (called “StuGa - Studigarten Golm” from 2015 on) was launched by the Bachelor students of Life Sciences at the University of Potsdam. Our community garden, which is now approx. 280 m² in size, is located on the Golm university campus. We are geared towards students who often do not have the financial or spatial possibilities to grow their own vegetables and who are interested in gardening. There is no fixed membership, but we do want to share the responsibility among ourselves to ensure that the garden will continue to exist in the future. We grow vegetables and herbs on raised beds. Then there are beds for potatoes, strawberries and flowers, a few fruit trees, such as an apple tree and a walnut tree, and a spiral herb garden. Since October 2019, we‘ve also had a greenhouse. We are very eager to try out new things. For example, we cultivate old varieties and try different cultivation methods in line with an ecologically sustainable concept. Anyone is welcome to participate at any time, even without gardening experience. It is important to us to garden together. Since May 2019, we have been a registered association of the University of Potsdam. We are very grateful to receive financial and moral support from AstA (student government) and the Universitätsgesellschaft e.V.
If you are interested in gardening with us, feel free to contact us!
Every child has the right to a childhood – the UNICEF student organization Potsdam wants to help make this right a reality. We provide information about the situation of disadvantaged children worldwide and collect donations through creative campaigns. We meet regularly to plan our activities. Everyone decides for themselves how much time and energy they want to invest and how they want to get involved. You will be actively involved in the work of UNICEF and can acquire knowledge for your task through workshops. Together we can achieve a lot. You can find out more about our current activities on Instagram @unicefpotsdam. A short presentation video about our association is available here. If you are interested, write us an e-mail to infohochschulgruppe-potsdam.unicefde
We can’t wait to meet you!
uniClever is the student-run business consultancy at the University of Potsdam. As a non-profit association, our goal is to advise and support small and medium-sized companies in solving complex entrepreneurial challenges, to support organizations and associations in the social sector, and to offer students of all disciplines the opportunity to gain practical experience. Our vision is to develop personal and entrepreneurial skills through knowledge transfer and practice in order to offer companies a genuine added value. With this in mind, more than 30 student consultants work together with over 2,600 other student consultants in the nationwide JCNetwork with its 36 locations.
You can find more details online at www.uniclever.de
We are the uni potsdam Linux User Group, upLUG for short. Our goal is to promote the dissemination and understanding of free software, such as Linux. We support both beginners and experts with their questions and problems, which can be clarified via the mailing list or at our regular meetings. Our presentations, tutorials and field reports are intended to pass on knowledge about specific problems. But we also want to actively educate others and help free software developers. However, we consider it our most important task to help beginners get started with Linux.
We are Upride - the queer student organization of Potsdam’s institutions of higher education.
Are you looking for nice people to hang out with? Are you interested in queer issues? Do you want to become an activist in the queer community? Then this is the right group for you! No matter if you want to actively fight for the acceptance of gender and sexual diversity or if you just want to exchange ideas with likeable people in LGBTQIA* communities - we are your point of contact for queer issues of all kinds. We meet on every first Wednesday of the month for an organizational meeting and on every third Tuesday for the informal get-together (currently via Discord, see link below). You are warmly invited to attend both! Beyond that, we also organize the Queer Week once a year with exciting lectures, cultural events and the celebratory hoisting of the rainbow flag.
We are happy to welcome any interested parties! Multicolored greetings from all of UPride!
Debating is like a battle of arguments. But not in the everyday sense of the words: The positions (Pro or Contra) are assigned by drawing lots and in a 15-minute preparation period, the teams work out their arguments, which they present in 7-minute speeches. Afterwards, jurors will give feedback on how to improve the debate. The topics can be of political, societal or even philosophical nature. Wortgefechte Potsdam has been a debating club at the University of Potsdam for 15 years. Whether you are a first-year student or a doctoral candidate: Everyone is welcome! In the first few weeks, we will teach you the basics of debating and help you make progress with individual feedback. You will learn: Rhetorical skills, self-confidence in front of an audience, and a quick grasp of controversial topics.