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UP Experience – Events at the University of Potsdam

Throughout the year many different events take place at the University of Potsdam. In January the President invites to the New Year’s Reception. The University Ball takes place in February. Many scientists from the University take part in the Potsdam Science Day that takes place in early summer. They invite you to visit the exciting world of research. The Campus Festival announces the end of the summer semester. At the end of September about 2,000 grade schoolers from Potsdam and its surroundings are invited to the Children’s University at the Campus Golm. The academic year starts in mid-October with the WarmUP! start-of-semester celebration in the Schiffbauergasse entertainment district to welcome the University’s new students. A few weeks later the University welcomes the newly appointed professors during a meeting of the professorial staff. The year is rounded off with the Christmas Market at Campus Neues Palais.

Apart from these major events that are organized by the Press and Public Relations Department many other events take place at the University of Potsdam, e.g. the University Information Day or the International Day.

There is always something to experience.

Central Events

President’s New Year Reception

The New Year’s Reception is an opportunity to reflect the previous year and to inform about new projects at the University.

Tanzende Gäste beim Uniball

University Ball

Before the winter semester ends the cafeteria at the Campus Griebnitzsee changes into a ballroom.

Potsdam Science Day

In summer the Potsdam people can experience science firsthand.

Graduation Ceremony

The University’s graduates receive a celebratory farewell in a historical setting.

Campus Festival

It’s not just for students: the Campus Festival also offers University employees and their families entertainment and events.

Children’s University

On the last Friday in September girls and boys from Potsdam and the surrounding region visit the University Campus Golm.


Start of the Semester at the University of Potsdam At the beginning of the semester, first-year students as well as all other students, teachers and staff are invited to Schiffbauergasse.

Christmas Market

The Christmas Market at Neues Palais is always very popular with its fantastic booths and tasty treats.

Events for Prospective Students

Check Out University Studies

Do you want to check out the University and get to know your prospective subject? Experience university studies “live” and on site.

University Information Day

All of the subjects at the University of Potsdam introduce themselves.

Events for School Pupils

We have gathered all of our offers for school groups on the following pages to help them find their way with university studies.