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Information on Starting Your Studies

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Welcome to the University of Potsdam! Starting your studies means entering a new and unique world. A world with many unknown faces, jargon, routines, rules, and traditions. A world with many opportunities – that can be overwhelming at first. To clear these hurdles as early as possible, get you started on the right foot, and keep it all fun, we’ve compiled the web pages below with the most important information as well as a few pointers.

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Infomration on your University account

At the beginning of your studies you will receive a central university account. This account is your personal identification for access to the central services of the University of Potsdam. Due to the delays associated with the coronavirus, you will receive access to this account before you complete your enrollment so that you can use the services you need as a student right at the beginning of your studies. If you do not pay the semester fee and consequently do not complete the enrollment process, the account will be deleted.

The most important digital services include PULS (Postdamer Universitätslehr-und Studienorganisationsportal), Mail.UP (e-mail), eduroam (WiFi), Box.UP (file cloud), Moodle.UP (teaching and learning platform).

Please note: Before using your account for the first time, you will have to activate it on accountup.uni-potsdam.de by following the steps under ”Account-Aktivierung.” Please use your future student ID number to activate your account.

In order to enroll in courses, you will need to enter an iTAN. You will receive the iTAN list with the Potsdam University’s Chip Card PUCK, which will be created after the semester fees have been received and then sent to you by regular mail. The deadline for course enrollments in the winter semester 2020/21 is November 30, 2020.