Freedom means always being able to redefine your own path, to turn back from a dead end or even to risk a change of perspective. This is not always easy when studying gets tough. As part of Leipzig University’s project “Plan A – Your plan. Your path. Your choice.” we offer students confidential and impartial advice. Especially when doubts and second thoughts start to grow, it can help to talk to someone neutral.

We are here for you despite the coronavirus!

Our open consultation hours are cancelled for the time being, but we are still there for you and will be happy to advise you by telephone. Please simply contact us by email so that we can arrange an individual appointment. 

We will inform you of the latest developments on our coronavirus page.

Having Second Thoughts or Considering Dropping Out?

Are you currently feeling dissatisfied or overwhelmed by your studies? Do you wonder whether you have made the right choice? Are you frustrated because the pandemic, contact restrictions and online lectures are ruining your studies?

It is quite normal for students to go through difficult phases. Our advisory service can help you find answers to your questions like:

  • Is my course still right for me?
  • Why am I not making any progress with my degree?
  • In what field do I see myself working later on? And is the course I chose, or studying at university, still the right way to get there?
  • How can I motivate myself in the online semester?

Our advice is as individual as your situation. Together with you, we will work out strategies to solve the problem.

Advice for international students

You alone decide where your path leads you. We can help and advise you on the following topics, for example:

  • Second thoughts about studying
  • Considering dropping out
  • Discrepancy between your semesters and the credit points you’ve earned
  • Studying is taking you longer than planned
  • Loss of right of examination entry
  • Problems making contacts on your course
  • Alternatives to your chosen programme and developing new plans for the future
  • Finding additional tailored consultation and support services

You are welcome to make an appointment with us.

The Self-Reflection Tool (in German) lets you independently examine your current situation at university. The test takes about 15 to 25 minutes and provides an initial overview of your risk of dropping out. You are welcome to bring the results to your personal consultation.

You alone decide where your path leads you. But we can help you to walk that path successfully. Photo: Unsplash

Look and Listen!

Podcast series: “Vom Studieren und Zweifeln”

Our German podcast series “Vom Studieren und Zweifeln” aims to help overcome reservations on the subject of doubts about studying and encourage students to talk openly about them.
Student Lisa talks to students and staff from advisory services at our university about the subject of having doubts during your studies. Have a listen!

Image: Leipzig University

FuckUp Night Leipzig Student Edition

Having doubts about your studies? You’re not the only one! Take for example our three speakers at the “FuckUp Night Leipzig Student Edition”, who talk about their doubts about studying and dropping out.

I Wish I’d Known That Before Enrolling!

Our adviser Anne Kränkel and student Martin Schnitzer give insider tips for successful studying in the German podcast “Das hätte ich gern vor dem Studium gewusst!”, revealing what to do if things don’t go as planned.


As part of the Plan A project for successful studies, each semester our support team for those who are having second thoughts offers two workshops for students in cooperation with the insurance company Techniker Krankenkasse (TK). Make the most of these to learn new study and working techniques or about how to keep a cool head at university.

If you are considering changing your subject, we recommend that you attend our dedicated workshop on this subject.

Please note that these workshops will be held in German.

In this workshop you will learn different techniques for studying and working, to make sure you are perfectly prepared for exams. The strategies learned will help you absorb content faster and remember it. Other topics include:

  • Finding out what type of learner you are
  • Setting priorities
  • Learning creativity techniques
  • Creating a weekly schedule
  • Efficient, targeted learning.
  • When and where?

    The date of this workshop in the winter semester 2021/22 has not yet been set. We will publish it here in due course.

(Please indicate your name, degree programme, semester and enrolment number when registering.)

Studying can be quite stressful, especially during exam season. Our workshop will show you how to keep calm and optimistic despite the pressure of grades, deadlines and other obligations. You will learn effective long-term strategies to strengthen your own mental resilience and help you cope well with stressors. The topics covered include:

  • The resilience model: What makes us resilient?
  • Analysing your own stress levels and your professional and personal strengths
  • Accepting crises and negative emotions
  • Focusing on solutions not problems and dealing with failure more objectively
  • Recognising your own self-worth.
  • When and where?
    The date of this workshop in the winter semester 2021/22 has not yet been set. We will publish it here in due course.

(Please indicate your name, degree programme, semester and enrolment number when registering.)

Things Between You and Your Degree Programme Just Aren’t Working Out?

There can be many different reasons for wanting to change subjects at university. If you no longer feel that your current degree programme is right for you then you may want to consider switching to a different subject. But many people struggle to see a suitable alternative and don’t know anything about how to change subjects. Our workshop can help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Together with other students in a similar situation, you will learn methods that will help you to:

  • Explore your goals and interests
  • Analyse your strengths and weaknesses
  • Make an informed decision.

You will also learn what to bear in mind to ensure a smooth transition from one subject to another. Among other things, we cover questions about the procedure, the recognition of credits, and application deadlines.

  • When and where?
    The date of this workshop in the winter semester 2021/22 has not yet been set. We will publish it here in due course.

(Please indicate your name, degree programme, semester and enrolment number when registering.)

Help Across the Finish Line

As a student, you may unexpectedly face major challenges just before you graduate. Perhaps your financial situation has suddenly become uncertain, or that pesky thesis you’ve been ignoring is rearing its head again. Or maybe you’re resuming your studies after a longer break. If you need some support and don’t want to tackle your pre-graduation difficulties alone, then feel free to make an appointment with us.


Our consultations are tailored to your individual needs and can help you with the following topics in particular:

  • Study strategies
  • Time management, dealing with stress
  • Self-reflection
  • Exceeding the standard period of study
  • Problems with your thesis
  • Other difficulties during your studies

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