Which degree course is right for me? How do I calculate my Wartezeit? I don’t have the standard school leaving qualification – can I study anyway? The Student Advisory Service will be happy to answer any questions you may have and advise you on all aspects of studying. Benefit from our wide range of guidance services.
Personal consultations cancelled
The SSZ is currently closed. Please only contact us by email. If your query involves a teaching degree programme (Lehramt), please use this email address. Telephone consultations can also be arranged if absolutely necessary.
Our dedicated coronavirus page has the latest information from the University.
Advice on Studying
Whatever your concern, we are here to inform and advise you before and during all phases of your studies:
- Do you want to know which degree programmes you can study with us and which degrees we offer?
- Do you need help with choosing a field of study or are you having difficulties deciding on a particular programme?
- Do you have fundamental questions about the structure, content and organisation of a course of study?
- Do you have general questions about applying, admission requirements, aptitude tests and the admission procedure?
- Would you like to change universities, degree programmes or subjects?
- Are you struggling at university, having doubts about your choice of programme or considering dropping out?
- Would you like to know how you can study at Leipzig University without a school leaving qualification?
Please do not hesitate to come to our open consultation hour with your concerns. It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance. Together we will come up with solutions for your individual situation.
Special Advisory Services
Consultation hours by appointment
We can advise you personally on all aspects of teacher training. You can contact us with general and specific questions, regardless of your teaching subject and school level. We would like to provide you with comprehensive support, which is why we also use the extensive advisory services available for students of teaching.
Yvonne Schafhauser and Stefanie Pietzner offer guidance on the following:
- general information on admission requirements and details about degree courses for specific school types
- cross-subject questions specific to teacher training studies
- changing universities, degree courses or subjects
- supplementary subjects for Lehramt students
- problem scenarios involving the State Examination
- conditions for taking up a second course of study.
Dr Rhinow offers guidance on the following:
- a second degree versus qualification through lateral entry (a binding individual clarification of whether lateral entry is possible can only be made by the State Office for Schools and Education)
- resuming an abandoned teacher training course.
Dr Solvejg Rhinow
Frau Röder offers guidance on the following:
- acquisition of credits under Section 5 of the Befähigungs-Anerkennungsgesetz Lehrer (Act on the Recognition of Teaching Qualifications) (teachers from European Union countries who have been told to complete an adaptation period as part of the recognition procedure).
Further services for prospective Lehramt students
Should you keep studying or risk a new start?
Are you having doubts about your choice of studies? Are you struggling to manage or complete your studies? Are you wondering what could happen if you were to drop out of university? At our drop-in service for students who are having doubts or considering dropping out, we listen to you and offer confidential, solution-oriented and individual advice.
Studying at university has its ups and downs. Most students go through phases during which they feel overwhelmed, discouraged and powerless. If you notice that doubts and dissatisfaction are increasingly impacting upon your academic life, then please do take your worries seriously and get in touch with us. We can help you to organise your thoughts and come up with solutions for your personal situation. You can find more information about our services and how to contact us on the Plan A project website.
Further guidance and services
Consultations by appointment
In addition to the psychosocial counselling services offered by the Studentenwerk Leipzig, the Student Advisory Service in cooperation with the Centre for Teacher Training and School Research (ZLS) offers initial psychological consultations for students of all subjects and for doctoral candidates at Leipzig University.
Consultations are currently only possible by telephone!
To make an appointment, please send an email to Annett Ammer-Wies with your telephone number, indicating when you would be available for a consulation.
During your individual session, you can address topics that concern personal difficulties during your studies and their effects on your academic success. These include:
- problems concentrating
- problems with motivation, orientation and making decisions
- examination and presentation fears
- writer’s block, for example as a result of poor time management and resulting difficulties with studying and working
- dealing with stress and an excessive workload
- special stress as a doctoral candidate
- emotional crises
- doubts about planning your studies and life.
Initial psychological consultations are free of charge and confidential.
Ms Annett Ammer-Wies is a qualified psychologist and accredited ‘systemic therapist’ (SG) who works according to the resource and solution-oriented systemic approach. This service is available in German only.
Tuesday: 9am, 10am and 11am
Friday: 9am, 10am and 11am
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Please note that dedicated advisory services are available for teaching degree (Lehramt) students.
You would like to study, but do not have a general higher education entrance qualification? It is also possible to study at our university without a school leaving qualification. For more information about the requirements, the recognition of professional qualifications and the entrance examination, please refer to the separate page on studying without an Abitur.
If you wish to study at our university but do not hold an Abitur or equivalent qualification, it is mandatory that you take part in a personal consultation. This will enable you to clarify any questions you have about your preferred degree programme, about studying in general and about the application procedure. The consultation is not intended to examine you and does not require registration. Simply contact us during the Student Service Centre opening hours.
Key information on master’s programmes
Almost all master’s programmes at Leipzig University have a standard duration of four semesters and are consecutive.
Have you worked for several years and would now like to further your career or personal development? With a non-consecutive master’s programme, you can broaden your skills in specific vocational areas. If you are employed, you can study many of these programmes on a part-time basis while you work. More information about our range of non-executive master’s programmes is available from the Continuing Education team.
Finding the right master’s programme
At our university, you can choose your desired course of study from a wide range of 80 different master’s programmes at 14 faculties.
In order not to get lost in the search for the right master’s programme, we recommend using the filter function in our list of courses. We would be happy to assist you in your selection and help you to research and compare suitable options. Visit us for a personal consultation during the consultation hours at the Student Service Centre. Prior registration is not necessary. We recommend that you fill in our Gibt es einen Masterplan? questionnaire (only available in German) to prepare for your consultation.
If you have detailed questions about the structure, thematic foci, research areas or any other aspects of specific master’s programmes, please contact the relevant academic advisers. Their contact details can be found in the individual study programme descriptions in the course database or on the institute websites.
We are unable to provide information about the master’s programmes offered by other universities.
What to bear in mind when applying
One mandatory requirement when applying for any of our university’s master’s programmes is that you hold a first academic degree. On some master’s programmes you are required to pass an aptitude test (Eignungsfeststellungsprüfung). In addition, further criteria such as language skills and the final grade of your bachelor’s degree can be important for admission.
Please contact the study office of the respective institute for information on the admission requirements and the selection and aptitude test procedure for your desired master’s programme. Contact details can be found in our overview of study offices.
We are here for you
We are your first port of call for any questions concerning studying and the University. We advise school pupils, prospective and current students as well as parents and teachers.
We tailor our advice to your needs and your personal situation. Our advice is confidential, flexible and independent, with the aim of strengthening your own competence.
We collaborate with a wide network of partners within and outside our university:
- Academic advisers
- Study offices
- Psychological advisory centres
- International Centre
- Continuing Education
- Student Office
- Studentenwerk Leipzig
- Network of educational and advisory facilities in Leipzig and the surrounding region
- Unibund (Leipzig, Jena, Halle)
- Interessengemeinschaft Sächsischer Studienberaterinnen und Studienberater.