We at the Centre for Teaching and Learning (ZLL) are acutely aware of how the pandemic is affecting students. Lately, your studies as well as your contact with others have changed and exchanging with fellow students has taken on a different form or perhaps has not really taken place at all. We, the student employees of the ZLL, would like to encourage you to (again) get in touch with your fellow students and to reconnect what belongs together. True to the motto "Together instead of alone", we have collected various possibilities for students to come together with others as well as tips for you to bring more closeness into these distanced times.
Are you looking for fellow students to study with or to exchange ideas on online teaching and learning? Then Peer Learning is the right place for you!
Not all beginnings need to be difficult! The page "Start your studies" provides valuable information on starting your studies as well as on peer mentoring for first-year students. Many faculties offer this format to help first-year students with their orientation and arrival at the university during the pandemic. Peer mentors (students from higher semesters) are available for answering your questions about everyday life at the university.
The Lernpartner*innenbörse works as a kind of notice board where you can post requests to find other students with similar interests. You can connect with study partners for exam preparation, set up writing and study groups or even find students with whom you share a hobby (such as the univerity’s sports programme).
Every three weeks, we meet on Monday mornings to start the week together with motivation. Each meeting begins with a short input on aspects of learning or self-organisation and afterwards everyone has the opportunity to exchange ideas with others, share their plans for the upcoming week or celebrate their successes of the previous week.
Registration in the LenraumPlus "Peer Learning Online”
Studying digitally is different. Often, there is no space for exchanging with other students, and it is difficult to meet new people. Every last Friday of the month, we offer students an opportunity to talk about the challenges of studying, share experiences and learn with and from each other in an appreciative atmosphere. Regardless if you have just started your studies or are about to graduate – everyone is welcome!
No registration needed. Login data can be found in the LernraumPlus "Peer Learning Online”
You have trouble concentrating and sometimes get distracted. You would like to have an exchange with fellow students and focused learning together. You speak German and / or English. Then you are exactly right with us. We are an international learning group that meets weekly to learn together. You can bring your own learning material with you and set your goals yourself. We support each other in achieving them. If you like, we can also do concentration exercises together. We are happy to see new and familiar faces. You can reach us via: email@example.com.
You would like to meet new people, enjoy online game nights, do sports together or get involved in politics? In the following section you can find information on different departmental student representative committees, student groups and the university’s sports programme.
On this overview page, you will find contact details and offers of the various departmental student representative committees. Feel free to contact them directly, as there are often (informal) groups, chats and exchange platforms.
The Student union (or AStA for short) can be your first point of contact for many questions. The AStA and it's numerous services offered by the student cummunity help you and other students to find your way through the jungle of administration and applications, advise you on financial and social problems and represent your interests towards the university and its structures.
The AStA pool on the main building's gallery (room C1-154) is one of the first points of contact for many diverse concerns, questions or problems. AStA offers you help and support in standing up for your concerns to lecturers, rectorate, administration and the public. In perspective - depending on the Corona situation - the pool is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and during the lecture-free period from Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The AStA helps
International Autonomous Feminist Unit for WomenLesbianTrans - Feminist Unit - Short: Fem*Ref
Who are we, what do we do? We, the feminist unit, work on different feminist, women's political and queer issues. By this we mean, among other things, confronting patriarchal structures and our own position within them. We also focus on the topics of sexual and reproductive self-determination, anti-sexism, anti-fascism, anti-racism, anti-classism, homophobia, etc. Our topics also include emancipatory international movements and struggles, remembrance of the victims of the NS regime and feminist positions in art and culture.
Where can you find us? Uni: AStA Gallery and Online: https://femrefbi.wordpress.com/
What? Due to the current situation, we unfortunately cannot offer regular opening hours at the moment.
Our room at the AStA Gallery includes a library (DVDs, books, magazines) you can browse through and can also borrow items from. At the moment we are rearranging it a bit, so it might be a little chaotic, but just write us an email if you want to borrow something. If you have ideas for events on feminist issues and need organisational support, feel free to contact us.
We are also available if you want to talk about discriminatory experiences. But we are not professional counsellors. Instead, we offer a sympathetic ear and support if you need it.
The International Student Council (ISR) is an independent international student representative body at Bielefeld University. ISR works with university administration and AStA, advocating for interests and needs of international students.
Our aims are:
What we do (Unfortunately due to the current situation events are taking place online, but hopefully we will be back in person soon).
For more information please visit our website: http://isr-uni-bielefeld.de/
You can also find us on Facebook.
What is it and what differences are there to other forms of counselling?
Peer counselling is a concept where affected persons advise other affected persons. We at the RSB all have disabilities/chronic illnesses and study experience at Bielefeld University.
"Peers" have shared life experiences which therefore enable them to exchange with each other in an atmosphere of trust and openness. For many, there is a difference between someone who can relate to you from personal experience and someone who only knows about a topic in theory. This is often crucial, because counselling with people who are also affected is an encounter at eye level which helps to dissolve power imbalances.
We offer independent, partisan advice. Our aim is to support disabled/chronically ill students in exercising their rights regarding disadvantage compensation, aids, study assistance and other options. We cannot offer individual legally binding advice, but we can help by pointing out ways to obtain the necessary support.
For further information, e.g. on compensation for disadvantages, BAFöG extension, internal and external support at uni, Covid-19 information, tips (field reports, podcasts), please visit our website: https://www.rsb-bielefeld.de/
In addition, we also offer webinars, readings, lectures, etc.
We are planning a seminar on mindfulness that will be taking place during the lecture-free period. More details will be available on our website.
At the moment we can only be contacted by mail:
You can now also find us on Facebook and Instagram @rsb8110
... and soon hopefully in person again in our office in C1-186
Are you looking for an opportunity to travel and volunteer at the same time? Then you've come to the right place!
AIESEC is the world's largest youth-led organisation dedicated to providing young people with impactful and intercultural exchange experiences.
We work at over 35 universities in Germany and have 1000 student volunteers who support us in this endeavour. Since 1952, AIESEC Germany has sent volunteers to projects in almost 120 countries to work in areas such as education, healthcare and sustainability.
So, if you'd like to see more of the world or support our team in Bielefeld in a wide variety of tasks, visit www.aiesec.de and find out more!
Are you unsure whether studying in general or your specific field of study is the right choice for you? Maybe you are even thinking about changing your field of study or dropping out? Here you can find counselling opportunities, workshops and lectures on these topics as well as ways to connect with like-minded people.
Are you feeling burdened by these difficult times and/or are looking for fellow students for mutual support? The Corona self-help group, the psychological counselling of the ZSB, the university group LiLi Goes Mental and other useful resources are here to help.
Are you looking for points of contact and input on the topics of stress, exam anxiety and mental health? Then the university group "LiLiGoesMental" is the right place for you. The group is pursuing the goals of destigmatising and raising awareness of mental health topics. You can read articles on death, illness, "My path to therapy", "Around the university", "stay@home" and "LiLiGoes(instru)Mental" on our blog.
Are you looking for support, contact points and emergency numbers in the city of Bielefeld? You can also find these there, including cross-references for different demographic groups such as addiction counselling, support offers for people affected by abuse and (sexual) violence and LGBTQIA+ counselling.
Are you a student with writer's block or want to spice up your free time? LiLiGoesMental offers information on writing and learning techniques as well as on ways to have fun in your free time.
You can also find us on Instagram @liligoesmental