Information for Freshers

Dear students,

Welcome at the Faculty of Life Sciences! On this website you will find the information you need to start your studies.

General information for students

The first point of contact for students in regards to the studies. On this website you will find infromation about almost everithing: from semester times to university sports 


Freshers' Week


From September 25th to 29th, 2023, the orientation week for first-year students will take place. During this week, students have the opportunity to get to know their fellow students and the university, receive important information for the start of their studies, and ask questions.

A key event is Faculty Day, which takes place on Thursday, September 28th. On this day, you will receive an overview of all essential information for starting your studies as part of the "Get the Basics" event, with the opportunity to ask questions. Among other things, we will explain to you what points are particularly important and provide you with information on the examination phases. Additionally, in the afternoon, some courses will have a short welcome and introduction as part of the "Get Excited About Your Study Course" event, and the Student Council of the Faculty of Life Sciences invites you to the "Q&A Event."


Daily Schedule - September 28, 2023

1) "Get the Basics"

Presenter: Student guide Laura Preisker

In German: 10:00 – 11:15 AM, Room KLE 01 01 006

In English: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM, Room KLE 01 01 006

2) "Get Excited About Your Study Course"

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes (Introduction to the course & welcome for first-year students)

Biological Resources: 1:30 PM, ONLINE via this link:

Health Sciences and Management: 2:00 PM, Room KLE 12 EG 010

Food Sciences: 2:00 PM, Room KLE 12 03 011

Agribusiness: 3:30 PM, Room KLE 11 01 009

Bioengineering: 1:30 PM, Room KLE 12 EG 010

Bio Science and Health: 1:30 PM, Room KLE 10 03 004

Sustainable Agriculture: 3:00 PM, Room KLE 12 EG 010

Quality, Environment, Safety, and Hygiene: The event will NOT take place on 09/28 but instead on Monday, 10/02/2023, at 10:00 AM as part of Prof. Schumacher's lecture on the Fundamentals of Quality Management in Room KLE 13 01 012

3) Student Council of the Faculty of Life Sciences: "Q&A Event"

Description: First-year students can ask questions to students from higher semesters. There will also be games, snacks, and drinks.

Time: Starting at 3:00 PM continuously (you can join at any time)

Location: Rooms KLE 11 01 09 and KLE 11 01 14

For More Information: Hochschule Rhein-Waal Freshers' Week Website:


E-Mail, Moodle, HISinOne & Co.

Early installation of all necessary accounts is an important prerequisite for successful participation in your first semester. You can find an overview of all necessary accounts and help on the website of the university's IT services:

Student advisory service

The university's central student advisory service supports you with general questions about your studies and offers numerous events on various topics.

Student Service Point:

Information specific for the Faculty's students


You can find the latest version of the timetable online on the faculty's website.

More information:

Modules, Exams, Curriculum...

You will find the examination regulations, module descriptions and curriculum plans on the website of your degree program (on the right by the quick links). These can help you organize your studies as they contain important information, e.g. about the modules and examination types.

More information:

Lab IDs

To enter the laboratories, students need a laboratory ID. The IDs will be given out during the lab courses. The prerequisite for receiving the ID is a passed general safety briefing for the laboratory. The safety briefing has to be completed online via Moodle (

Preparatory internship

Information about prerequisites and recognition of preparatory internship can be found on this website:

Learning Agreement for master’s students

Did your bachelor's degree only have 6 semesters (180 CP) instead of 7 (210 CP)? If so, you are still missing 30 CP, which you have make up for before registring your master's thesis. You can clarify questions about the type and scope of the learning agreement with the examination board. additional Information here

Faculty Student Body

The student council represents the interests of all life science students and sees itself as a facilitator between the public, faculty, employees and students. More information is available here:

Do you have questions?

Your contact person at the Faculty of Life Sciences

Study guide


Mrs. Laura Preisker, M.A.

Study guide website