Welcome to the homepage for Incoming Students of the English Department! Here, you'll find useful information and links on various topics, all to do with your stay in Heidelberg. We try to keep this site up-to-date, so please check if you have any problems. Should you have any other queries that can't be solved here please don't hesitate to contact us by e-mail or see us in person.
Approximately six weeks before the start of the semester you'll receive an information packet from the Auslandsamt (International Office). Please read it carefully as it contains all the important information you need prior to your arrival.
The "goldfish-bowl" downstairs in the department is a central point here. Not only can you get a print version of the "Kommentiertes Vorlesungsverzeichnis" (lecture schedule, also available online. Available at the end of the previous lecture period, e.g for the Wintersemester 13/14 available in July) there, but also always find someone who's able to help you with minor problems.
Once you've chosen the courses you'd like to attend, you'll find that nearly all courses take place here in the Department building, apart from the lectures, which are usually held in the Neue Uni at the Uniplatz.
In general, as you'll be told in your introduction week, it's best to sign up for courses as soon as you get here, either by online registration (where this is possible) or by seeing the lecturer concerned in person.
The library downstairs in the department is rather small compared to the Universitätsbibliothek but nevertheless provides you with a large amount of literature needed for your classes. For more information on the library and opening hours either ask someone in the "goldfish-bowl" or have a look at the following site:
You can get your "Transcript of Records" from Bruce Gaston; just contact him or see him during his office hours.
To support a lively exchange between Germans and native speakers of English, we organise a "Tandem Programme" every year. All those interested in getting a Tandem Partner need to provide us with certain information about themselves (such as hobbies, age, etc.) so that we can find them a Tandem Partner. We officially announce this programme for the Germans and also inform you about it by e-mail prior to your arrival, so that you can get in touch with native Germans even before you get here.
Please always keep an eye on the notice board downstairs. Issues concerning ERASMUS are always displayed in the ERASMUS section.
In your Learning Agreement you'll find the section "ECTS credits/grades". The following table is designed to make it easier for you to fill that in: ECTS_Incomings.pdf
The following information does not concern the English department as such but some other institutions you might get in touch with during your stay here in Heidelberg.
Seminarstr. 2, 69117 HD Contact Person: Alex Braye
Zimmervermittlung (located in the Auslandsamt), Seminarstr. 2, Room 32
Address: Plöck 107-109
The AEGEE organises events and trips throughout Germany to give foreign students a chance to get to know Germany and its culture. There, you'll get in contact with other ERASMUS students studying in Heidelberg. For futher information on AEGEE and their programme please see:
If you are interested in learning a foreign language apart from German you can go to the Zentrales Sprachlabor to attend classes or work by yourself with audio material.
You'll find the Sprachlabor at Plöck 79-81.
Depending on the level of your German skills, you can either study German at the Germanistisches Seminar or at the Seminar für Deutsch als Fremdsprache, the latter concentrating especially on problems foreign speakers of German have. If you are interested in the courses offered by the SDF, please have a look at their homepage on:
Ziegelhäuser Landstr. 17, 69120 HD
The university offers a range of sport courses for students. You can just go to the courses in Neuenheimer Feld at the respective times; for others, you have to enrol at the beginning of the semester, see "Online Anmeldung" on this web page: