Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


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Referentin Internationale Studierende

phone: +49 345 55 21535
fax: +49 345 55 27427

Universitätsring 19/20
D-06108 Halle

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Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
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D-06099 Halle

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Orientation | First Steps

Winter Term 2018/19
Central Orientation Week and Information Sessions for International Students on October 10 and 11, 2018

At the beginning of the winter semester 2018/2019, we again welcome all new students at Martin-Luther-Universität with a Central Orientation Week from 9 October to 11 October 2018. With information sessions on topics related to the University of Halle in general (library, student services, career center & Co.), and student life, we will inform you and equip you for your studies.

For our international students, we offer more focused information sessions on 10 and 11 October 2018.

To our new degree seeking international students at Martin-Luther-Universität, we also recommend the other events that are offered as part of the orientation week.

At the end of our orientation week, all freshmen will be officially welcomed to the University of Halle at the Official Matriculation Ceremony on 12 October 2017. Information booths, a ceremony, a varied stage program, tours, and a rich culinary mix will be waiting here for the university students!

After the ceremonies, the official lecture periods begin on 15 October 2018. During this time, the institutes will explain their functions and offer their own orientation events for all new students.

First Steps
Handout First Steps WiSe2018-19_engl.pdf (616.8 KB)  vom 12.09.2018

Program Orientation Sessions 2018/19
Orientation Week Program International Students 2018.pdf (371.3 KB)  vom 05.09.2018

Students Guide

This brochure contains a lot of useful information on your study stay in Halle.

Guide for international students
MLU_SchuberStudierende_eng.pdf (1.7 MB)  vom 15.01.2015

Map of the Campus Locations

The lecture halls and buildings of Martin Luther Universität are located all over the city. Here you can find a map of the main campus locations. You can also get this map in the university shop at the market square (tourist-information).

Main campus sites of the University
StadtplanUni-Standorte_A2_017092013.pdf (8.8 MB)  vom 17.09.2013

Academic Calendar

At MLU, the academic year is divided into two terms: "Wintersemester" and "Sommersemester". The winter term begins officially on October 1 and ends on March 31. The summer term begins on April 1 and ends on September 30. However, the lecture period only runs from mid-October until mid-February and from mid-April until the end of July. The remaining time, the so-called "vorlesungsfreie Zeit", is intended for writing papers, preparing exams or for internships, etc. Dorms are open throughout the whole year.

Winter semester 2017/2018
(1.10.2017 - 31.3.2018)
Orientation weekOctober 4 to October 6, 2017
First day of classesOctober 10, 2017
End of summertime
(clocks are moved one hour back)
October 29, 2017
Reformation DayOctober 31, 2017
Christmas breakDecember 23, 2017 - January 5, 2018
Christmas DayDecember 25, 2017
Boxing dayDecember 26, 2017
New Year´s DayJanuary 1, 2018
Twelfth DayJanuary 6, 2018
Semester breakFebruary 3 to April 2, 2018
Beginning of summertime
(clocks are moved one hour ahead)
March 25, 2018
Summer semester 2018
(1.4.2018 - 30.9.2018)
Easter MondayApril 2, 2018
First day of classesApril 3, 2018
Labour DayMay 1, 2018
Ascension DayMay 10, 2018
Whit MondayMai 21, 2018
Semester breakJuly 14, 2018 - October 14, 2018
Winter semester 2018/2019
(1.10.2018 - 31.3.2019)
Orientation weekOctober 9 to October 11, 2018
First day of classesOctober 15, 2018
End of summertime
(clocks are moved one hour back)
October 28, 2018
Reformation DayOctober 31, 2018
Christmas breakDecember 24, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Christmas DayDecember 25, 2018
Boxing dayDecember 26, 2018
New Year´s DayJanuary 1, 2018
Twelfth DayJanuary 6, 2019
Semester breakFebruary 10 to April 8, 2019
Beginning of summertime
(clocks are moved one hour ahead)
March 31, 2019
Summer semester 2019
(1.4.2019 - 30.9.2019)
First day of classesApril 1, 2019
Easter MondayApril 22, 2019
Labour DayMay 1, 2019
Ascension DayMay 30, 2019
Whit MondayJune 10, 2019
Semester breakJuly 16, 2019 - October 9, 2019

German Grading Scale

In Germany, the rating of study achievements is usually done with grades from "1" to "5" with one decimal place.

ScalePercentageGrade Description
1.0 - 1.5100 - 90 %Sehr Gut (Very Good)
1.6 - 2.590 - 80 %Gut (Good)
2.6 - 3.580 - 65 %Befriedigend (Satisfactory)
3.6 - 4.065 - 50 %Ausreichend (Sufficient)
5.050 - 0 %Nicht ausreichend (Insufficient)

Cost of Living

The following table shows information on the living expenses students in Halle have to cover during one semester.

Please note that these figures are approximate values and are only valid as references, since expenses for copies, books, and food, e.g. may differ from student to student and costs for accommodation may vary.

Living Expenses (1 Semester)per Semester
Semester Fee*
(administration, Student Services Organization, Semester-Ticket for bus and tram)
Please note: MLU does not charge any tuition fee!
€ 202.45
Books, Copies€ 500.00
Accommodation€ 1,500.00
Food€ 900.00
Health insurance€ 540.00
Personal expenses (clothing, leisure activities, etc.)€ 600.00


€ 4,232.45

*Information on the Semester Fee:

At Martin-Luther-Universität, we do not charge any tuition fees. However, every student enrolled at the university has to pay the Semester Fee. This fee is a contribution to the services the Student Services Organization Halle (Studentenwerk Halle) provides for our students. It is also the fee for the so-called Semester-Ticket for public transportation.
Currently, the semester fee is € 202.50. Upon receiving the payment, the university issues the student ID card (called Uni-Service-Card). This student ID card serves as the Semester-Ticket. That means, the student ID card can be used as a free ticket on buses, trams and local trains of the Central German Transport Association (Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund – MDV).

Buddy Programme

Anyone making part of their studies or even the entire study at a university abroad, must organize much and be prepared for a lot of new and unknown factors. In a foreign country with an unfamiliar teaching and learning culture one will find it is often not easy and is - in addition to the requirements of the course - a big challenge.
Our buddy program aims to facilitate the international students to start life in Halle and the University.
Our buddies are local students who help their international fellow students across organizational and cultural borders and sometimes technical support over the hurdles in the first weeks in Halle.

Currently, all international exchange students get a local buddy. Our international students have timely contact with their buddies, so that contact can be made even before the arrival in Halle.

If you have any further questions about the buddy-programme, please do not hesitate to contact .

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