First Days @FAU

Starting a master's program at a new university is exciting but can be a challenge. To help you get organized, this checklist provides an overview of necessary steps to be taken at the beginning of your studies. Please be aware that this list might not be complete. You will find additional information by going through the IIS website and the FAU website. Additionally, you will get information material when registering yourself for the master's degree at the head office in Erlangen. If you have any further questions, you can talk to your fellow students, post your question in the facebook group or contact the program coordinators.

To do before the semester starts:

ToDo Details/Purpose
[  ] FAU Main Website Did you check the FAU website for necessary general information
[  ] IIS Website Are you familiar with the information available on our IIS website (this website)?
[  ] Module Manual

Have you read the module manual to have a general overview which modules are generally available?

  1. Master Studiengänge" > Master of Science in International Information Systems
  2. Two Options depending on your entry term
[  ] Timetable via UnivIS Have you put together your timetable? 
You can plan the courses individually by yourself:
  1. Go to:
  2. Choose English language
  3. Education > Course List
  4. Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät (RW) > Wirtschaftsinformatik / International Information Systems
  5. Master Program International Information Systems, 2 Options:
    1. > Course Directory: If you want to see all courses/courses of your semester directly
    2. > Module Directory: If you want to display courses sorted in IIS modules
  6. Choose the Information you like
  7. Optional: You can pick the courses you like and can create a PDF on the left hand side. 
  8. Just play around a little bit :)
[  ] Studien- und Prüfungsordnung

Have you read the "Studien- und Prüfungsordnung to be informed about all issues concerning your exams and modules and options.

  1. Go to "Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakutltät: Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften"
  2. Go to "Masterstudiengänge Rahmenprüfungsordnung für die konsekutiven Masterstudiengänge"
  3. Take the "newest version"
[  ] Important Semester Dates

Did you write down the most important semester dates?

[  ] FAU Introduction Event
Are you aware of the date to celebrate the start of the university life at FAU?

[  ] Faculity introduction Event
Are you aware of the date of the faculity introduction event?

[  ] IIS specific introduction Event

Are you aware of the two IIS welcome events?

  1. ​IIS Inofficial Welcome (weekend prior lecture period) => get to know each other
  2. IIS Official Welcome (1 week of lecture period) => official information
[  ] FAU app Did you download the FAU app for your smartphone?
[  ] Facebook Do you follow IIS on Facebook?
[  ] FSI WInf/IIS Did you visit the website of the students representative group for the IIS program at the FAU? Feel free to participate actively!
[  ] Going Abroad Options Did you already think about your options for going abroad?
[  ] Residence registration

Have you registered your address at the "Einwohnermeldeamt"?

To Do once you recieved your FAU matriculation data:

You should definitely have recieved:

  • IIS Welcome Folder
  • University Welcome Folder
  • Matriculation Number
  • IT-Identification Number ("RRZE Kennung")

If not, please contact:

ToDo Details/Purpose
[  ] RRZE-Starthilfe

How to setup your IT infrastructure?

  • User ID Management
  • FAUcard
  • Internet and E-Mail
  • Online-Services
  • Hardware
  • Software
[  ] E-Mail Account

Have you activated your e-mail account? Its a must to check your e-mails regularly!

[  ] Library

Did you visit the libary/libraries? 

  • Erlangen (Main Libary)
  • Erlangen (Technical Faculty)
  • Nuremberg (Faculty of Business Administration)

(You can also take part in a tour through the library offered by the one of the libraries)

[  ] Nuremberg

Did you make yourself familiar with Nuremberg and the city's surroundings?

[  ] Semester Ticket

In collaboration with the local transport network (VGN), Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg is introducing a semester ticket for the winter semester 2015/16 and the summer semester 2016. All students must pay the fee for the basic ticket and may choose whether they also wish to purchase the additional ticket.

Online Services of the FAU:

Did you make yourself Familiar with the following electronic platforms asap? You will need them a lot!

UnivIS: The university’s information system includes a faculty and staff directory as well as a course catalog. It is your primary source of information if you are looking for details on the courses, want to find out where a room is or seek the contact details of university staff members. You can search the UnivIS either directly using a search engine or click through the navigation. You can also put together your timetable here and directly print it off.
Mein campus: This campus management system supports the student administration, exam administration and student admission. You will use mein campus to register for exams, to check your grades and to access certificates, e.g. the certificate of enrollment, and your transcript of records. In addition, there is an event directory. If you have problems with mein campus, have a look at the "mein campus help page".
StudOn: You can use this e-learning platform to register for your courses in order to have access to lecture slides, additional learning material or forums. You can also access your university e-mail account here and there is a possibility to set up groups, data exchange platforms or forums to simplify the communication between students doing group assignments.
Oktis: Here you can register for language courses. You should do this as soon as the registration timeframe starts because some languages are quite popular. (You can find more information about the offered language courses here.)
OPACplus: Here you can access the library catalog and search for books and journals available in one of the FAU libraries. In addition, you can access electronic journals and literature databases, the inter-library loan for literature not available at FAU and the delivery service for essays (FAUdok). All literature search results can be exported from OPACplus to a reference management program, for example Citavi.


Important facilities of the FAU:


Active network of FAU alumni.

  • Afwn ("Alumniverein der WISO")
Data center

Data center of the FAU. Computer courses, computer books, settings for WLAN, VPN and other.

Examination Office

All issues concerning exams and wrong/missing entries of modules/exams in the "meinCampus" system. Contact person for IIS students: Mrs. Kern


Any problems with your FAUcard?

Food court

As IIS student you may use the food courts of the FAU.

Information desk

Information desk of the WISO.

International Office

Because the IIS program is interdisciplinary three departments for international issues are relevant:

Language Centre

If you want to learn another language...


The University Library of Erlangen-Nuremberg is the library system of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg. At the same time, it is the Regional Library of the district Mittelfranken.


The FAU offers a huge variety of different sports. Just have a look and register early!

Student Advice and Career Service

If you need help or an orientation talk about your Master's programme.

Student Records Office

The Student Records Office in Erlangen is your point of contact for any questions regarding studying at FAU. Data for all of the University’s students is managed here. If any of your details change (e.g. change of address or name), you must inform the Student Records Office as soon as possible. During office hours, staff will be happy to help you with a wide range of topics.

Student Representation

Student representation of the Bachelor students of Information Systems ("Wirtschaftsinformatik") and Master students of International Information Systems.

  • FSI WInf/IIS ("Fachschaftsinitiative Wirtschaftsinformatik & IIS")

Relevant Faculties, Departments and Chairs of the FAU


Faculties of the FAU

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law

Department of Informatics: Relevant Chairs

Chair of Informatics 1

IT Security Infroastructures

Prof. Dr. F. Freiling

Chair of Informatics 2

Programming Systems

Prof. Dr. Michael Philippsen

Chair of Informatics 3

Computer Architecture

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Fey

Chair of Informatics 4

Distributed Systems and Operating Systems

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Schröder-Preikschat

Chair of Informatics 5

Pattern Recoginition

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Hornegger

Chair of Informatics 6

Data Management

Prof. Dr. Klaus Meyer-Wegener

Chair of Informatics 7

Computer Networks and Communication Systems

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard German

Chair of Informatics 8

Theoretical Computer Science

Prof. Dr. Lutz Schröder

Chair of Informatics 9

Computer Graphics

Prof. Dr. Güther Greiner

Chair of Informatics 10

System Simulation

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rüde

Chair of Informatics 11

Software Engineering

Prof. Dr. Francesca Saglietti

Chair of Informatics 12


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Teich

Professorship for Didactics of Informatics

Didaktik der Informatik

Prof. Dr. Ralf Romeike

Professorship for High Performance Computing

High Performance Computing

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wellein

Professorship for Open Source Software

Open Source Software

Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle

Chair of Medical Informatics

Medizinische Informatik

Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Prokosch


Department of Business and Economics: Relevant Chairs (Bachelor)

Chair of International Management

Prof. Dr. Dirk Holtbrügge

Chair of Information Systems I

Prof. Dr. Kathrin M. Möslein

Chair of Information Systems II

Prof. Dr. Freimut Bodendorf

Chair of Information Systems III

Prof. Dr. Michael Amberg


Program of Information Science (B.Sc.)

Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik


Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik

Bachelor of Science Course


Program of International Information Systems (M.Sc.)


Institute of Information Systems


Blog of the term 2010


Page, Official

Network & Alumni

Group, Official

StudOn Gruppe

StudOn, only for IIS Students

IIS 2011/12 Facebook-Group

Group, vintage 2011/12

IIS 2012/13 Facebook-Group

Group, vintage 2012/13

IIS 2013/14 Facebook-Group

Group, vintage 2013/14

IIS 2014/15 Facebook-Group

Group, vintage 2014/15

IIS 2015/16 Facebook-Group

Group, vintage 2015/16