Your master studies (German language) or your international study preparation program for a Bachelor program in German language at TU Hamburg: Applications are open until January 15.


Support during your first semester – for all students following Bachelor’s degree programs

The StartING@TUHH tutorial program run by the Student Counseling Center eases you into studying at TUHH and helps you to navigate the complex university system. Getting off to a good start will help you throughout your studies.

Information for First Year Students

Dates for kick-off meetings:

When does it start?

It will be possible to register for StartING@TUHH for the 2023/24 winter semester at the StartING kick-off events held during the 2023 orientation week (16-20/10/2023). The first tutorial will follow straight after the kick-off event.
The kick-off events:

Course Date and Time Place
Maschinenbau, Mechatronik Mon., 16.10.2023; 10.00 o´clock Audimax II

Engineering Science

Mon., 16.10.2023;12.45 o´clock Builing A, room A0.13
Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen -
Fachrichtung Logistik und Mobilität
Mon., 16.10.2023; 13.15 o´clock Audimax II
Allgemeine Ingenieurwissenschaften Mon., 16.10.2023; 14.00 o´clock
Audimax I

Computer Science, Data Science, Informatik-Ingenieurwesen,
Elektrotechnik und Technomathematik

Tue., 17.10.2023; 10.00 o´clock Audimax I

Schiffbau und
Bau- und Umweltingenieurwesen

Tue., 17.10.2023; 12.00 o´clock Audimax I

Chemie- und Bioingenieurwesen /
Green Technologies

Tue., 17.10.2023; 14.00 o´clock Audimax I


What is StartING@TUHH?

A tutor group is a small set group consisting of you and other first-semester students on the same degree program. You will get to know other people on your degree programme with whom you can exchange ideas, learn and have fun. Great friendships often blossom from our StartING@TUHH program.

Two experienced TUHH students in higher semesters (and who have been trained in group leadership) run the group. They will share their own experiences, give tips, and help with any specific questions or difficulties.

These tutors will support you and your group throughout the first semester. The tutorial will be held from orientation week (OE week) until the end of January on a set day every week.


What does the programme cover?

In terms of content, StartING@TUHH will provide you with all the key information for starting and continuing your studies. Topics include:

  • Finding your way through the maze of institutions at TUHH (Where can I find something? What do I need to keep an eye on? Who do I contact?)
  • Planning your studies (from how your first-semester timetable is designed to having an entire overview of your studies up to completing your Bachelor’s degree)
  • Examination regulations and other “rules of the game”
  • Study techniques and exam preparation
  • Time management and motivation
  • Studying abroad and other ways to make the most of your time as a student
Information for tutors

Information for tutors

What role do tutors play?

During the 2023/24 winter semester, you will lead a group of first-semester students studying one of the following the degree programmes on a weekly basis:

  • Allgemeine Ingenieurwissenschaften
  • Bau- und Umweltingenieurwesen
  • Chemie- und Bioingenieurwesen
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Elektrotechnik
  • Engineering Science
  • Green Technologies: Energie, Wasser, Klima
  • Informatik-Ingenieurwesen
  • Maschinenbau
  • Mechatronik
  • Schiffbau
  • Technomathematik
  • Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen mit Schwerpunkt Logistik und Mobilität

Working as a team, two tutors will lead a group of max. 25 first-semester students. You are tasked with managing the group with a mind to helping people to help themselves, preparing the sessions (both in terms of content and didactics), and making your own study experiences relevant to others.

By undertaking intensive training and through supervision, you will be suitably qualified for the role. Topics include: Group leadership, facilitating discussion, reflecting on your own learning and study behaviour, organising and planning tutorials, training and reflecting on your own group leadership and discussion skills.

Why become a tutor?

In addition to receiving an appropriate salary – €338.60 gross per month from 01/10/23 to 31/01/24 at 2.5 semester periods (SWS) per week (equivalent to approx. 6 hrs/week) – acting as a tutor provides excellent training for gaining group leadership, facilitation and presentation experience, acquiring knowledge and experience of communication and group processes and, among other things, gaining clarity about your personal study strategies/motivation. Many tutors also report that it is an interesting and pleasant change from their TUHH studies. At the end of the semester, you will receive a certificate to mark your tutorship.

Who can become a tutor?

Students from the 3rd semester upwards who have achieved an appropriate level in their studies, are interested, want to and have the time to get involved in a job with a difference at TUHH. The tutor pairings will preferably consist of students in different semesters.

Being committed and willing to reflect are both prerequisites for the role. In addition, you must be available on the mandatory training dates, for the tutor meetings and for the kick-off event (see training dates for the individual degree programmes) and also have a certain amount of flexibility in your timetable – after all, there are three timetables to coordinate: two tutors and the first-semester students.

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Student Counseling Center Infothek

Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3, Building E


Telephone: +49 (0)40 428782232

Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering/Green Technologies/Engineering and Management - Major in Logistics and Mobility/Mechanical Engineering
Dipl.-Psych. Stefanie Preuß
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3 (Building E), Room 1.095
Tel.: + 49 (0)40 42878 4554

Electrical Engineering/Computer Science/Computer Science in Engineering/Data Science
Dipl.-Psych. Frauke Schwarzhans
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3 (Building E), Room E 0.038
Tel.: + 49 (0)40 42878 4142

Mechatronics/Engineering Science/General Engineering Science/Civil and Environmental Engineering/Naval Architecture/Technomathematics
Dipl.-Psych. Anne Papendorf
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3 (Building E), Room E 0.039
Tel.: + 49 (0)40 42878 3979