Success of the student representatives: Fourth exam attempt at FAU

After more than 1.5 years of tireless efforts by (among others) the Students Teaching and Studies Division, we can now officially tell you about our major breakthrough for improved study conditions at FAU: The fourth exam attempt is coming!

Our efforts have paid off and are reflected in the fact that, from next semester, it will be possible to retake exams 3 times instead of just 2. You can also look forward to another improvement as part of this reform: compulsory registration for repeat exams will be abolished without replacement! From next semester, you will be able to choose when you want to retake an exam that you have failed.

However, there will be a few exceptions to the increase in examination attempts (e.g. examinations in the GOP and final theses are not affected). You can find more detailed and official information at:

Of course, we will also keep you up to date here!

We are extremely pleased that our work to sustainably improve the study conditions at FAU has paid off! If you can also imagine fighting for appropriate study conditions for over 40,000 students, then feel free to drop by our Department for Teaching and Studies (just send an email to We are a small group of students from all faculties who meet every few weeks to discuss all the things that are currently going badly at the university and how we can best improve them. We are very happy about additional input 🙂

MINTchallenge International

This competition rewards university commitment to the integration of international STEM students into the German labor market and is part of the Alliance for STEM Professionals within the Future Mission Education.

The Stifterverband and the Fritz Henkel Foundation are looking for university projects and initiatives that open up paths for international STEM students into the German labor market or build bridges between students and employers. These could, for example, be measures that contribute to this:

– create concrete practical experience for international STEM students,
– better inform international STEM students about possible practical experience, reduce fear of contact, provide support during implementation and network,
– support international STEM graduates in their integration into the job market, for example by cooperating more closely with potential employers in the region and drawing attention to vacancies,
to improve the framework conditions for international STEM students, e.g. in the areas of language acquisition, social integration and support with immigration and VISA issues,
– offer financial support programs and scholarships or provide information about existing programs that promote a permanent stay for international STEM students and contribute to networking with practice partners and social integration through accompanying non-material support formats.

Up to five winning projects will be supported with prize money of 5,000 euros each. The funds will be used to further develop and implement the winning measures. The selection of the winners will be followed by a phase of (digital) collaboration to further develop the existing projects in a peer process and to learn from each other.

A video (maximum three minutes, smartphone is sufficient) and/or a presentation (maximum 8 slides) can be submitted as an application. A jury made up of representatives from scientific institutions, employers and students will decide on the award winners.

The closing date for applications is July 19, 2024. The full text of the call for entries and further information on the MINTchallenge International can be found here.

Demo against bavarian Bundeswehr-Act! 13.07., 14:00, Hugenottenplatz

The “Gesetz zur Förderung der Bundeswehr” (it translates like “Law on the Promotion of the Bundeswehr in Bavaria”) is due to be passed by the state parliament in July. With this law, the Ministry of Science can force universities to cooperate with the Bundeswehr “in the interests of national security” – a vague term!
The GEW trade union firmly rejects this attack on academic freedom. She has taken a clear stance against the law and has announced a lawsuit if it is passed.
Together with other political groups, we GEW students are organizing a protest next Saturday. Come along and fight with us for a peaceful FAU!
More info on Insta @gewstudisfau

Final spurt for the university election

The university elections end again on Wednesday (19.06.) at 9 am! So be sure to cast your vote before then. You can do this with just a few clicks online via the FAU election portal.
Every vote you cast strengthens the position of those elected when they start working for you and your concerns at the university in October!
Not interested in university politics? Then support those who are. What’s more, university politics is exactly what you experience every day at university, because it’s about study conditions, facilities, having a say and much more. A look at the university election compass will show you which topics are discussed by the lists and which list best represents your opinion.
Excuses don’t count, it’s time to vote!