Freshmen’s Introduction Week (ESE)

Important: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and according safety regulations, the Welcome Week will be postponed to a single online Q&A session on April 17th. Please read the following presentations and example schedule for a good start into the HCI programme.

We recommend you to check this webpage frequently for updates. In case of any other questions, do not hesitate to contact your Academic Advisor and take care.





Welcome, HCI freshmen! Each semester, we host a HCI introduction week, known in German as a Erstsemestereinführung or ESE. Please, keep in mind that the HCI freshmen’s introduction tends to vary in some aspects from the faculty’s standard programme; that is why the information given on this page must be considered first. We recommend you highly to join our Introduction Week, which is usually three days, as from experience you’ll find your way and manage your student organisation better. Also making friends is easier if you’re not the only new one around. For any questions email your Academic Advisor. Looking forward to meet you all in person!

 The Program for summer term 2020

Wednesday April 1st 2020
11:00 - 12:00 Welcome at Uni Siegen

Campus Adolf-Reichwein (AR) (Audimax, Gebäude E),
Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2, 57068 Siegen
12:00 - 13:00Meet & Greet with your ESE Tutor
13:00 - 14:00Lunch
from 14:00Campus Rallye (AR/H)

Get to know offers and possibilities at your new University
19:00 - open end Bar Hopping
Thursday April 2nd 2020
10:00 - 12:00 Organize your Study
(Technical Support, Examination Regulation, Course Registration, Exam registration, etc.)

Campus Unteres Schloss (US)/Old Hospital,
Kohlbettstr. 15, 57072 Siegen, Room US-F 104
12:00 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 17:00
HCI Meet & Greet

Meet your Professors and their research projects, your future Supervisors and older HCI students to get in touch, find research jobs, get to know our FabLab, etc.

Where: FabLab (Herrengarten 2, 57072 Siegen)
18:00 - open endMeet & Greet @ Gartenhaus
Bowling Bash @ Bowling Arena Geisweid
Friday April 3rd 2020
11:00 - 15:00FSR Activity Day
Tuesday April 7th 2020
23:00 - open endERSTi Party


There are several campus locations where the freshmen’s introduction and some lectures will be held. The most important one is the Unteres Schloss Campus or US, which is a relatively young campus. We moved here for in winter semester 2014/15 and it’s located in the middle of the city. Here, all of the HCI core and elective lessons will be held. The official direction is Unteres Schloß, 57072 Siegen. Attention! This campus is based on a easily recognizable castle building, as well as the earlier regional hospital, where the HCI is located and is just behind the castle building, on the Kohlbett Street (Kohlbettstr.). You’ll find a map on the right.

Furthermore, there is the Adolf-Reichwein Campus, or AR. It’s the university’s biggest campus where the main cafeteria, Aula Magna, main library, etc. are located. HCI students will attend here, basically, complimentary courses, which are offered by other faculties. The AR campus is located outside of Siegen, on the Haardter Mountain (Haardter Berg). A map showing both the AR and US campus can be found on the right.

Than another Campus you get in touch with sometimes is the Hölderlin Campus (H). You only go there if vacancies with rooms occur, but it happens seldom. Anyhow, the H-Campus is important for it provides you with two CIP-Pools and a lot of other important things like hard- and software if needed at the ZIMT. You’ll find the link here.

 Driving Directions

It is highly recommended to drive to the university via public transport (don’t forget your semester transit ticket!) due to little parking lots at the US campus. The AR campus can be reached with the C 111 and C 106 bus lines, whereas during the freshmen’s introduction and lecture season the university express lines UX 1, 2, 3 and 6 will be additionally offered, parting from the Siegen and Siegen-Weidenau train stations. The US campus can be reached on foot in ten minutes from Siegen main station. The „Kölner Tor“ bus station, nevertheless, is some minutes clores to the campus.

You can also get some orientation within Siegen and its campus bus routes through the USi-Bus app.

Lageplan US CampusLageplan AR Campus

Freshmen FAQ

The examination regulations and the module handbook are the most important factors to consider when putting your timetable together. The examination regulations govern examination conditions and indicate which modules (courses) have to be completed successfully. The module handbook describes the content (learning aims, contents of the courses of study, bibliography etc.) and the formalities (semester cycle, type of examination, preconditions etc.) of the modules and part modules.

At first, it makes life easier to be guided by the order of study. Later on, you can find out which lectures take place and when by taking a look at the lecture timetable online in Unisono (don’t forget to check in the top left hand corner if you have selected the correct semester). You can choose which of the courses to go to and – voilà! You have put your first timetable together! However, as your HCI-tutor will help you to put your timetable together in the course of the introductory week, there is absolutely no need for you to do so before the term begins.

When you first begin to study here, it will almost certainly happen that you can‘t register for certain courses in Unisono (the online prospectus) because the first registration deadline has expired. No problem. Just wait for the second opening of registration for choosing your courses (Attention: from the 2nd semester onwards you shouldn’t miss the second deadline!). If you do so you can ask the lecturer within first session about joining the course. Please note – as a Freshman you have special conditions on the whole process, so it is not necessary to register for courses before the introductory week.
ZIMT, our computer center, has put together an overview of all these things.
In addition to the usual registration procedures, various data protection regulations require you to show your Bachelor Certificate or Diploma to the Faculty III examinations office in order for you to be permitted to take examinations. We are going to do this together within the freshmen’s introduction week.
The most important thing to note is that when you register for a course in LSF, you are not automatically registered for the examination! Examinations take place separately at a later date in the semester (see the examination department’s web page for details). The lecturers will tell you more about this when the course is running.