AStA

The AStA

The General Students' Committee (AStA, short for ‘Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss’ in German) is the university-wide student representative body. The committee represents student interests before the university, society and politics, and its members are elected by the student government. To keep up with all the information you need concerning the university and the AStA we recommend you to follow us on social media. Links to our accounts can be found at the PR Department's section, respectively.

Due to the corona pandemic office hours may vary and consultations can not take place in person. You can still contact us via email or social media!

The AStA is also a member in many national institutions and organizations.

The following map shows the floor plan of the AStA offices.

The 4 or 5-digit numbers are the phone extensions of the respective departments: 0228-73-XXXX.

AStA presidency | AStA administration | International Students Department | Department of Faculty Student Councils | Finance Department | Department for University Policy | IT Department | Department of Culture and Student Initiatives | LGBTQ Department | Environmental Department | Public Relations Department | Department of Civic Education | Department for Women and Equality | Social Welfare Department | Athletics Department


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The AStA presidency


President:
Jonathan Andraczek

Vice-Presidents:
Johanna Münzel
Felicitas Frigge

Room: 1a
Phone: (0228) 73-7037
Mail: vorsitz@asta.uni-bonn.de

The presidency is responsible for the work of the AStA. The president and vice-president coordinate the focus of all 13 individual AStA departments and how they work together, and externally represent the student body of the University of Bonn, meaning before the university and the student union, the municipality and the country, as well as in the press.

In order to be able to successfully advocate for student interests within the university, the AStA presidency sits in the university’s senate (the highest internal decision-making body) in an advisory capacity. The AStA presidents meet regularly with the university’s president, the director of the student union and other important decision makers, in order to keep up-to-date and informed about developments at the university and to see them from the perspective of the student body. They respond to external enquiries, organize a weekly meeting of the staff and representatives of each AStA department, and give an account of the AStA’s work to the student-elected student government.

As presidents, we stand for a General Students’ Committee with a strong political voice. We not only want to offer services, but also want to help shape the climate and conditions of the university and improve them wherever possible. We stand up for your interests – firmly, honestly and responsibly – even when it can be disagreeable. Problems such as the rigid primary/secondary school-like system during the first years of bachelor and masters programs of study, the low percentage of female professors (11%!), the existence of a high governing body (the university board of governors) with little democratic credibility, the elimination of smaller programs of study, and much more, must be addressed and remedied where possible. We work together with you to find solutions that can subsist beyond the University of Bonn, in the context of reflecting society as a whole. You are always welcome to actively contribute, to make us aware of your grievances, and to give suggestions to help shape and improve the university.


Hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
--- 12.00pm - 4.00pm 10.00am - 2.00pm 10.00am - 2.00pm ---

The AStA administration


Contact:
Karima Badr

Room: 5
Phone: (0228)/73-7030
Mail: info@asta.uni-bonn.de
Tasks:

•Authentification of documents
•Handling of incoming and outgoing mail
•Allocation of lecture halls for student groups’ events
•Provision of information
•Purchase of office supplies

Document authentication is available free of charge daily from 11:00 - 12:00; please bring originals and copies. (maximum 10 per person per day)


Hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
11.00am - 2.00pm 11.00am - 2.00pm 11.00am - 2.00pm 11.00am - 2.00pm 11.00am - 1:45pm

The AStA office


Contact:
Jan Baumeister
Simone Kaldeborn

Room: 7
Phone: 0228 / 737036

Mail: orga@asta.uni-bonn.de

Tasks:

The office handles print jobs, organizes flyer distribution and postering, takes care of technical and organizational questions, supplies IT equipment for events, purchases furniture, equipment and tools etc., arranges repairs, oversees the photocopier, and is the service point for anything else that no one else is responsible for.

The AStA distributes flyers and posters for the academic departments and student groups registered with the AStA, as long as it has the capacity to. Appointments can be made by telephone. Flyers must be submitted by 16:30 one business day before the arranged distribution time. The posting of posters always begins on Tuesday mornings. The posters must be submitted by 12:00 on the Monday before the arranged posting time. The earlier the flyers or posters are submitted, the greater the chance that they are distributed on time.

As long as it is not needed by the committee, the AStA also lends out its equipment to the academic departments and student groups registered with the AStA. The following equipment is available: Video projector, overhead projector, screens etc. The earlier you request it, the greater the chance that your desired equipment is still available.

We gladly accept housing listings by phone, mail, fax or e-mail. The offers will be posted on the notice board ‘Schaukästen’ in the AStA hallway and can be browsed on the AStA homepage. We do not provide housing assistance by telephone.

We are available by telephone for questions about the AStA departments, opening hours and general inquiries.

Hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
10.00am - 5.00pm 10.00am - 5.00pm 10.00am - 5.00pm 10.00am - 5.00pm 10.00am - 5.00pm

Department for International Students


Contact:
Room: 14
Phone: 0228 / 73 7040
Mail: international@asta.uni-bonn.de

Welcome to the Department for International Students!

Please visit our main page here: https://www.asta-bonn.de/Referat_für_internationale_Studierende


Stay up to date on our events via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bonninternationalstudents and Instagram @bonninternationalstudents





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Department of Faculty Student Councils


Members:
Philipp Wippermann (Head of Departement)
Fiona Oberem (Elections/Statutes/Deputy)
Christoph Liedel (AFsG/Deputy)
Kristin Davidjan (FIDs/ AFsG)
Gregor Mordelt (AFsG)
Nele Adler (BFsG)

Room: 3
Phone: 0228 / 73-7042
Mail: fsen  @ asta.uni-bonn.de

We are in charge of coordinating the student councils of each faculty, in order to make their work more effective. We support them by holding elections, parties etc., coordinating the welcome events and making sure that each student council receives its allocated student fees.

In order for this coordination to run smoothly, weekly conferences with the student representatives of each faculty are held (Mondays at 19:07 in the Fritz Tillmann Room). Unfortunately, not all of the faculties are present each week, so we issue meeting minutes (called the ‘Fachschafts-Informations-Dienst’ – Student Council Information Service) to each student council. This way, we ensure that each faculty receives the latest updates and can take them into consideration in their work. Further, we offer topic-specific meetings in order to address current problems and activities.

Besides coordination, we also see to administrative tasks such as the allocation of student funds, the changing of regulations, etc. Furthermore, our department acts as an intermediary between the AStA and the faculty student councils, so that each group knows what the other is up to.

Our office in the AStA (room 4) is open daily (Mon. –Fri.) during the semester. We are here to answer questions and are available to the faculty student councils that were unable to attend the conferences.

We are a self-governing department and therefore independent from political decisions made by the AStA. We are selected by the student council assembly. The AStA and the student government take the decisions of the faculty student council conferences seriously, even if they are not necessarily bound to them.

The Faculty Student Councils

Click here for a full list of the faculties at the University of Bonn. Here is some basic information about the faculty student councils:

Faculty Student Council (Fachschaft - FS)

The Fachschaft is comprised of all students of one field of study and is how the student body as a whole is subdivided. Once per year, each faculty elects its student council. The election date differs between faculties so that the students can focus their attention on one election at a time and the campaign materials do not compete with each other. Unfortunately, the voter turnout for these elections is quite low, because many of the students don’t know why or for what they are voting. So we ask you to inform yourselves so that this doesn’t happen to you! In some cases, plenary meetings take place for important issues so that decisions are not made by the elected representatives alone.

Fachschaftsvertretung (FSV)

In the larger faculties (more than 500 students), the Fachschaftsvertretung is the representative body which is directly elected by its respective student body. In turn, the number of elected members depends on the number of students in that faculty (max. 19 representatives). The Fachschaftsvertretung votes on the budget, selects the electoral committee and, most notably, the Fachschaftsrat.

Fachschaftsrat (FSR)

The Fachschaftsrat is a similar student council-like body to the Fachschaftsvertretung. In the faculties that are smaller than 500 students, the Fachschaftsrat takes over the tasks of the Fachschaftsvertretung. It must also undertake all the regular tasks of a Fachschaftsrat as well: this includes daily services (e.g. the sale of lecture notes, the loan of exam outlines) but also larger tasks such as first-year student services, organizing events and parties, providing information about current events at the university etc. Elected members, as well as any interested students, can take part in this work. This way, you can take on student council duties without all of the responsibilities. So look into it!


Hours:

During Vacation Time only Wednesdays from 12.00-2.00 pm

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
12.00pm - 2.00pm (AFsG) 2.00pm - 4.00pm (BFsG) 12.00pm - 2.00pm (Presidency) 12.00pm - 2.00pm (AFSG/Elections/Statutes) ---


Finance Department


Finance Officer

Contact:
Dennis Gleich

Room: 13
Phone: 0228 / 73-7031
E-Mail: finanzen @ asta.uni-bonn.de


Treasury

Contact:
Joachim Hopf † (Treasurer)
Bernd Beißel (Vice Treasurer)

Room: 13
Phone: 0228 / 73-7038
E-Mail: kasse @ asta.uni-bonn.de

Welcome to the finance department and treasury page. Together, we take care of the financial administration of the University of Bonn’s student body. Besides the AStA’s finances, this also includes the administration of aid funds for the self-governing athletics department, the collective and special student council funds, as well as the NRW-Ticket. The treasury’s main function is to carry out payment transactions and to manage the accounts, while the finance department is mainly responsible for money transfers and control matters.* Alongside these tasks, the finance department must draw up a student body budget as well as monitor the adherence to this budget.

Our fiscal year runs from the 1st of July to the 30th of June.

If you have questions for us, you can direct them to the above e-mail addresses. You can contact either:

•the financial department (for general budgetary questions and information)
-or-
•the treasury (for specific inquiries, such as “has it already been paid?”, or “has my money arrived yet?”)

In the downloads section you will find the up-to-date budget, as well as the dictates that we comply with.

What does my 302,86€ go towards?

This semester, each student must pay 302,86 € to the university. A part of this money goes to the control and administration of the student government and the AStA:


Student Body (as of Summer Semester 2020)
to the AStA 11.50 €
to the faculty student councils 1.75 €
to social services 0.75 €
to aid funds 0.01 €
to the semester ticket (VRS) 131.00 €
to the NRW ticket 56.40 €
to the transit ticket refund 0.60 €
to student recreation 0.85 €
to the culture ticket 3.00 €
Studentenwerk 97.00€



Hours: Treasury (The finance officer is available by appointment)

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
12.00pm - 2.00pm 12.00pm - 2.00pm 12.00pm - 2.00pm 12.00pm - 2.00pm 12.00pm - 1.45pm



Department for University Policy


Contact:
Ken Alan Berkpinar (Head of Department)
Jan Knes-Wiersma
Konrad Benting
Martin Commentz
Caterina Karch
Jan Bachmann
Julia Hamacher
Rahel Schüssler
Otis Henkel
Maximilian Frankiewicz

Room: -
Phone: -
Mail: hopo@asta.uni-bonn.de

About us:


The department for university policy protects your interests against the university and the state government. We address all topics that are important to students at the university and state-wide levels.

The introduction of the bachelor/master format caused a large upheaval at the university. We have met the goals of the Bologna Process, which aims to create a unified European post-secondary system (The European Higher Education Area). However, there is still a great need for improvement in the implementation of the process: the new degree formats are too ‘school-like’ and inflexible due to their modularization. More options should be available. The bachelor and masters modules definitely need to be more structured; therefore the university must provide more assistance by hiring more guidance counselors and offering more tutorials. But even though a main goal of the bachelor degree modules is to provide skills for job qualification, academic quality should not be neglected. Last of all, credits earned abroad or at another German university must be recognized. Students should not have to fall behind by a semester just because they change post-secondary institutions, and the Bologna Reform should make it easier to complete a semester abroad, not make it more complicated. Those with bachelor’s degrees should have a right to a spot in a master’s program.

Students who are currently still enrolled in an outgoing diploma or magister program would be wise to complete their studies as they stand. The main problems that arise with this are expiring exam deadlines or a lack of courses on offer. However, diploma and magister students should not be put at a disadvantage.

We follow the principles of a democratic and multifaceted university. We aim to strengthen the voice of the students on all levels, and therefore call for the abolition of a university council that comes to important decisions, such as the election of the university president or the resolution of the university development plan, without student participation. We want a diverse university, where even small programs of study have a home. It is necessary to prevent job cuts as well as to prevent the university from focusing only on the ‘profitable’ faculties.

For up-to-date university policy developments, check out this website, read the ‘fw’, or attend our regular events. We are always here to answer any questions or address any problems you may have.


IT Department


Contact:
Matthias Hippold (Head of Departement)
Jennifer Kroppen
Michael Wisniewski
Christoph Grenz
Leon Stolze
Sven Zemanek

Room: 6
Phone: 0228 / 73 60015
E-Mail: it @ asta.uni-bonn.de

Both students and staff at the AStA rely on a dependable IT infrastructure. We try to reach this goal through our work in the IT department. When it comes to new computers, software installation, the website, etc., we are the go-to people in the AStA. We also act as a link between the departments, the chair and administrators. On the one hand, we try to implement staff requests, and on the other, we try to incorporate our knowledge on technical matters as well as matters that are often politically underrepresented, for example those concerning data protection and transparency.

We represent student interests, not only in the AStA but also in the IT forum, which covers the university-wide IT infrastructure. Here we can influence systems such as Basis and E-Campus, the WLANs, and the outfitting of computers in the faculties and libraries. In order to be able to act on your behalf, we need your input. Can you never find a free computer? Has Basis forgotten your registration in a seminar or displayed incorrect exam results? Do you often find yourself in a WLAN dead zone? And if yes, where?

Come by our office hours, e-mail us, or call us, so that we can tackle these problems where they arise. You can always visit us, our website or our events to inform yourselves on IT topics and to stay in the loop about recent developments.

Hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
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Department of Culture and Student Initiatives


Contact:
Anna Städtler (Head of Departement)
Sarah Mohamed (Deputy)
Max-Christian Mai
Esther Rothermundt
Erik Wöller
Maren Pfeil

Room: 14
Phone: 0228 / 73 7039
E-Mail: kultur@asta.uni-bonn.de

Dear students,

Student engagement at the University of Bonn is an integral feature of a vibrant campus environment. There are almost 80 student groups covering a wide range of topics, from political to cultural to intercultural, offering many diverse opportunities for student involvement.

Cultural groups and student initiatives

In order to foster student engagement, the AStA’s cultural department offers consultation for the established student initiatives and supports students who are interested in founding new student groups. They mostly help with organizational and logistical matters. Besides individual consultation during office hours, the cultural department also makes information materials and pamphlets available on the AStA’s website.

Financial support and the student body

The cultural department helps with the matter of financing the activities of the cultural groups and student initiatives. A yearly financing budget is made available to the Department of Culture and Student Initiatives regarding the cultural groups and student initiatives. However, the AStA does not take on full financing of the projects, rather it awards subsidies. At the beginning of every semester, the AStA cultural department hosts the ‘Kulturplenum’ (cultural assembly). At this event, the registered cultural groups present their planned events and financing applications for the upcoming semester. Each group’s proposal is collectively discussed and then voted upon.

Student initiatives can also apply for financial support from the student government. Contrary to the cultural groups, they have to send their application directly to the student government and present their proposal in front of the assembly. Here, the cultural department also gives counsel regarding the relevant formalities to be complied with and forwards the applications upon request.

Connecting the cultural groups and initiatives

Furthermore, we do everything we can to improve connecting the cultural groups and student initiatives to the university, the students and to each other. The various groups can forward their contact information and website links to us so that we can post this information on our website or make contact with interested students. Our staff is available to provide more information during our office hours, either in person or by e-mail both during the semester and during the semester break.

Best wishes from the Bonn AStA’s cultural department


Hours:

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LGBTQ Department


Contact:
Alex Münster (Head of Departement)

Room: 11
Phone: 0228 / 73 7041
E-Mail: info @ lesbischwul-bonn.de; Counseling: beratung @ lesbischwul-bonn.de & transberatung @ lesbischwul-bonn.de
Website: http://www.lesbischwul-bonn.de

Welcome! We, the autonomous LGBTQ department, represent all homosexual, bisexual and transgender students at the University of Bonn before the student self-administration, the university directorate, the professors as well as the Bonn community. There are currently around 10 students active in the department.

More specifically, this means:
•We offer “Tell Mom” counseling, with help and advice for coming out, and we can provide information and mediate other problems.
•We are highly engaged in eliminating discrimination against students of all nationalities at the University of Bonn.
•We publish articles in ‘outcome!’, ‘BAStA’ and other mediums, with open discussion on relevant developments and events.
•We host talks and podium discussions where academic experts give lectures and provide information on topics related to homosexuality.
•We are the meeting point and social platform for gay and lesbian students at the university, so that they get to know each other and don’t simply co-exist.
•We enrich the LGBTQ scene in Bonn with our many social events; we work together with local sponsors to throw a special party for the students every semester.

Our operation is self-governing, meaning that the annual LGBTQ student plenary assembly determines the focus of our work. Our office (Room 11) is open from Tuesday to Thursday between 12:00 and 14:00 as well as from 15:00 to 17:00 as part of the coffee hour. The coffee hour is a casual gathering where you can relax, get to know us and your fellow students, and exchange information. During the coffee hour, you can also borrow books and magazines from our ‘Mediothek’ (a bookshelf full of novels, travel guides, advice guides, academic and historical books, DVDs and comics) or you can take a copy of the free monthly publications like ‘Rik’, ‘Exit’, etc.

If you have any problems or questions, you can come and speak to a member of our trained counseling team on Fridays from 11:00 to 12:00 (“Tell Mom” counseling) or between 13:00 and 14:00 (trans* counseling). The conversations are of course anonymous and confidential.

Students are also active outside of the university; therefore we strive to improve what the Bonn scene has to offer. We regularly work with the Round Table, the Oscar Romero House and the Bonn AIDS service. Twice a year, we host the legendary “Don’t Tell Mom” party, and take part in the Bonn LGBTQ Summerfest. We also complement our program with social activities such as BBQs, hiking day trips or movie nights. There is something offered every week.

At the beginning of each semester, we offer a welcome round of Sekt as part of our freshman reception, before heading off to a cozy pub in the old town. The get-to-know-you brunch and the tour of the Köln scene are always a part of our frosh program.

You can find the department’s current program for the semester in our magazine ‘outcome!’ and on our AStA website. Most of our events are announced via posters, and all are published in the BAStA. By subscribing to our E-M@il newsletter, you will receive up-to-date info before every event.

Everyone is always welcome here!

We look forward to meeting you!

Hours: "Tell Mom" counselling & trans* counselling available on request

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
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Environmental Department


Contact:
Hannah Fudurić (Head of Department)
Janina Reuthal
Sophie Bethune
Stella Menke
Bianca Ludwig
Anna Massfeller

Room: 6
Phone: 0228 / 73 60015
E-Mail: oeko @ asta.uni-bonn.de

You ride your bike to class, you’ve seen the inside of a health food store and your dream house would not be located next a nuclear power plant and a GM cornfield? Then you might be interested in our work. We engage ourselves in current issues surrounding sustainability, both in terms of environmental protection and ecology, as well as in the social sphere. Our main topics are currently conscientious consumerism, fair trade, transport, energy and waste. Through all kinds of events, we raise awareness about the problems surrounding these issues, and this semester, we have published an eco-brochure outlining info, tips and important addresses and dates in Bonn.

Our goals are:

•more energy and resource efficiency at the university
•waste prevention and recycling
•promotion of environmentally-friendly transportation
•encouragement of sustainable consumption

Some past projects addressed transportation, like the Bike Repair Picnic, or the popular Bike Market (in cooperation with ADFC) which takes place on the first Saturday of every month in the summer. We also strive to improve the bicycle infrastructure by calling for the revitalization of bike lanes and the installation of bike racks.

Thanks to the initiatives of university’s environmental club “Grüne Hochschulgruppe”, we can now offer moving vans to the students. Since October 2012, the AStA has been cooperating with a car-sharing company and you can book an affordable moving van at www.studibus.de. For more information on the Studibus, please click here.

We are always encouraging the university administration and the student union to keep making sustainable changes at the university. We push for the introduction of organic and fair trade products in the dining halls and cafeterias and organize paper recycling efforts at the university. As of the winter semester 2012/13, we offer a fruit and veggie delivery service for students in cooperation with Momo (a health food store).

We try to promote our central themes through a variety of events. Last semester we hosted, among others, a “Fair Trade Breakfast” and an environmentally-friendly cooking evening where we prepared a three-course vegetarian menu with seasonal ingredients (in cooperation with the family education centre). The latter is also planned for this semester, as well as other informative events, movie nights and the like.

The collection bins for empty toner and ink cartridges in the Nassestraße and Poppelsdorf dining halls are very handy. The proceeds from the collected cartridges benefit the student union’s day care centre. You can also give us your old batteries, CDs and corks – we’ll take care of the recycling or environmental disposal.

We’re always open to new ideas, questions and projects. Come by our office in Room 6 of the AStA during our office hours, visit us on Facebook or write us an e-mail. We are always happy to see new faces and get an enthusiastic response. We are currently looking for new members to join our team, so if our work interests you, we look forward to hearing from you!

See you soon!

Your environmental department


Hours:

During vacation time only by appointment

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
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Public Relations Department


Contact:
Jonathan Proksch (Head of Department)
Jan Bachmann
Ronny Bittner
Michelle Gille
Samuel F. Johanns
Moritz Matern
Lukas Tüshaus

Room: 6
Phone: 0228 / 73 7032
E-Mail PR: oeff @ asta.uni-bonn.de
AStA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AStA.UniBonn/
AStA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asta_bonn/
AStA YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBrSXw1_ru1dcFXLhgA30nA

E-Mail FW Editorial Team: fw @ asta.uni-bonn.de
FW-Website: https://fw.asta-bonn.de/
FW Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studierendenzeitungbasta/
FW Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fwbonn

Public Relations Departement

Welcome to the University of Bonn AStA’s PR department! As the department for public relations we represent the AStA of the University of Bonn. We see ourselves as the hinge between the AStA and the students. Together with the press office, we look after the social media channels of the AStA and provide you with all the important information about the AStA and university policy. We offer free design advice for student cultural groups. Just come to us with your ideas and wishes regarding flyers, posters, etc. for your events and receive professional advice. The public relations department also organizes its own events, such as the student night flea market and the Prostseminar in cooperation with the Studierendenwerk and BonnFM. With information stands at events at the university or the AStA, we not only inform you about the work on the committees of the student body, but also want to promote more engagement. A strong student body needs first of all well-informed students who know what is happening at their university and how they can get involved within the constituted student body. Of course we are always available for your questions and problems, contact us on our social media channels or simply write us an e-mail.

Friedrichs Wilhelm

Des Friedrichs Wilhelm is the city and student magazine of the AStA. We see ourselves as independent, critical and opinionated. During the lecture period you can find our printed version in the university canteens, cafés and showcases. If a pandemic is raging, you can find the fw at the same rate on our website in a stylish web design or as a PDF. You can always read reports on current events, on controversial topics of city and university politics or reflections on everything else that concerns you. If there's something burning on your heart or you've always wanted to write about something, you are welcome to contact us with guest articles. In addition to the website, we also run a Facebook page and an Instagram channel, where you can find even more content.

If you want to work for the Friedrichs Wilhelm, you can contact us by e-mail!

Hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
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Department of Civic Education


Contact:
Stefan Schröder (Head of Department)
Rahel Schüssler
Kilian Hoffmeister
Florian Borck

Room: 6
Phone: 0228 / 73 6157
E-Mail: polbil @ asta.uni-bonn.de

If you want to find a place where good conditions for education prevail, you will be bitterly disappointed at today's university and yet you will hardly find a better one. In a company that wants to educate, i.e. produce universally compatible manpower modules, the Department for Political Education not to spend his forces on a further extension of the monotonous everyday life at university and the embellishment of his own application folder, but to show, despite modest means, that knowledge that wants to be more than instrumental reason,is possible.

We would like to try to participate in the political education of students and are working on a critical politicization of the student body. To this end, we organize lectures, seminars and film screenings, which are generally accessible free of charge.

In our work, we want to address topics that have no place in university training and thus counteract the educational character of German universities with critical political education. In contrast to other institutions of political education we do not only understand this as the making possible of election campaign appearances of German politicians*. Rather, we try to cover a broad field in our events and to underrepresented topics.

In the past, we have invited speakers such as Wolfgang M. Schmitt on the topic criticism of capitalism in Hollywood, Moritz Zeiler for an introduction to the materialistic State Criticism or Dr. Christine Zunke on the relationship between "objectivity and its subjectivity".

We also organized a film series in memory of the French director Claude Lanzmann and a workshop on the crises of capitalism with Michael Heinrich and also publish free readers to deepen their own political education. Our brochure "Der Verbindung Untertan - Zur Kritik der studentischen Korporationen" leads into the ideological commonalities (male bonding, life bond, ritual community) of the pluralistic liaison system.

The variety of topics that we address in our events is accompanied by a consensus that determines the work of the unit. We want to criticize repressive, anti-individualistic community ideologies and counter-enlightenment efforts of state and non-state actors.

Through this criticism we would like to shed light on existing attacks on individual freedoms and the achievements of civil society. This clarification is intended to counteract the increasing examples of group-related misanthropy and to shed light on the underlying causes and motives.

Ultimately, the work of the department should contribute to the formation of a critical maturity.

The Department for Political Education currently consists of Florian Borck, Kilian Hoffmeister, Stefan Schröder and Rahel Schüssler. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at our e-mail address polbil@asta.uni-bonn.de.


Hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
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Department for Women and Equality


Room: 2
Phone: 0228 / 73 7044
E-Mail: frauen@asta.uni-bonn.de
gleichstellung@asta.uni-bonn.de
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No space for sexism or sexual assault at our university!

Our department aims to create awareness for the multitude of issues concerning gender, gender identity, origin or the life in a university context. The proportion of women within the student body has risen constantly during the last years. Yet, women are still highly underrepresented in various fields of university. The introduction of the Bachelor/Master-programme aggravates that phenomenon. Only few women chose to enrole in master classes and even fewer enter an academic career. The University ofIf you experience sexism or any other form of discrimination such as sexist advertisements at university, sexist theses in your seminars which are promoted as scientific, or if you have suggestions for events, you can easily inform us by writing an email. If you are a victim of sexist discrimination or sexual assault yourself, please contact us. Together we can generate solutions and connect you with the appropriate support. Whether you are already engaged in the discourse or not, anyone, women, men, intersex, trans* alike is invited to join us. The head of our department is elected annually. If you want to partake, keep an eye out for the announcement! :) Bonn is no exception; only 11% of our professors are female, even less than the German average of 15% (status 2008/2009). Contrary to the juridical demand, students still face discrimination in their everyday life. Instead of focussing solely on the interests of white women alone, we try to fight against multiple forms of discrimination by pursuing an intersectional approach. Factors of gender identity, skin colour, origin, socioeconomic background, handicaps and more are often ignored. We try to close that gap. Our goal is to create special awareness to problems generated by patriarchal power structures which affect everyone, not only women.


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Lectures and discussions, student advice, agency for women’s support, a feminist library... We offer a wide range of possibilities to engage in the topic of gender equality and aim to support the current discourse in our society. This process should not only be initiated from “above”. We, as an autonomous department, encourage students of all genders to claim their rights. We represent a culture of discourse, education and action to foster equality between all genders.

We too are responding to Corona. As there are currently no physical consultation hours available, you can reach us every Tuesday from 4-5pm via mail, Facebook, Instagram and Skype (frauen@asta.uni-bonn.de). If this time does not suit you, please write us and we will arrange an alternative appointment. Right now it is important to be alert and not to ignore possible cases of domestic violence in your environment. Also, please don't be afraid to contact us via the media mentioned above if you need support!

General information

Speaking hours: We support you to find solutions to your issue. We cooperate with various institutions to offer appropriate help and relief. If you wish, we will argue your case for you against professors or other officials of the University of Bonn and provide tips on how to proceed.

Library: We hold a feminist library, in which you can read during our office hours or lend some books. Next to books, you can find prospects, flyers, feminist magazines, such as the an.schläge or the Missy Magazine, and DVDs. You can take a look here Mediodat if you are looking for a book. Please keep in mind that we have not registered all our books yet.

Events: Every term we offer a variety of events around gender and gender equality/discrimination. You can find our advertisement on all campuses or on facebook.

We look forward to your visit!

Hours:

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Social Services Department


Contact:
Leonie Mayr (Head of Department)
Jonas Lau
Rahel Tekle
Michael Wisniewski
Onur Özgen
Rebekka Atakan

Room: 15
Phone: 0228 / 73 7043
Mail: soziales @ asta.uni-bonn.de

You can come to the social welfare department for help with any problems relating to everyday student life.

Services:
• Social counseling
• Psychosocial counseling
• Authentifications
• Counseling for handicapped or chronically ill students
• Students with Children
• Granting of short-term loans
• Housing search

News

Since the beginning of 2012, new regulations are in place regarding the child allowance. Before, you could only earn up to a maximum of 8004€ for your parents to still receive a child allowance for you. This limit has been abolished as of January 1st, 2012. However, if you have submitted applications before January 1st, 2012, the limit is still in place for the period beyond the changeover date. Otherwise, as long as you have not completed a vocational qualification, you can earn as much as you want. If you have already completed a vocational qualification (teaching qualification, bachelor, etc.), then there are some conditions which you have to adhere to so that your parents can continue to be able to claim child benefits. You can find details here and here. Please note that the 20 permitted weekly work hours are evaluated differently than the BAföG regulations. With BAföG, you can also work more than the 20 hours outside of school time (semester breaks, weekends, evenings). With child allowance, you cannot.

Social counseling

Social counseling is our main task and covers most areas of student life. We offer support for questions about working while studying, rent money, ALG II, release of GEZ fees, bursaries, internships and insurance. We will also gladly help you fill out forms. In addition, we consider ourselves as a representation of student interests before the university, employers and landlords. You can get all of this information during our office hours. We have also compiled the following brochures for you:

• Social info, with info relating to themes that we touch on in our counseling sessions, especially relating to financial questions as well as your rights in the social sphere
• BAföG info, informing you about funding for your studies
• Bursary reader, a compiled list of foundations which assist students

We also have many more brochures and readers on subjects like housing subsidies, studying with children, renting rights etc., as well as books that you can borrow for free.

Document Authentification

The social services department is available to authenticate your documents for free between 12:00 – 13:00. Your documents must relate to your studies in a general sense*. Due to the high demand, we ask that you not bring us more than 10 documents at a time. We do not authenticate any official government documents such as birth or marriage certificates. A personal ID can be authenticated. Tip: From 11 to 12 o’clock, the AStA admin office is also available for document authentication. Due to the Covid-19-Pandemic the office is closed from 12/16 to 6/11.

Short-term loans

In cases of financial emergency, we can offer interest-free loans for 3-month terms to Students of the University of Bonn. According to your needs, the loan amount can total up to 260€. To apply for the short-term loans bring us the following documents:

• Personal ID/passport
• Student card
• Bank account statements of the 3 previous months
• Proof of need (bills, overdue notices…)
• Proof of collateral (work contracts, bursaries, scholarships…)
• Registration card (not older than two weeks)
• Any other documents which seem to be relevant

Only when we have all the documents, we can process your application. The approval can take up to several weeks. There is no guarantee that you application will be accepted once your application is complete. You have to be able to pay back the loan after 3 months.

Housing Search

Private offers are sent to and posted in the AStA . The offers can also be viewed online.

Student residences are administered by the Studierendenwerk. Apllication is only possible via online registration.

There are also some residences that are offered privately or by the churches. Perhaps this model is a possibility for you: Wohnen für Hilfe (dwelling for help)

If all of the above ways to find a place didn’t work out, the following might work as an interim solution.

More offers can be found on the university’s web page.

Hours:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
12.00am - 2.00pm 12.00am - 2.00pm 12.00am - 2.00pm 12.00am - 2.00pm 12.00am - 2.00pm


Athletics Department


Contact:
Daria Hirschmann
Max Hürter

Room: 12
Phone: 0228 / 73 7045
E-Mail: sport@asta.uni-bonn.de

http://www.healthycampus.uni-bonn.de/


What does the AStA athletics department actually do?

The varsity sports of the University of Bonn are organized by the student-run AStA athletics department and the central organization for varsity sports (zentrale Betriebseinheit Hochschulsport). The sports operation is one of the largest in the Bonn area, with a target audience of over 26 000 and offering more than 400 sports classes.

The sports on offer are listed in the varsity sports flyer that is published at the beginning of every semester: from autogenic training to martial arts to Zumba Fitness. We also offer sports such as indoor cycling, inline skating, Pilates, salsa, Bodywork and Fatburner. The climbing facilities are being expanded and will offer a larger variety of climbing walls. Interested students can obtain their pleasure craft license, sailing license or diving certification from us. Students can participate in most team sports such as beach volleyball, soccer or basketball as a hobby in an enjoyable environment or they can take part in our surf and catamaran camp at the IJsselmeer in the summer semester.

All trainers are highly qualified and have furthered their knowledge through many years of experience and continued education. We print 3000 copies of our varsity sports flyer and it is available in all the central university facilities.

The department advisors work to ensure the entire sports operation is well implemented not only within the university but also beyond the doors of the AStA and the school. To achieve this, they contribute financially to Bonn students who are eager to take part in competitions and tournaments, and also are responsible for the meaningful and economical utilization of the approx. 40 000€ yearly social contribution from the students. The athletics department strives to offer new and interesting sports classes which are as affordable as possible and in some cases even free of charge.

The athletics department represents your interests as a sports participant before the student body organizations at the University of Bonn as well as before the institutions that are in cooperation with the AStA.

Every sport has the possibility to actively participate in the representatives’ assembly. If you want to teach a course, have a proposal or simply need advice on sports-related matters, the athletics department will gladly help you out.


Hours: ...or by appointment

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