Student Organizations and Involvement
Get involved in campus life - join a club, plan a festival, stage a show, support a cause, play a sport, write a newsletter. Some of the greatest rewards of university life are gained outside the classroom. You’ll develop lifelong connections, leadership and teamwork skills, and a new understanding of your own strengths and interests. A rich campus life—the one you create—is as important to your future as a strong academic record. Build them both at HFU. There is an impressive range of student organizations for every interest, such as student TV and radio, student newspapers, the Big Band, dance clubs, a business consulting group, the International Student Community, or Enactus, an international student organization that sets up social projects to help local communities, as well as a wide range of student societies run by students for students. These can be any kind of sport or cultural activity, from zumba, rock climbing, volleyball or canoeing, to darts, manga or video. Students are also encouraged to get involved in organisations which represent students interests at the university, such as the Student Council and the Student Parliament.
And if you can't find what you want, start up something new yourself. Activities are financially supported by the students' organizations, so that there are no costs involved for trainers and they are usually free or almost free for participants. They always looking for students to organize and run activities or who have ideas for new activities. Click here for information on the current activities at the Reftreff website.
Reftreff - Activities and sports organized by the Student Council
The Student Council (Allgemeine Studierenden Ausschuss AStA) not only represents the interests of students at the university, they also organise a variety of fun, social events and run student clubs and sports societies to help you make new friends and settle in. These can be found on the Reftreff website.
The clubs (Referate) listed on the Reftreff website are run by students for students and can be any kind of sport or cultural activity, from Zumba and Rock Climbing to Darts, Manga or Parcour. The activities are financially supported by the student organization so that there are no costs involved for trainers and they are usually free or almost free for participants. They are always looking for students who can offer such activities or who have ideas for new activities. Coaching certificates for trainers or supervisors are preferred, but not absolutely necessary.
Check the Reftreff website for current activities and sports being offered.
Equipment for student parties (e.g. sound system, bar, plates, glasses, cash register, etc.) can also be borrowed from the Student organization offices. More information can be found on the AStA website.
Big Band VS Campus
Founded during the winter semester 2008/2009, the Big Band VS Campus is composed of students and professors from both the Cooperative State University Baden-Württemberg and Furtwangen University. Their repertoire includes anything from classic Blues, Swing, Jazz and Chanson to modern pop songs.
For more information please contact Prof. Paul Taylor at tay(at)hs-furtwangen.de.
The Big Band is a great place to get to know new people and make music. Besides the normal rehearsals, we also have rehearsal weekends and performances. It's a lot of fun being part of the Big Band! Anne
Just drop by and join in!
Business Talks is an English-speaking student organization founded and run by international and German students as a means of bridging the gap between future employers and students. They hold various events such as presentations, seminars and workshops with business professionals throughout the semester, all free of charge for students.
Every year in their main event held during Campus Day, Business Talks brings business professionals from various well-known companies and past HFU alumni together in the Business School. They talk to students in English about their career paths and the industries they work in.
ENACTUS is one of the largest student networks worldwide. Its aim is to combine entrepreneurial spirit and social values. ENACTUS teams contribute entrepreneurial knowledge to socially-relevant projects in order to help people help themselves in a manner that ensures business success. Further information in German can be found here.
The ENACTUS Team at HFU's Schwenningen Campus has been active since winter semester 2011/2012 and has twice represented the university at national level, winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2012.
Further information can be found on the ENACTUS Facebook page or via e-mail at enactus.hfu(at)gmail.com.
International Student Community (ISC)
The International Student Community (ISC) is a department of the AStA. It operates in close cooperation with the International Center to improve the integration and support of international students. Members are both international and German students who enjoy getting to know fellow students from other countries and to participate in common activities. Each year, the ISC runs a number of events (international meets (Stammtisch), country evenings, movie evenings, excursions, sports activities etc.)
The dates are published via the ISC-Facebook-group.
Contact us at: isc-vs(at)hs-furtwangen.de
Stocks Floor VS
Stocks Floor VS is the student stock exchange club of the HFU Business School. Stocks Floor VS is entirely run by students. They work closely with the BVH, the German Association of University Stock Market Clubs to provide members with interesting events and excursions, promoting teamwork while still having a lot of fun.
More information can be found on the Stocks Floor Facebook page.
VS Campus magazine
VS Campus is the (German language) campus magazine of Schwenningen campus. It publishes current information on everyday university life, new developments at Schwenningen campus as well as news for students and citizens once a semester. The entire publication is put together by a student project group – of course we always welcome new recruits!
Further information can be found on the VS Campus Magazine Facebook page.
Represent Students' Interests
Students' interests are represented at all levels of the university from the Faculty to the Senate.
Faculty Student Council (Fachschaft)
The faculty student council is a group of six elected students who represent students' interests in all aspects of their study programmes at faculty level. Members of the students' council are elected annually by the semester groups.
The Faculty Student Council of each faculty is represented in:
- the Faculty Board (Fakultätsrat)
- the Departmental Committee (Studienkommission)
Student Council (Allgemeine Studierendenausschuss - AStA)
The Student Council represents students university-wide on all issues. The Student Council performs the following functions:
- Actively contributes to the Study and Examination Regulations (Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen)
- Participates in statutory bodies
- Ensures the quality of teaching from the students‘ point of view
- Maintains contact with the university president and the university’s institutions
- Administrates 5% of study fees
- Sets up and runs student clubs(Reftreff)
- Provides various advisory services (BAföG, hardship provisions)
- Carries out First semester orientation
- Cooperates with Faculty Student Councils
The Student Council currently consists of 15 members (6 in Furtwangen, 5 in Schwenningen and 4 in Tuttlingen), all of whom are volunteers. Five of these Student Council members are simultaneously members of the Senate (2 for Furtwangen, 2 for Schwenningen campus and 1 for Tuttlingen).
The Senate holds the ultimate responsibility for research, teaching, learning, cooperative learning programmes and further education within the university. Each of the student members of the senate have one-year terms.
Additionally, the Student Council is represented in a number of committees such as the QM Board - Senate Advisory Committee, the Scholarship Selection Committee (Stipendienwahlausschuss) and the IMZ Committee among others.
Students' Parliament (Verfasste Studierendenschaft - VSt)
This student body is a statutory body of the university, to which all students automatically belong upon enrollment, with its own representative and negotiating rights. The bodies and representatives of the student parliament act as the voice of the students at the university. They are expected to be aware of and actively involved in university politics and operations, as well to support the social, economic and cultural interests of the students. They are expected to promote discussion among students and encourage a sense of political awareness and social responsibility among them. They are also expected to promote equality and work to remove disadvantages within the student body. The student parliament are involved in issues such as the part the university plays in society, in promoting sustainable development and the application of scientific knowledge, as well as the effects these have on society and the environment. Real life examples of this could be discussion on the effects of the Bologna reform on the university or negotiating a student semester ticket or better public transport connections with the transport authorities. The parliament can also organize events and invite speakers to inform students about political subjects.