Get involved

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.

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.