Besides providing dining and accommodation services, Student Services Freiburg (Studierendenwerk Freiburg) also offers students a range of counselling services. The following are links to the Student Services English website.

Student services Freiburg, Furtwangen and Tuttlingen campuses

Student services Freiburg, Schwenningen campus

Social Services

A social services counsellor from Student Services Freiburg is available on the Furtwangen and Schwenningen campuses approximately twice a semester to advise students, in particular foreign students, who may need help.

Counsellers can offer support in the following areas:

  • Questions about social insurance, unemployment payments, benefits payments, residency laws, etc.
  • Accident, personal liability and theft insurance
  • Help with finding childcare
  • Advice about medical care for foreign students
  • Assistance with finding the right people who can help you, e.g. other counselling services, government authorities and organisations

Karl-Heinz Hermle
Student Services Freiburg
Schreiberstraße 12-16, Room 002
79098 Freiburg

Office hours:
Mon. + Tues. 9.00am - 12.00 noon
Thurs. 9.00am - 12.00 noon + 1.30 - 4.00pm and by appointment
Telephone: 0761 2101-233
Telefax: 0761 2101-5233
Student Service Freiburg

BAföG Counselling

Student Services Freiburg offers regular BAföG advisory sessions on all three university campuses. Please see Student Counselling dates below for details.

Contact information for the BAföG staff can be found here.
Please contact the BAföG staff by E-mail for an appointment at latest by 12.00 noon 2 days before you wish to meet the counsellor.

Consultation hours:

Furtwangen Campus
Ground floor of the Dining Hall (Mensa) from 9.15am - 12.00 noon

Schwenningen Campus

Ground floor of the Dining Hall (Mensa) from 1.30 - 3.30pm

Room A2.17 from 10.00am - 12.00 noon

Please note: international students should seek advice before applying for BAföG as the application can affect your residency status.

Counselling for personal problems

Student Services Freiburg offers free confidential counselling to all matriculated students at the University. They can help with whatever issues or problems students might have, whether related to studying or life at the University, to relationships and friendships, to family matters, feeling depressed or unmotivated, alcohol or drug use, or issues from the past.


Furtwangen campus
Counselling during semester:

Wolfgang Nöthen
Wednesdays from 5.15pm - 6.15pm and by appointment
Telephone: +49 7723-6503151,
Email: wolfgang.noethen(at)

Henning Ross
Thursdays from 12.00 - 1.00pm and by appointment
Telephone: +49 7723-6503550,
Email: henningross66(at)

Counselling sessions take place in Furtwangen at Gerwigstraße 13 in room D 2.03.

Schwenningen campus
Counselling during semester:

No appointment necessary
Susanne Rettinger
Mondays 11.30am - 1.30pm

Private counselling - By appointment only
Ulrike Timm
Telephone: + 0151 1093-1684

Susanne Rettinger
Telephone: +0179 1957-228

All counselling sessions take place in Schwenningen at Bürkstrasse 1 on the 1st floor in room 103.

Courses and Seminars offered by the Student Services

It is possible to study and have fun too, you just have to know how. The seminars offered by the student services show you how to study successfully. Courses on offer include time management, presentation techniques and tips and tricks for writing papers, as well as techniques for coping with exam stress.

These seminars are open to Furtwangen University students but (usually) take place in Freiburg. Seminars will also usually be held in German, so please check beforehand if they are suitable to your needs. Further information about courses can be found here.