More and more international students are coming to Oldenburg, Emden, Wilhelmshaven and Elsfleth. Exchange students as well as so called "free movers“ are invited to make use of the facilities offered by the Studentenwerk Oldenburg, one of 58 organizations in Germany providing student services both on and off campus.
Among other things, the Studentenwerk helps to provide housing for many students in Oldenburg, Emden, Wilhelmshaven and Elsfleth, either in halls of residence run by the Studentenwerk or, in some cases, in private homes. In Oldenburg, the Studentenwerk also offers a couple of guest rooms which, in urgent cases, can be used by international students for short-term accommodation.
Student counsellors from different countries help their fellow students from abroad to come to terms with their new surroundings and a different culture. They also provide a monthly programme of leisure activities where German and international students can get to know each other.
If you realize that you have trouble adjusting to the new life style and different values or if problems arise concerning your studies, you can always turn to the psychological counselling services (“Psychosoziale Beratung” – PSB). The counselling sessions can be conducted in English or German, they are free of charge and strictly confidential.