The Social Counselling Service is to go for students who have questions concerning their studies, money, family. We offer individual counselling services free of charge and, if wanted, anonymous. Our counselors are bound to medical confidentiality.
Studying places high demands on students, everyday student life might turn out to be a big challenge. You are not alone during difficult times in your life; Studentenwerk offers you free help and support.
We are your competent contact persons, if you have questions concerning the following issues:
You can approach us with other problems as well. Whether you think about commencing to study or already graduate and prepare for professional life – we answer your questions individually and can refer you to the proper authorities and persons.
Open counselling is offered by telephone without an appointment. A conversation lasts about 20 minutes and allows you to get in touch with us quickly.
For individual counselling, a personal appointment has to be booked in advance, which usually lasts around 50 minutes. Consultations can be held in English or German. You can book an appointment with our social counsellors using the online booking calendar with our social counsellors.
Our Social counsellors have different areas of specialisation. You can consider this when booking an appointment. However, all counsellors will be happy to support you with your initial enquiry, regardless of their focus.
A brief consultation during the open office hours on-site lasts a maximum of 20 minutes and is intended to provide an initial overview of your concerns. Following the brief initial discussion, further consultation appointments can be scheduled.
Besides studying, there are other issues that occur in everyday life. There are various ways for students to finance their studies, one of the most common being taking a job. Also, when a child is born, this influences study planning or financing. Previous (financing-) plans have to be rethought. Likewise, studying can bring further challenges if a chronic illness or disability plays a role in daily life.
That is why we offer regular information events on these topics. You can find an overview of the contents and dates in the overview of our events.
If you are interested, please register using our online appointment tool.
You had a consultation appointment with us? We would be pleased to receive your feedback on our counselling. Please fill out our short online questionnaire (maximum duration 2-3 minutes). Only with your feedback is it possible for us to further develop our services and, if necessary, adapt them to your needs. Thank you very much!
Social Counsellor & Contact Person for Students with disabilities/chronic illnesses
Mobile: +49 1761 9659 669
Write an email
Social Counsellor & Contact Person for students with child(ren)
Mobile: +49 1761 9659 674
Head of Department & Contact for International Students
Phone: +49 1761 9659 673
Social Counsellor for International Students at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB)
Room 3.03Wächterstraße 1104107 Leipzig
Personal office hours on site
Thursday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Social Counsellor & Contact Person for Students with Children
Phone: +49 1761 9659 674
Studentisches Familienzentrum (StuFaz)
Nürnberger Str. 4204103 Leipzig
Thursday2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Social Counselling at Studierenden Service Zentrum
Goethestraße 3-504109 Leipzig
Center for Social Services
Gutenbergplatz 404103 Leipzig
So many things, so this question cannot be answered here in an all-encompassing way. What you need to consider depends, for example, on your health insurance status, the contractual arrangement of the job(s) and your other student financing. Please contact us at the Social Counselling Office for advice.
If you are looking for a student job, use our Student job office.
Studentenwerk offers various options of disabled-friendly housing; we have also assistant rooms for rent. If you are interested, please visit the disabled-friendly housing page or contact Aike Dägeling, one of or Counsellors, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As there are many things to be taken into account we recommend an individual consultation to find answers to all of your questions. For example, BAföG is not paid during a leave of absence, child benefit is only paid in exceptional cases, and there are many other things you should know.
Many students work alongside their studies. Usually students want to earn some money with an activity that is compatible with studying. But pay attention: Interesting student jobs are often offered as activity of an independent character, e.g. honorary jobs, and there is a lot to consider here. In the information sheet you will find the most important general information on the topic without claiming it to be complete. If you have any further questions, you are welcome to make an appointment with our social counselling service for a personal consultation.
In general, you can say that psychosocial counselling deals with issues concerning the handling of stress and difficult situations in studies and everyday life, while social counselling deals with issues of financing options, studying with children, studying with chronic diseases etc.
Many issues are in general relevant to social counselling and psychosocial counselling. The question, for instance, whether a leave of absence is reasonable due to a disease or great stress, does not only involve the aspect of how to benefit from that time to feel better and be able to study again (psychosocial counselling), but often also the problem of how to finance this period (social counselling). That is why psychosocial counselling and social counselling collaborate closely in many aspects – provided the respective student gives his or her consent.
If you are not sure which of the two counselling services to contact (first), you can describe your problem and ask for our evaluation in an e-mail.