- Supports student affairs that involve more than one faculty
- Represents the study-related and social interests of students
- Promotes students’ cultural affairs
- Collaborates with all other student decision-making bodies
General Students Union Executive Committee
Together with the decision-making bodies of the constituted student body (VS), AStA is the official student representative body at the University and supports students in various projects.
AStA is made up of two chairpersons who are elected from the student councils and up to four faculty representatives and voluntary members. AStA is the Executive Committee of the Students Union at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.
The legal foundation for AStA and the VS is set out in the federal state laws governing universities and universities of applied sciences (Landeshochschulgesetz - LHG) and the laws governing student decision-making bodies (Verfasste-Studierendenschafts-Gesetz -Verf-StudG).
AStA at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
Every semester, there is a general students’ meeting on each campus at which students can find out important information about the University and make their opinions known.
AStA is comprised of students who are committed to being actively involved in organizing life at the University. Hardly any other facility at the University offers so many opportunities to get in contact and make friends with people from different faculties.
If you are interested, you can visit any AStA office at any time or drop in to one of its sessions. Meetings are always held on Wednesdays at 18.00 in room S08.007 on the City Centre Campus directly next to Café Einstein in the old cafeteria (Mensa).
Advantages in AStA
- Voluntary engagement: voluntary activities always look good on your C.V.
- Build up networks: you get to know students from other faculties, departments or institutions. This leads to many interesting contacts.
- Develop yourself: you take on responsibilities and get involved with new ideas, values and projects.
- Friendly and helpful team that is always ready to welcome new members.
- Learn how political structures work. Plan ideas, join in discussions and get things going together.
Collecting and returning library books on the City Centre Campus
You can order and return books from the University library. To do this, you have to fill in the required issuing office in the online borrowing form. Books that are only available in the Goeppingen Campus library have to be sent to Esslingen by internal mail because issuing books can only be carried out centrally in the main library in Flandernstrasse. These books take about 1 week longer to process.
After the books have been issued, the library will send you an e-mail to confirm that the books are ready to be collected. Here, too, you should usually allow for a day for the books to arrive. You will need to show your student ID to borrow books.
The issuing office for borrowing books is the stationer’s shop in the old cafeteria (Mensa) (S05.007)
International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
ISIC’s can be obtained in the AStA office on the City Centre Campus. They cost € 15 and are valid for twelve months from the date of issue.
To get an ISIC you need the following documents:
a filled-in application form, a standard passport photo, a valid ID card or passport, your student card or current certificate of enrolment and € 15 fee.
On the Hilltop Campus, Flandernstrasse, ISIC applications can be handed in to the Student Service Centre, and on the Goeppingen Campus, in the pay office. In this case, please allow for a week’s processing time, as the ISIC´s have to be made in the office on the Esslingen City Centre Campus and are sent by internal mail.
You can also apply directly for an ISIC online or at an issuing office that is nearer. You can find information about how to do this on the RDS homepage. To apply online, you will need your passport photo as a .jpg and a copy of your ID card and certificate of enrolment as a .pdf or .jpg. The fees have to be paid by bank transfer or via Paypal. It generally takes about five working days to receive your ISIC.
The accommodation index is a list of private student rooms in Esslingen and the surrounding area. It is available from the City Centre office or can be obtained by e-mail.
For Goeppingen, the accommodation index is available from the post room on the Goeppingen Campus. It can also be obtained as an Excel list by e-mail from Renate Weber (tel. 07161 679-1187).
Youth Hostel Group Identity Card (DJH)
AStA is a member of the German Youth Hostels Association. If you would like to stay overnight in a youth hostel on an excursion or trip, the faculty secretary’s office or the AStA office can lend you an internationally valid Youth Hostel group identity card. In Germany, a group has to have at least four members, and abroad, at least ten. The group card can also be sent via internal mail to the campuses in Flandernstrasse and Goeppingen.
Cycle Workshop on Esslingen City Centre Campus
If you don’t have your own cycle, you can borrow a bicycle for the semester at the Esslingen City Centre Campus. This costs € 100 deposit with an additional €10 for wear and tear. You get the deposit back at the end of the borrowing period as long as the cycle is not damaged.
If you have any problems with your cycle, you can bring it to the cycle workshop in room S05.-10. where volunteers will help you fix it. The workshop is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 12.45 – 13.30, or by prior arrangement by e-mail.
Carsharing in Esslingen
Students who don’t own a car, but need one every now and then, can hire cars at reasonable prices from Stadtmobil Esslingen.
Platform for Grants Programmes
MyStipendium shows undergraduate and postgraduate students quickly, simply and free of charge, which grants or awards might suit your particular C.V. With a listing of more than 2,300 grants programmes and more than 30 filter criteria, the platform is by far the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Germany. In 2014, MyStipendium received various national awards: among them, it was nominated as the “StartSocial Grant-holder”, 2014, under the patronage of Angela Merkel, and was accepted into the network of “Die Verantwortlichen”, a title awarded by the Robert-Bosch Foundation to people or organisations that make a noteworthy and responsible contribution.
In the University’s job portal, you can find numerous job vacancies for young graduates.