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Key Events at Osnabrück University

In addition to the large number of events that are organized by the university’s schools and institutes (Calendar; in German) the university itself also organizes a number of major events. The university ball, university speeches and the Osnabrücker Wissensforum (Osnabrück Knowledge Forum) bring together current and former members of the university as well as guests from Osnabrück and the surrounding region. But other types of event such as university music performances or the Osnabrücker Friedensgespräche (Osnabrück Peace Forum) are also popular among the general public. And finally, the university likes to celebrate its students’ particular achievements and social engagement by hosting award ceremonies for scholarships.

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[Translate to English:] Volle Tanzfläche beim Uniball mit bunten Lichtern und Kronleuchter in der OsnabrückHalle

University Ball

January 23, 2021 / January 22, 2022

Once a year, the university rolls out the red carpet for everybody. Live bands, DJs and performances provide the perfect background for this glamorous ball.

[Translate to English:] Redner Heinrich Detering auf der Bühne, im Hintergrund Fotos von John Lennon

Osnabrück University Speeches

Date TBA

At the start of the year, renowned scholars and scientists provide an insight into current research and social issues.

[Translate to English:] Aufgereihte Stipendienurkunden

Award Ceremony for the “Niedersachsen” Scholarships

February 22, 2021

This ceremony celebrates the students who have been awarded the “Niedersachsen” scholarship. These scholarships are awarded once every winter semester. 

[Translate to English:] Gruppenfoto der Preisträger und Stifter der Förderpreise auf der Bühne im Osnabrücker Schloss

Award Ceremony for Grants and Funding Prizes

March 5, 2021

This ceremony honors important dissertations and other noteworthy contributions by students and is financed by regional and nationwide donors.

[Translate to English:] Preisträger bei der Übergabe der Urkunde

Prizes for Good Academic Teaching

June 10, 2021

The university awards two Hans Mühlenhoff prizes for good academic teaching. What is special about these prizes is that students nominate their favorites from among their professors and lecturers

[Translate to English:] Schlossansicht

Doctoral Awards Ceremony

July 9, 2021


The City of Osnabrück and the university host ceremonies in the town hall and in the great hall of the university to congratulate the university’s doctoral graduates on having successfully passed their doctorates.

[Translate to English:] Hunderte Studierende strömen in die OsnabrückHalle

Welcoming Ceremony for Freshers

October 14, 2020 / October 13, 2021

At the start of the winter semester, the president of the university extends a warm welcome to all “freshers”. The newcomers to the university can also visit various stalls and booths to get an impression of university life and the culture of the city.

[Translate to English:] Gruppenfoto der Deutschland-Stipendiaten auf der Bühne im Osnabrücker Schloss

Award Ceremony for “Deutschland” Scholarships

November 12, 2020

On this special occasion, selected students are awarded a certificate in acknowledgment of their scholarship, which is funded by the Federal Government, private donors, foundations and businesses.

[Translate to English:] Publikum und Bühne in der Schlossaula, auf der Bühne die Wissenschaftler des Wissensforums

Science goes public

November 12, 2021

Scholars and scientists have four minutes each to present their view to a packed house on topics of public interest.

Want to know more about the planning and organization of these events? Our contact persons in the university event management (in German) would be happy to answer your questions.

Other events in cooperation with university departments, the student advisory service and the City of Osnabrück:

University Open Day

What should I study? And what does studying mean for me? The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) in collaboration with the university departments organizes a varied information program for people interested in embarking on a course of study.

Osnabrück Peace Forum

It is our responsibility to defend and maintain peace. But how? Podium discussions involving eminent guests from the fields of science, politics and society examine topics related to this key issue..

University Music

Ranging from chamber concerts to a jazz night, ensembles from the Department of Music and Music Education offer a creative and sophisticated program of music.