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Information for (new) students

This page was designed by us, the student representatives or Student Council (German: Fachschaftsvertretung) of the Department 5 (German: Fachbereich 5), as a little help to get you started and gives you an overview of studying in our department and life in Lemgo.

We hope that we can provide helpful information for new students in particular, although some of it may also be helpful for the old hands of the students.

We try to keep the information here as up-to-date as possible, but of course we can't guarantee anything. If anything is unclear to you, you can always write us a message or contact us directly at the university.

Is this information relevant for me?

Who is this site for?

This page is maintained by the FB5 Student Council and is primarily intended to provide students of the department (german: Fachbereich(FB)) with information on (starting) their studies.

This page is explicitly aimed at students and prospective students of the following degree programmes:

  • Bachelor Electrical Engineering (Ba-ET)
  • Bachelor Computer Engineering (Ba-TI)
  • Bachelor Data Science (Ba-DS)
  • Bachelor Medical and Health Technology (Ba-MGT)
  • Bachelor Digital Management Solutions (Ba-DiMS)
  • Bachelor General Engineering (Ba-GE)
  • Master Electrical Engineering (Ma-ET)
  • Master Information Technology (Ma-IT)
  • Master Smart Health Sciences (Ma-SHS)
  • Master Mechatronic Systems (Ma-MS)

If your degree programme is not listed here, some of the information on this page will not be relevant for you. However, the page can still give you an overview of studying in Lemgo.

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In addition to the information on this page, we also have our glossary with explanations of words and abbreviations.

University, Locations, Departments, Student Councils

Organizational structure of the TH OWL

The TH OWL is special in the sense that it is not only represented in one city. The university's main locations are Detmold (Creative Campus), Lemgo (Innovation Campus) and Höxter (Sustainable Campus). TH OWL is also represented in Herford (BildungsCampus Herford) and Minden (RailCampus OWL). However, the Innovation Campus in Lemgo is mainly relevant for you, as this is where our department (german: Fachbereich (FB)) is based.
(The Digital Management Solutions course is the exception here. This is located at the BildungsCampus Herford).

The term "department" has already been used. What is that supposed to be?
The university is divided into 10 departments. Each department offers degree programs with a specific focus. We belong to Department 5, “Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering” (also referred to as FB5 or FB EECS for short). The name of our department is a little misleading, as we also offer other degree programs such as Data Science or Medical and Health Technology.
Other departments at the Lemgo site are FB4 (Life Science Technologies), FB6 (Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics), FB7 (Production and Wood Technology) and FBW (Economics).

As students, you are members of the TH OWL student body. The student body of a department is called "Fachschaft" in german. This means that everyone who studies in the department with you is part of the "Fachschaft".

The interests of the student body should be represented so that the university develops in your interests. There are various student committees for this purpose. The student representatives or Student Council (german: Fachschaftsvertretung) represent the interests of the student body in the respective department. We are your contact for problems and organize events such as parties or games evenings. We are always happy to welcome new members. You can find out more about us and our contact details on our main page.

How do I start my degree programme?

Tips for starting your studies

How much time do I have to spend on my studies?

Usually the semesters are designed for a workload of 40 hours per week. This includes the lecture periods, tutorials, the required practicals and your self-study time. Of course, some need more time, others less.
However, this is quite appropriate for courses, preparation/post-processing and learning.

Where can I find information about the timetable and examinations?

All information about when, where and how your courses take place can be found on the department's homepage. As there will still be changes in the course of the semester preparations and in the first few weeks, it is recommended that you keep checking there for updates. This means you are always up to date! At the bottom of the page under "Information on studying" you will find current information about exams and projects, as well as the course schedule for the semester.

The course schedules are recommendations. The groups in particular are not fixed. You can attend lectures as long as there is space in the room (which is almost always the case). If you have any questions about the timetable, you can contact the Examinations Office or us.

Are lectures only held at the university or also online?

Courses generally take place on site at the university. Professors often upload additional documents to our learning platform eCampus (also known as ILIAS). In rare cases, an event may (only) take place online.

We recommend that you make some preparations for the digital aspects of events in advance. You can find an overview of your user access, our VPN, your emails and the W-LAN at the university in an overview of the SKIM.
In addition, you must set up two-factor authentication to access most of the university's services. The SKIM also provides a description of this.

The university usually uses the WebEx for events via video chat. How to install and set this up is also explained on the SKIM website.

Which books should I buy for the start of my studies?

None for now! Relevant literature will be announced by the respective lecturer. Many books can also be borrowed from the library. As a student, you can also read or download some books online for free via the digital library.

A small tip from us: In many subjects you can get by without special books, but if you don't understand something, there are plenty of books you can practise with.

Which tools do I need?

This can always turn out very differently. Many students use a laptop or tablet with a pen to take notes during lectures. But you can just as well work in the classic way with pen and paper. However, pens are at least required for exams. The following list can give you a rough overview, but it is best to structure yourself in a way that helps you learn the most:

  • Ballpoint pen, pencil and eraser for notes
  • Coloured pens, e.g. Stabilo fineliners (blue, green, red, black, purple) for coloured sketches
  • Lots of (chequered) paper
  • Folder for sorting the subjects

Having your own laptop can be helpful in programming modules, but is not a must, as we have enough computers in our computer rooms.
As a student, you can install programmes such as Microsoft Office or simulation software for your computer. The SKIM has provided information on this.

Which calculator should I buy?

Graphing calculators are not permitted for most exams. In the first maths lectures, however, this topic is usually taken up again by the professor.

From a student's point of view, the best calculator approved for exams is the Casio fx-991DE X. Alternatively, the predecessor model Casio fx-991DE PLUS is well suited, but somewhat slower for some calculations.
If you still have a calculator, it may well be that this is also completely sufficient for your studies.

If you are unsure whether you need a new calculator for your studies or can continue to use an old one, simply wait for your first lectures and ask your professors about it.

Where can I live during my degree programme?

Lemgo has a large number of student residences in the immediate vicinity of the university and in the city centre. An overview can be found on this page. Further offers can be found on the notice boards at the university.

There are also many students who commute to Lemgo from neighbouring towns (e.g. Bielefeld or Detmold). For late parties or similar events, however, you will usually need someone to drive you home.

What does everyday study life look like?

Education at the TH OWL


Lecturers hold the courses. Lecturers include professors, of course, but also other members of staff at the university.

You can get an overview of all the staff in the department in the overview on the department's website. This overview is also very useful for finding out the e-mail address, telephone number or office of a member of staff.

If you are studying Medical and Health Technology, you will also have contact with lecturers from FB4.


This is how many people imagine a course at university: The lecturer explains, everyone listens.
The content of the individual subjects is presented in the lectures. There is often a lot of content covered in a lecture, so good preparation using the script or content overview and reviewing the transcript will help you understand it.
Important: Don't be afraid to ask if anything is unclear. The lecturers are happy for you to participate.

Exercises & Practicals

In the exercises and practicals, the theoretical content from the lectures is deepened in the form of tasks and later also experiments in smaller groups. This takes place in various forms. The instructor either calculates the tasks and showcases the solution or lets you try first and helps you with any problems. If you try to work on the exercises at home beforehand, you will already know what they are about and can ask specific questions if you are unclear.

In some modules, the exercises and practicals can even be more helpful than the lectures!


At the end of the semester, you will take exams in the modules you have taken. These are often written exams. However, there are also oral examinations and elaborations for submission.

All information about the exams (dates, results) can be found on the internet. Examination schedules are published on the department's website under the “Current information” tab. Check back here from time to time!

Along with the (provisional) exam dates, the registration deadlines for the exams are also given. Always keep an eye on these. If you miss the registration deadline, you will no longer be able to take part in the exams. You can register for exams and view your results via the university's online portal. If you are not sure how to register, you can simply ask us!

One request:
Include full contact details in e-mails and written matter to the Examinations Office. (Name, matriculation number, version of the examination regulations, telephone number (preferably cell phone), e-mail address)


The tutors want to make your start in the student life as easy as possible and support you in some subjects. The tutoring program is designed to familiarize you with independent learning. Tutors are usually also “just” students, but a few semesters ahead of you. Ask them questions about lectures and exercises or about preparing for exams. They are there to support you.
When and which tutorials take place will be announced on the Info Screen or in the lecture.

Guided Self-Learning Groups

In a self-learning group, as the name suggests, you should learn by yourself. But don't panic! You first try to solve the task on your own or in a small working group. If you don't succeed, you can ask the learning scout. They will give you tips on how to proceed. The learning scouts are students from higher semesters who have some experience ahead of you and have been trained to supervise learning groups. They usually also have a “hot line” to the lecturers and support you professionally and in the organization of your collaboration.
You will be informed about the self-study groups on offer on the Info Screen.

Finding your way around campus

Site map of the Innovation Campus Lemgo

The Innovation Campus in Lemgo is constantly changing. New buildings are being constructed and old buildings are being replaced. We try to offer you an overview of the campus that is as up-to-date as possible.


The rooms on campus have the following format for their room numbers: G.ERR
Where G is the building, E the level (floor) of the room and RR the number of the room on the corresponding level.
Room 1.419, for example, is located in Building 1 on Level 4.

During your studies, you will often spend time in the main building (Building 1). Lecture halls, practice rooms, the examination office, the enrolment office and the library are located here.

Building 2 is the old laboratory building. A few lecture theatres and practice rooms are located here. Building 2 also houses the "Spelunke". The AStA and the student councils regularly organise parties here.
Building 2 is to be demolished in the future. The new buildings 14 and 16 will provide a replacement.

The CIIT is marked on the map as buildings 11 and 12. Some professors and companies have offices here. Practicals are sometimes also offered in the computer labs.
CIIT also has the Ciitrus bistro. As a student, however, you can eat cheaper in the canteen (Building 6).

Building 10 is the SmartFactory OWL. Lectures are not usually held here, but it is still worth a visit. For example, 3D printers are also available here for student projects.

Fraunhofer IOSB-INA is located directly next to the SmartFactory (grey on the map). Some lecturers work at this research institute and there is also the opportunity to work here as a working student (german: Werkstudent).

The InnovationSPIN (Building 17) offers you workstations and meeting rooms. The racing team also has its garage here.

In summer, the campus meadow (german: Campuswiese) offers opportunities to relax or do sports.

What can I do in my free time?

Life in Lemgo

Lemgo may not be a big city or a student hotspot, but there are still good opportunities in the area to spend your free time. We present a selection to you here (you can find more on the City of Lemgo website):


  • Jovel - Bierhaus
    Echternstraße 76, 32657 Lemgo
    Sun - Thu18:00 - 0:00 Uhr
    Fri + Sat18:00 - 3:00 Uhr
  • Die Lobby – Lemgo (Shisha-Bar)
    Breite Straße 40-42, 32657 Lemgo
    Sun - Thu18:00 - 0:00 Uhr
    Fri + Sat18:00 - 2:00 Uhr
  • Le Clou 2 – Cocktailbar
    Engelbert Kämpferstraße 27, 32657 Lemgo
    Sun - Thu17:30 - 0:00 Uhr
    Fri + Sat17:30 - 2:00 Uhr
  • Weite Welt - Bierhaus
    Engelbert Kämpferstraße 9, 32657 Lemgo
    (On Wednesdays you can get beer for 1.50€)
    Mon - Thu17.00 - 00.00 Uhr
    Fri17.00 - 2.00 Uhr
    Sat15.00 - 2.00 Uhr
    Son15.00 - 22.00 Uhr
  • Zündkerze - Bar, Pizzeria
    Herforder Straße 2, 32657 Lemgo
    Mon-Sun17:00 - 22:00 Uhr


  • Hansa Kino
    Neue Torstraße 33, 32657 Lemgo
  • Filmwelt Lippe
    Daimlerstraße 15a, 32791 Lage

The AStA-Kino Lemgo and the UniVersum Detmold also regularly show movies in the lecture hall.

In addition to the cinemas, theater performances at the Landestheater Detmold are also recommended.
The AStA in Detmold has even negotiated a theater flat rate that allows you to visit the theater for free.
(More information on the AStA Detmold website)

Swimming pool

  • Eau-Le Freizeitbad AquaSports Saunaland
    Pagenhelle 14, 32657 Lemgo
    On Thursdays, students receive cheaper admission to the sauna area and swimming pool

University sports

The AStA offers various sports activities in Lemgo and Detmold every semester. These include soccer, basketball, badminton, bouldering, yoga, dancing, running, hiking and “school sports” (dodgeball, zombie ball, etc.).

You can find more information on the corresponding pages of the AStA Lemgo and the AStA Detmold.

Sports clubs

In addition to the sports activities offered by the AStA, there are also various sports clubs in Lemgo.