Preparation Weeks Mathematics and Computer Science

Preparation Course for Mathematics and Computer Science Freshmen

To prepare mathematics and computer science freshman for their upcoming courses of study, we organize a mathematical two week preparation course at the begin of each winter term. Lectures and tutorials similar to what you will experience during your studies give you a first introduction to contents and organizational details of your first semester. Organizational presentations provide you with the information necessary for your everyday student life (How does Wi-Fi work on campus? How do I put together my timetable?), long-term planning and free time activities in and around Heidelberg. Most importantly, game nights, hiking tours and pub crawls give you the opportunity to meet fellow students and future friends.

Where and when?

The preparations weeks start on October 19, 2020 at 9 ct (= 9:15). At the moment it is not clear whether the prep course will take place at the university itself or online. As soon as we know more details, we will inform you here.


To take part in the mathematical preparation weeks, no registration is required. Just join us on the first day. Even joining us later is alright.

Lecture notes

If they exist already, find the lecture notes by clicking the respective lecture in the timetable below.

Programming prep course

Also, if you have no programming experience and never worked with a terminal before, we offer a one week programming course the week before. Computer science as well as mathematics students are welcome.

Where and when?

The programming course takes place from October 12 to 18, 2020 (one week before the mathematical prep course) from 11 am to 4 pm in the Mathematikon building or online (We will inform you soon). You can find the rooms in the timetable below.


Spaces are limited so please sign up for this programming course. To do so send an e-mail to

until August 31, 2020. When Please answer the following questions when emailing us:
1: Have you programmed before? (regardless of the language: C++, Java, PHP, JavaScript, …)
2: What is your course of studies? (e.g. bachelor mathematics)
3: Did you take computer science lessons in school? If so, what did the lessons cover (roughly)?

Lecture Notes

Here you can find the corresponding lecture notes.


To find the recent timetable click here.


Download Ersti-Info 2018 (4.5 MB)

Every year we publish the Ersti-Info, a magazine (German only) with the most important information for getting started with your studies. Everyone will be handed a printed copy on the first day. Also, we hand out copies in our office.