AStA at H-BRS: Sections

Because the AStA is divided into various sections, it is able to make good use of people's individual strengths:

- Those interested in social and policy aspects will come into their own in the section for higher education policy and social affairs. 

- Anyone with a talent for organisation should consider the sports section to help extend and improve the university's sports offering.

- Those with good written communication skills or who are familiar with media design will find themselves at home in the PR section.

- People who are good with numbers can take on many responsible tasks in the financial unit.

 

The AStA is comprised of the following sections:

Chair (vorsitz@asta.h-brs.de)

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PR & Events (pr-und-events@asta.h-brs.de)

Responsible for creative communication with students, the general public, the university's administration and within the AStA. Provides information about the AStA's activities and events, as well as news in and around Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. The tasks of this section also include organising events and sponsors.

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Finances (finanzen@asta.h-brs.de)

The AStA is financed by student contributions in the form of the student fee. The primary role of the financial unit is to manage these funds. The financial unit draws up a budget and monitors compliance with the budget following its adoption. As well as planning funding for the AStA, i.e. for university sports activities, for example, the budget includes funding for the executive committees of the departmental student councils and for the VRS semester ticket. Financial officers mainly carry out authorisation and controlling tasks while treasurers perform payment transactions and maintain accounts.

The budget is managed in accordance with the financial management regulations for student bodies in North Rhine-Westphalia (HWVO NRW). The AStA's financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December.  

By way of comparison the financial unit resembles the finance department of a small business, which has record keeping obligations and needs to provide justification to certain institutions. In the case of the AStA, the StuPa budget committee ensures that student contributions are used correctly in accordance with the budget.

The semester fee for the 2017 summer semester is €280.20.

The overall fee for the 2017 summer semester is composed of the following elements:

  • Social contribution to Bonn student services €97.00
  • Mobility contribution (semester ticket) €123.50
  • Mobility contribution (NRW ticket) €50.90
  • Student body contribution €8.80

The semester fee is charged based on the contribution regulations of Bonn student services and those of Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg's Student Body.

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Higher education policy and social affairs  (hochschulpolitik-und-soziales@asta.h-brs.de)

We represent you and provide advice on the following:

Lost and found

Have you lost something within the university? We are your point of contact for lost items, which hopefully have been handed in to us by kind fellow students. It's best to send an email to info@asta.h-brs.de describing the item you have lost and how long approximately it has been missing. We will then get back to you as soon as we can.

Financial assistance

You can obtain the forms required to apply for federal training assistance (BAföG) from us or download them from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research's website.

If your financial difficulties are serious to the extent that your studies are in jeopardy, it is possible to obtain an interest-free loan of up to a maximum of 500 euros.

You can download a PDF version of the loan application form here.

Legal advice

If you are experiencing legal difficulties either in relation to your studies or concerning your private life, and these are preventing you from focusing on your studies, we will try to help. We can provide a voucher for half an hour's legal advice. You can then use this to obtain advice from an experienced lawyer who has already agreed to join this programme.

ISIC

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card) serves as proof of student status all around the world, allowing you to make use of offers and discounts for students.

Simply complete the application on an ISIC flyer (available from stands in St. Augustin or in the AStA office) and we will issue your ISIC card for a low fee. For more information about ISIC, visit the official ISIC website.

VRS and NRW ticket

As the AStA we represent you in negotiations relating to the VRS (Rhein-Sieg transport association) and NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) ticket. Please contact us if you have any queries about the ticket.

As a starting point, we have put together all the key information about the semester ticket here. Semester ticket PDF

In certain circumstance it is possible to apply for a refund of the semester fee and/or semester ticket. Up to date information is available here.

Presentations and other activities

Got questions about rental matters or BAföG? We organise a consultation session on both these topics at the beginning of every semester.

As the representative committee of the Student Body, it is also important to us that we honour our commitment to society and we therefore started the following initiative:

Once a semester we conduct a blood donor drive including bone marrow typing.

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Sport (sport@asta.h-brs.de)

Our tasks consist of organising and supervising the university's sports activities, as well as organising the uni run and tournaments and sharing all sport-related information with all students as soon as possible, answering questions and expanding our sports programme on an ongoing basis.

We are always open to your suggestions for improvement, sporting initiatives or similar and look forward to receiving any comments, feedback, etc. We are especially keen to welcome trainers who would like to lead sessions in particular sports.