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Institute for IT-Service (ITS)

E-mail accounts for students and lecturers

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Students and lecturers at the university have access to their e-mails, contacts and calendars via the "Outlook Web App" (OWA for short). OWA is a web-based e-mail client of the Microsoft Exchange Server. The full range of functions is guaranteed when using the current versions of the browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Note for students of the Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science uses a Horde webmail server. Before logging in for the first time, you must activate your account. You should have received the necessary activation code with your enrolment documents.

You can find more information here:

How can I log into OWA?

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Login with: User ID (mmuste1s) + MIA password.

Important note: In OWA, please log in with your user ID (mmuste1s) and NOT with your e-mail address. You will receive your user ID from your department.

Your contact persons in the departments

Self-registration on MIA

In order to access their mail account, it is mandatory for new students to self-register on MIA.

Structure of the e-mail address

An e-mail account is set up for all students of the university upon enrolment. You can be reached at the following e-mail address:ü

University lecturers will receive an e-mail address in the format:

Departments and department abbreviations

Economics Sankt Augustin: wis
Economics Rheinbach: wir
Computer Science: inf (own webmail server)
IWK: emt
Applied Natural Sciences: bcw
Social Policy and Social Security: fb06

How do I change the email password?

Important: Students who already have an MIA account should log in to MIA and change their password there.


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To change your personal password in OWA, select "Settings" after logging in (cogwheel symbol at the top right edge of the screen) and then the menu item Options.

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In the menu on the left, under the item "General", select the menu item "My account" and then the button "Change your password".

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In the following dialogue you can change your password and apply this by clicking on the "Save" button. Please observe the university's password policy when selecting your new password.

Mailbox size and current load

Under the menu item "General - My account", you will find information about the current utilisation of your mailbox storage. Your university mailbox has a total size of 1 GB. If you use more than 950 MB, you will not be able to send any more e-mails. As soon as the 1 GB limit is reached, you will not be able to receive any new e-mails.

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Set up forwarding

In the first step, you create a new entry in the "People" area in which you store the desired forwarding address.

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After clicking on the "New" button, you can enter your forwarding address in the e-mail field, and in the fields "First name", "Last name" and "Advertise as" you can assign corresponding advertisement names. Only you can view this data. Click on the "Save" button to close the dialogue.


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Now set up the actual forwarding in the area "Settings - Options - E-mail - Automatic processing - Inbox and clean-up rules". To create a new rule, select the "+" button.

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In the following dialogue, enter a name for the forwarding and select that it should be applied to all messages. In the next step, select under Actions that you would like to redirect the messages, whereupon your personal address book opens, from which you select the previously created forwarding address.

Now add another action in which you delete the message from the inbox of your university mailbox. Without this additional action, a copy of the e-mail would remain in your university mailbox. Clicking the OK button saves your settings.

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Access via IMAP

If you want to access your mailbox via IMAP, please use the following data:

IMAP settings

Incoming mail server:

Connection security: SSL/TL

Port: 993

Authentication: Password, normal

SMTP settings

Outgoing mail server:

Connection security: STARTTLS

Port: 587

Authentication: Password, normal

The following illustration shows an example of the settings in the Mozilla Thunderbird programme.

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Access via smartphone

Select the account type "Microsoft Exchange" and enter your access data as shown in the example below.

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Under the item Domain, the value "stud" (without inverted commas) can optionally be entered.

If your device does not support the account type "Microsoft Exchange", please use the information given in  "Access via IMAP".