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Extracurricular commitments

We invite all students to get involved in university activities. Many students see their university as more than just the place where they can receive an academic education. Rather, they also identify with their alma mater. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in university activities.

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council is the highest decision-making body of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics. It is responsible for all important decisions, for example on amendments to the exam regulations and structural changes to the courses offered. In addition to the professors and the representatives of the academic and non-academic staff, the Faculty Council also includes three student members, who are elected by their fellow students for a term of one year.

Departmental Student Committee

The Departmental Student Committee (Fachschaft) is a group of students who take on indispensable tasks in the organisation of everyday student life. The Departmental Student Committee comprises six elected members, along with a number of non-elected members (all volunteers) whose tasks include offering introductory events for first-year students and preparing documents to accompany lectures as well as organising the traditional “BWLer” parties and, last but not least, co-hosting the “Öko-Cup” annual football match (professors and assistants versus students).

bdvb – Düsseldorf student group

As the largest professional association of business academics with more than 12,000 members, the Bundesverband deutscher Volks- u. Betriebswirte e. V. (bdvb) has represented the interests of all economists in Germany across all subfields for 100 years now. It offers its members helpful support for their studies, jobs, further training and careers. As one of the over 40 university groups in Germany, the Düsseldorf student group sees itself as a node within the bdvb network that aims to foster the careers of its members early on during their studies. The university group hosts a variety of events to this end, always with the aim of linking theory and practice. It works closely with leading companies, political stakeholders and representatives from research and teaching. For more information, see the bdvb website or the display cabinet at HHU (outside lecture halls 5A–5C, directly next to the “Schwarzes Brett” noticeboard).


As the largest international student organisation with more than 90,000 members in over 120 countries worldwide, AIESEC strives to foster international understanding through an intensive cultural exchange during internships abroad. AIESEC also offers opportunities to enrich your studies with interesting and varied practical experience. For more information and to participate, please contact the Düsseldorf local office.


Heinrich Heine Consulting e. V. (HHC) is HHU’s business consulting service. HHC’s greatest advantage is its diverse team of students from different disciplines, who offer both expertise and “youthful zeal”. Extremely exciting and innovative approaches harbouring enormous potential can be achieved in this way. HHC thus provides the ideal link between theory and practice, and offers a cost-effective alternative to conventional business consulting, especially for SMEs.

Student Parliament, AStA and Senat

There are also other ways for students to get involved. Firstly, there’s the student parliament and AStA student union, then there’s also the Senate. Students elect the student parliament for a term of one year. It handles all issues relating to student self-governance and also elects the members of the AStA student union. Short for allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss, which literally means the general student committee, the members of the AStA student union are the highest representatives of students at a university. As a body of student self-governance, AStA works independently of the university and its rectorate. The members of AStA represent students’ interests vis-à-vis the university, the public and the political sphere, and therefore play a decisive role in ensuring students’ goals and concerns are heard.

Student assistants (studentische Hilfkraft, SHK)

The Dean’s Office, the chair holders and the departments within the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics supplement their staff with student employees – insofar as financial resources are available from the university for this. Students are able to apply for a position as a student assistant in the Dean’s Office or with one of the chair holders or departments.

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