FAQ

JOINING AEGEE I BEING A MEMBER I EUROPE I STRUCTURE

JOINING AEGEE

How can I join AEGEE-Heidelberg?

Interested students need to sign the registration form and pay the membership fee (see below).

During which periods does AEGEE-Heidelberg accept new members?

We accept new members all year round at any time.

Who can join AEGEE-Heidelberg?

Young people aged between 18 to 35. We welcome students of all universities and colleges in Heidelberg, as well as high school students and graduates if they fit into the age limit. International students are also welcome to join!

Do I have to study certain subjects?

No, everybody is welcome. However, we will give you the opportunity to put knowledge from your theoretical studies to use at AEGEE.

How much does joining cost?

The annual membership fee is 26 EUR, the half-year membership fee costs 13 EUR.

Can I be a member of two antennas at the same time?

Yes, however this means that you have to pay the membership fee for both of them.

Do I need to speak German in order to join AEGEE-Heidelberg?

It is not necessary to speak German. We usually have meetings in German and in English but can switch to English anytime if preferred by a participant. You can see our weekly meetings as a great opportunity to practise your German with native speakers.

How do you support your new members at the beginning?

Each new member will have a mentor, usually an experienced member that will introduce them to the organisation, answer their questions and help them find their place in AEGEE.  We also give out Newbie booklets.

 

BEING A MEMBER

When and where do the meetings of AEGEE-Heidelberg take place?

Our meetings take place every Tuesday at 20:00, with the location depending on the time of the year: During the semester, we meet at the 3rd floor of the Marstallcafé. Traditionally, we often have dinner together at the Marstall, Heidelberg’s best student canteen. After the meeting, we go there for drinks and to get social. Between semesters, we hold our meeting in the StuRa building in the Albert-Ueberle-Straße 3, close the O’Reillys pub.

Is it mandatory to attend the weekly events?

No. Each member is free to decide which events and projects they want to be part of.

Who can run for a board position?

Each member has the right to run for any position in the board regardless of how long they’ve been a member. The yearly board elections take place at the local Agora (see below).

Can I be awarded ECTSs or receive a salary for the work done in AEGEE?

No, but you can get discounts and travel reimbursements. AEGEE is based on volunteering and the non-formal skills and experience you obtain in AEGEE can do you a favour in the job market. It will also help you build a network of contacts around Europe.

 

EUROPE

What are European events?

Other than our local events of AEGEE-Heidelberg, a wide range of AEGEE events take place on a European level, with changing locations all over Europe.

Do I have to be a member of AEGEE in order to participate in Summer Universities?

Yes.

When will I become eligible to apply to European events?

You are eligible as soon as you have joined AEGEE.

Are the European events free of charge?

The organizers do all they can to keep the participation fee as low as possible or even offer the events for free if fundraising has been successful. The participation fee includes accommodation, meals and the program itself. Travel costs can often be reimbursed.

What kind of events takes place in Europe?

There are many different events. Some associated with culture, others with politics and even sports. Be sure that at any of them, you will meet open-minded people from all over Europe that share your interests and views.

Do I need local board experience in order to apply for a position on a European level?

No. There is no fixed path which you need to follow in order to build your AEGEE career. You can even start straight from the European level. However, in the case of some European positions, local board experience would be an advantage.

Can I be active at the local and European level at the same time?

Yes!

 

STRUCTURE

What does local level mean?

AEGEE’s local level is city-based (not university or country based). This means that AEGEE-Heidelberg welcomes young people living and studying in Heidelberg.

What does antenna mean?

Antenna is a local level unit. For example, AEGEE-Heidelberg is an antenna, just like AEGEE-Mannheim and AEGEE-Frankfurt, two of our closest partner antennas.

What is Agora?

There are two types of Agora in the AEGEE: The local Agora in Heidelberg is the AEGEE-Heidelberg’s annual general assembly for all members. European Agora is a biannual event, a similar thing for the European level where all antennae send their delegates. Every member has the opportunity to represent their antenna at the European Agora.

Does national level exist in AEGEE?

No. Unlike many other international student organisations, AEGEE does not emphasize state borders and strives for a borderless Europe.

Which geographical region does AEGEE cover?

AEGEE covers Europe in its widest geographical sense which means that it also includes Russia, Turkey and the Caucasus.