Student Union at the University of Constance

What is the meaning of the word AStA? What does the AStA do? Which people are involved?

Here you will be able to find the answers.

AStA is the abbreviation for “Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss”, the German equivalent to “Students Union”. At our university, we use it synonymous for Student Government.

It is the declared goal of our student government to carry the political, social and cultural interests of the students into the public society. We work to secure socially just and good conditions concerning education. Additionally, we are engaged in the fight for affordable housing space and against discrimination in any form. Furthermore, we do represent our students in meetings with the town-officials and our rectorate.

Especially since the re-adaptation of the “Verfasste Studierendenschaft” our constituted Student Government fulfils similar tasks like an actual Students Union: We are represented at the Senate, engage in regular meetings with our dean rector, are engaged in nearly all committees and do try to work as constructively as possible.

We – that’s everybody who is actively engaged at our university in the name of our students:

The members of the different bodies (watch below) and the people involved in our AStA-Departments (Referate), the departmental committees (Fachschaften), the bicycle-workshop, the different Committees and anybody else who wants to participate. It is to create a detailed list with names, since the consistence changes permanently, new groups and committees emerge (and disappear) on a regular basis. That’s why, you and your fellow students can participate at any time at the students’ government – even outside of elections and the official structures.

Get engaged and work for better study conditions and offers at our University!

So, what does our structure look like?

This organigram is supposed to give you a first insight. Further information is available here. If you have any questions and cannot find the answer on our homepage, you are always welcome to contact

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