Uni-Tübingen

Corona virus: Information for students

On this page you will find the most recent information about how this will affect your studies, sorted by topic. It is indicated seperately for each issue when the corresponding information was last updated.

The winter semester 2020/21 under special conditions

Studying in Corona times: The Winter Semester 2020/21

Instructions for students on how to behave in university buildings and how to use university facilities

As announced via e-mail in December 2020, the university has decided to suspend face-to-face teaching until the end of the winter semester.

Based on the current situation, the following major changes will occur:

Libraries and archives

Libraries and archives will generally remain closed until 07 March according to the new regulations. As a result, the libraries will not be available for use as work spaces. However, borrowing and returning items on site is now possible again. Therefore, although workstations in the Ammerbau are closed, books can be ordered from the open access area via the catalog. To avoid queues, access will be controlled via the UB's traffic light system. More details can be found on the website of the university library.

The procedure for borrowing and returning items may be handled differently depending on the branch library. Please make sure to check the websites of the individual sub-libraries for information on opening hours and on the modalities of borrowing and returning items before visiting a sub-library.

Courses and examinations

Course operations can continue in the majority of subjects under the restrictions that have been in effect since the beginning of November. This means that courses will continue to run primarily online. Typical face-to-face teaching formats such as laboratory practicals, specimen courses and similar will continue. Examinations and preparation for examinations can also continue to be conducted in presence.

(as of 11 February, 2021)

Hygiene concept of the university

Please inform yourself regularly about the current Hygiene concept of the University of Tübingen under pandemic conditions and about the information on the FAQ page Corona virus: Information for students.

(as of 09 October, 2020)

How do I behave on the campus and in the buildings of the university?

  • Please wear a medical face mask (covering mouth and nose) as soon as you enter a university building.
  • Please do not enter a university building if you have any of the symptoms of a cold, such as cough, sneezing or fever.
  • If you have been in contact with a person suffering from Covid-19, please contact your local health department and follow the instructions.
  • Keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Do not touch your face.
  • If you have to cough or sneeze, use a disposable handkerchief or the crook of your arm.

As communicated via e-mail on 28 January, 2021, the infection figures are not falling in the desired way despite numerous protective measures against COVID-19 diseases. The University of Tübingen has therefore decided, on the basis of the corona directive of the Ministry of Science, that the mask requirement which applies in and in front of the university buildings will be extended to all persons entering the university. In the future, when entering the University's campus and buildings, please do so only while wearing a medical mask. This may be a simple surgical mask or a filtering half mask with a higher standard of protection (e.g. FFP2, KN95, N95).

Wearing a simple fabric mouth-nose covering, on the other hand, is no longer permitted in and in front of university buildings. The university is thus following the regulations that also apply in public transport and in the retail sector, among others. This extended mask requirement serves to protect all persons working or studying at the university. The rector asks all students to strictly adhere to this regulation.

(as of 28 January, 2021)

How do I behave in lecture halls, seminar rooms, and other classrooms?

  • On-campus courses: In order to participate in an on-campus course at the university, you are required to provide complete and accurate contact information. For this purpose, please bring the completed collection form for contact data for classes to the first event.
  • Seats in the lecture halls and event rooms are marked according to the distance rules. Please use only the marked seats.
  • Please keep wearing your face mask (mouth and nose cover) during any lectures and events.
  • Please note that shared rooms must be slash-ventilated or permanently cross-ventilated at least every 20 minutes (exception: buildings and rooms with ventilation systems).

(as of 19 October, 2020)

Information and advice

All of the university's advisory services will be available to you in the winter semester 2020/21. Due to the current situation, on-campus consultation hours can currently only be arranged by appointment. Some institutions also offer additional telephone or video consultation hours, sometimes as the preferred consultation format.

Further information can be found on the respective websites of the university's counseling and information services, which are linked on the overview page "Information and advice".

(as of 09 October, 2020)

Teaching plans for the summer semester 2021

General

As announced via e-mail on January 08, 2021, the University Senate has decided on framework conditions for curriculum planning in the summer semester of 2021. Of course, all planning is subject to pandemic developments, so it might still become necessary to change things at short notice.

(as of 08 January, 2021)

Start of lectures

The lecture period for the summer semester 2021 will be moved back one week from the original schedule. Lectures will begin on April 19, 2021 and end on July 31, 2021. There will still be a week of Whitsun (Pfingsten) vacation.

(as of 07 January, 2021)

Digital classes and on-campus teaching

For the summer semester, the university is planning to continue teaching mainly online. If the pandemic situation permits, it should be possible to hold some in-person classes. These will be scheduled for 90 minutes of attendance, starting “cum tempore” (usually quarter past the hour) and vacating the room 30 minutes before the start of the next class. Special priority will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd semesters of undergraduate courses, events for exchange students, and special interactive formats for higher semesters.

In order to avoid larger gatherings (especially en route to classes, e.g. on public transport), in-person events may not exceed 40 participants. In total, the university is planning to offer a maximum of 20 percent of all classes in person.

(as of 07 January, 2021)

Lectures and classes

What are the attendance requirements for online courses?

Digital courses can be held either in asynchronous mode (i.e. pre-produced), or in synchronous mode ("live" in real time). Lecturers choose a teaching method that is suitable for the content and goals of their course. They should take into account the special challenges that this semester presents to the students, for example, that students may not always have a good internet connection. Especially in the case of synchronous courses, it should be possible to catch up on the material from a missed online session elsewhere.

As a rule, there will be no obligation to be present online at a certain time. Only in exceptional cases in specific courses may it be necessary for students to be online synchronously. However, these exceptions should only be considered if the students cannot acquire the relevant competences by other means, i.e. without being present live.

Here, as elsewhere, the following applies: If a student cannot attend for special reasons and circumstances for which he/she is not responsible, he/she should not suffer any disadvantages. Students are kindly requested to contact the deans of studies of their subjects for questions and assistance.

Satzung zur Erweiterung aller Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen zum Umgang mit der Corona-Pandemie (Extended regulations for examinations, as of 27 April, 2020, in German) and Änderungssatzung (Recent Changes, as of 20 October, 2020, in German)

(as of 07 January, 2021)

Are lab courses and other practical exercises possible?

According to a decision by the state government, classes that contain practical exercises as an integral component can be held, provided that strict safety measures are in place. The University has decided on a set of mandatory safety standards.

You can find information on safety standards regarding laboratory courses at the Faculty of Science on this info page.

(There are also additional course-specific safety regulations.)

(as of 07 January, 2021)

Information for pregnant students

It can be assumed that there is a generally increased risk for pregnant women in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic. Currently, there is no data on the question of whether pregnant women are generally at increased risk of infection. Therefore, the participation of pregnant students in required courses with classroom teaching is only possible if appropriately adapted protective measures are implemented: Even with sufficient ventilation, a minimum distance of 4 meters must be maintained, particularly in the case of unavoidable contact with varying persons / students. Pregnant women should have the option to enter the room first and leave last. Consideration should also be shown for the fact that pregnant women should only be expected to wear medical face masks occasionally and for a short time (usually up to 30  minutes per day), as it is otherwise a strain on them. Therefore, while seated in class, pregnant women are exempted from the obligation to wear a medical mask.

To ensure protection against infection, pregnant women are to be offered the opportunity to switch to a separate examination room or another equivalent examination format.

Further information: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/174042#c1072650

(as of 10 February, 2021)

Examinations

General note

The university has developed a set of general regulations for examinations in the current situation. All teaching staff is required to abide by these regulations.

Satzung zur Erweiterung aller Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen zum Umgang mit der Corona-Pandemie (April 27, 2020) (Extended regulations for examinations, in German) and Änderungssatzung (October 20, 2020) (Recently changed regulations, in German)

(as of 20 October, 2020)

Which tools may be used for online examinations?

Examinations at the University of Tübingen may be held using the learning platforms ILIAS and Moodle, as well as DFNconf. Jitsi and BigBlueButton may also be used for examinations under the condition that all participants are either connected directly to the university network, or else dial in from home via a secure VPN connection.

The aforementioned systems comply with data protection regulations.

You can find more information on digital examinations here: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/teaching-staff/digital-examinations/

(as of 07 January, 2021)

Are there specific regulations for digital examinations?

The University has decided on special regulations for digital examinations. They apply to both students and teaching staff. You can find more detail about these regulations here (including topics like fairness, tools, privacy, examination formats etc.)

https://www.elp.uni-tuebingen.de/pruefungen (in German)

(as of 18 May, 2020)

Are on-campus examinations possible?

On-campus examinations are permitted if certain conditions are met. The university has established safety regulations for this purpose. The main conditions are summarized below. Detailed information on the preparation, implementation and other aspects of examination regulations will be communicated to students / examinees by the lecturers / examination office prior to the examination.

Regarding infection protection:

For the purpose of infection protection, the necessary safety regulations must be observed. This includes a distance of 1.5 metres, the current prohibition of entry for infected persons, as well as further measures for infection protection such as wearing a medical face mask in the building and in the examination room. (The mask can only be taken off during the examination if every person in the room has a space of at least 10m² to themselves.)

Special regulations apply to women during pregnancy.

Regarding preparation:

The lead time for the announcement of postponed examinations should be four and must be at least two weeks. In the run-up to the exams, students will be informed about measures to prevent infection, about the course of the exams, and about extended possibilities for withdrawal.

Students with immune disorders, who are considered a risk group for a serious course of disease, are recommended to make use of the option to withdraw from the examination. Please contact the examiners for appropriate individual solutions.

General information:

  • Examinations will be held according to the relevant examination regulations.
  • Examinees have a right to participate in the examination ("Prüfungsanspruch").
  • Withdrawal will be possible up until the beginning of the examination.
  • Withdrawals in the winter semester 2020/21 shall not result in disadvantages for students with regard to deadlines.

Specific regulations:

(as of 11 February, 2021)

May I stay overnight at a hotel or other lodging establishment if I am not currently living near the university?

According to the Corona regulations of the state of Baden-Württemberg, students are allowed to stay overnight in hotels or other lodging establishments if they are taking exams that are held away from their place of residence. Further information: https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/faq-corona-verordnung/#c119665 (in German).

Accommodation can be booked e.g. at the youth hostel in Tübingen (single rooms are available) or in hotels.

(as of 03 February, 2021)

Is the deadline for the submission of written examinations (term papers, minutes, final papers, theses) postponed?

The university has determined that the deadlines for the submission of written examination papers are to be adjusted to the respective restrictions prescribed, so that no disadvantages may arise from the measures taken in the current exceptional situation.

Due to the very different conditions in the individual subjects (experimental, empirical, literature-based work, etc.), the concrete arrangements for this are made by the individual faculties or departments/institutes (e.g. deadlines for literature-based work must be extended at least for the duration of the closure of the University Library, or the closure of the University Library must be considered accordingly).

§11 Satzung zur Erweiterung aller Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen zum Umgang mit der Corona-Pandemie (Extended regulations for examinations, as of 27 April, 2020, in German) and Änderungssatzung (Recent Changes, as of 20 October, 2020, in German)

Information by the Faculties:

(as of 07 January, 2021)

Can I withdraw from an examination because of the pandemic?

In accordance with the regulations in the university's hygiene concept, withdrawal from an examination is possible without giving reasons at least until the end of the winter semester 2020/21.

(as of 11 January, 2021)

What happens if my time as a student is prolonged due to the Corona pandemic?

A recent amendment to the Baden-Württemberg Higher Education Act stipulates that for students enrolled in a course of study in the summer semester 2020, the deadlines for the completion of semester-related study and examination work will be extended by one semester. The university had already issued a corresponding regulation. This ensures that any disadvantages that may arise are compensated for in the best possible way.

Students shall also not suffer any disadvantages in the winter semester 2020/21. Therefore, as announced via e-mail on January 11, any deadlines for examinations will be extended by one semester, and the maximum deadlines for graduation will also be extended. This extension of deadlines also applies to repeat examinations.

However, students are not entitled to additional examination dates. That is, the regular schedules apply. This means that some deadlines will be extended until the next possible exam date.

The submission deadlines for Bachelor's and Master's theses, term papers, seminar papers and other comparable written work will be extended by an appropriate period of time by the examination committee or by the Dean of Studies of the respective study program.

For external purposes, if required, a confirmation can be issued clarifying the period during which it was not possible to take examinations or the like. At present, please refer such external institutions to the university website.

The Federal Minister of Education has issued a decree clarifying that BAföG funding will continue to be granted to the same extent as before: "If schools or universities are closed due to the pandemic and teaching or lectures have to be cancelled as a result, BAföG will continue to be paid. BAföG-supported students should not suffer any disadvantages due to the corona pandemic."

(as of 12 January, 2021)

Re-enrolment, tuition fees etc.

Can I apply for a deferral or waiver of the tuition fee and consequently a refund of the paid tuition fee (for international students and for a second degree) for the summer semester 2021?

On 28 July 2020, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science provided extra information on deferral, waiver and refund of tuition fees already paid and to be paid. The Covid-19-Pandemic has a significant impact on students. The responsible office at the university therefore examines applications for deferral or waiver of tuition fees with special consideration of the current situation in order to avoid individual hardships. In this context, a refund of already paid tuition fees is also being examined.

The prerequisite is a timely application:

- Until 31 March, 2021: In case of financial emergency (only possible for international students before paying the fee) and

- Until 30 April, 2021: In case of inequity (there is an individual restriction of studies due to the pandemic, e.g. own previous illness and thus belonging to the risk group, parenting / child care, care of people in need of care, no entry to Germany possible or insurmountable technical problems with online offers).

Information on how to apply will be sent by e-mail on request. For further information, please contact: studiengebuehrenspam prevention@zv.uni-tuebingen.de

Please note that re-enrollment for the next semester usually requires completed payment of all tuition and semester fees. If you have not yet paid the tuition fee, then due to the system you will not receive a certificate of enrollment for the summer semester 2021 if a decision on your application is still pending.

Please also note the possibility of a leave of absence, which also leads to an exemption from the tuition fee, provided that the application for leave of absence is received by Student Administration by 19 April, 2021 (start of lectures) at the latest: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/848

(as of 03 February, 2021)

How do I currently get the update of the semester imprint on my student ID?

After you have re-enrolled, you can update the semester imprint on your student card (chip card) at the self-service terminals. Currently self-service terminals are only accessible at these locations: Student Administration (Studierendensekretariat), Wilhelmstraße 11, ground floor (accessible Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm - not on holidays during the working week) and in the Morgenstelle lecture hall building (Hörsaalzentrum) (accessible during the building opening hours). Please keep a distance of 1.5 meters if queues form in front of the terminals. 

All further information and applications for student ID cards can be found here: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/949 (in German only)

(as of 07 January, 2021)

Can I take a semester of leave of absence because of the corona pandemic?

Students who can prove for the summer semester 2021 that they cannot participate in the course offerings due to the Corona Pandemic can be granted leave of absence for this reason.

The application for leave of absence must be completed in full, signed and sent to the Student Secretariat by 19 April, 2021 at the latest (by post or scan to studierendensekretariatspam prevention@zv.uni-tuebingen.de)

As justification, a keyword for your personal reasons must be entered on the application under "Miscellaneous", e.g. your belonging to a risk group due to a pre-existing medical condition, child care, care of relatives, no entry to Germany possible, or insurmountable technical problems with online offers.

In order to apply for leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 due to the Corona Pandemic, a document of proof for your personal reasons must be submitted. In the case of a pre-existing condition, a medical certificate is required (a self-report is not sufficient).

Please note that students who are on leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 due to the Corona Pandemic may (but are not required to) take exams. This also applies to digital coursework. Students on leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 may exceptionally participate in completely digital courses without a limit on the number of persons. The university library and the services of the computer centers can also be used. Attendance of on-campus courses (e.g. lectures, laboratory practicals, etc.) is not permitted.

Students who apply for leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 until 19 April, 2021, can be exempted from tuition fees for international students or for a second course of study (please tick the appropriate box on the leave of absence application). In the case of late applications, this possibility does not exist anymore!

Students of the state examination programs in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy please note that the minimum study periods or semesters specified in the respective licensing regulations must be proven before admission to the respective state examinations can be granted. Leave semesters do not count towards the minimum study periods, regardless of the university credits and examinations taken in them.

If possible, before applying for a leave of absence, find out from the relevant institutions what effect the leave of absence will have on the payment of child benefit, half-orphan's pension, BAföG, educational loans, scholarships, etc., as this cannot be assessed by the University of Tübingen.

(as of 19 February, 2021)

Social and financial issues

Are there any support proɡrams for students in financial difficulties where the money does not need to be paid back?

Students in financial difficulties can apply for supportive payments that do not have to be repaid. This program is available for both German and international students. For more information see here (in German):

https://www.my-stuwe.de/studienfinanzierung/zuschuss-fuer-studierende-in-notlagen/

(as of 07 January, 2021)

Will the situation further affect my BAföG funding?

The Federal Minister of Education has issued a decree clarifying that BAföG funding will continue to be granted to the same extent as before: "If schools or universities are closed due to the pandemic and teaching or lectures have to be cancelled as a result, BAföG will continue to be paid. BAföG-supported students should not suffer any disadvantages due to the corona pandemic."

Students do not need a certificate from the university for submission to the BAföG office if study activities are restricted in accordance with the state's corona directives, e.g. when the libraries are closed.

If you have any questions about this, please contact the Amt für Ausbildungsförderung: https://en.my-stuwe.de/bafoeg/

You can find more information about the services of the Studierendenwerk here: www.my-stuwe.de/unternehmen/coronavirus/ (in German only)

(as of 27 January, 2021)

What else can I do if I happen to get into financial difficulties?

You can find information about student loans, housing benefits, and other options for financial support here: https://en.my-stuwe.de/funding-loans/

In case you lost your side job because of the corona crisis and are looking for new opportunities to earn some money, the following links might be helpful:

(as of 31 March, 2020)

How will the situation affect social services around the campus (housing, child care etc.)?

You can find more information about the services of the Studierendenwerk here: www.my-stuwe.de/unternehmen/coronavirus/ (in German only)

(as of 31 March, 2020)

Does the university offer any emergency child care?

On the website of the University's Family Office you will find information about emergency care for children of students.

(as of 12 January, 2021)

 

Support and advice

How can I get advice on administrative matters concerning my studies (enrolment certificate, de-registration, etc.)?

The Student Affairs Office, the Central Examinations Office and the Student Counseling Service continue to offer their usual services. Unfortunately there are no open office hours until further notice. Advice is available by telephone, e-mail and video chat. From mid-June on, personal meetings on site are also possible again under certain conditions after prior arrangement.

For further information see https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/120409.

(as of 18 June, 2020)

Where can I get advice and support with regard to, e.g., organising my studies, problems, insecurities etc.?

Advice and support with regard to the organisation of your studies, dealing with insecurities, and all other issues that may come up during the semester is of course still available, for instance at the Student Counseling Service (ZSB) and other consulting and service facilities of the university. You can find an overview here: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/study/advice-and-info/

(as of 31 March, 2020)

How can I organize my daily study routine during the corona crisis?

In order to help you develop a productive daily routine for studying during the corona crisis, the Student Counseling Service has collected some hints and ideas (in German), e.g. with regard to:

  • Structuring your day
  • Breaks
  • Workplace and setting
  • Motivating yourself
  • Social contacts
  • Mental strength

You can find further digital offers here, regarding e.g. time management and preparation for exams: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/2147 (in German).

Medical information

I have just returned from abroad, had contact with an infected person, or am already experiencing symptoms. What should I do? Who should I turn to?

You can find answers and advice with regard to these and other medical questions here:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/information-on-the-corona-virus/corona-virus-medical-information/