Faculty of Science

Corona virus: Information of the Faculty of Science

Dear Sir or Madam,

until further notice, the facilities of the Central Management Office are open with restrictions. If you need signatures or if you have to deliver or to pick up documents, please make an appointment in advance by email or phone. Otherwise, please use the mailbox of the Central Management Office.

Personal advice is carried out by telephone or mail, exclusively. We take care of our customers' daily mail.

Furthermore, please pay attention to the University's infection protection plan, the mails of the public relations department of our university and the related instructions and measurements.

Your team of the Central Management Office

Information for Students

Winter semester 2020/21

14 September 2020

The start of lectures for the winter semester 2020/21 has been postponed by two weeks: Lectures will start on the 02 November 2020 and end on the 27 February 2021. Some courses (especially large lectures) will be performed online. Small interactive courses and laboratory courses will take place on campus.

For all first semester students who start their studies in the winter semester 2020/21, the orientation weeks will take place on 19 - 30 October 2020 (mix of digital forms and on campus events).

Notes on teaching in the winter semester 2020/21

How do I get up-to-date information on my courses?

 22 April 2020

Information on the courses are made public in alma. Additionally, all registered participants of a course should be informed about the exact procedure of the specific course by the lecturer by mail. Therefore, it is essential that all persons who are interested in a course register in alma. Otherwise there is no opportunity to contact the participants!

For questions regarding subject-specific topics, please contact your course councellor or your Dean of Study.

Informationen on orientation and on how to set up a timetable for new students: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/study/organizing-your-studies/orientation/

The following departments offer additional information:

Do exams and practice-oriented events take place?

14 Sptember 2020

Since 27 July 2020 on-campus courses are allowed.

The rules for infection protection have to be respected (see University´s infection protection plan). This includes a minimum distance of 1,5 m, the current valid prohibition of the right of entry (persons who had contact to an infected person within the last 14 days, or who have symptoms of respiratory infection or increased temperature) and wearing a mask (mouth-nose cover) if you enter the university. If you have contact to other persons closer than the minimum distance of 1,5 m during a course, regularly, special precautions must be taken, like the formation of "buddies" (the same two students working together for the whole course). You will get more information by the responsible teachers.

Examinations: The seating places are marked. The entry is controlled by the supervisory staff. In case you do not follow the rules, you can be excluded from the exam.

Notes for students in higher risk categories: You decide by yourself whether you can attend an exam or a practical course. You will have no disadvantage regarding examination deadlines if you submit a medical certificate.

Notes for pregnant women: According to the current state of knowledge, pregnant women do not in principle have a higher risk than the general population of becoming infected with the new type of corona virus, or of a more severe course in case of infection.

Further information on examinations for students: see website of the university.

Is the deadline for submitting written exams of theses postponed, automatically?

31 March 2020

There is no general or fixed extension of any deadlines concerning exams or submission of theses. Instead, teachers and examiner boards of the Faculty of Sciences are encouraged to find appropriate and individual solutions in agreement with the students. The option of deadline extensions should be applied generously.

Information of the Central Administration

30 March 2020

Information of the Rector´s Office
Information of the International Office

Information for teachers

Teaching during the Covid-19 pandemia

14 September 2020

The start of winter semester has been moved back to 2 November. Winter semester will now end on 27 February 2021. The university wants to establish a new balance between on-campus teaching and online offerings for the coming winter semester. Teaching in the form of classroom instruction on-campus is possible.

Due to the heterogeneity of requirements, we do not extend the deadlines for the submission of written examination papers or theses, generally. We ask you to find individual generous and pragmatic solutions for your students, adjusted to the framework conditions. Please keep in mind, that the libraries are closed and the access to textbooks is limited.The aim is to have the libraries re-open to the public again in May, with restrictions. However, the libraries will only reopen once a concept for use and security is introduced that combines a high quality of service with an equally high level of protection against infection for employees and students.

Notes on teaching in the winter semester 2020/21

Statue for the extention of all examination regulations in summer term 2020


In order to allow a reliable course of study during the corona crisis, the University of Tübingen complemented the existing exmaniation and study regulations with a statue - at least for the summer term 2020.

Current status of examinations

14 September 2020

Special permits for on-campus examinations (written tests and single oral examinations) are not required. The regulations for on-campus examinations are defined within the University's infection protection plan (Chapter H).

Please inform your students in time about the exmaniation date (at least 2 weeks in advance) and about the current protection measures against infections.
 Please reserve the relevant rooms in the usual way.
 The building commissioner has to agree with the usage of the room as a examination hall. Please ensure to maintain a minimum distance of 1,5 m, sufficient air exchange, and further measurements against infectious diseases.

Online examinations: Examiners are responsible for single oral online examinations within bachelor and master study programs. Essential requirements for oral examinations are the voluntariness of all participants, as well as the clarification of the technical environment in advance.

Current status of laboratory studies

14 September 2020

Special permits for laboratory work (singel and group laboratory studies, and degree theses in the lab) are not required. The regulations for on-campus examinations are defined within the University's infection protection plan (Chapter F).

Please inform your students about the lab course, as soon as possible. Also, point out the regulations for infection protection. Your students have to confirm, that they have been adviced by you. 

Current status of field trips

14 September 2020

Special permits for field trips are no longer required. The regulations for on-campus examinations are defined within the University's infection protection plan (Chapter G).

For questions concerning trips abroad, please contact the in-house medical service (Dr. Brandt). For transport and over night stays the stricter regulations of the University's infection protection plan and the "Unfallkasse" apply. 

Please inform your students about the field trip, as soon as possible. Also, point out the regulations for infection protection (keeping distance, restriction on participation, right to withdraw from the trip). Your students have to confirm, that they have been adviced by you. 

Planning online concepts

10 April 2020

When planning your courses, please keep in mind:

  • The netwoks will run at full capacity. Please offer as many asynchronous courses as possible.

  • Untill the channel capacities are known, please limit interactive offers to the bare essential.

  • It is difficult to concentrate on long lasting lectures. Therefore, please use small time-limited elements.

Online formats need a clear organisational structure:

  • Please provide information in alma as early as possible on which online format your class will be using, and how students can participate. Students have to be informed quickly, when their courses start and where to find the digital offers on the learning platforms. Alma also allows you to send an email to all participants so that you can explain what you are doing in the area of online teaching.

  • When using synchronous courses / streaming times, please stick to the usual time frames of the usual on-campus events. Otherwise there will be conflicts with other courses, offered at the same time.

  • Also think about timeframes for question and the compensation for tutorials.

Please also visit the website of the University’s digital teaching task force (E-Learning-Portal): Digital teaching

Practical advice for designing online concepts

18 May 2020

Useful Websites
Practical tipp from the Department of Computer Science: recording of lectures

Windows: The simplest method is to record lecuters by the Xbox Game app. It is quite simple and you can even see the mouse curser. You can find a good manual at the Website of Computerwoche (in German only).

Mac OS: Video recording of slides with QuickTime Player; Screen recording of slides; You can use the integrated microphone of your Mac.The files are not too huge if you devide the video into two parts (1. and 2. hour). QuickTime saves videos in a .mov format. This format is still quite big. Therefore, you can convert the .mov file into a mp4 format with ffmpeg (https://www.ffmpeg.org).

Other helpful websites
Alumni-Portal Deutschland – Digital learning
Hochschulforum Digitalisierung Toolsammlung - Werkzeuge für digitale Veranstaltungen (german only)


Video conferencing and data protection

24 April 2020

The digitalisation of teaching, but also the shift of numerous meetings to the internet is currently leading to an increased use of special apps and programs for video conferencing. Depending on the software, their use raises different data protection issues.

Important information about the programs used at the University as well as tips for using them in compliance with data protection regulations can be found on a website that the computer center (ZDV) has set up. (in German only)

Contact persons for digital teaching

03 April 2020

For technical and organisational aspects concerning e-learning (Ilias and other services of the University Library): edl-supportspam prevention@ub.uni-tuebingen.de.

Aspects concerning moodle, timms and further e-learning services of the Center for Data Processing (ZDV): supportspam prevention@zdv.uni-tuebingen.de.

Teachers of the Universty of Tübingen with questions about or interest in video recordinglive streaming, publishing of existing audio and video documents or the integration in learning platforms: timmsmasterspam prevention@zdv.uni-tuebingen.de.

For didactical questions: andrea.fauselspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de (Hochschuldidaktik)