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.

Return to classroom teaching in the Winter Semester 2021/22

As announced in two e-mails by the President's Office on 25 August, 2021 and on 04 October, 2021, the responsible state ministry of Baden-Württemberg has declared a return to classroom teaching for the winter semester 2021/22. In its new directive for studies (in German), which came into force on September 20, in-person classes are once again considered standard. Online courses, however, remain an important part of the curriculum. The previous capacity restrictions for in-person classes will no longer apply, being replaced by the following general conditions (see below for exceptions):

From 24 January, 2022, a 3G certificate is again mandatory for participation in all in-person classes. Students must prove that they have been vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19, or can provide a negative result of a recent rapid test. Compliance with the 3G requirement must be checked by the lecturer at the beginning of each course and the result must be documented. Appropriate proof consists of a digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate in electronic form, an official recovery certificate, or a negative result of a rapid test that must be no more than 24 hours old, or a PCR test that must be no more than 48 hours old. The test must be performed at an official testing station. Information on testing stations in Tübingen can be found here:

Verification of the 3G requirement applies to all students in classes of up to 50 participants, and can be done via sampling in larger classes. Students who evade the check must be excluded from the course.

For examinations and practical courses such as laboratory practicals or dissection courses, which can only take place face-to-face, the 3G rule also holds.

In order to ensure that students who are unable to attend face-to-face classes can still meet their learning objectives, substitute offerings are provided. To ensure successful participation, instructors may, for example:

  • offer courses in a hybrid format,
  • make a digital recording of their course available immediately afterwards,
  • provide students with written materials containing the course material before or immediately after the course,
  • combine the offers mentioned above,
  • make other offers that essentially ensure that our degree programs are feasible and can be studied in an equivalent manner.

 It is the teachers' own responsibility to decide which offers are made.

The obligation to wear a FFP2 mask in lectures is valid without restrictions from now on. The masks may not be removed even if the safety distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained.

(as of 24 January, 2022)

Studying under special conditions

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 16 April, 2021)

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.

Please enter the University's campus and buildings 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). The rector asks all students to strictly adhere to this regulation.

(as of 16 April, 2021)

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

A 3G certificate is mandatory for participation in all in-person classes from 24 January, 2022 onwards. Students must prove that they have been vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19, or can provide a negative result of a rapid test performed at an official testing station that is no more than 24 hours old. Results of a PCR test may be up to 48 hours old.

  • Students are also required to provide complete and accurate contact information. If this data is not collected digitally via QR codes, please bring the completed collection form for contact data for classes to the first event.
  • Please keep wearing your face mask (mouth and nose cover) during any lectures and events.

(as of 24 January, 2022)

Does the university offer additional student workplaces?

For students whose schedules include online and face-to-face classes in immediate sequence, the university offers additional workplaces for study and learning, currently in the Festsaal (great hall) in the Neue Aula building and in the Shedhalle and Morgenstelle canteens. More information can be found here.

(as of 15 November, 2021)

Can I get vaccinated at the university?

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet. Several thousand people are still contracting SARS-CoV-2 every day all over Germany. Even though we are all aware that vaccination does not offer complete protection, it is the most effective weapon we have against the virus. The university medical service has therefore decided to launch a new vaccination campaign to protect against Covid-19.

All university employees can get vaccinated free of charge at the university medical service (Wilhelmstraße 27) starting October 21. In addition to all students and regular employees of the university, visiting researchers, assistant lecturers and scholarship holders are also invited to participate. Vaccinations will take place by appointment on Thursdays beginning at 1 p.m.; the offer stands until December 16. The mRNA vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer (Comirnaty) will be used. The company medical service offers vaccination in accordance with the current STIKO recommendations and statements by the Paul Ehrlich Institute on the vaccination schedules approved in Germany. Those who have not previously received a COVID-19 vaccination need two shots with Comirnaty at least 4 weeks apart for complete protection.

Please book your appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination via the following website: https://termin.samedi.de/b/universitatsklinikum-tubingen-institut-fur-arbeitsmedizin-sozialmedizin-und-versorgungsforschung/ (select “COVID-19-Impfung” there).

Please bring the following documents to the vaccination appointment: Your vaccination card, your ID card and the fully completed documents which you will receive with the email confirming your appointment. If you need two vaccination appointments for a complete vaccination protection, the university medical service staff will arrange the appointment for your second vaccination with you on the day of your first vaccination. We ask for your understanding that the university medical service may have to postpone vaccination appointments in individual cases if too few people have registered for vaccination on a particular day. This is to avoid having to dispose of vaccine unused.

General information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found on https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/schutzimpfung.html and, in relation to the mRNA vaccine used, on https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/schutzimpfung/impfstoffe-gegen-covid-19.html#c15449 and https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/fragen-und-antworten/alles-zu-den-impfstoffen/impfstofftypen.html#faq4558. You will receive detailed information on the vaccine used by e-mail with the appointment confirmation.

If you have any specific questions about the COVID-19 vaccination, you are welcome to make an appointment in advance for a consultation at the university medical service by calling 07071 29 87092 or by sending an e-mail to ambulanz.arbeitsmedizinspam prevention@med.uni-tuebingen.de.

(as of 06 October, 2021)

Information and advice

All of the university's advisory services will be available to you in the winter semester 2021. 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 06 October, 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.

(as of 02 July, 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)

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.

(as of 02 July, 2021)

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 2021/22 shall not result in disadvantages for students with regard to deadlines. (Please note the detailed regulations below.)

(as of 20 December, 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).

Information by the Faculties:

(as of 02 July, 2021)

Can I withdraw from an examination because of the pandemic?

As announced by the President's Office on 15 December, 2021, students may withdraw from an examination (whether in person or online) up until the start of the examination without giving reasons, at least until the end of winter semester 2021/22. To ensure that students do not suffer any disadvantages as a result of withdrawing from examinations, the 2021/22 winter semester will not be included in the calculation of maximum deadlines according to the study and examination regulations. The number of semesters not included in the calculation is limited to a maximum of three.

Please note that the deadline extension also applies to repeat exams. The deadline is therefore extended until the next possible date (for exams that are only offered once a year, the deadline is extended accordingly by one year). Students are not entitled to additional examination dates.

Please also note the regulations regarding extension of maximum deadlines (see below).

(as of 16 December, 2021)

What happens if my time as a student is prolonged due to the Corona pandemic? / Extension of maximum deadlines for examinations

An amendment to the Baden-Württemberg Higher Education Act stipulates that for students that are/were enrolled in a degree program in the summer semester 2020, the winter semester 2020/21, the summer semester 2021, or the winter semester 2021/22, the deadlines for the completion of semester-related study and examination work will be extended by one semester for each of these semesters. This extension of examination deadlines is limited to a total of three semesters per person.

The extension of deadlines also applies to repeat examinations, for maximum deadlines for graduation, and for BAföG funding. 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.

(as of 05 November, 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 winter semester 2021/22?

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 30 September, 2021: In case of financial emergency. This is only possible for international students who were already enrolled at the University of Tübingen during the summer semester 2021 but cannot afford to pay the tuition fee for the winter semester 2021/22. New students must have adequate financial resources available when they begin their studies.

- Until 31 October, 2021: In case of inequity. This means that 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 winter semester 2021/22 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 if there is legitimate motivation (e.g. a medical condition, child care, care for close relatives, taking up a practical activity relevant to your studies), provided that the application for leave of absence is received by Student Administration by 18 October, 2021 (start of lectures) at the latest: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/848

(as of 09 August, 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 winter semester 2021/22 that they cannot participate in on-campus course offerings due to corona-related medical issues or because of travel restrictions can be granted leave of absence for this reason.

This option is also theoretically available for students who have been vaccinated with vaccines that are not officially approved in Germany and would therefore have to face unduly high financial expenses for regular testing. However, these students can still get test certificates free of charge, which renders this reasoning moot.

The application for leave of absence must be completed in full, signed and sent to the Student Secretariat by 18 October, 2021 at the latest (by post or scan to studierendensekretariatspam prevention@zv.uni-tuebingen.de, and including all relevant documents of proof.)

(as of 15 October, 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)

Another note for students who receive BAföG:
The summer semester 2021 will not be included in the calculation of the standard period of study used as the basis for the maximum duration of BAföG funding. For further information, see https://mwk.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/hochschulen-studium/studium/studigipfel-2021/ (in German only)

(as of 31 May, 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/