Uni-Tübingen

04/01/2020

Information for students on the summer semester

Dear students,

Today marks the formal beginning of the summer semester. Yet we are in an unusual situation. With the current suspension of on-campus teaching and examinations, it remains uncertain what form the start of teaching will take from 20 April onward. One thing is certain: the semester will take place. Cancelling the semester is not an option for the University of Tübingen. State Minister of Science, Research and the Arts Theresia Bauer stated clearly on 31 March that the semester would not be canceled. She called for teaching to resume in summer semester, supported by a greater degree of online teaching formats. 

The University is preparing for a scenario in which teaching and assessment will have to take place primarily online; the University will offer digital formats wherever possible. Some departments (e.g. in the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences) are planning e-learning courses to begin as early as 14 April. Starting next week, you will find successively more information listed under classes in the ALMA portal with regard to how and when your classes will be offered in digital form. 

The University will make every effort to prevent students from being a placed at a disadvantage by changes or reductions to teaching in summer semester 2020. We are working on regulations to cover this new situation. Among other things, the situation cannot be allowed to have a negative effect on the total number of semesters spent studying, orientation and intermediate examinations, or the limitations on the length of time spent studying. The University is doing everything in its power to reduce the difficulties arising from the coronavirus crisis. 

Current information for students in this situation available at: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/174693

Student Administration, the Central Examinations Office and the Student Counseling Service are also available for advice via phone or email: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/120409 

Ministry press release of 31 March:
https://mwk.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/presse/pressemitteilung/pid/ministerin-erteilt-nicht-semester-klare-absage/ 

Yours sincerely,

Bernd Engler
President

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