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Due to the rapid spread of the corona virus, many preventive measures are currently being taken which require constant updating. We have compiled important information for you concerning study and teaching.

From now on, the following measures will be taken to protect students and employees and to contain corona infections:

  • Lectures for the summer semester will be held between May 11 and July 31, 2020. This is subject to the condition that, in accordance with the legal ordinance of the state of Baden-Württemberg, regular courses of study can be resumed on April 20, 2020.
  • For the time being, teaching and exam operations have been postponed until April 19, 2020. This applies to all teacher training exam-related final exams for the state examinations as well as all other state examinations (including pharmacology and medicine). The University is providing a digital alternative for all cancelled classes where possible and necessary.
  • All libraries have been closed for the time being until April 19th. No loan transactions are possible.
  • Office hours are only taking place via phone or video conference.
  • All cafeterias have been closed for the time being until April 19th.
  • The "Infoladen" of the Studierendenwerk will be open Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm. Please contact the Studierendenwerk via phone or eMail. In case of emergency, you may come to the office in person.
  • All University day care centers and the day care center „Wolkengarten" will be closed through Sunday, April 19, 2020.
  • The Student Service Center is only available via phone or eMail (https://www.studium.uni-freiburg.de/en?set_language=en).

The hotline of the Student Service Center can answer questions about your studies by e-mail and telephone and will give you the names of the necessary contact persons:

Tel: 0761 203-4246

Mo – Thurs: 9am – 4:30pm; Fri: 9am – 12pm

Frequently asked questions

Lectures

Will seminars and lectures still take place?

All current on-site courses have been cancelled until April 19, 2020. This applies to courses and preparatory and introductory courses for students, but also to all other events such as continuing education for teaching staff and employees and university sports (including outdoor sports facilities at the university). For cancelled courses, the University will provide a digital offer where possible.
Lectures for the summer semester will be held between May 11 and July 31, 2020. This is subject to the condition that, in accordance with the legal ordinance of the state of Baden-Württemberg, regular courses of study can be resumed and libraries reopen on April 20, 2020.

How will the summer semester be scheduled?

Lectures for the summer semester will begin on May 11, 2020. This is subject to the condition that, in accordance with the legal ordinance of the state of Baden-Württemberg, lectures can be resumed and libraries reopen on April 20, 2020.

The week of excursions after Whitsun from June 2-5, 2020 will be cancelled. Regular study activities will take place.

The lecture period of the summer semester ends on July 31, 2020.

The period from April 20 to May 8, 2020 is used to make up for failed examinations (if permitted, also online) and to complete written study and examination papers that could not be processed due to the interruption of study operations from March 16 to April 19, 2020. At the same time, there is the possibility to start with courses of the summer semester as necessary and possible (e.g. block seminars).

Is classroom instruction or distance learning being planned?

Due to the corona epidemic, all teachers are requested to design their courses - wherever possible - in such a way that distance learning can be offered instead of classroom teaching. Essential classroom teaching (e.g. internships, excursions) should be concentrated at the end of the summer semester if possible. The study and examination regulations should, if necessary, be temporarily made more flexible accordingly, but also in general, flexibility options are to be offered, making full use of the legal leeway.

I am a lecturer and would like to teach my course digitally. How can I do this?

The e-learning department provides information about the basic possibilities and scenarios of digital teaching with instructions, templates and much more under the following link: https://ilias.uni-freiburg.de/goto.php?target=cat_1488395.

I received a teaching assignment for the 2020 summer semester. My course cannot or can only partly be taught digitally. What happens if the course is cancelled? Do I receive financial compensation for preparation and for my already booked travel arrangements?

The State Rectors' Conference has already introduced this topic to the cabinet and, together with the Ministry of Science, will work out proposals for the courses that cannot be made up for. In the interest of our lecturers, we hope to obtain the approval or assumption of compensation, but ask for a little patience until the state government has clarified the matter.

Examination and study achievements

Are exams still taking place? Do I need to submit a form to withdraw from my exam? (on-site courses)

In the interest of students and doctoral candidates, the university on-site examinations will be cancelled until 19.04.2020 for the time being. Students do not have to apply for withdrawal for these on-site exams that have been cancelled by the University. This also applies to all teacher training-related final examinations in the state examinations and all other state examinations. The university will do everything in its power to ensure that cancelled examinations are made up for as soon as possible.

When will cancelled examinations take place?

The period from April 20 to May 8, 2020 is used to make up for cancelled examinations (if permitted, also online) and to complete written study and examination papers that could not be processed due to the interruption of study operations from March 16 to April 19, 2020. At the same time, there is the possibility to start with courses of the summer semester based on demand (e.g. block seminars).

Lectures of the summer semester will start on May11, 2020. This is subject to the condition that, in accordance with the legal ordinance of the state of Baden-Württemberg, regular courses can be resumed and libraries reopen on April 20, 2020.

I cannot take my exam, but it is a prerequisite for the following module in the summer semester. Can I still register for the following module in the summer semester?

If you are not able to complete study or examination papers on time due to the Corona immediate measures, but which are a prerequisite for registration for modules, you can still register for this module. Registration and participation is “with reservation” until the study or examination performance has been handed in later.

Are the examination offices closed?

All examination offices will continue working, if necessary from the home office.

You can also inform yourself on the homepage of your respective examination office about the possibilities of contacting them or separate contact addresses.

How can I hand in exam and coursework during the period up to April 20, 2020?

Please submit all written examination, study papers and coursework exclusively digitally as PDF files to the respective examination offices or lecturers, unless there is already another agreement for submission via ILIAS.

I need important learning materials from the library in order to complete my study or examination work. Can the submission deadline be extended?

The deadlines for the submission of written study and examination papers and theses are extended by the duration of the library closure, unless the duration of the library closure has already been taken into account by the Examinations Office when issuing the notice. Individual information can be obtained from the responsible examination office.

I work in the examination office or in the degree program coordination office. Where can I find particular notifications about campus management such as dealing with the various examination dates in HISinOne?

Click here for the latest information in Wiki for the Department of Campus Management.

Secondary school teaching specific questions

Is the state examination for Gymnasium (high school) at the University of Freiburg taking place as planned (as of now) or have there been any changes?

On 17.03.2020, the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs announced the cancellation of the state examinations for teachers. Exams in connection with the teaching profession-related state examinations for the spring session 2020, including those scheduled after April 19, 2020, will be postponed. Please frequently check the FAQ page on the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs Website for the most current information.

What is the procedure for student teachers who had to terminate the orientation internship prematurely due to school closures?

Based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Culture regarding the Orientation Internship (OSP), the University of Freiburg has agreed on the procedure described below - always under the condition that schooling can be resumed after Easter or at a later date. The OSP is recognized for a duration of at least 10 days. Students should complete the missing days (usually five) in consultation with the respective internship school in the weeks between April 20 and May 11, 2020 or in the course of the school year or after individual consultation with the internship school. These five days should preferably be carried out in blocks in order to minimize absences from regular University courses. If there are schools where the internship can only be carried out on individual days, accommodating and flexible solutions for individual cases should be agreed upon with the respective University lecturers in the interest of the students and the schools. The tasks to be worked on in the OSP will be adapted to the shortened duration of the OSP; the follow-up workshops will take place instead of half a day of attendance in the form of an extended online reflection task via the ILIAS learning platform. Students will be informed about the reduced compulsory tasks and the new deadlines by Mr. Thimm (head of the OSP department) and Ms. Brühmann (OSP program coordination).

What happens if the orientation internship for students is interrupted by school closings?

"Orientation internships are the responsibility of the universities and usually take place in conjunction with educational university courses. The Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs recommends that if two-thirds of the orientation internship (10 days) have been completed, the five days missed do not have to be made up at a later date; however, the decision on this is up to the universities. From the point of view of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, due to the emergency situation of the school closings because of the corona virus, the orientation internship can be credited if at least 10 days of the internship have been completed.”

(Source: Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs “Frequently asked questions about school and day care center closings” https://km-bw.de/,Lde_DE/Startseite/Ablage+Einzelseiten+gemischte+Themen/FAQS+Schulschliessungen, accessed on March 19, 2020)

What happens if the school internship semester has to be interrupted due to school closings at the moment?

"The school practice semesters according to the framework regulation for teacher training courses of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs (so-called “RahmenVO-KM”), which are currently being completed abroad, can be recognized as nationally regulated with up to eight weeks of school practice. In any case, an internship of at least four weeks at a training school in Baden-Württemberg in connection with the accompanying events at the seminars for training and further training of teachers in Baden-Württemberg must be completed afterwards. Since this is a compulsory part of the degree program, which must be passed, an appropriate solution for the successful completion of the practical school semester, including the possibility of catching up in Baden-Württemberg, will be worked out and communicated after the resumption of school and the continuation of the training at the appropriate time.

If a module is currently being completed during the school internship semester that has to be interrupted due to school closings, the same applies accordingly. Since this is also a compulsory part of the degree program that must be passed, an appropriate solution for the successful completion or crediting of the module of the practical school semester will be worked out and communicated after the resumption of school and continuation of the training at the appropriate time.

(Source: Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs “Frequently asked questions about school and day care center closings” https://km-bw.de/,Lde_DE/Startseite/Ablage+Einzelseiten+gemischte+Themen/FAQS+Schulschliessungen, accessed on March 19, 2020)

Student administration

How can I currently enroll, exmatriculate or take leave of absence? (German and non-mobile foreign students)

Matriculations, de-registrations and leave of absence are currently not carried out in person on site, but by post.

All information can be found on the website of the Student Service Center: http://www.studium.uni-freiburg.de/de/corona#imma-nat-studsek

How can I currently enroll, exmatriculate or take leave of absence? (International students and EU citizens)

Currently, enrollment cannot be done in person on site, but by e-mail. All information, including information on original documents that must be presented to the International Admission and Services Department during the summer semester 2020, can be found on the Service Center for Studies: http://www.studium.uni-freiburg.de/de/corona#imma-int-ias.

How do I pay my re-enrollment or study fees?

The University cashier’s desk will remain closed until further notice.

Please transfer your student payments (re-enrollment fees, tuition fees) to the bank account indicated:

Bank: Baden-Württembergische Bank Stuttgart

IBAN: EN71 6005 0101 7438 5087 68

BIC/SWIFT: SOLADEST600

reason for payment (“Verwendungszweck”): last name, first name, applicant number

or

20201Matriculation number

If this is absolutely not possible, please contact the office via the e-mail address zahlungsverkehr@zv.uni-freiburg.de.

The new semester begins in April. How can I receive my new Unicard?

For newly enrolled students with a German address, the UniCards will be sent by post to the address provided at the time of enrollment as usual.

Only students who do not have a German address and urgently need the UniCard can pick it up at the Student Service Center at the following times: Wednesdays 12pm – 2pm.

I lost my UniCard. How can I get a new one?

For urgent cases the normal procedure applies, which you can view here.

However, please note the changed pick-up times: Wednesdays 12pm -2pm.

I was officially and automatically exmatriculated. What can I do?

In individual cases, it may happen that the transfer of the administrative and tuition fees for the summer semester 2020 has not yet been booked by the university treasury due to personnel bottlenecks or that other reasons have prevented your re-registration.

Extramatriculations due to missing examination papers will not be carried out or will be withdrawn if the examination papers could not be completed due to library closures or the ban on examinations.

Please contact the Registrar's Office in the Student Services Center so that the exmatriculation can be checked and, if necessary, corrected by the authorities.

I would like to be exmatriculated (e.g. to continue my studies at another university or to take up a job), for which I must show a discharge note from the university library. How do I get a notice of discharge despite closing the University Library?

For the processing of the exmatriculation it is currently sufficient to print out from the students' UB account that they have no loans or outstanding fees instead of the UB's discharge note. Please pay outstanding fees in advance by bank transfer and enclose the transfer voucher and a printout/screenshot of your UB account with your documents.

In urgent cases, the proof of exmatriculation can also be sent by e-mail if the student requests it.

For the application/admission to the Master for 2020/21 winter semester, I cannot submit my certificates in time because my current university is closed due to the corona pandemic or cannot issue the certificates. Can the deadlines be extended?

For Master’s programs without admissions restrictions, the application deadline will be extended after consultation. For this purpose, the Student Service Center must consult with the subjects. We will inform you here as soon as we can provide more detailed information.

We are not yet able to make a precise statement regarding the Master’s programs with restricted admission.

Further topics

What do I need to know as an Incoming ERASMUS student?

You can find answers from the EU Office to frequently asked questions for Incoming ERASMUS students here.

What do I need to know as an Outgoing ERASMUS student?

You can find anwers from the EU Office to frequently asked questions for Outgoing ERASMUS students here.

I am enrolled in a scientific training program. Where can I find more information?

The general measures and regulations also apply to scientific training program. The colleagues in the Academy of Continuing Education can provide additional information here and identify contact persons for further questions.

Do I have to quit my internship?

Compulsory internships that accompany studies, such as industrial internships that do not take place at the University, can be continued. However, its continuation is at the discretion of the internship provider.

Will class cancellations negatively effect my BAfög?

The Federal Ministry of Education has clarified by decree that BAföG funding will continue to be granted to the same extent as before and that you will not suffer any disadvantages with regard to the duration of funding. First-year students will also receive their BAföG at the originally planned date.
Further information

What happens if I cannot continue my studies in the summer semester 2020 due to the corona epidemic?

The Rectorate will work to ensure that students who are unable to continue their studies in the 2020 summer semester due to the corona epidemic are not credited as university or subject semesters, especially with regard to the maximum duration of support for BAföG.

As of March 26, 2020. This Website is constantly being updated.