Information for students

The focus of most courses lies on the comparative analysis of political institutions (e.g. electoral systems, parliaments, governments) and collective political actors (e.g. parties, interest groups). Geographically, we focus on advanced western democracies (e.g. Germany, France, Great Britain, USA). However, we also regularly offer courses about Middle Eastern, Asian or African countries.

Current information for students regarding "Corona":

We follow the guidelines of the university administration. For the time being, these guidelines apply until April 19, 2020 or until the situation is reevaluated by the federal and state governments. These guidelines serve for general protection, and thus also for your own health and that of your relatives and friends.

On the basis of the university management guidelines mentioned, we ask you to note the following:

1. What about the courses in the summer semester 2020?

We are planning to fully implement the planned teaching program for the summer semester 2020 and are currently working intensively on the technical requirements for a strong online component.

2. When does the second exam of the BA lecture “Introduction to Comparative Politics” take place (winter semester 2019-20)?

The second date for the exam for the lecture "Introduction to Comparative Politics" will be postponed until further notice. Students who have problems with this should immediately contact the secretariat (

3. What consequences does the corona crisis have on the deadlines for term papers of seminars delivered during the winter semester 2019-20?

Due to the restrictions on access to the reading rooms and books, the Institute for Political Science has extended all submission deadlines for term papers for the winter semester 2019-2020 by five weeks. The latest deadline for regular submission without deduction of grades at the Chair for Comparative Politics is therefore May 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. However, in your own interest, we would strongly recommend that you complete the work based on online resources as soon as possible and upload it in the VC because of the pressure on libraries due to further restrictions and delays, due to new tasks in the light of the crisis and due to potentially rising sickness levels. If a lecturer at the chair has not enabled the possibility for electronically submitting the work via the VC, please send the work electronically by email to this lecturer (but please only in this exceptional case).

4. What effects does the corona crisis have on the submission deadline for current Bachelor and Master theses?

The university management has ordered that due to the closing of the reading rooms and consequently more difficult access to relevant literature, an application for an extension of the deadline for bachelor's or master's theses can be submitted in justified cases to the examination board (Prüfungsausschuss). The chairpersons of examination boards are encouraged to consider it benevolently and, if necessary, to grant a four-week extension. Please contact the chairperson of the examination board, Professor Dr. Helbling if you have reasons to apply.

5. Given the closure of the university for face-to-face operations, are there still consultations?

Yes. Consultation hours will have to be carried out by phone or Skype until further notice. Appointments can be made with the secretariat (by phone) or via the chair's website. All lecturers will create such opportunities via Doodle.

6. Is the Chair’s secretariat staffed?

Yes, the secretariat will be staffed, depending on further instructions from the university management. To our regret, however, personal visits are not permitted. However, the secretariat can be reached by e-mail (Sekretariat.comparpol(at) If you state your telephone number and availability, you will then be called back during office hours (Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.).

The entire team of the Chair for Comparative Politics wishes you and your loved ones to stay healthy!

Please also note that the information on this page must be continuously updated to reflect the new situation.