Specific questions for students

Quarantine and protective measures

If you have been infected with the coronavirus, and if you have not done so already, please immediately contact

  • the public health authorities (by telephone at 0951/85-651 or 0951/9722) and
  • the Office of the Academic Registrar (by telephone via 0951/863-1024 or by email studierendenkanzlei(at)uni-bamberg.de
  • the instructors whose courses you have attended and
  • Frau Ziegmann (by telephone via 0951/863-1096 or per e-Mail, mirjam.ziegmann@uni-bamberg.de).

If you send an email, please include the following information:

  • When and where did your last physical contact with a university employee or fellow student occur at the university?
  • If a physical contact occured in the three weeks prior to your diagnosis, please include, insofar as this information is known to you, a list of names and contact information of the persons concerned.

Please be sure to also include your own complete contact information (particularly your telephone number).

Further resources for information and advice can be found here.

Under the current circumstances, the University management is particularly concerned with protecting and preserving the health of all members of the University – and especially you as a student. For the implementation of in-person teaching and other operations, this means you should:

  • Strictly observe all corona-related protective measures (see FAQ on the current situation page).
  • Observe minimum distancing requirements and current mask regulations (see FAQ below).
  • Please also support all measures for recording contact details (by entering them in VC companion courses , scanning your student card when using the branch libraries or registering online via smartphone or laptop during other visits) in order to be able to trace contacts as quickly and accurately as possible in the event of infection and to combat the broader spread of the coronavirus.

Masks are mandatory for all persons in all university buildings and on all university premises. Whether or not mouth and nose coverings must be worn at individual workstations depends on current infection rates:

With a current 7-day incidence rate of 35 or more new infections of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 per 100,000 inhabitants of the city of Bamberg, and generally in line with the regulations of the partial lockdown beginning on 2 November, masks must be worn, without exception, in in-person courses and in all branch libraries. This means instructors and students must wear a mouth and nose covering while teaching a course or sitting in their seats, respectively, and a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other persons must be maintained.

Current information on the 7-day incidence rate is available on the Bavarian State Ministry of Health website.

Due to the Corona pandemic, there may be entry restrictions for foreign students. We therefore recommend that you inform yourself carefully before entering Germany or Bavaria. For this purpose we have listed the most important sources of information for you.

Study organisation and service

The university board of management has made use of the flexibility concept presented in the ordinance on the determination of the 2020/2021 winter semester lecture period at Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences of 8 July 2020 by shortening the winter semester lecture period by two weeks. The course material planned for the winter semester is to be offered with a correspondingly condensed number of hours, or in some other way, taking into account the feasibility of reasonable studies. The winter semester lecture period will commence on 2 November 2020 and end on 12 February 2021.

Applicants who wish to commence studies in the 2020/2021 winter semester and in the 2021 summer semester in master's degree programmes which require verification of successful completion of the undergraduate course to begin studies will be granted a period of grace until the end of the first semester of the programme.

The new student orientation days will take place from 19 to 30 October 2020.

To help you get oriented and to ease the start of your first semester, we have developed virtual new student information. All information pertaining your studies, course timetables and examinations has been compiled in an online course. Beginning 19 October, all of this information will be available on the university’s Virtual Campus (VC) platform. You can find information on system registration and use here (in German): www.uni-bamberg.de/studium/eet

The presentations, documents and videos compiled in the Virtual Campus will be available over until the end of this year. Information on whom to contact with your questions and concerns is also provided.

As in the last semester, online teaching (see FAQ below) will generally continue to be at the core of course offerings in the winter semester. Nevertheless, in-person classroom-taught courses will also take place (see FAQ below) - above all for first-year students, students in the final phase of their studies and in areas where practical action is particularly important.Instructors are however also required to provide an alternative (synchronous or asynchronous) online offering for in-person courses. This necessity can arise for various reasons: for example, if not all students want to or are able to attend courses in person - especially for health reasons or because of limited spatial capacities at the university - or because current corona developments generally limit the amount of in-person teaching. You can tell whether a course is classroom-based, hybrid or online by the corresponding designation in the electronic course catalogue UnivIS.

The state ministry has re-authorised classroom-taught courses under certain conditions. In its manual on the “Directive for the implementation of the Bavarian regulation on infection prevention and control measures (Zweite Bayerische Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung) at the Bavarian universities”, the university board of management has developed a comprehensive infection prevention concept so that in-person courses can be held in addition to online teaching. This means:

  • The number of participants is significantly reduced in accordance with the infection control regulations pertaining to room capacities, which means that a large proportion of teaching will continue to take place online.
  • The objective is to provide increased in-person teaching and support for first and second-semester students, and those in the final phase of their studies.
  • The unrestricted participation of students who cannot or do not want to attend classroom courses due to the circumstances of the pandemic will be facilitated. This means that an alternative (synchronous or asynchronous) online offering will also be provided for in-person courses in such cases.
  • If you are attending an in-person classroom course, please observe the applicable hygiene and protective measures (see FAQ on the current situation page) like mask requirements (see FAQ above) and rules on proper distancing.
  • For infection contact tracing purposes, all persons attending in-person courses must supply current contact information. For this purpose, each in-person classroom course will have a corresponding VC course for which all participants must register.

Access to the university buildings can be eased again with the comprehensive regulation of contact data collection for various situations (courses and related on-site visits, library visits, examinations). All university buildings are therefore open during regular opening hours. Please note that for important reasons access is only permitted to members and guests of the university.

In order to ensure high quality in online teaching, the university management and teaching staff have drawn up conditions under which digital formats are to be exploited, for example by

1) Use of the Virtual Campus

All instructors are urged to make increased and targeted use of the diverse possibilities offered by the Virtual Campus for course planning, course design and exchange with students participating in their lectures, seminars and practical courses. Information on planning, scheduling and course progression should also be communicated as early as possible via the Virtual Campus.

2) Computing Centre Offerings

Additionally, the University of Bamberg Computing Centre provides further simple tools and tutorials with which you can, for example, hold virtual meetings with instructors, chat and work on assignments individually or cooperatively.

3) Courses Offered by the Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern

Take advantage of the courses offered by the Virtuellen Hochschule Bayern (vhb)! The vhb provides and manages a range of courses designed and taught by scholars from Bavarian universities. University of Bamberg subject groups are required to ensure that their examining boards generously recognise and approve courses completed at the vhb and concluded with examinations.

In his newsletter of 15 October 2020, the Vice-President for Teaching and Learning provides important information on data protection and privacy. Please refer to the guidelines for online and hybrid teaching.

Due to the current situation, visits to the university should be kept to an absolute minimum. The university board of management is however aware that particularly students rely in these university working spaces at the beginning of the new semester’s lecture period. Therefore, in spite of restrictions limiting access, all rooms in which ventilation meets the standards set for the prevention of infection are generally accessible for student use.

As on the entire university campus, regulations and guidelines as outlined in the manual for infection prevention also apply to work and study rooms. It is also necessary to record your personal contact details for contact tracing purposes. In addition to all rooms posted as such and listed below, lecture halls and seminar rooms that are open and marked as available can be used outside course hours. The same applies to the university’s libraries.

Currently available work and study rooms:

  • Feldkirchenstraße: F21/01.107A, F21/01.107B
  • Markusstraße: MSG2/00.0003
  • Schillerplatz: SP17/00.06
  • An der Weberei (ERBA): WE5/00.039, WE5/03.029, WE5/03.084, WE5/05.005a.

The following work and study rooms are currently closed due to infection prevention measures:

  • Feldkirchenstraße 21, Room 00.107 and 00.108

We ask that you please understand that access to the university's computer labs is currently limited due to ongoing protective measures. The RZ/00.04 computer lab (located in the Computing Centre at Feldkirchenstraße 21) is currently freely accessible for university members during the Computer Centre’s opening hours (except Saturday). However, at present, a maximum of 10 people are allowed to use the lab at the same time. A reservation or sign-up is not necessary.

The Computing Centre is currently preparing to open further PC pools with the goal of making additional workstations available to students. This is expected to occur in October and in advance of the beginning hybrid semester in November. We will inform you here as soon as details are provided. For further information on computer labs, please visit the Computing Centre’s website.

The computers in most computer labs cannot currently be used locally due to the restrictions imposed to counter the corona pandemic. However, if required, we can make the computers available online with the help of VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). Individual labs’ page headings indicate which ones are already available.

General information on VDI can be found here (in German):
www.uni-bamberg.de/rz/dienstleistungen/pc/softwarebetreuung/vdi/

German-language information on which computer labs are currently available for online use and how you can utilise these for your courses can be found here:
www.uni-bamberg.de/rz/dienstleistungen/pc/softwarebetreuung/vdi/virtpcpool/

Yes - but only under high infection protection measures. In close cooperation with the university management, the affected departments have created guidelines for a limited access to practical courses such as ensemble rehearsals, studies in our Living Labs or art and sports lessons under strict conditions.

If possible, required internships that are planned or already underway should be suspended and postponed. Ideally, they should be postponed until the next semester break in order to avoid the dual burden of an internship and course work. If this is not possible, due for example to existant internship agreements or loss of your internship position, contact your instructors as early as possible to arrange a plan for independently making up missed work or course material. In such a case, please make particular use of the online course offering of the Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (vhb) or the online offerings of your subject area, which are increasingly being offered by all teaching units at least at the beginning of the semester.

If the maximum allowed duration of study is exceeded due to the cancellation of internships, please submit a request for an extension of the maximum duration of study to your degree programme's examining board.

A solution has been developed for the obligatory 6-week pre-study internship in the bachelor's degree programme in education. For further information, please contact the Office of the Registrar by email.

School Internships
The Internship Office is in close contact with the Ministry of Education. A solution is being worked on. Students in teacher training programmes will be informed about internship and school-specific regulations in due course.

Consultation appointments should take place via telephone or e-mail in order to further impede any chains of infection. 

Should you urgently require original signatures from university staff during the period of the unversity's closure, please proceed as follows:

  • Completely fill in your application / forms etc. and sign them if required.
  • If you do not already have the requrired documents, request these from the responsible office and indicate your concern, your student registration number and your name.
  • Create a scan of the completed document. If no scanner is available, a photo is sufficient.
  • Send the scan/photo to the university employee whose signature you require and ask that person to sign it and send the signed document back to you in digital form.
  • In some cases, it may be more expedient for the signing employee to forward the signed document directly to the person or institution for whom the document is intended. If necessary, please consult with the signing employee about this option in advance.

On 8 July, the Bavarian state parliament passed an amendment to the Bavarian Higher Education Act, whereby the 2020 summer semester will not be counted as a semester of study with regard to the fixed dates and deadlines defined in the university examination regulations. This also means that those students who do not attend examinations will not lose any repeat opportunities. Additionally, the introduction of the individual standard programme duration removes obstacles to BAföG financial aid.

Likewise, the summer semester will not count towards the maximum allowed duration of study. This means that students can study for the maximum allowed duration plus one additional semester without having to apply for an extension to their studies.

You can find further information (in German) on the state ministry’s homepage.

The decision as to whether the 2020/2021 winter semester will count as a semester of study or be counted toward the maximum allowed duration of study lies with the Bavarian State Parliament and requires an amendment to the Bavarian Higher Education Act. There is currently no discernible trend towards a change in the law for the winter semester. As soon as something changes in this situation, we will inform you here and elsewhere.

Regardless of the parliamentary decision, however, the university board of management is using its available leeway to attempt to accommodate students as best it can under the continuing difficult study conditions: This means that in the winter semester, failure to pass an examination will not be credited as a failed attempt.

As per § 2 of the university's Corona Statutes (Corona-Satzung), deviations from course and examination formats are permissible if the originally intended teaching and/or examination format cannot be carried out as planned due to the corona crisis. In this case, the planned teaching and/or examination format may be replaced by a suitable alternative format. Three variations are possible

  • Variation 1: The instructor opts for a different examination form and announces this no later than four weeks after the start of the lecture period;
  • Variation 2: As a precaution, the instructor specifies a second, alternative examination format. The final decission on which of the two possibilities will be held must be communicated at least four weeks before the planned examination date;
  • Variation 3: If, contrary to expectations, an examination cannot be conducted in the intended form, further deviations are permitted in "particularly justified exceptional cases". This variation is only intended for absolute emergencies and requires the express approval of the responsible dean of studies.

Students must be notified of any deviations from variations 1 and 2 by no later than 4 weeks after the start of the lecture period. Students must be notified of deviations in variation 3 at least 4 weeks before the planned examination date.

University of Bamberg branch libraries are at your disposal as places of study and work as well as for the lending and return of books and other media. The current opening hours can be found on the pages of the University Library. You can use the ERBA library around the clock with your student card or ServiceCard.

Please observe the hygiene and distancing rules at your own responsibility and do not enter the ERBA library if the maximum number of persons present has been reached. If these rules are not observed, the 24/7 opening must be reversed.

Strict compliance with the following regulations is required:

  • The number of persons allowed to use a branch library simultaneously is restricted. Information on available space can be found here.
  • Please disinfect your hands when entering a branch library.
  • Please maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other people.
  • Visitors are required to wear and mouth and nose covering. This can be removed at your work station.
  • Checking out media is a contact-free process; please use the self-collection shelves and self-checkout stations.
  • Group working rooms remain closed.
  • Persons who use a branch library to work or study must give their contact details at library entrances for infection contact tracing purposes.

The University of Bamberg Library provides daily updates on further changes and on the services it can continue to offer at www.uni-bamberg.de/ub.

Please understand that until further notice, we can only provide limited access to student ID validation and top-up stations.

Validation and top-up services are available:

1) at the terminal located in the foyer of Kapuzinerstrße 25. This area is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here you can validate your ID card for the winter semester.

2) at the terminal located in the canteen of Feldkirchenstraße within the current opening hours (11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.). You can top up your electronic purse here.

3) at the terminal in the ERBA building at An der Weberei 5. The main entrance to this building can be opened with a validated chipcard Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can top up your electronic purse here. Please note that you can only enter the building using a valid student card. To check whether your ID card is valid, look at the dates printed on the front of your card. If validation has already expired, please use the terminal located at Kapuzinerstraße 25 to revalidate your card.

4) at the terminal located in the foyer of branch library 3 (Feldkirchenstraße). This area is open Monday through Friday from 8.30 a.m to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can top up your electronic purse here.

5) at the terminal located in the foyer of branch library 4 (Heumarkt). This area is open Monday through Friday from 8.30 a.m to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can top up your electronic purse here.

Information concerning your semester public transport pass: Please note that in order to use public transportation as part of your semester ticket from October 1, 2020, you must carry a validated student ID card.

Yes. As of October 1, 2020, you will have to carry a validated student identity card to use public transportation.

Applications for government-funded interim financial aid for students in financial distress due to the coronavirus pandemic are possible again beginning with the month november. Grants of between 100 and 500 € per month in non-repayable aid can be paid to needy students.

The amount of aid depends on the individual financial situation of each student. Students can apply online for interim financial aid from November 2020 to March 2021. Grants will be paid to applicants for one month following approval. A new application must be submitted for the following month if necessary. Additional information and the application form are available at www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de.

Additionally, KfW Student Loans are being made interest-free and being opened to international students until the end of 2021. More information can be found on the KfW website.

The university board of management is aware that the current restrictions to public life may pose considerable financial challenges for many students who depend on a part-time job to finance their studies. If these challenges are so great that you find yourself in an existential emergency or are even considering dropping out of your studies, two university staff members are available for consultation:

For German students:
Alexander Ostermann (Central Student Advisory Service)
Tel.: 0951/863-1053
alexander.ostermann(at)uni-bamberg.de

For foreign students:
Dr. Andreas Weihe (International Office)
Tel.: 0951/863 1048
andreas.weihe(at)uni-bamberg.de

Your data will of course be treated confidentially and - should this be necessary - only passed on to third parties with your consent.

A further contact person is Mariella Büttner from the Studentenwerk Würzburg. Among other things she can provide advice and consultation on corona-related changes to the Bafög laws, on existing employment contracts, job hunting, deferment of rent payments, student loans and grants/scholarships. Additionally, she can provide information on social benefits and altered regulations during the pandemic (e.g. changes to children's allowance, financial verification for international students...).

Although the advisory services of the Studentenwerk Würzburg have been suspended for public access until further notice (see above), the staff of the psychotherapeutic counselling office can be reached by telephone or email. Contact information can be found here.

The central student advisory service is also reachable by telephone at 0951-863-1050 and by email at studienberatung(at)uni-bamberg.de.

Also the Protestant Student Community (esg) and the Catholic University Community (khg) Bamberg can still be reached by phone and e-mail:

University Pastor Thomas Braun is available for individual conversations. Please call 0951/9685420 or send an e-mail to Thomas.Braun1(at)elkb.de if you would like to talk to him and make an appointment. You can also send inquiries to esg.bamberg(at)elkb.de.

University chaplain Dr. Alfons Motschenbacher is attainable for personal discussions under the telephone number 0951/5023400 and by Mail at alfons.motschenbacher(at)erzbistum-bamberg.de.

The Academy of Key Competencies and Academic Further Education (Akademie für Schlüsselkompetenzen und wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung)  regularly provides information on opportunities for students who would like to help others and get involved on a social level during the corona crisis. Pleas visit the website for current information.

Additionally, the city of Bamberg has created a website with a regularly updated overview of various local aid organisations (neighbourhood aid and other groups).

Regulations concerning examinations and academic work

Yes. Regular course and module examinations will take place. Depending on whether the examinations are centrally organised or decentralised, they can take place in person or online. As per § 2 of the university's Corona Statutes (Corona-Satzung), deviations from course and examination formats are permissible if the originally intended teaching and/or examination format cannot be carried out as planned due to the corona crisis. In this case, the planned teaching and/or examination format may be replaced by a suitable alternative format. You will be informed no later than four weeks after the start of the lecture period if your examination is affected.

Under certain conditions (see similar FAQ in the teachers section above), instructors may conduct online examinations (see the university's Corona Statutes, Corona-Satzung § 4 Abweichende Lehr- und Prüfungsformate). As a general rule, only individual oral examinations are affected by this possible special provision.

Video-based seminar presentations (both marked and unmarked) required for course credit may be given in digital form, provided that in can be ensured that the work is the student's own.

Individual instructors will inform you about the posibility of online examinations. For more information on regulations for online examinations, please see the FAQ titled "Are online examinations permitted until the start of the 2020/21 winter semester lecture period?" in the teachers section above.

The following applies to university examinations:

  • Results of a completed examination will be evaluated. However, in the event of a failed examination, no failed attempt will be credited. Examinations failed due to attempted deception or plagiarism are excluded from this regulation.
  • Withdrawal is possible by not attending the examination. A failure to attend is therefore generally regarded as excused. A medical certificate is therefore not required. This also applies in cases where medical certification is required from a public medical officer. Please inform your examiner as soon as possible if you are unable to attend the examination, especially in the case of individual examinations.

These special regulations apply regardless of whether the individual student is undertaking an initial or repeat attempt. Cf. the university’s Corona Statutes (Corona-Satzung der Universität Bamberg).

  • Please bring your own mouth and nose covering (e.g. community mask) and respect the current rules.
  • Please observe the recommended hand hygiene, especially before entering the examination rooms.
  • Please ensure that a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other persons is maintained at all times before, during and after all examinations.
  • Toilets may only be used by one person at a time. When leaving your designated seat, the mouth and nose covering must be worn if you had taken it off.
  • Please arrive at the examination site at least 45 minutes before the start of the examination, as wearing protective masks requires that a proctor verify your identity as soon as you enter the examination room. Please have your identity card ready.

Review of centrally organised examination results from the 2020 summer semester will not, as originally planned, be possible in the period from 6 to 12 November 2020. Due to the current incidence of infection, it is currently not possible to review results in person and this opportunity is therefore suspended until further notice. The Office of Examinations is working hard to provide you with detailed information on alternative examination review options as soon as possible, likely during the 47th calendar week.

Further information about the inspection procedure or how to proceed if you are unable to attend the scheduled appointments is available on the Office of Examinations website (in german).

Yes, you must be enrolled until the last required examinations have been completed.

As the Office of Examinations remains closed to the public, all requests, applications, medical certificates, documents and hard copies of all BA and MA theses must be sent via post. As an alternative, you may hand deliver an addressed, sealed envelope to the university mail office postbox. Postmarks will serve as proof of having met deadlines.

Please contact the Office of Examinations by email at pruefungsamt(at)uni-bamberg.de with any other enquiries. Please only call in the most urgent cases!

1.)    postal delivery:

Universität Bamberg
Prüfungsamt
96045 Bamberg

or

2.)    hand delivery:

at the central mail office, Kapuzinerstr. 16 / next to the main entrance. When making the delivery yourself, please write the following address infromation to your sealed envelope: "An das Prüfungsamt, K25".

Even in cases of electronic transmission, theses and term papers must be submitted by the end of the next regular work day.

The following applies to bachelor's and master's theses: The procedures for extending the completion deadlines for theses are regulated in the study and examination regulations. Since the study and examination regulations provide the opportunity to do so, there is no compelling reason to override the existing regulations - and thus established law. For this reason, an individual application for a deadline extension which references the problems caused by the coronavirus situation is required here. Provided that the required literature cannot be ordered online or is not available online, please submit a justified request for suspension of the completion period to your examining board (the unavailable literature is to be indicated in your application). The university board of management recommends that the examining board chairpersons accept such requests and grant a four-week extension for the time being. If a deadline extension is requested, this will have no influence evaluation and marking.

The following applies to term papers: Provided that the required literature cannot be ordered online or is not available online, please submit a justified request for suspension of the completion period to your instructor/examiner. The university board of management recommends that all instructors/examiners accept such requests and grant a four-week extension for the time being. If a deadline extension is requested, this will have no influence evaluation and marking.

Beginning 26 May 2020 and until further notice, only bound copies are to be submitted. Electronic versions that include signed statements of affirmation will no longer be accepted. Personally handing in theses at the Office of Examinations is not possible; theses must be submitted by post or by hand delivering them to the university’s mail office postbox. Postmarks will serve as proof of having met deadlines.

There are two options for letter delivery:

1.)    postal delivery:

Universität Bamberg
Prüfungsamt

96045 Bamberg

or

2.)    hand delivery:

at the cntral mail office, Kapuzinerstr. 16 / next to the main entrance. When making the delivery yourself, please write the following address infromation to your sealed envelope: "An das Prüfungsamt, K25".

Please visit the following website to find out about the appropriate course of action for your degree programme:
www.uni-bamberg.de/pruefungsamt/anmeldung-zu-abschlussarbeiten-der-fakultaeten-guk-huwi-sowi-und-wiai

Information for students in teacher training programmes

The Ministry of Education and Culture has announced special arrangements for the examinations. For further information please visit: https://www.km.bayern.de/ministerium/termine/1-staatspruefung-anmeldung-pruefungen.html

Please note that it is only possible to register for the first state examination in autumn 2021 by post (registered mail). Further information can be found on the Office of Examinations website.