Specific questions for students
Quarantine and protective measures
What should I do if I have contracted the coronavirus and what is the procedure once I have informed the university of my infection? [updated 22 March]
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, firstname.lastname@example.org).
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).
After you report that you have contracted the coronavirus and inform us of your physical contacts, the university’s Executive Administrative Unit for Safety will coordinate further action with the health authorities, if necessary. If you have taken an in-person examination, the Office of Examinations will provide the Safety unit with the lists of participants and seating arrangements for the respective examination and will immediately send persons involved with that examination an email alert. Any required measures (e.g. quarantine) are ordered by the public health authorities, with which the Safety unit is in close and direct contact. This will ensure that all affected contact persons are promptly notified.
The Executive Administrative Unit for Safety or the public health authorities will contact you as soon as possible. Please follow their advice and instructions.
Further resources for information and advice can be found here.
How can I protect myself and others and minimise the risk of spreading the virus at the university? [permanently valid]
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.
How and where can I get free coronavirus self-tests as an additional safeguard for currently scheduled practical courses and in-person examinations? [updated 20 May 2021]
As of today, the university can provide you with coronavirus self-tests. The tests are intended to serve as an additional safeguard for currently scheduled practical courses and in-person examinations. Testing remains voluntary. It is also important that, in addition to this self-testing opportunity, you continue to be mindful of rapid testing services provided under medical supervision outside the university.
Information on how to obtain self-tests is available here: https://www.uni-bamberg.de/covid19/tests/studierende/. This registration system makes it easy to track the delivery of the tests and also to avoid crowding at the pick-up stations. When registering, you must select whether you want to use the tests for courses, group work or examinations, and when and at which of the following drop-off points you would like to collect the tests:
|Feldkirchenstraße:||FG2/1.OG, Mon. und Thurs. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m|
|ERBA:||WE5/01.018 (WIAI Dean of Studies office), Mon. – Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
U11/00.23 (Guk Student Representatives), Tue. 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.M3N/-01.21 (Huwi Student Representatives), Wed. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (and possibly other times)
|Am Zwinger:||ZW6/01.10, Mon. – Thurs. 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
The tests are provided in packs of 5. For in-person courses, instructors can collect the tests they need for their students at the distribution points and distribute them directly. We urgently request that both students and instructors test themselves or be tested before courses and examinations, preferably at home or before entering university premises. Further information on the Covid 19 self-tests can be found in the additional document provided(90.3 KB).
The legal situation pertaining to the use of tests in the context of higher education is as follows: Since testing is in principle voluntary, persons who do not take a coronavirus test cannot be excluded from taking part in a course or examination. At the same time, however, it is also true that someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus must observe the generally applicable infection protection regulations. The immediate isolation required in the event of a positive test also means that the persons concerned can be denied access to a course or examination.
Is coronavirus testing compulsory for in-person courses? [updated 10 June 2021]
If there is a 7-day incidence rate of over 50, coronavirus testing is compulsory for all in-person courses – even for the previously approved practical courses. In this case, students must submit a written or electronic negative result from an externally administered PCR or POC antigen test. Those persons conducting the courses are responsible for verifying the test results. Since Bamberg's 7-day incidence rate is currently below 50, this regulation is not relevant at present. On the other hand, the university executive board's urgent request that you get tested prior to courses and examinations continues to apply. For more information on self and rapid testing options for students, click here.
Are masks currently required on university premises? [permanently valid]
What should international students know about entry restrictions and quarantine measures? [permanently valid]
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.
Courses and practical courses
What steps to reintroduce in-person teaching are currently possible at the University of Bamberg? [updated 10. June 2021]
Do we currently know what form courses will take in the 2021 summer semester? [updated 23 February 2021]
Based on the current situation, we can assume that teaching in the summer semester will be carried out according to conditions similar to those during the 2020/2021 winter semester regarding the distribution of online and in-person courses.
As in the last semester, online teaching 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 - 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.
Do we currently know what form courses will take in the 2021/22 winter semester? [updated 20 May 2021]
Generally speaking, we will approach the coming 2021/22 winter semester in the same way as the current summer semester. As things stand, we can still expect a high degree of online teaching with opportunities for limited in-person courses. The extent to which the latter will be permitted and can be carried out is, of course, not yet foreseeable. In any case, an online option will again be provided for each in-person course. We continue to strive for a return to regular attendance at the earliest and most responsible point in time.
What form do in-person, classroom-taught courses currently take? [updated 22 October]
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.
Can I attend practical courses ? [updated 3 November]
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.
What possiblities do digital formats offer when attendance-based courses are limitited? [permanently valid]
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.
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.
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.
What data protection guidelines must be observed in online teaching? [updated 2 December]
The pages of the university's data security officer contain important German-language information on data protection and privacy in the context of digital teaching. Please note the guidelines for online and hybrid teaching.
What should I do if I can't complete a required internship as planned? [permanently valid]
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.
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.
What if a course or examination cannot be conducted in the form stipulated in the study regulations or the module handbook? [permanently valid]
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.
Study organisation and service
The Ministry calculates, that the special coronavirus rights will expire at the end of the summer semester? What does that mean for standard programme durations, maximum allowed durations of study and examinations? [updated 1 June 2021]
According to information from the Ministry, it currently appears that the special coronavirus rights will expire on 30 September 2021, at the end of the 2021 summer semester. If the regulation was actually intended in this way, the 2021/22 winter semester would once again be regarded as a normal semester.
In light of this, I would like to inform students and instructors (and not least examining boards and subject advisors) at this early stage that there would then be no further extensions of individual standard programme durations, maximum allowed durations of study and examination deadlines. This would also restore any existing limits on the number of failed examination attempts and the requirement for successful progress assessments. Furthermore, it would no longer be possible to withdraw from examinations at short notice for unspecified reasons, and medical certificates would again be required in order to avoid negative consequences of missed examinations. Deviations from officially stipulated examination formats could also be eliminated.
Please find further information in the letter of 1 June 2021(404.5 KB).
How do I enrol for studies at the University of Bamberg? [permant valid]
The Academic Registrar's Office is closed to the public. Questions will be answered by telephone or e-mail.
All applications for enrolment must be sent in writing or posted at the university's post office, Kapuzinerstraße 16. The documents will then be sent by post. Please be aware of the registration deadline.
Further information can be found on pages of the Academic Registrar's Office.
I would like to begin a master's degree programme, but due to the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic I cannot yet provide verification of the degree required for admission. How do I proceed? [permanently valid]
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.
Will the 2020 summer semester be counted toward the standard programme duration or the maximum allowed duration of study? [permanently valid]
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.
Will the 2020/21 winter and 2021 summer semester be counted toward the standard programme duration or the maximum allowed duration of study? [updated 31 March 2021]
The Bavarian Parliament passed the Second Corona Emergency Act (Corona-Eilgesetz II) on 23 March 2021. This stipulates that the Bavarian Higher Education Act regulations concerning both the individual standard programme duration and examinations valid for the summer semester 2020 will also apply to the past 2020/21 winter semester and the upcoming 2021 summer semester.
The aim is to continue to prevent financial and examination-related disadvantages for students with regard to semester-specific deadlines and periods as well as BAföG entitlement.
Accordingly, the winter semester 2020/2021 and summer semester 2021 will not be considered semesters of study with regard to the standard dates and deadlines specified in the university examination regulations. This also means that in case of non-attendance for examinations, no repetition opportunities will be lost. In addition, the introduction of the individual standard programme duration will remove hurdles to BAföG funding.
Similarly, the 2020/2021 winter semester and 2021 summer semester will not count towards the maximum duration of study. This means that students may study for the maximum allowed duration of study plus one additional semester without having to apply for an extension of the period of study.
Further information can be found on the homepage of the Bavarian State Ministry.
What regulations apply to instuctors' office hours and consultations? [permanently valid]
Consultation appointments should take place via telephone or e-mail in order to further impede any chains of infection.
What should I do if I urgently require a staff member's or instructor's signature? [permanently valid]
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.
How is the access to university buildings regulated ? [updated 13 April 2021]
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 be aware of shortened opening hours during the semester break.
Please note that for important reasons access is only permitted to members and guests of the university.
What restrictions apply to the University Library? [updated 31 March 2021]
The university’s branch libraries can reopen on 8 March 2021. In addition to contactless lending, you will also be able to use workstations, scanners, copy machines and printers located in the branch libraries. Group study rooms must remain closed for the time being.
If the 7-day incidence rate exceeds 150 in the city of Bamberg, the University Library's reading rooms will be closed and only contactless lending will be available. The incidence value on Friday will be used as the basis for the decision for the entire following week. Daily updated case numbers in the city of Bamberg can be found on the website of the city administration.
You can find the opening hours and the current number of available workstations on the University Library websites. Due to the distancing regulations, the number of workplaces is limited. Library users are required to wear an FFP2 mask.
The University of Bamberg Library provides daily updates on any further changes as well as information on the services it can offer at www.uni-bamberg.de/ub. If you have any questions, library staff can be reached by telephone, email or chat.
Are work and study rooms currently available to students? [updated 2 November]
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
Can I currently use university computer labs? [updated 1 December]
We ask that you please understand that access to the university's computer labs is currently limited due to ongoing protective measures. However, the PCs in the PC pools are available online.
- Information on the use of the PC pools under the current conditions can be found at https://www.uni-bamberg.de/rz/dienstleistungen/pc-pools/corona/
- Information about online availability can be found at https://www.uni-bamberg.de/rz/dienstleistungen/pc-pools/corona/online/
Where can I print and copy documents at the university? [updated 5 March 2021]
Not all printing and copying machines connected to the central printing system "campusprint" are currently accessible. The machines located in the university’s branch libraries are available for use as long as the current restrictions allow. The printing and copying machines in all other buildings are accessible. You can find an overview of the locations here (in German). However, please note the respective buildings’ current (in some cases shortened) opening hours.
Where can I validate my student ID card now that university facilities are closed? [updated 15 January]
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.
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.
Do I currently need a validated student ID to use public transport? [permanently valid]
Yes. As of October 1, 2020, you will have to carry a validated student identity card to use public transportation.
How and when will this year's university elections take place? [updated 6 June 2021]
The university elections will take place on 15 July 2021 via postal voting. Nominations can be submitted until 17 June 2021. All information on the elections can be found at www.uni-bamberg.de/abt-studium/hochschulwahlen/hochschulwahlen-2021.
I am facing serious financial difficulties due to the coronavirus crisis. Who can help me? [permanently valid]
Applications for government-funded interim financial aid for students in financial distress due to the coronavirus pandemic are possible again beginning with the month april. 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 April 2021 to September 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)
For foreign students:
Dr. Andreas Weihe (International Office)
Tel.: 0951/863 1048
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...).
Where can I find psychotherapeutic or spiritual help? [permanently valid]
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.
I would like to offer my help during the corona crisis. Who should I contact? [permanently valid]
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
Under what conditions can in-person examinations take place? [updated 20 May 2021]
Do special regulations apply to students from at-risk groups during in-person examinations? [permanent]
Students with particular health risks verified by a doctor can apply with the responsible examining board for special examination conditions at any time – ad particularly now during the coronavirus pandemic. The Office of Examinations (centrally organised examinations) or the corresponding examiner (decentrally organised examinations) will help you with further questions.
What regulations apply to students who are exempt from mask requirements due to health reasons during in-person examinations? [updated 23 February 2021]
If, in an individual case, it is not possible to wear a mask for health reasons, an application for exemption from the mask requirement must be submitted without delay, accompanied by a valid medical certificate stating in a particular, concrete and comprehensible manner the health conditions that make wearing a mask impossible. Otherwise, participating in the examination without a mask is not possible.
In the case of examinations organised by the Office of Examinations ( centrally organised examinations), the informal application and the relevant evidence must be sent to the Office of Examinations by e-mail without delay. In the case of examinations organised by the academic units themselves (decentralised examinations), the application must be sent to the academic unit in the same way.
The Office of Examinations has developed differentiated approaches for such cases in centrally organised examinations with the aim of ensuring the greatest possible protection against infection for both invigilators and other students. The office is also available for consultation and advice concerning decentralised examinations.
How and where can I apply for an individual make-up date, if I cannot take part in an examination for objective Corona-related reasons? [upadated 20 May 2021]
Instructors, in consultation with the Dean of Studies, can now grant both students from abroad and within Germany who cannot take part in an examination for objective Corona-related reasons an individual make-up date.
The alternative date must be applied for in written form with suitable evidence to the examiner immediately after the occurrence of the corona-related reasons. After consultation with the Dean of Studies, the examiner will announce the decision on an alternative date and, if necessary, the alternative form of examination in time.
Will regular course and module examinations take place as planned? [updated 1 April 2021]
Yes. Course and module examinations remain permissible in accordance with the applicable safety and hygiene regulations and can take place in person as well.
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.
Can I take online examinations? [updated 1 April 2021]
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. In addition, a handbook for students is being prepared for the implementation of oral online examinations. This will be made available here soon.
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 here, information on longer-term perspectives on (written) distance examinations are summarized for you here.
Are instructors allowed to choose alternative examination formats retroactively? [updated 25 January]
The University of Bamberg’s Corona Statutes (Corona-Satzung) provide the option to choose alternative examination formats in certain circumstances. Any deviations from the original format must be announced in writing no later than four weeks after the start of the lecture period. In well justified exceptional cases, deviations may also be permitted at a later date, provided that the competence-oriented teaching and examination concept can be ensured. In individual cases, this option can still be used at short notice if instructors deem it appropriate. However, the choice of suitable examination formats and a good exchange of information with the students are of the utmost importance.
How will failing, withdrawal or not attending examinations be handled currently? Do I have to submit a medical certificate? [permanently valid]
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).
When and how can I review the results of my centrally organised examinations? [updated 16 March]
Review of centrally organised examination results from the 2020 summer semester will be possible from 27 April to 29 April 2021, subject to compliance with hygiene regulations.
Review of results from the 2020/2021 winter semester will be offered in groups from 17 May to 21 May 2021, subject to compliance with hygiene regulations.
Further information is available on the Office of Examinations website: www.uni-bamberg.de/pruefungsamt/einsichtnahmen.
Any changes occurring due to increased infections will also be announced here.
How can I review the evaluation of my bachelor’s or master’s thesis? [updated 25 November]
The evaluation can only be reviewed in electronic form and only upon written request. Further information on the procedure and the required request form can be found (in German) on the Office of Examinations website.
Please note that the request must be submitted in the original, i.e. emails, scans and the like are not sufficient.
Do I have to enrol for the summer semester if the deadlines for my BA/MA thesis or term papers were extended or if I still have to complete examinations because these can no longer take place prior to 31 March 2021? [permanently valid]
Yes, you must be enrolled until the last required examinations have been completed.
The Office of Examinations is closed to the public. Where and how can I hand in requests, medical certificates, bachelor's or master's theses? [permanently valid]
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:
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".
When do I have to submit my bachelor's thesis / master's thesis / term paper if the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday? [permanently valid]
I can't complete my bachelor's thesis / master's thesis / term paper before the deadline due to the limited possibilities of using the libraries. What should I do? [updated 17 February]
The more stringent lockdown implemented in mid-December has made the conditions for writing theses even more difficult.
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. 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 request for suspension of the completion period to your examining board. The University Executive board asks that, in addition to the extension options already provided for in the examination regulations, examining boards comply with this request by granting an additional four-week deadline extension upon application until the end of the current winter semester. If a deadline extension is requested, this will have no influence on 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 Executive Board 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 on evaluation and marking.
IMPORTANT: If your new deadline will happen to be during the summer semester, it is essential that you are enrolled for the summer semester!
What do I do if I cannot submit my Bachelor's or Master's thesis in bound copies? [updated 14 December]
All examination regulations provide that Bachelor's and Master's theses must be submitted to the Office of Examinations only in bound copies as well as in unalterable machine-readable form.
Since the production of bound copies may not be possible due to the closure of copy stores, printers, etc., Bachelor's and Master's theses can be submitted to the Office of Examinations in purely electronic form as an e-mail attachment (pdf or zip format), provided that the deadline is met until further notice. To meet the deadline, the date of receipt of the message applies. The functional e-mail addresses of the Office of Examinations are set up for the data volumes. Please send your papers to the following e-mail addresses according to your faculty or subject affiliation:
- Faculty Humanities: guk.pruefungen(at)ni-bamberg.de
- Faculty Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration: sowi.pruefungen(at)uni-bamberg.de
- Faculty Human Sciences and Education: huwi.pruefungen(at)uni-bamberg.de
- Faculty Information Systems and Applied Computer Science : wiai.pruefungen(at)uni-bamberg.de
- Professional Education: beruflichebildung.pruefungen(at)uni-bamberg.de
- Master Heritage Conservation masterdenkmalpflege.pruefungen(at)uni-bamberg.de
If this is not possible for you for technical reasons, please submit your work by post to the Examinations Office on a data carrier (DVD/CD-ROM/USB stick). To meet the deadline, the date of the postmark applies. There are two ways of postal delivery:
1.) postal delivery to the following address:
University of Bamberg
2.) Post office box:
in the central mail room, Kapuzinerstr. 16 / next to the main entrance. When mailing, please make sure to mark the sealed envelope with the address addition: "To the Examination Office, K25".
Bound copies must be submitted to the Office of Examinations within 14 days of the opening of the copy stores, printers, etc. The other provisions of examination law remain unaffected. In particular, the electronic version must also be provided and submitted with the signed affidavit.
How do I apply for registration of my bachelor's or master's thesis? [permanently valid]
Please visit the following website to find out about the appropriate course of action for your degree programme:
Doctoral candidates cannot publish their dissertation within the deadline. What regulations apply? [permanently valid]
As per the university’s Corona Statutes (Corona-Satzung) § 3 Abs. 3, the following applies: If it can be verifiably established that a dissertation cannot be published within the period stipulated by the respective doctoral regulations due to restrictions on public life or other effects of the coronavirus, the period for publication of the dissertation may be extended by a maximum of twelve months in individual cases. This also applies to particular exceptional cases in which the deadline has already been extended by the head of the responsible doctoral committee.
Information for students in teacher training programmes
What special regulations apply to the First State Examination? [updated 29 October]
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