The spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Germany is also causing uncertainty among Leipzig University’s students. Here we provide information about the most important current issues concerning the virus and its impact on University operations. Members of the crisis management team set up under the University’s pandemic plan are liaising on a daily basis.

Blick ins Auditorium Maximum (Audimax) im Neuen Augusteum. Foto: Universität Leipzig/Swen Reichhold
Photo: Leipzig University, Swen Reichhold

Current Information for Students

At the moment, new rules are constantly coming into force and older information is no longer valid. Below you will find the latest information for students divided by topic.
Last updated: 19 May 2020, 11am.

Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

How will the winter semester proceed?

In consultation with the State Rectors’ Conference (LRK), there have been no changes to the basic semester dates (1 October 2020 until 31 March 2021). Taking into account the late arrival of first-semester students on central numerus clausus study programmes, the University plans to extend the opening and orientation phase at the beginning of the winter semester slightly (12 October until 23 October 2020), also to facilitate the induction of new students.  Regular teaching can then commence on 26 October 2020, just like at our neighbouring university in Dresden.

Even if infection rates remain stable and there is no second wave of infections, it must still be assumed that at least face coverings and social distancing will remain part of everyday life for many months.

Due to the limited space available on campus, it will still not be possible to hold face-to-face lectures with large numbers of participants in the winter semester. Despite the huge effort involved and the inevitable difficult discussions about priorities and individual challenges, the University will endeavour to offer periods of on-campus teaching where possible. Some classes, for example, will start online and include a block seminar on campus.

When do I need to re-enrol for the winter semester 2020/21?

The re-enrolment period for the winter semester 2020/21 will be extended by two weeks and end on 31 August. As has always been the case, any students who are experiencing financial difficulties and struggle to pay their semester fee should contact the Student Office. An individual solution will be sought in each case. You can also contact the Studentenwerk Leipzig’s social counselling service to request a hardship loan.

Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

What are the rules on transitioning from bachelor’s to master’s programmes?

In view of the situation in the current summer semester, simplified rules will apply to those students transitioning from bachelor’s to master’s degrees in the winter semester 2020/21:

  • Students will be able to enrol in a master’s programme commencing in the winter semester 2020/21 even if they have not yet completed all the necessary coursework and examinations. In this case, students will be enrolled on both degree programmes (bachelor’s and master’s) simultaneously for a period of one semester.
  • A form provided by the University will serve as confirmation that the student has already earned at least 150 credit points in the relevant bachelor’s degree programme. The form can be found on the German website: Bewerbung für ein Masterstudium. In the case of internal applicants, this confirmation will be issued by the relevant Study Office, and in the case of external applicants by the university at which the applicant is or was enrolled at the time of application. This confirmation may not be issued in advance. This means that it can only be based on credits already awarded.
  • The Student Office (or International Centre) must receive the confirmation by 30 September 2020.
  • Students must ensure that they earn any outstanding credits by 31 March 2021 at the latest. If a student still hasn’t completed their bachelor’s degree, it will not be possible to re-enrol on the master’s programme for the summer semester 2021. Exceptions are subject to individual approval.

These simplified rules for the transition to master’s programmes apply exclusively to the academic year 2020/21.

Can I have this semester not count towards my standard period of study?

On 5 May 2020, the University Senate issued a declaration addressing a variety of issues, including that of the standard period of study. If you would like to apply for the summer semester 2020 not to count towards your standard period of study, you can do so directly via the AlmaWeb portal from 15 May.

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What will happen for the rest of the summer semester?

Teaching will continue to take place online for the rest of the summer semester. As a rule, all face-to-face teaching is cancelled. Face-to-face teaching can only be offered where it is clearly essential for the study programme in question. Digital teaching is therefore the rule, while face-to-face teaching may be possible in exceptional, properly justified cases. For further information, please contact your programme coordinator and your Study Office. Information about internships is also available from your faculty or, if you are enrolled on a teacher training degree, from the Centre for Teacher Training and School Research (ZLS). All students will receive an email with more information shortly.

What forms of digital teaching are there?

The University’s media team have compiled a selection of examples of digital teaching in practice (in German). If you have already had a particularly good experience of digital teaching, we would love to hear from you. You can email us at presse@uni-leipzig.de.
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How will the digital semester work?

The prerequisite for you to be able to study this summer semester 2020 is the same as in any other semester: you need to have registered via AlmaWeb for the modules you want to take. As a rule, you will then receive an email from the relevant lecturer with specific information about how their course will start. There are three possible scenarios:

  1. Lecturers distribute the teaching material by email or the “Speicherwolke” file hosting service; communication is also carried out by email. 
  2. The course content is posted on the University’s Moodle platform, which includes communication features.
  3. In exceptional cases, teaching will take place in real time:  
    1. Lectures are streamed live.
    2. Seminars take place as video conferences (tools: Jitsi or BigBlueButton). 

This digital semester start will be a new experience for almost everyone, both for you as a student and for Leipzig University’s lecturers. Communication is essential when introducing changes. This works both ways, so please contact your lectuers if necessary and give them feedback. 

How do I retrieve my University emails?

At the beginning of this semester, lecturers will usually contact you by email. Log in to your University email account using your usual login details (important: select the “studserv” email server). Check these emails regularly. Unless you have set up your Moodle account differently, please note that Moodle notifications will also be sent to your studserv email address.

How do I find my Moodle courses?

To find your Moodle course, first log into Moodle using your usual login details (important: enter “@studserv.uni-leipzig.de” as well). Select the faculty that offers your course. The individual institutes will be listed below. Then click on “Sommersemester 2020”. This will show you the current courses. Your lecturer will send you a registration key if necessary. You can also contact them via Moodle (click on the lecturer and select “Mitteilung senden”).

How do I write my coursework or thesis when the libraries are closed?

The University Library OPAC contains numerous online publications (“electronic resources”). Often these can only be opened from inside the University network. You can log into the University network from home using a VPN client. To do this, enter https://webvpn.uni-leipzig.de/ in your browser and log in with your University login details. In that browser window, you can then access websites and publications that are only accessible from the University network. 

Since 21 April, some branches of the University Library have been reopened with restrictions. They are also offering webinars on literature research and on studying without paper.
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What technical equipment will I need?

Most courses will not take place in real time, minimising the demands on your hardware. The lecturer will inform you if their course has particular technical requirements (such as using a specific browser). 

Are the IT courses for students taking place?

“Students for Students” courses will be offered online from Monday, 6 April 2020 via the new learning platform at bbb.sc.uni-leipzig.de. Registration for these courses took place earlier in the year. Participants will receive information about how to access the courses. In a shared, virtual conference room, the lecturer will make their presentation accessible to all participants. From their respective locations, they will be able to see whatever the lecturer does and hear (and if necessary see) their explanations. The participants will have the opportunity to follow what happens and ask questions. 

What services are available from the University Computing Centre (URZ)?

For the start of the digital summer semester on 6 April, the University Computing Centre (URZ) offers a number of important online services. You can find an overview on the URZ website.
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Where can I validate my UniCard?

It is currently only possible to validate your UniCard in the foyer at Goethestraße 6.

Validity: In agreement with the Central German Transport Network (MDV), the following regulations will therefore apply when MDV semester tickets are checked from 1 April 2020: 

  • If the student card only has a stamp from the previous semester, the student must also present their certificate of enrolment for the summer semester 2020 (showing it on your phone is sufficient). 
  • If the current semester is printed on the UniCard, the check will be carried out as normal.
  • The student must also always show photo ID.

Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

Will the First State Examination (Erste Staatsprüfung) in teaching degree programmes take place?

All relevant information on the First State Examination will be published on the Free State of Saxony’s official coronavirus website. Based on the latest updates, an FAQ list summarises key information for students for the examination periods summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21.  
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Will examinations take place at the University?

  • With the exception of study programmes leading to a State Examination, the examination formats may be changed, provided that the competent examination board confirms that they are eligible for recognition. 
  • Whether face-to-face examinations (including resits from the winter semester 2019/2020) can be carried out will depend on the applicable infectious disease regulations in conjunction with Leipzig University’s own requirements.
  • With students’ consent, examinations can be held via video call (e.g. Skype). 
  • Until further notice and with students’ consent, all oral examinations should be held via video call. 
  • The relevant examination board is responsible for making decisions in individual cases. 
  • In the case of State Examination degree programmes, any decisions must be coordinated with the responsible State Examination Office.

Are there any further arrangements for examinations?

In order to account for difficulties faced by students due to the pandemic – particularly with regard to exam preparation – the following arrangement applies to all University examinations conducted by Leipzig University (valid for examinations held between 1 April and 30 September for which Leipzig University is solely responsible):

  • If a student fails an examination, that attempt will in principle be cancelled and recorded in AlmaWeb as having been withdrawn. The module registration will continue to apply and the examination procedure will continue. This means that the student will have the opportunity to take part in further examination dates offered in the summer semester 2020. The above-mentioned regulations apply to these as well.
  • In the event that the student fails that examination attempt or withdraws without good reason, it will also be cancelled.
  • Students who would have to take a first or second resit this summer semester in order to comply with a deadline, but who do not take it or do not pass it, will also not receive a grade of “insufficient” (5,0) or “fail”.
  • Students who do not wish to take a module examination in the summer semester 2020 under the current circumstances may withdraw from the module, and thus from the module examination, in accordance with the examination regulations.
  • As always, any attempts to cheat will be examined on a case-by-case basis and, if necessary, sanctioned in accordance with the provisions of the applicable examination regulations. Anyone who cheats in an examination will forfeit their right to have that attempt cancelled.

These arrangements are initially valid exclusively until the end of the current summer semester (30 September 2020).

What arrangements have been made for ...

  • ... internships?
    • In principle, internships that were started and had to be discontinued due to the coronavirus crisis (force majeure) will be considered completed and recognised in full. 
    • In the case of internships that were scheduled to begin by the start of May 2020 and for which no digital version is available (e.g. virtual laboratory exercises), alternative dates and formats are being planned and offered. 
    • Whether these alternative internships can be carried out will depend on the applicable infectious disease regulations in conjunction with Leipzig University’s own requirements.
    • Where this concerns internships from the State Examination degree programmes, this must be coordinated with the responsible State Examination Office.
    • The relevant faculty or, in the field of teacher training, the Centre for Teacher Training and School Research (ZLS) can provide information on internships.
  • ... coursework?
    • Students generally have an extra four weeks in which to complete written graded work that does not require physical attendance. This applies until 30 September 2020 inclusive. In each case, the individual submission deadline will depend on the date when the student started the work.
    • The relevant examination boards will decide on whether to extend deadlines by more than four weeks.

Are the libraries open? 

Reopening: Many branches are now open again. Please check the University Library website for details of which libraries are open and the current rules.

Reading rooms: Some reading rooms will be open again from 8 June, but desks must be booked in advance. Please also check the University Library website for more details.

Special arrangement for law students:
For the time being, the library will be open exclusively to the approximately 250 exam candidates. A maximum of 120 persons will be admitted in two time slots. Among other arrangements, the Faculty of Law has announced that it will grant students compensation for disadvantages when assessing coursework. In addition, the assignment of coursework topics has been adapted to the available electronic resources, with assessment criteria modified accordingly. 

Webinars: Leipzig University Library offers webinars on literature research and administration as well as paperless study. Please visit the website for more information.

Leipzig University Library

Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

Erasmus+ now supports online and blended learning elements to enable students to start their studies abroad virtually

It is still possible to embark on a stay abroad virtually under the Erasmus+ programme. The host institution must offer courses that allow the student to work towards their learning objectives. Financial support is only available for the stay abroad once the trip to the host country begins – regardless of whether the student takes part in face-to-face or online study. For the time spent in your home country, you will not be entitled to any financial support beyond the language course licence (OLS).

A so-called “blended mobility” approach is desirable: a period of “virtual mobility” should be followed by a physical stay at the host institution abroad, which should last at least three months for studies and two months for placements. In the event of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the physical mobility period can be shortened or cancelled and replaced by an extension of the virtual mobility period. Periods of interruption between the virtual and physical mobility phases are also permitted.

Virtual or combined mobility must be confirmed by the host institution, for example in the form of a Transcript of Records. It is important to consider the recognition of credits when spending time – both virtually and physically – on the Erasmus+ programme.
Further information

Planning a stay abroad? (Information from 14 April 2020)

The German Federal Foreign Office has issued a worldwide travel warning. People are strongly advised not to travel abroad at this time, meaning that planned stays abroad cannot yet start. 
Federal Foreign Office travel warning

Students currently abroad (information from 16 April 2020)

Please follow the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute: 
ROBERT KOCH INSTITUTE

The Federal Foreign Office calls upon students abroad to register in its electronic list of Germans abroad (“Elefand list”). Students abroad who need support should support should first contact the German mission in the relevant country. The website of the Federal Foreign Office contains information about the foreign missions of the Federal Republic of Germany.
GERMAN MISSIONS ABROAD

The Federal Foreign Office crisis service can be contacted under the telephone number +493050003000. Due to the large number of calls, you may have to wait a long time before you can speak to somebody. This also applies when contacting the German missions abroad.

Please ensure that your name is removed from all repatriation registers (such as the “Elefand” list) once you are back in Germany. This will make the authorities’ work easier.

Ending a stay abroad early (information from 16 April 2020)

Please inform your supervisor or Erasmus+ departmental coordinator at the host institution and at our university and the respective international office.
Contact

Impact on Erasmus+ funding (information from 16 April 2020)

Financial support when cancelling an Erasmus+ stay abroad
If you were unable to go abroad, but already incurred costs directly related to your stay abroad (e.g. for your travel ticket and accommodation) and were unable to reverse them free of charge, you can apply to the AAA for reimbursement. We will provide a sample reimbursement request form for this purpose shortly.

Financial support when ending an Erasmus+ stay abroad early

  1. Ending your stay early but continuing your studies/internship abroad online:
    If you take part in online courses or activities and thus achieve your learning objectives as agreed in your Learning Agreement / Training Agreement, you will receive the Erasmus+ grant as per your Grant Agreement.
    At the end of the virtual study or internship period, please send the certificate confirming the end of your Erasmus+ study period, the Transcript of Records and recognition results, or the traineeship certificate, to the International Centre. 
  2. Ending your stay early and not continuing your studies/internship abroad online:
    1. If you have no running costs directly related to your stay abroad, you can receive an Erasmus+ grant for the actual duration of your stay abroad. You will need to submit a declaration for this purpose, which is available for download here.
    2. If you have running costs directly related to your stay abroad, regardless of whether you are still abroad or have already returned, you will receive the Erasmus+ grant as per your Grant Agreement. You will need to submit a declaration for this purpose, which is available for download here.

The new terms and conditions of your Erasmus+ grant and the necessary forms and templates (such as the declaration and the application for reimbursement) are available here.

We ask for your patience and understanding in the current situation. If you have already submitted original receipts, we will contact you as soon as possible. Once we have reviewed your application, you will be notified of any reimbursement or continuation of grant payments. If too much Erasmus+ funding has already been transferred to you, the International Centre may ask you to repay some money.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) website has current information about the coronavirus crisis and Erasmus+.
DAAD WEBSITE

Extending an Erasmus+ stay abroad (information from 16 information 2020)

You may extend your stay abroad with the agreement of your host institution. Due to the exceptional circumstances, extensions in connection with the coronavirus crisis may be granted without the need to comply with the deadlines set out in the Grant Agreement (four weeks in the case of student mobility). For more information, please refer to the relevant page:

Financial support when ending a stay abroad early or cancelling it: PROMOS scholarships (information from 30 March 2020)

The financial support of a PROMOS scholarship is divided into a flat-rate mobility allowance and a flat-rate subsistence allowance.

PROMOS flat-rate mobility allowance
There are two options for financial support when ending a stay abroad prematurely or cancelling it:

  1. You have received a flat-rate mobility allowance: 
    If you end your stay early or do not go abroad at all, the additional costs you incurred can be reimbursed (if they cannot be claimed back elsewhere). The following rule applies:
    + cost of the original return flight 
    + cost of the new return flight/rebooking
    -  ½ flat-rate mobility allowance
    = reimbursable costs
  2. You have not yet received a flat-rate mobility allowance:
    If you end your stay early stay is broken off prematurely, the costs of booking a new return flight or rebooking your flight can be reimbursed. 
    If you do not go abroad at all, the costs you have incurred as a result of a non-cancellable travel booking and the cancellation costs can be reimbursed. 
    The maximum reimbursement amount will depend on the flat-rate mobility allowance applicable to the country in question. 
    Generally speaking, you can only claim reimbursement of necessary cancellation/rebooking or flight costs if you can provide proof (e.g. cancellation of flights, travel restrictions or registration for online courses, credit confirmations).

To claim your refund, please send the following documents:

  • A written explanation clearly indicating the planned duration of the stay and all costs to be reimbursed
  • Original receipts and proof of these costs (carefully sorted)

To: Leipzig University
International Centre
04081 Leipzig
Germany 

Or drop them in the letter box at Goethestraße 6 in Leipzig.

Please also send us the scanned documents and receipts by email to promos(at)uni-leipzig.de. Once we have reviewed your application, you will be notified of any reimbursement. We have your account details. 

PROMOS flat-rate subsistence allowance
The monthly flat-rate subsistence allowance can only be paid for the actual length of the stay during which you fulfil the purpose of the scholarship. In the event of overpayment, Leipzig University will reclaim money. 
If you are unable to return to Germany, your subsistence allowance can be extended (up to a maximum duration of six months). 
If you have ended your stay abroad early but are still earning credits in online courses, for example (and are thus fulfilling part of the purpose of the scholarship), then you can still receive a scholarship for this period, also up to the maximum duration.
In both cases, you must provide proof either that you are unable to return to Germany or that you will have to end your stay early (e.g. cancellation of flights, travel restrictions or registration for online courses, credit confirmations). Your proof must be approved by the relevant persons at Leipzig University. Please send an email to promos(at)uni-leipzig.de for this purpose.

Further contacts for funding matters (information from 23 March 2020)

Recognition of credits earned abroad (information from 23 March 2020)

Please contact the departmental coordinator with whom you also planned your stay abroad.

Withdrawal of leave of absence (information from 30 March 2020)

If you applied for a leave of absence for your planned stay abroad, you can withdraw this until the end of April (exception: Faculty of Medicine; please contact your departmental coordinator).
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Missing deadlines (information from 23 March 2020)

Since it is not currently feasible to meet all deadlines, we will be as flexible as possible in dealing with missed deadlines. Please be patient if you experience delays on our part.

Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

Impact on the standard period of study

On 5 May 2020, the University Senate issued a declaration addressing a variety of issues, including that of the standard period of study. If you would like to apply for the summer semester 2020 not to count towards your standard period of study, you can do so directly via the AlmaWeb portal from 15 May.
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Applying via uni-assist and AlmaWeb

Are you interested in applying via uni-assist or AlmaWeb to study at our university in the upcoming winter semester 2020/21? Please note that the application periods have been adjusted. Due to the current situation, you can upload your application documents using uni-assist’s “My assist” portal. Please observe the relevant application deadline. If you are applying via AlmaWeb, you will be required to send a single copy of your application documents to the International Centre. You will then have until your enrolment date to submit certified copies of the required documents directly to our International Centre.

Application periods and deadlines

  • Studienkolleg Sachsen and DSH course 
    uni-assist: 15 April until 15 June 2020
  • Bachelor’s / State Examination / Diplom (first semester of study with admission restrictions)
    uni-assist: 15 April until 31 July 2020
    AlmaWeb: 4 June until 20 August 2020
    EU and EEA nationals should also check whether there are differing application periods and deadlines for the degree programmes in the central allocation procedure and the degree programmes in the DoSV (“dialogue-oriented service procedure”).
  • Bachelor’s / State Examination / Diplom (higher semester of study with admission restrictions)
    uni-assist: 15 April until 15 July 2020
    AlmaWeb: 4 June until 15 July 2020
  • Bachelor’s / State Examination / Diplom (unrestricted admissions)
    uni-assist: 15 April until 1 September 2020
    AlmaWeb: 4 June until 1 September 2020
  • Master’s (first semester of study with restricted admissions)
    uni-assist: 15 April until 31 May 2020
    AlmaWeb: 4 May until 31 May 2020
  • Master’s (higher semester of study with restricted admissions)
    uni-assist: 15 April until 15 July 2020
    AlmaWeb: 4 May until 15 July 2020
  • Master’s, first and higher semester of study (unrestricted admissions)
    uni-assist: 15 April until 31 May 2020
    AlmaWeb: 4 June until 15 September 2020
  • Doctorates:
    AlmaWeb: from 4 May 2020

SIS: Fundraising campaign for international students in need

Together with other Leipzig higher education institutions and the association “HILFE FÜR AUSLÄNDISCHE STUDIERENDE IN LEIPZIG E. V.”, Leipzig University is participating in the SIS fundraising campaign for international students in need. If you have got into financial difficulties due to the coronavirus crisis and are no longer able to cover your costs unaided, you have the opportunity to apply for one-off financial support. Please submit the application form together with the listed documents as a PDF file to the institution responsible for you.

TestAS: Standardised aptitude test for foreign students (information from 20 April 2020)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is no guarantee that the TestAS will be offered in all countries this year. For this reason, Leipzig University will not use the TestAS as a criterion when evaluating applications for admission to undergraduate degree programmes (bachelor’s, Diplom, State Examination) in the winter semester 2020/21. Your application for an undergraduate course will be considered based on the grade of your higher education entrance qualification, your nationality, and by drawing lots if we receive more applications than there are places for a particular course.​

German courses for enrolled students and language courses (information from 3 April 2020)

Starting from 6 April, the Studienkolleg Sachsen will use e-learning formats to offer various German courses for international students, doctoral researchers and visiting scholars.
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At the Leipzig University Language Center, all taught courses (foreign language modules and language courses) will also initially take the form of digital courses.
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Digital teaching in the summer semester (information from 1 April 2020)

Digital teaching for the summer semester will start on 6 April. We kindly ask that you keep an eye on your university email account and the websites of your institute and faculty. Your lecturers will generally contact you by email with details of the course.

Enrolment for the summer semester (information from 19 March 2020)

Enrolment in person on 1 and 2 April will not take place. It is not necessary to come to Germany for this date. All students who have been admitted for the summer semester 2020 have been informed via the AlmaWeb portal how to enrol alternatively. If you have not received any information, please email us.

Suspension of face-to-face consultations at the International Centre (information from 19 March 2020)

The International Centre is not offering any personal consultations until further notice. We will do our best to deal with all your questions and concerns by email.

Start of face-to-face teaching postponed (information from 19 March 2020)

As things stand, the start of face-to-face teaching has been postponed until 4 May 2020. You do not therefore need to be in Leipzig at the moment. Please check this page regularly for the latest information.

Students starting their studies at Leipzig University in the summer semester 2020 (information from 19 March 2020)

Have you registered for a room in one of the halls of residence? Please make sure to contact the person in charge at the Studentenwerk Leipzig for further information on how to proceed with your tenancy agreement.

Applicants for the winter semester 2020/21 (information from 19 March 2020)

In some countries, final examinations have been postponed or will not take place at all. The same applies to German courses and German examinations. Applicants are therefore concerned that they will not be able to apply to our university by the application deadlines. We are aware of this problem and are working on a solution. Please visit the  website for international applicants regularly for further information on current developments.

Module registration (information from 18 March 2020) 

  • For students starting their studies at our university in the summer semester 2020: please register for your modules and courses on time! You register for modules online. You can register for modules even if you have not yet personally enrolled. You will need your enrolment number when registering for modules. You will find this in the top right-hand corner of the confirmation of receipt which we sent you via AlmaWeb. 
  • For students already enrolled at our university: please remember to register for your modules and courses before the deadline. Module registration is a prerequisite in order for students to be able to take part in online learning from 6 April, and later in classroom teaching from 4 May as planned.

Module registration
Overview of Study Offices

Student Advisory Service

Are you interested in finding out more about topics such as study orientation, how degree programmes are structured, or changing degree programmes or universities? Or perhaps you are having doubts about your studies and would like to talk to someone about this? The Student Advisory Service will be happy to answer your questions and advise you on all aspects of studying. At the moment, we ask you to contact us by email. Alternatively, you can make an appointment with us to talk over the phone.
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Social counselling from the Studentenwerk Leipzig

The Studentenwerk Leipzig’s social counselling service advises students on everything from university to financial and personal problems. The Studentenwerk Leipzig website also has answers to frequently asked questions on topics such as BAföG, losing your job, and living expenses.
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Leipzig University Student Council (StuRa)

Our university’s Student Council provides support in various matters, such as legal problems, financing your studies, and employment. It also offers social and psychosocial counselling.
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Initial psychological consultations for students

In cooperation with the Centre for Teacher Training and School Research (ZLS), our Student Advisory Service offers initial psychological consultations for students enrolled on all degree programmes at Leipzig University. 
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Leipzig University Equal Opportunity Office

Our Equal Opportunity Office offers advisory services on all matters involving gender equality as well as topics such as juggling family life and university.
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Seven tips for studying at home

Studying alone at home – no lecturers, no fellow students and no fixed timetable – can be quite a challenge. A psychologist from our university has put together seven tips for making the most of this time.
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Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

Personal office hours at the Studentenwerk Leipzig and the UniCard service point

From 2 June 2020, personal appointments can be made again with the Studentenwerk Leipzig and the UniCard service point. Please book your appointment in advance:

  • Studentenwerk Leipzig (SSZ, counter 5): call +493419659850
  • UniCard service point: send an email to unicard(at)uni-leipzig.de  
  • Appointments are possible on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 12pm.

When attending a consultation in person, it is imperative that you wear a face covering and observe the usual contact and hygiene rules.

Office hours of the Central Examination Office for the Humanities and Lehramt programmes (information from 17 March 2020)

The office hours of the Central Examination Office for the Humanities and Lehramt programmes have been suspended. Further information is provided on the Central Examination Office website.
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Student Service Centre (SSZ) (information from 16 March 2020)

The Student Service Centre is closed. It is not offering face-to-face consultations. You can still get in touch by email and phone.
Student Service Centre

International Centre (information from 13 March 2020)

The office hours of the International Centre have been suspended. Please check the website for information about our extended telephone consultation hours.
Contact and Advice

Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

Study Centre and Central Research Building of the Faculty of Medicine closed to visitors (information from 20 March 2020)

The Study Centre at Liebigstraße 27 and the Central Research Building at Liebigstraße 19–21 will be closed to visitors from Monday, 23 March 2020.

Humanities Centre (GWZ) closed to the public (information from 19 March 2020)

From Monday, 23 March, the University’s Humanities Centre (GWZ) on Beethovenstraße will be closed to visitors. Employees will still have access to their offices. This decision serves to reduce the use of the building to a minimum and to reduce contact between individuals. All staff who use the building will still be able to enter using their transponders. The entrance is still manned by the porter. In absolutely necessary cases, the doors can therefore be opened to visitors. The porter’s telephone number will be posted on the doors to the GWZ.

Payment Office closed to the public (information from 19 March 2020)

Department 5, Section 52 is adopting the following provisions with immediate effect:

  • The Payment Office is closed to the public.
  • Cash transactions are suspended.
  • Cash can now only be paid in via a Sparkasse to the Payment Office account 1100155089.
  • Cash can no longer be paid out to guests. In justified exceptional cases, payments to guests (such as flat-rate allowances, scholarships) may be made in the form of a cheque to be cashed at the Sparkasse.
  • Please register in advance by email.

Facilities open to the public closed (information from 16 March 2020)

  • Lernwerkstatt and Testotek at the Faculty of Education
  • PC pools
  • Paulinum assembly hall and altar area

Student Service Centre (SSZ) (information from 16 March 2020)

The Student Service Centre is closed. You can still get in touch by email and phone.
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Courses and lectures cancelled (information from 16 March 2020)

All courses and lectures offered by the following institutions are cancelled:

  • Leipzig University Language Center
  • Centre for University Sport
  • Seniors’ Programme
  • University for Kids
  • Studium universale

Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

Interim financial aid for students facing difficulties due to the pandemic

In recent weeks the BMBF has already announced its intention to provide 100 million euros to Germany’s Studentenwerk organisations, so that they can offer interim financial aid to students who are facing difficulties due to the pandemic.

Under the guidelines published on the conditions for this support, the interim financial aid is intended to help those students who can prove that they are facing an emergency as a result of the pandemic, who are in immediate need of financial assistance and who are unable to obtain any other support.

Students can apply for support from midday on 16 June. Applications must be submitted online at www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de. The funds will be allocated by the country’s Studentenwerke, meaning the Studentenwerk Leipzig is responsible for students in Leipzig.

You can find further information on this topic on the Studentenwerk Leipzig website.
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Some refectories and cafés to reopen

The Studentenwerk Leipzig will open selected refectories and cafés from 25 May 2020, with special hygiene measures and restrictions in place.

The following facilities will open:

  • Mensa am Elsterbecken
  • Mensa am Medizincampus
  • Mensa Peterssteinweg
  • Mensa an den Tierkliniken
  • Mensa Schönauer Straße
  • Cafeteria Mensa am Park 
  • Cafeteria im Musikviertel

The refectories will usually open from 11am until 2pm, and the cafés from 9am until 2pm. Please visit the Studentenwerk Leipzig website for more information on the arrangements and what’s on the menu.
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Information about all services currently offered by the Studentenwerk Leipzig are available on its website.
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Should I inform the University if I am infected oder quarantined?

Please note the following in cases of quarantine or illness: all University students and staff are obliged to report to corona(at)uni-leipzig.de – and employees must additionally report to their direct superior – if they are diagnosed with coronavirus or sent into quarantine by the public health authorities.  This email address is being monitored by the Office for University Communications. All members of staff who have access to it have been instructed on data protection. Once emails have been forwarded to the relevant departments, they are deleted. When notifying the University, please ensure that:

  • you specify your faculty and the duration of the quarantine.
  • no documents (certificates) are attached to your quarantine notification.
  • you only use this email address to notify the University of your quarantine.
  • the only information to be reported is whether your case involves a confirmed infection (quarantine with infection) or quarantine without infection.
  • you refrain from explaining the reason for your quarantine.

Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

Does the University have its own rules on hygiene and infectious diseases?

The Office for Environmental Protection and Occupational Safety has drawn up a Hygiene and Infectious Disease Concept that provides guidelines for dealing with the current coronavirus situation at our university.
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What should I do if I experience acute symptoms?

If you experience acute symptoms, you should consult a doctor after making an appointment by telephone. Please also use the hotline of the competent health authority (for Leipzig: +493411236852). 
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