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At the moment, new rules are constantly coming into force and older information is no longer valid.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 divided by topic as well as all detailed news since we began providing coronavirus updates for students.

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

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

Information about the digital semester start (information from 6 April 2020)

The prerequisite for you to be able to start the semester digitally 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. 

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). 

How should I organise my digital semester start?
It is even more important than ever that you create a good folder structure for your courses from the outset – and that you stick to it! We also urge you to set yourself a clear timetable and stick to that too. 

University Computing Centre (URZ): IT courses for students (information from 6 April 2020)

“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. 

How will online teaching work?
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. 

Digital start to the semester (information from 31 March 2020)

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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UniCard: Validation and validity (information from 27 March 2020)

Validation: It is currently only possible to validate your UniCard in the foyer at Goethestraße 6. The validation machines are being replaced on 30 and 31 March, which means that UniCards cannot be validated on these days.

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.

Module registration (information from 17 March 2020) 

The online module registration and online course enrolment will take place as planned. This is a prerequisite in order to start the semester, and to participate in remote learning from 6 April and the start of face-to-face teaching from 4 May. Please check the arrangements for your study programme and also pay attention to any new information published on these pages.
Overview of Study Offices

Start of the semester on 6 April 2020 (information from 16 March 2020)

The semester will still start on 6 April 2020. As things currently stand, face-to-face teaching will not begin until 4 May 2020. Until the start of face-to-face teaching, teaching staff will offer digital teaching formats. More details will follow.

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

First State Examination (Erste Staatsprüfung) in teaching degree programmes (information from 1 April 2020)

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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Carrying out examinations (information from 19 March 2020)

  • As things stand, examinations will generally be scheduled from 18 May 2020 at the earliest.
  • With the student’s consent, examinations that cannot be postponed for serious reasons (such as the risk of having to extend your study period) can be held via video call (e.g. Skype). If the student does not agree to this, the examination will take place after 18 May 2020.
  • Until further notice, all oral examinations should be held via video call. With the consent of the examination board, other examinations may be converted into oral examinations held via video call.
  • The relevant examination board is responsible for making decisions in individual cases. In urgent cases, the Dean, in agreement with the Dean of Studies, can make an emergency decision. In case of conflict, the Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs must be involved without delay.
  • In principle, this procedure should also be applied to State Examination courses (Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, Lehramt), but requires the agreement of the responsible state examination offices. This agreement is based on procedural proposals that will be drawn up by the subjects and faculties concerned and communicated via the Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs.

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

Coursework (information from 19 March 2020)
The date for the submission of written coursework or similar assessed material has been postponed by four weeks. Work should be submitted electronically or by post. It is not currently possible to submit work in person.

Internships (information from 19 March 2020)
In principle, internships that were started and had to be discontinued due to force majeure will be considered completed and recognised in full. Further details will follow shortly.

Initially in the case of internships that are scheduled to begin by 3 May 2020 and for which no digital version is available (e.g. virtual laboratory exercises), alternative dates and formats are being planned.

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

Planning a stay abroad? (Information from 23 March 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 23 March 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.

Ending a stay abroad early (information from 30 March 2020)

If you are already back in Germany, please ensure that your name is removed from any repatriation lists (such as the German “Elefand list”. The lists are currently very full, which significantly complicates the work of the authorities.

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

Please provide written proof (email, website screenshot or similar) that the reason for the interruption is that your host institution suspended (teaching) operations. A reference to the relevant travel warnings is also sufficient. 

For the Erasmus+ period abroad: The certificate that you have completed your Erasmus+ placement can be issued and submitted digitally. Please send the documents (scan/copy) digitally to your contact at the International Centre.
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Financial support when ending a stay prematurely: Erasmus+

With regard to Erasmus+ funding, “force majeure” applies in the current circumstances.

There are two options for financial support when ending a stay abroad prematurely:

1. You will receive the funding to which you are entitled for the actual period you spent abroad (according to the Grant Agreement). Please submit the necessary documents for ending your stay abroad prematurely. 

2. You apply for reimbursement of the costs actually incurred during the entire period of your stay. Please note that the reimbursement amount is limited to the maximum amount of funding originally planned. Any funding already received will be offset against claims. To apply for reimbursement of costs, please send the following documents to our university’s International Centre:

  • A written explanation clearly indicating the planned duration of the stay and all costs to be reimbursed (visa, accommodation, travel, etc.)
  • Original receipts and proof of costs (carefully sorted)
  • Please send the documents 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 erasmus.studium(at)uni-leipzig.de or erasmus.praktikum(at)uni.leipzig.de. 

Once we have reviewed your application, you will be notified of any reimbursement. We have your account details. If too much Erasmus+ funding has already been transferred to you, you may be asked to repay some money. 

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

Financial support when ending a stay abroad early or cancelling it: PROMOS scholarships 

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

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, 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. 

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 contact us by emailing promos(at)uni-leipzig.de for this purpose.

Briefly interrupting a stay abroad (information from 30 March 2020)

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

If you are unable to continue face-to-face teaching at your host institution due to the current situation, online courses will also be recognised under the following two conditions:

  • The online courses are offered by the host institution. It is irrelevant whether students participate in the online courses in the host country or in their home country.
  • The courses contribute to the achievement of the learning objectives as defined in the Learning Agreement.

If both requirements are met, your Erasmus+ grant will remain unchanged.

The host institution will issue the confirmation (Transcript of Records or traineeship certificate) for the whole period. In exceptional cases, this confirmation may be replaced by correspondence with the host institution, provided that it indicates the exact periods of face-to-face teaching and e-learning. 

If you would like to continue your international studies or internship virtually in Germany and at the same time take courses at Leipzig University, you will need to submit a request to study at two universities.

Extending a stay abroad (information from 23 March 2020)

You may extend your stay abroad with the agreement of your host institution. If you receive an Erasmus+ scholarship, please refer to the relevant page:

Contacts for supporting a stay abroad (non-Erasmus+) (information from 23 March 2020)

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

Please contact the subject 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.

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.

Applications for the winter semester 2020/21 (information from 31 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. International applicants are therefore concerned that they may not be able to apply to our university by the relevant application deadline. For this reason, the start of the application period on uni-assist has been postponed for the time being until 15 April 2020.
Application periods

Studienkolleg Sachsen and DSH course
Winter semester: 15 April–15 June 2020

Bachelor’s, State Examination, Diplom (restricted admissions)
First and higher semester of study:
Winter semester: 15 April–15 July 2020

Bachelor’s, State Examination, Diplom (unrestricted admissions)
First and higher semester of study:
Winter semester: 15 April–1 September 2020

Master’s (first university degree acquired abroad)
Winter semester: 15 April–31 May ​2020

If there are any changes to the application procedure, we will inform you in good time on this page. 

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

Enrolment and office hours (information from 13 March 2020)

  • Enrolment in person on 1 and 2 April 2020 will not take place. It is not necessary to come to Germany for this date.
  • The office hours of the International Centre have been suspended. Please check the Contact and Advice page for information about our extended telephone consultation hours.

Notification of quarantine/infection (information from 1 April 2020)

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.

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.

Lecture hall building closed (information from 19 March 2020)

It was necessary to close the lecture hall building this morning in order to comply with the order of the Saxon Ministry of Social Affairs to close all public buildings.

Closure of the University Library (information from 16 March 2020)

All University Library branches are closed. 

University Library

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.
Student Service Centre

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.

Studentenwerk Leipzig FAQ

The Studentenwerk Leipzig has drawn up a list of answers to important questions on subjects such as BAföG, losing your job and financial concerns.
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Studentenwerk Leipzig (information from 18 March 2020)

  • Refectories and cafés: Closed
  • Kindergarten and Kinderladen: Closed, emergency childcare only
  • BAföG-Amt (Department for Grants): Reduced normal operation; no office hours, but available by phone and email
  • Halls of residence: Reduced normal operation; no personal office hours, but available by phone and email; common rooms and clubs closed; all accommodation inspections postponed; customer contact with new tenants and people moving out, but personal contact reduced to the lowest possible level
  • Guidance/placements at the Social Services department: Reduced normal operation; consultations by telephone or email instead of face-to-face
  • Student Service Centre (SSZ): Closed
  • Main office: Normal operation
  • Events: Cancelled (e.g. University Information Day, International Café)
  • Please visit the Studentenwerk Leipzig website for more information.

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

Returning from risk areas (information from 16 March 2020)

All students and staff of our university are generally prohibited from entering the University if they have spent time in the last 14 days in what the Robert Koch Institute describes as “risk areas” abroad or in “particularly affected areas in Germany”. 
Robert Koch Institute: Risk areas

What to do if you experience acute symptoms (information from 16 March 2020)

If you experience acute symptoms, you should consult a doctor after making an appointment by telephone and telling them about your trip. Please also use the hotline of the competent health authority (for Leipzig: +493411236852). 
Federal Centre for Health Education

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