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.
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At the moment, new rules are constantly coming into force and older information is no longer valid.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: 2 August 2021.
Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.
- Here on the University’s central website, you will find all general information as well as information that is of relevance to all Leipzig University students.
- You can also find important information in our regular emails for students. We endeavour to offer English translations of these emails where possible, although this is not always feasible. We have also compiled an archive (in German) of these emails.
- Please also check the website of your faculty and/or institute for details of any arrangements for your particular degree programme.
- The Study Offices can provide you with further information on organisational matters as well as examinations.
- Your institute and the relevant lecturers can tell you which courses are taking place and in what form. In many cases, information about this will be sent to you by email or via AlmaWeb and Moodle.
- Additional information for international students is provided below.
FAQs About the Winter Semester 2021/22
In the last few weeks, we have received a lot of questions about the upcoming winter semester. We have used these to compile some FAQs for you, which we hope will make the start of the new semester easier.
Read more in the FAQs
- Faculty buildings are generally scheduled to open on 1 July. This will enable things like consultations for individuals or small groups, and access to communication areas. Administrative matters can also be dealt with in person by making an appointment. The heads of the individual faculties are responsible for implementing these changes. Please check your faculty’s website for more information.
- From 18 June, the Leibniz Forum on Augustusplatz is provisionally open on weekdays from 9am until 3.45pm.
- The central lecture hall and seminar building at Augustusplatz will remain closed until 19 September 2021.
Validating Your UniCard
Please refer to the UniCard website for information about which validation machines are currently available.
Extended opening hours have been in effect at the University Library (UB) branches from Monday, 7 June 2021. Furthermore the seat booking system is also open to non-University members and thus for all UB Leipzig users.
For more information, please refer to the University Library website.
Office hours at the UniCard service point
The UniCard service point is now open again. Please book an appointment in advance.
Office hours of the Central Examination Office for the Humanities and Lehramt programmes
Please refer to the website of the Central Examination Office for the Humanities and Lehramt programmes for the latest information.
Student Service Centre (SSZ)
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
The office hours of the International Centre have been suspended. Please check the website for information about extended telephone consultation hours.
Contact and Advice
- For digital contact tracing, the CoronaWarnApp recommended by the Free State of Saxony will be used from 1 October 2021.
- Contact tracking occurs automatically with the CoronaWarnApp.
- The additional analogue collection of contact details during teaching for students who do not have a digital device remains necessary if the COVID-19 incidence is in excess of 35.
- Correponding signs are displayed in or outside all rooms used for teaching.
Interim Financial Aid Extended
According to a decision of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) of 12 February 2021, the interim financial aid for students scheme will be extended without interruption and also offered for the entire summer semester 2021. This means that Leipzig students who find themselves in an emergency situation due to the pandemic should be able to apply for the subsidy at the Studentenwerk Leipzig until September 2021.
The BMBF provides interim financial aid for students in pandemic-related emergencies to the local student organisations in Germany, and defines the general eligibility requirements. This programme was launched in the first lockdown and relaunched in November 2020.
Student Advisory Service
Our Student Advisory Service offers guidance on study orientation, how degree programmes are structured, and changing degree programmes or universities. The Plan A team also offers support if you are having doubts or considering dropping out, especially now as a result of the pandemic. Contact us by email or arrange to speak to a member of staff over the phone.
STUDENT ADVISORY SERVICE
DOUBTS AND SECOND THOUGHTS
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. There are also online workshops to help you successfully study from home, guides for everyday life during the pandemic, and explainer videos on psychosocial topics. Please visit the Studentenwerk Leipzig website for more information:
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.
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.
Psychiatric outpatient clinic at the University Hospital
Telephone consultations and current information about the pandemic
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.
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.
Majority of Refectories and Cafés Also Open Dining Halls
Until now, it was only possible to dine on site at those refectories and cafés that have an outdoor seating area. Takeaway food and drinks were also available. As of 21 June 2021, the majority of dining halls will also open.
Services from the Studentenwerk Leipzig
The Studentenwerk Leipzig website has the latest information about its services (student clubs, childcare, Kinderladen, etc.).
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.
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.
People returning from risk areas
What is a risk area?
The RKI website has an overview of the areas which it currently classifies as COVID-19 risk areas.
What are the rules on entering Saxony from a designated risk area?
Please check the website of the Saxon State Government for information on entering Saxony from risk areas, compulsory testing, and quarantine.
Information From the International Centre
Last updated: 19 April 2021
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 2021/22? Please note the current application periods. Due to the current situation, you can upload your application documents using uni-assist’s “My assist” portal. Please observe the relevant application deadline. Please do not send certified documents or originals by post to uni-assist or the University. If you are offered a place, you have until enrolment to submit certified copies of the required documents to the International centre.
If you are applying via AlmaWeb, you will be required to send a single copy of your application documents to the International Centre. If you are offered a place, you have until enrolment to submit certified copies of the required documents to the International centre.
Application periods and deadlines
- Studienkolleg Sachsen and DSH course
uni-assist: The beginning of April until 15 June 2021
- Bachelor’s /State Examination /Diplom (1st and higher semester of study with admission restrictions)
uni-assist: The beginning of April until 15 July 2021
AlmaWeb: The beginning of May until 15 July 2021
- Bachelor’s / State Examination / Diplom (unrestricted admissions)
uni-assist: The beginning of April until 1 September 2021
AlmaWeb: The beginning of May until 1 September 2021
- Master’s (1st or higher semester of study with admissions restrictions and unrestricted admissions)
uni-assist: The beginning of April until 31 May 2021
AlmaWeb: The beginning of May until 31 May 2021
AlmaWeb: from the beginning of May 2021
Information about the TestAS standardised aptitude test for foreign students
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 restricted undergraduate degree programmes (bachelor’s, Diplom, State Examination) in the winter semester 2021/22. Your application will be assessed on the basis of the grade of your higher education entrance qualification, your nationality, and by drawing lots if there are more applications than places on an undergraduate degree programme.
Enrolment and start of studies in the summer semester 2021
Although students have been asked to come to Leipzig for the winter semester, the current rules on social distancing mean that we will be unable to meet and welcome each and every student.
Your enrolment will be carried out online. If you wish to enrol, please follow the instructions on your confirmation of receipt and upload the following documents to our “Speicherwolke” file hosting service:
- Identity card (EU nationals)
- Passport (non-EU nationals: with a valid student visa)
- Proof of health insurance valid for your stay in Germany.
You will find an overview of key information on getting started at Leipzig University on our website.
We have compiled further important information for you on Leipzig University’s Moodle study platform.
Entering and returning to Germany
People returning from risk areas
The RKI website has an overview of the areas which it currently classifies as COVID-19 risk areas. Please check the website of the Saxon State Government for information on entering Saxony from risk areas, compulsory testing, and quarantine.
Entering Germany from areas of variants of concern
Under the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations (CoronaEinreiseV), people who are or have been in so-called areas of variants of concern, where virus mutations are particularly prevalent, are currently prohibited from travelling to and entering Germany. This even applies to people who are fully vaccinated. Exceptions are only possible in very few cases, for example for people resident and with a right of abode in Germany (see information from the Federal Ministry of the Interior).
For students and researchers from areas of variants of concern, this means that there are currently no guarantees that they will be able to study or conduct research in Germany in the winter semester 2021/22. Please note that it will not be possible to enter Germany even if the German university has already offered you a place: since entry is not possible, visas cannot be issued as long as a country is considered an area of variants of concern. Please inform yourself regularly about your home country’s current risk classification.
Housing and halls of residence
Quarantine regulations apply to all incoming students, regardless of whether they will be living in a hall of residence or renting a room or apartment privately. Please prepare accordingly and make sure that you follow the rules. Otherwise you may incur heavy penalties and also risk causing an outbreak.
Please note if you are moving into a room in a hall of residence run by the Studentenwerk Leipzig: you will need to book an appointment to move in. The necessary link to the online calendar will be sent to you during the application process.
It is only possible to move in during the Studentenwerk Leipzig’s office hours. Before planning your trip, please check the online calendar to see if a move-in date is available at the time of your arrival. Otherwise, you will not be able to move into the hall of residence directly, and spending the night in a hotel/hostel may not be possible due to to quarantine regulations.
Important information about spending your quarantine in a hall of residence is also available on Studentenwerk Leipzig website.
Impact on the standard period of study
The University Senate has decided that students are entitled to have the summer semester 2020 not count towards their standard period of study upon request. Anyone wishing to make use of this option will need to apply through AlmaWeb by 31 March 2021.
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.
In-person office hours at the International Office
The International Centre is currently advising international students and applicants by email, over the phone and online.
Student mobility with Erasmus+ can start virtually
Since the “force majeure” rule still applies on the Erasmus+ programme, stays abroad can now start virtually. A so-called “blended mobility” approach is desirable: one that combines physical and virtual mobility. This applies to Erasmus+ mobility in the winter semester 2020/21 during the funding period from 16 June 2020 until 30 September 2021. Further information can be found on the International Centre and DAAD websites.
Planning a stay abroad?
Before starting your stay abroad, you should consider the travel advice and warnings issued by the German Federal Foreign Office. If you are planning a stay abroad in an EU country, please use the EU’s online overview to find out about the current health situation, COVID-19 measures, and rules on entry for your host country. We also recommend registering in the electronic list of Germans abroad (“Elefand” list). The Federal Foreign Office website provides information about the German missions abroad, which can provide local assistance in an emergency. Please also follow the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and note the DAAD’s advice on the impact of the pandemic on staying abroad under Erasmus+.
Dealing with COVID-19 Symptoms
Last updated: 16 October 2020
1. With Which Symptoms Are Students Allowed to Come to Leipzig University?
In line with the general decree of the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion and the Saxon State Ministry of Culture of 16 September 2020, the following rules have been put in place for students at Leipzig University:
Students with clear symptoms of an infectious illness, especially a cold, must stay at home and consult their doctor if necessary.
- Students with a mild head cold can visit Leipzig University while observing all hygiene-based safety measures. If the head cold worsens or if further symptoms appear (see point 3), the student will no longer be permitted to visit the University.
- Students who have a history of symptoms such as coughing and who have a non-infectious underlying disease such as asthma can also continue to visit the University premises.
- Students with symptoms that indicate COVID-19 are not permitted to come to Leipzig University. One of the following symptoms is sufficient for this:
- Fever of 38 degrees Celsius of higher
- General feeling of illness (fatigue, headache)
- Changes in sense of smell or taste.
- Students suffering from any of the above symptoms (especially if they are worsening) are asked to consult their GP or contact the 24-hour medical service on 116117.
- Students who exhibit general cold symptoms without any obvious suspicion of COVID-19, should stay at home for at least two days. They should have been fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to Leipzig University.
- We ask all students to deal with this situation responsibly.
Further information is available at www.coronavirus.sachsen.de.
2. What Happens if a Student Is Infected or Told to Quarantine?
- If a student is infected, or if the authorities order them to quarantine or similar, please notify the University by emailing coronastud(at)uni-leipzig.de. This email address is managed by the Central Study Office in the Department of Academic Administration.
- Please only use your student email address
- Please indicate whether your receive a positive test result (voluntary)
- Please indicate attendance/contacts in the last 14: modules (only in modular study programmes), classes and lectures (including room and time) and lecturers.
- You must comply with the instructions of the Health Office.
- Official orders (observation, quarantine, minimising contact with others, etc.) are issued exclusively by the Health Office.
- Students who work for the University as student assistants should report their infection to their immediate superior (applies to all members of staff).
4. Direct or Indirect Contact With People Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19
Direct Contact With an Elevated Risk of Infection
Direct contact with a person who has tested positive, and involving an elevated risk of infection (suspected case), is deemed to apply if within the last 14 days before the onset of the disease
- there was at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact, for example during a conversation
- the person who tested positive lives in the same household
- other situations described by the Robert Koch Institute were true.
If the student has not yet been contacted by the City of Leipzig Health Office, then they must report the suspected case to it. The Health Office will decide whether to visit Leipzig University..
Direct Contact With a Low Risk of Infection
Direct contact with a person who has tested positive, but involving a low risk of infection, is deemed to apply:
- In the case of persons who have been in the same room as a person who has tested positive, but the minimum distance of 1.5 metres was observed and face-to-face contact lasted less than 15 minutes. In addition, the person must not have been coughed or sneezed on by the person who tested positive.
- In further cases according to the Robert Koch Institute.
People with no symptoms may continue to visit Leipzig University. Exception: the Health Office has already ordered measures. These must then be observed.
If any symptoms of illness occur, proceed as described under point 1 and inform the Health Office immediately.
Indirect contact (for example, contact with a person who has been in contact with a person who has tested positive) is not considered contact. No action is required.
5. Returning travellers, commuters
According to the Saxon Coronavirus Quarantine Regulation (SächsCoronaQuarVO) of 25 June 2020, returning travellers from international risk areas must take a test on entry. However, the Health Office recommends that you refrain from visiting the University until you have tested negative for coronavirus for a second time. The second test should be performed between the fifth and seventh days. For this period of time, the Health Office will place you under observation (similar to quarantine).
There are currently no rules in Saxony for travellers returning from domestic risk areas, and no restrictions. All students are expected to deal with the situation responsibly.
For commuters from risk areas within Germany, Saxony’s rules for Czech border commuters apply accordingly. This means that there are no restrictions. All students are expected to deal with the situation responsibly.