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At the moment, new rules are constantly coming into force and older information is no longer valid.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: 7 October 2020, 1pm.
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.
How will the winter semester proceed?
- Semester dates: 1 October 2020–31 March 2021
- Extended orientation period: 12 October–23 October 2020
- Regular classes from: 26 October 2020
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.
Lecture period at Leipzig University’s Faculty of Medicine
Since the dates of state examinations are set externally and not by the University, the lecture period at the Faculty of Medicine will differ slightly:
- First semester of study: 26 October 2020–6 February 2021
- Second semester of study and above: 19 October 2020–6 February 2021.
Lecture period at Leipzig University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
The lecture period at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will differ slightly:
- First semester of study: 2 November 2020–6 February 2021
- Third semester of study and above: 12 October 2020–6 February 2021
Starting Your Studies in 2020
Where can I find the course catalogue for my degree programme? How will the pandemic affect teaching this semester? Which introductory events will there be? Our page for new students in 2020 summarises key information to help you get started this winter semester. Please note that the German version of the page is more detailed.
You will receive your student card when you have submitted all your documents, transferred the semester fee and the UniCard fee, and uploaded your passport photo. Once your UniCard has been printed, an email will be sent to your student email address. Your student ID will then be sent by post to the address you have stored in AlmaWeb. Please make sure that the address you have stored in AlmaWeb is current and complete! If you do not then receive your UniCard within 14 days, please contact the UniCard service point by email.
Please note that we can only send your UniCard to an address within Germany and not abroad. If you do not have a current address in Germany when we print your UniCard, please email us to let us know your address in Germany as soon as possible after your arrival.
Are the libraries open?
Opening: All locations have now reopened, with the exception of the Deutsches Literaturinstitut (Leipzig Institute for Creative Writing). Please check the University Library website for details about the relevant hygiene arrangements.
Reading rooms: All reading rooms are now open, with the exception of the Deutsches Literaturinstitut (Leipzig Institute for Creative Writing), but visitors are required to book a place in advance. Please check the University Library website for more information.
Online workshops: Leipzig University Library offers webinars on literature research and administration as well as paperless study. Please visit the website for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Personal office hours at the UniCard service point
- Please book an appointment in advance by sending an email to unicard(at)uni-leipzig.de
- Appointments are possible on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 2pm.
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
The Central Examination Office for the Humanities and Lehramt programmes will offer appointments again from 26 October. Further information is provided on the Central Examination Office website.
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
Opening of the Neues Augusteum
The following provisions have applied since 1 September 2020:
- The entrances to the Neues Augusteum are open again during the usual opening hours (Monday to Friday: 7am until 10pm; Saturday: 7am until 3pm).
- The Paulinum and the Kustodie’s exhibition space will remain closed. One exception to this rule is the University’s church service at 11am every Sunday.
- The lecture hall building and the Neues Seminargebäude will remain closed until the beginning of the winter semester 2020/21. The same applies to the computer pools in these areas.
- Access to the Neues Augusteum is possible both through the doors on the Leibniz Forum and the doors to Augustusplatz.
- This arrangement is subject to the standard safety and hygiene regulations applicable both at and outside Leipzig University. This decision does not affect the buildings on the Augustusplatz campus.
Opening of the Payment Office
- The Payment Office is open to the public.
- The opening hours are as follows: Tuesday to Thursday from 9.30am until 12pm.
- If you wish to visit the Payment Office, please register in advance by calling: +49 341 97-31020 or by sending an email.
Opening of the Leibniz Forum
The entrances to the Leibniz Forum are open again during the usual opening hours.
Monday to Friday: 7am until 10pm
Saturday: 7am until 3pm
This arrangement is subject to the standard safety and hygiene regulations applicable both at and outside Leipzig University.
Student Service Centre (SSZ)
The Student Service Centre is closed. You can still get in touch by email and phone.
Student Service Centre
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.
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.
Some refectories and cafés open again
Most refectories and cafés have reopened, with special hygiene measures and restrictions in place. Please visit the Studentenwerk Leipzig website for information about which branches are open, the current hygiene arrangements, and what’s on the menu.
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
Enrolment and Start of Studies in the Winter Semester 2020/21
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 also prepared a digital Welcome Week for you, with: information, online events, videos, games and much more. Information about the Welcome Week, about studying at our university and about life in Leipzig can be found in our booklet for new students.
Admission Procedure for the Winter Semester 2020/21 (information from 13 August 2020)
Due to the extended application deadlines, the admission procedure for undergraduate programmes (i.e. bachelor’s and State Examination) with restrictions on admission is currently expected to take place in early September. The letters of admission and rejection will be uploaded digitally to AlmaWeb. Applicants will be informed of this by email.
Start of Studies in the Winter Semester 2020/21: Face-to-Face Teaching (information from 16 July 2020)
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the start of studies in the winter semester 2020/21 at Leipzig University will be postponed. Lectures begin on 26 October 2020. International students can enrol online between 5 October and 9 October 2020. As things stand, students in their first semester of study are expected to attend classes in person. We kindly ask you to check the Leipzig University website regularly before the start of the semester, in case there are any last-minute changes to this requirement.
People arriving from designated risk areas according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) (information from 30 September 2020)
Generally speaking, you are required to undergo a test and to provide certain information, as well as to contact the local public health department (Gesundheitsamt). Regardless of the test result, you must send an email to einreisemeldung(at)leipzig.de or call the local public health department on +493411230. This rule applies after flights, journeys by car, bus, train or any other means of transport.
Anyone who enters Germany from a risk area must self-isolate and inform the local public health department. Since 8 August, all persons entering from a designated COVID-19 risk area have also been required to present a negative coronavirus test which is no more than 48 hours old, or to take a coronavirus test within 72 hours. If the test result is negative, the local public health department can lift the quarantine requirement. Quarantine can be lifted at the earliest after five days if a person tests negative for coronavirus. You must present a negative COVID-19 test at the latest when requested by the health authorities.
Only persons entering from a risk area are entitled to a free test. When entering Germany, they must have spent time in the last 14 days in an area currently classified as a risk area by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). They are entitled to a free test within 10 days of entering the country. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, the person entering the country must demonstrate that they really have spent time in the risk area. This can be done by means of a boarding pass, a ticket, a hotel invoice or other proof.
Entering Germany From All “Third Countries” (information from 16 July 2020)
Entry into Germany from so-called third countries can be granted if there is an important reason for this. Entry may be granted to the following groups of persons or for the following travel purposes:
- Researchers (Sect. 18d of the German Residence Act (AufenthG))
- Foreign students whose studies cannot be carried out entirely from abroad (this requires a letter of admission and a certificate confirming the requirement for the student to attend classes in person).
Impact on the Standard Period of Study
On 5 May 2020, the University Senate issued a declaration on 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.
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 2020 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 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 2020 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 admission restrictions)
uni-assist: 15 April until 31 May 2020
AlmaWeb: 4 May until 31 May 2020
- Master’s (higher semester of study with admission restrictions)
uni-assist: 15 April until 15 July 2020
AlmaWeb: 4 May until 15 July 2020
- Master’s (unrestricted admissions)
uni-assist: 15 April until 31 May 2020
AlmaWeb: 4 June until 15 September 2020
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.
Suspension of Face-to-Face Consultations at the International Centre (information from 19 March 2020)
No personal consultations will be offered until further notice. We will do our best to deal with all your questions and concerns by email.
Impact on Erasmus+ funding: (valid for the summer semester and for stays abroad before 1 September 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 International Centre for reimbursement.
Financial support when cancelling an Erasmus+ stay abroad
- 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.
- Ending your stay early and not continuing your studies/internship abroad online:
- 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.
- 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.
Please use the period abroad declaration form for your new Erasmus+ statement.
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+.
Extending an Erasmus+ stay abroad
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:
Further contacts for funding matters
- Auslands-BAföG (International BAföG)
- DAAD scholarships: please speak to your DAAD contact
Recognition of credits earned abroad
Please contact the departmental coordinator with whom you also planned your stay abroad.
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.
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. We also recommend registering in its 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.