Examinations during the corona crisis

Please find information regarding special requirements for examinations during the corona crisis below.
Please note that you are not allowed to participate in any on-site exams in person

  • if you are or have been in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus if 10 days have not yet passed since the last contact
  • if you have the typical symptoms of an infection with the corona virus, namely fever, dry cough, disturbance of the sense of taste or smell.

In these cases, have the symptoms checked by a doctor before you go for the test.

If the above mentioned coronary symptoms occur during your stay at Ulm University, please leave the university immediately. Contact with a doctor is strongly recommended. If a COVID19 test has been arranged, you are not allowed on campus between the test and the transmission of the result. If the test is positive, you are not allowed to enter the campus.

You must enter your contact details before each examen.

Please read the FAQs regarding exams below attentively and follow the regulations named therein.

Restrictions for attendance events

Currently, there have been restrictions on presence formats. For the period until 31 January 2021, the Presiding Board has approved the following compulsory attendance events:

  • absolutely necessary practical courses which require special laboratory/work rooms at the university (e.g. laboratory internships, preparation courses) or which are generally not available in digital form (e.g. internships with patient contacts, excursions in accordance with FSPO)
  • absolutely necessary laboratory work in connection with final theses
  • oral university examinations and state examinations as well as examinations and exams

Attendance at the University of Ulm is suspended; digital formats and other distance learning formats are permitted.

Attendance examinations must be carried out in compliance with hygiene and distance regulations. For written attendance examinations, there is an obligation to wear an FFP2 mask during the examination from 01.02.2021. In all other respects, there is a permanent obligation to cover one's mouth and nose - even during the courses.


Wearing an FFP2 mask during written exams will be mandatory for students and invigilators from 01.02.2021.

General regulations

Is exam inspection possible??

Lecturers have been informed how to offer exam inspections. If you wish to inspect your written exam, please contact your examiner. Moreover, you have the right to inspect your exam up to one year after taking it independent of your success.

Can exams during the Corona crisis also be taken online?

  1. The examiners can offer "Oral Online Exams". The decision whether to offer an "Online Oral Exam" is made by the examiners.
  2. Exams are registered in exactly the same way as oral on-site exams. The registration for an oral online examination takes place via Hochschulportal.  After registration, you make an appointment with the examiner.
  3. Please note that if you have already registered for an examination as oral on-site, you must contact Studiensekretariat  to cancel the on-site examination registration; only then is it possible to register for an oral online examination.
  4. By registering for the online oral examination, you declare your consent to take the exam in online format.
  5. It is not planned to offer written examinations in online format.

Can the examiner change the exam format e.g., an assignment, oral online examination etc. instead of a written exam?

Yes, according to § 4 paragraph 5 of the Statutes of Ulm University as a consequence of the effects of the corona pandemic in the area of study and teaching of 17 May 2020, examiners can change the exam format. The decision on this is made by the examiners. The decisive factor in changing the examination format is not the concrete form of the exam, but the preservation of the principle of equality of opportunity. The alternative exam format must be comparable in its requirements for the competences to be examined with regard to the exam contents and the degree of difficulty with the format provided for in the exam regulations or in the module handbook for the relevant exam.

When can I withdraw from an exam?

In the summer semester of 2020, the exams dates determined by the examiners must be observed by the students. This means that the general regulations on the cancellation of examinations for good cause apply. This includes the fact that you belong to a risk group and that an infection can have serious consequences for you. The application for withdrawal from the examination must be made immediately in writing or electronically before the examination and must be substantiated (e.g. by a medical certificate).
An important reason to withdraw from the exam also exists if you have already made arrangements before 17.04.2020 and the decision on the change of the lecture period of the summer semester 2020, which lead to absences in the period from 17.08. to 18.09.2020 and the scheduled exam date falls within this period.

I belong to a risk group for severe COVID-19 disease. Can I still take an exam?

Of course, it is possible to take part in an oral online examination under the conditions specified there.
In the case of a written or oral exam in presence, you have the possibility to either apply to the Prüfungsausschuss for compensation of disadvantages and, if possible, to apply for a possible assignment of your own processing room or for larger distances to the other candidates and the examiners/observer; make this application in time before the beginning of your examination; we recommend at least 14 days before the examination; rooms may have to be found and rooms, tables, seating etc. must be professionally cleaned and sufficiently ventilated before each exam.

Taking oral exams

What hygiene regulations must I observe?

  1. Mouth-nose cover must be worn on the roads in the university buildings and there is a ban on staying and gathering in the buildings. The examination room is to be visited quickly after entering the building.
  2. The rooms are equipped with disinfectants to disinfect the hands. Furthermore, disinfectant wipes are available in every room with which the tables and chairs can be disinfected on a voluntary basis.
  3. The house rules of Ulm University apply to all examination participants when they make their way to the exam rooms. There must be a distance of at least 1.5 metres between all persons involved (examiners, examinee, other members of the examination board) (e.g., 3 tables with 60 cm each). If this minimum distance cannot be maintained, mouth-nose covers must be worn.  
  4. After the end of the examination, the student must leave the university premises without delay. 

What do I have to bring to the oral exam?

  • A declaration of your state of health and contact with Covid-19 infected persons is no longer necessary.
  • You can find information on the legally regulated data collection here.
  • Please bring your own pens to the exam.

Taking written exams

What hygiene measures must I observe?

  1. On the premises of Ulm University, a mouth and nose cover must be worn; moreover, it is forbidden to gather and linger in corridors and open spaces. After entering the building, quickly walk to the examination room. Moreover, the hygiene protection measures of Ulm University must be followed.
  2. Wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory in examinations from 01.02.2021.
  3. Find out in advance which examination room has been assigned to you. Please arrive on time for the start of the examination. Please take the shortest route to the examination room. Wait in front of the examination room until an invigilator invites you to enter. Groupings are strictly prohibited.
  4. When entering the examination room, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons.
  5. The rooms are equipped with disinfectants to disinfect the hands. Furthermore, disinfectant wipes are available in every room with which the tables and chairs can be disinfected on a voluntary basis.
  6. Seats must be occupied row by row starting with the seat furthest from the entrance.
  7. Your student ID card must be placed clearly visibly on the desk before you.
  8. Please leave the University premises quickly after completing the exam.

What must I bring for the written exam?

Apart from the usual things (pens, approved aids, etc.), it is important that you bring your student ID card with you. A declaration about your state of health is not necessary. You can find information on the legally regulated data collection here. Wearing an FFP2 mask during the examination is compulsory from 01.02.2021. Remember to get such a mask in time before the exam.