Coronavirus: Ulm University informs

Ulm University re-opens on 15 June and commences limited on-site operations (stage 3). Teaching staff and employees return to their workplaces in compliance with the hygiene rules.

Practical courses which require a laboratory, for example, can again be held at the University. On-campus examinations are also permitted - in compliance with the hygiene rules. The majority of courses of the summer semester, however, will be continued in online formats.

Research activities have already resumed a few weeks ago.

From 15 June, the general public will be able to visit our campus and thus the Botanical Garden again. The outdoor areas of the Botanical Garden (entrance University) will initially open on weekdays from 3:00 p.m. and all day on weekends.

The rules of distance and hygiene continue to apply throughout the University. A face mask (covering mouth and nose) must be worn in the hallways of the buildings and everywhere where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other people cannot be maintained.

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To help prevent the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) from spreading further, Ulm University was temporarily closed on 19 March. Only employees who were essential for emergency operations were allowed to enter the buildings. Other employees, teaching staff and students worked from home. The summer semester started on April 20 with pure online teaching.

On 4 May, Ulm University moved to stage 2: teaching staff as well as academic and non-academic staff were allowed to return to the University for work that could not be carried out in the home office. The same applied to students writing a thesis or taking an exam. Up to 100 people are now allowed to stay in the library building again and use the self-loan stations, for example. The learning areas of the library are available again after previous online reservation.

The large Mensas of the Studierendenwerk (student services) remain closed. However, some cafeterias have meanwhile re-opened.

Ulm University strives to minimise the negative effects of these measures on its students and staff. We will update you about further developments via email and on this website.

Decision of the Board: limited on-site operations (stage 3)

as of 26 June 2020

Important dates and information for current and prospective students

  • The lecture period of the summer semester 2020 ends on 21 August
  • The winter semester starts on 2 November 2020 and ends on 19 February 2021

Statutes of Ulm University - consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in the area of studying and teaching

Examinations during the coronavirus pandemic

Decision of the Board: concepts for teaching and studying from 6 May 2020 onwards

Special regulations: examinations, practical courses, excursions


Application deadlines and times for the winter semester 2020/21:

  • Application deadline for Bachelor's study programmes with unrestricted admission: 31 October 2020
  • Application period for study programmes with restricted admission via Stiftung Hochschulzulassung/ 1 July until 20 August 2020 (the registration period is specified in the letter of admission)
  • Application deadline for Master's programmes with locally restricted admission: 15 July
  • Individual application deadlines for Master's programmes with unrestricted admission

Further information on admission


The standard time to degree ("Regelstudienzeit") is extended for all students in Baden-Württemberg. The extension also increases the maximum duration of BAföG-support by one semester. This measure is a reaction to the hardships of the corona-related digital summer semester.

Interim financial aid for students funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Information on important areas of the University

  • Study & teaching

    Due to the corona pandemic, this summer semester's teaching activities have started in a digital format. Courses that were originally designed for classroom teaching are now held online.

    Practical course elements that require special laboratory or work rooms will be scheduled in the second half of the summer semester where possible.

    From 22 June onwards, up to 100 people are allowed to stay in the library building and may use the self-loan stations again. The learning areas of the library must be reserved online in advance. The submission deadlines for theses are extended by the duration of the library closure.

    For more information see Division (Dezernat) II – Student and International Affairs

    FAQs about Study and Teaching


  • Research

    Ulm University has resumed its research activities in compliance with the necessary protective measures. Additional regulations issued by the Board for limited on-site operations (stage 3) (or stage 2, if not covered by stage 3 regulations) apply. We ask institutional managers to implement these. Business trips are now possible within the Schengen area. If you are planning a business trip, please inform yourself about the situation at your destination ahead of time.

    Researchers can find further information on the website of Res.Ul.

    Information for researchers: third-party funds providers during the corona pandemic

  • Staff

    On 15 June 2020, Ulm University will commence limited on-site operations (stage 3). Employees return to their workplace at the University in compliance with the protection and hygiene measures.

    Information for staff and professors beyond the regulations laid out by the Board (corona pandemic – limited on-site operations (stage 3)) can be found here:

    Information from HR Services

    Information on occupational health and safety

    Information for researchers: third-party funds providers during the corona pandemic

  • Library, IT & media services (kiz)

    In stage 3, the Communication and Information Centre (kiz) runs most services in normal or restricted mode. All critical services for online teaching and home office work have been expanded or adapted.
    PC clusters remain closed until further notice.

    From 22 June 2020 onwards, the library is scheduled to open for further services (lending / reading room) on weekdays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    1. Instant collections of pre-ordered media
    2. Self-checkout from the library stock
    3. Use of the library as study location (via online reservation)

    For further and up-to-date information please see the information pages of the kiz

  • Infrastructure/Facility Management – Occupational health and safety

    During stage 3 (limited on-site operations), the University gradually re-opens: Employees can return to their workplaces and externals are allowed to visit the Botanical Garden, for example. The rules of social distancing and hygiene continue to apply on campus. In corridors, stairways, lobbies, lifts etc., face masks covering mouth and nose are mandatory and gatherings or lingering of any kind are prohibited. When you enter the building, please make sure to head to your workplace without detours or delays. You may remove your face mask once you get to the workplace, provided that the minimum distance to other persons is maintained.

    The doors at main entrances and exits are labelled with entrance and exit signs. The following basic rule applies: right path = entrance. Please make sure to avoid congestions and maintain the required safety distance. Side entrances can also be used.

    Events with physical presence must be kept to an absolute minimum.

    An overview of available rooms for the Central University Administration (ZUV) and for  examinations can be found here.

    We ask students to please contact the respective examiners or the corresponding secretariat with questions regarding exams (oral and written).

    As before, bookings are possible via the room administrators who can also advise you. In special cases please contact the following email address: lehrraumvergabe(at)

    For further information please see Division (Dezernat) V – Facility Management

    Information on occupational health and safety

  • Finances – Procurements, invoices & third-party funds

    With the cessation of emergency mode, the Finances department resumes its activities as usual.

    Division (Dezernat) IV

  • Communication

    The Press Office provides regular updates on the developments at Ulm University on this website. Particularly important information is also provided on the University's home page and via the social media of Ulm University (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - mostly in German).

    Please check your email inbox regularly. Especially during emergency mode, you may receive important messages from the university management, facility managers, lecturers, etc.

    The Press Office can be reached via the usual telephone numbers or by email.

General information about the coronavirus

washing hands

Ulm University strives to keep university members up-to-date about the latest developments relating to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Hygiene and safety measures have the purpose of protecting students and employees from possible infection.

The coronavirus is mainly transmitted via droplet infection. This can happen directly from person to person via the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, or indirectly via the hands. The symptoms of a coronavirus infection (COVID-19) range from fever, cough and shortness of breath to pneumonia.

We ask all members of the University to avoid physical contacts and to adhere to the same hygiene measures as are common practice during flu epidemics.

These include above all:

Detailed information on transmission and prevention of the novel coronavirus can be found on the website of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Protocol for cases of (suspected) infection

Persons who show flu-like symptoms and/or suspect that they may be infected with the coronavirus should first contact their general practitioner (by phone).

Outside the working hours of general practitioners, the emergency practices of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung (KV) are in charge. The phone number for emergency and on-call services throughout Germany is: 116117 (Mon - Fri from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sat/Sun from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.).

Those who are infected with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) receive medical treatment and are quarantined. Please provide a list of persons you had contact with at work to the Gesundheitsamt (public health department) to help trace the chain of infection.

Further information - Division (Dezernat) V (in German)

Further Information - coronavirus