Coronavirus: Ulm University informs

On 2 November, the lecture period of the winter semester 2020/21 starts under corona conditions. The second half of the academic year is designed as a mosaic semester – with a mixture of online and on-campus courses. Especially practice-oriented courses and those that are very interactive will be held on campus with an appropriate hygiene concept. We also endeavour to give our first-year students as many on-campus opportunities to get to know the University and their fellow students. The overall motto for the winter semester is 'Making studying safe and secure': The final details will depend largely on the infection situation at the time.

Ulm University places utmost priority on the health protection of its students and staff: The hygiene and distance regulations laid out by the Board in its decision on the corona pandemic – limited on-site operations (stage 3) continue to apply throughout the campus. A face mask covering mouth and nose must be worn on all traffic routes of the buildings and where ever the minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other people cannot be maintained.

In order to ensure the tracking of potential chains of infection, the contact details of all participants are collected during courses and other gatherings. Contact data collection also applies to any central and decentral areas and facilities where study and teaching takes place. The library of Ulm University has re-opened for media lending and as a place for studying: However, the reading places in the Central Library and in Helmholtzstraße must be booked online (in German only). If you intend to eat at the Mensa, please contact the Studierendenwerk Ulm (in German only) to reserve a seat.

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To help contain the coronavirus pandemic, Ulm University was closed on 19 March. Only staff who were essential for emergency mode operations were allowed to enter the buildings. Other staff, university teachers and students have worked from home. The summer semester started on 20 April with pure online teaching.

From 4 May onwards, the regulations became less strict (emergency mode 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 done in the home office. The same applied to students who were writing their thesis or taking an exam.

On 15 June, the University opened up further and moved to limited on-site operations (stage 3). Employees and teaching staff have returned to their workplaces in compliance with the hygiene and distance regulations. Exams as well as practical courses that require, for example, a laboratory workstation can now be held on campus again. 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.

Board decision: Corona pandemic limited on-site operations (stage 3)

Information page about studying in the winter semester

As of: 08 October 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.

Information on important areas of the University

  • Study & teaching

    Due to the corona pandemic, Ulm University offers a mixture of classroom and online teaching in the winter semester 20/21.

    Please inform yourself!

    Information on studying in the winter semester 20/21 (Currently available in german only!)

    Notes on examinations for students

    Notes on examinations for examiners

    Reading and learning places are available at the library with (online) reservation. (Available in german only!)

    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)

    With the beginning of the lecture period the Communication and Information Centre (kiz) extends the opening hours of the Central Library and offers orientation tours for new students.

    Opening hours of the Central Library (from 2 November on):

    Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Opening until 30 October: weekdays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Services offered:

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


    Please note the maximum allowed number of persons in the library rooms:

    • 222 reading places (80 places on the 1st floor, 106 places on the ground floor and 36 places on the basement), each at tables spaced at least 1.50 metres apart, including 4 group work rooms
    • 28 people who either collect printouts at the printer or do research in the open stack stocks

    Orientation tours for new students take place throughout the winter semester before the library opens at 10:00 a.m.

    The Helmholtzstraße library offers 30 study stations - reservation required! (Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4: p.m.).

    PC clusters remain closed until further notice.

    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:

  • Hand hygiene
  • Coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • Keeping away (1 - 2 meters) from other people
  • Wear a face mask in buildings and everywhere where no distance can be kept
  • Ventilate closed rooms regularly

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

News - coronavirus

New student information page for the winter semester

Updates for the Mensas / cafeterias of the Studierendenwerk (student services): Please reserve (in German only) a seat in advance