Information page regarding Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2): FAQ about studies
On this page you will find a list of FAQs concerning the consequences and measures of the University of Hildesheim regarding the coronavirus. This list is constantly updated and does not claim to be complete. Please have in mind that we cannot provide an answer to every question you might have and that many things are yet to be clarified.
Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2): Information and important advices from University of Hildesheim
Legal since 11.05.2020: Niedersächsische Verordnung zur Bekämpfung der Corona-Pandemie
Most of the university staff, including Teaching and Administration Department, is currently working from home. Thus, the colleagues can only be reached by phone or e-mail. In case of doubt, please check the website of the respective department for the corresponding service hours.
Students can use the university facilities in groups of maximum 4 people. Seminar, conference and group work rooms as well as lecture halls are locked.
The University library has its own FAQ platform regarding its closure. For more information please check the following website: www.uni-hildesheim.de/bibliothek/benutzen-lernen-arbeiten/faq-bibliotheksschliessung/
The opening hours of the University buildings are the following:
Monday - Friday: 06:00 - 20:00 o’clock
Saturday: 07:00 - 17:00 o’clock
You can access the validation machines only on these hours.
Beginning of the winter semester 2020/21
The winter semester 2020/21 begins on 19.10.2020 with the introduction week. The lecture period starts from 26.10.2020.
Due to the already existing health risk caused by the Corona pandemic, the University of Hildesheim is again preparing for the conduction of an online semester for the coming winter semester. The Ministry of Science of Lower Saxony announced the following in writing on 23 June 2020: “Because of the dynamic spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, a reliable estimation of the infection cases in the coming autumn and of the necessary protection measures against the infection is not possible at this point.”
However, the University of Hildesheim as a brick and mortar university strives to return to classroom teaching as soon as possible. For a responsible crisis management there will be held continuous inspections of possible attendance formats based on the existing hygiene protection plan. Thus, the term hybrid semester is used throughout Germany. A presence on the university campus will be made possible step by step. However, nobody knows at this point whether and to what extend this will be possible in the winter semester. The combination of online and classroom-based courses will not be excluded as an option. However, no responsible decision can be made at the present time.
Attendance examinations are already taking place in present times under the strict guidelines of the hygiene protection plan.
Yes. The introduction week will take place from 19.10 to 22.10.2020. The University of Hildesheim is currently working on a programme that includes both online sessions and attendance events. The complete programme will be announced in September.
You can find more information on the following website: www.uni-hildesheim.de/est.
Please check first the website of the University. Should your question is still not answered, please contact the respective examiners.
The examiners make this decision.
Please contact the examination office responsible for you.
Please note that there’re currently no personal consulting hours. Instead of that, you can contact the staff of examination office by telephone or e-mail.
If you have important questions regarding your examination matters, which affect not only you but also many other students, e.g. the consequences of postponing exams, you will find a lot of information in this FAQ list.
If you still need general information, Mr Markus Flohr (Head of the Matriculation and Examination Office) and Mrs Dr. Angelika Obstoj (Head of Department 3 for Study Matters) will be happy to help you.
Postponed exams, which would take place between 01.04 and 31.05.2020, will be assigned to the winter semester.
The diploma date is always the date of the last test performance (or academic achievement, should you acquire one after the last test performance).
Thus, the date, on which you actually completed test performance, appears on your diploma. The date of issue is also shown. This also applies for the other degree documents.
Furthermore, the Examination Office will issue a certificate for those who acquired their degree due to coronavirus in the next examination period, i.e. between 01.04 and 31.05.2020, stating that the degree is to be assigned to the winter semester 2019/20 because of the extended examination period and the reasons behind that.
Exams and academic achievements, which require university attendance, are prohibited until 18.04.2020. The exams will either be postponed until the end of the protective measures or they can be performed in an alternative form, e.g. with support of IT. The examiners decide whether one or the other is the case.
Exams with attendance
Here you can find the schedule for exams in attendance for the summer semester 2020 that will take place until october, 16th.: https://www.uni-hildesheim.de/media/E-Learning2020/Praesenz-Pruefungsplan_29062020-15102020.pdf
Information about exams in attendance for the winter semester 2020/21 will be published here as soon as possible.
Re-registration / semester fee
The refund is possible up to one month after the beginning of lectures. You can find the application for de-registration here:
The deadline for de-registration has been extended until August, 14th for the next winterterm starting in october. If you have problems with your scheduled de-registration due to coronavirus, please contact the person responsible for you at the Matriculation Office by e-mail: https://www.uni-hildesheim.de/dez3/immatrikulationsamt/
Bachelor and Master Thesis
Yes, you no longer need the signature of your supervisor to register your Bachelor's or Master's thesis. Instead of that, examiners will provide the relevant information directly to the Examination Office by e-mail.
Until further notice, please send your Bachelor's or Master's thesis only as a PDF file by e-mail to the examination office responsible for you. From there it will be forwarded to the reviewers. There is no need to hand in printed copies.
Until further notice, you must also send the declaration of originality by e-mail to the examination office responsible for you. Print out the declaration, sign it and send a scan or photo to the Examination Office.
Study Organisation and Financing
You can find latest information about BAföG and how is it conducted within the corona situation in the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF):
According to SVHI and RVHI (bus transport) and NITAG (rail transport) the following exceptions apply:
Bus: The old WiSe 2019/20 tickets will still be accepted. However, the validity for the summer semester 2020 has to be proven by an additional certificate of enrolment for the SoSe 2020. This regulation applies until further notice.
Railway: The valid certificate of enrolment for the summer semester 2020 together with a valid official ID photo are accepted as travel authorisation. The latter corresponds to the semester ticket. This regulation applies in the period from 01.04.2020 to initially 31.07.2020.
Transition from Bachelor to Master studies
Regarding corona-related delays of the completion of Bachelor’s degree, please contact the person responsible for you at the Matriculation Office by e-mail, describing the concrete circumstances. On 17.03.2020 the Presidential Board of the University decided that in such cases the deadline for providing proof for the Bachelor's degree will be extended until the end of the summer semester 2020 (i.e. until 30.09.2020). This means that you can continue your Master's studies without interruption, provided you re-register.
Bei coronabedingten Verzögerungen im Hinblick auf die Beendigung des Bachelorstudiums wenden Sie sich bitte per E-Mail unter Schilderung der genauen Umstände an die für Sie zuständige Sachbearbeiterin im . Das Präsidium der Universität hat am 17.03.2020 beschlossen, dass die Nachweisfrist für den Bachelorabschluss in solchen Fällen bis zum Ende des Sommersemester 2020 (also bis zum 30.09.2020) verlängert wird. So können Sie, Rückmeldung vorausgesetzt, ohne Unterbrechung Ihr Masterstudium fortsetzen.
No. Students who have been admitted with conditions and would have to prove the fulfilment of these conditions by the end of the winter semester 2019/20, but cannot do that because of the corona crisis, will also be granted an extension until the end of the summer semester 2020 (i.e. until 30.09.2020). Please contact the person responsible for you at the Matriculation Office by e-mail, describing the concrete circumstances.