FAQ for students

Last modification: 01.12.2020 / 10:15 am

Which hygiene regulations currently apply at the OVGU?

The hygiene measures that have been announced since the beginning of the pandemic still apply. These include:

  • Maintaining a minimum distance of 1.50 metres,
  • Frequent hand washing,
  • Regular ventilation in closed rooms,
  • Cough and sneeze label,
  • Abstention from shaking hands and hugs,
  • Wearing of mouth and nose coverings suitable for everyday use in all public buildings and for students during face-to-face events. The obligation to wear masks will be extended to the following outdoor areas: Cafeteria and library forecourt, Denhardt-Strasse (street from Campus Service Center until building 22). Even outdoors, it is important to keep your distance and wear a mask if distances cannot be maintained.
  • All lectures are to be held in an online format - seminars, exercises, tutorials or practical courses can - where necessary - take place in classroom teaching under the applicable hygiene regulations.
  • Classroom events outside of teaching and research activities do not take place. Included are events offered by student initiatives, university sports, clubs and university music.
  • In addition, committee and commission meetings as well as meetings of any kind must be held online; this also includes meetings of student groups. Group formations on the entire campus area are to be avoided. 

It is still recommended that patients with symptoms of infection be isolated in their own homes. If it cannot be ruled out that those affected have been infected with the corona virus, a test should always be carried out in cases of doubt (fever centre). Those affected and their superiors can decide on their own responsibility what measures are to be taken. An example of a differentiated approach is, for example, a known allergy that regularly manifests itself through snuff-like symptoms (hay fever). In such cases, it must be jointly agreed which measures are appropriate.

If you have had contact with a confirmed corona patient or have received a positive result yourself, please report this immediately to  

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What does the schedule for the winter semester 2020/21 look like?

The exact details of the semester schedule can be found in the academic year schedule.

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Which events can take place?

Depending on the valid level of the gradual plan, there may be different proportions of presence. The design of the classroom teaching can be completely different, e.g. division into several small groups or one group in attendance and the other virtually connected.

Currently the University of Magdeburg is in level 3.

In order to prevent and support the strategy of the Federal Government and the state governments to contain the pandemic, all lectures are to be held in an online format - seminars, exercises, tutorials or practical courses can - where necessary - take place in classroom teaching under the applicable hygiene regulations.

Presence events outside the teaching and research environment do not take place. Included are events offered by student initiatives, university sports, clubs and university music. Courses in the context of sports studies may take place under particularly strict hygiene conditions.

In addition, committee and commission meetings as well as meetings of any kind must be held online; this also includes meetings of student groups. Group formations on the entire campus area are to be avoided. 

University rooms will no longer be made available for external events.

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In which form do the courses take place?

In order to prevent and support the strategy of the Federal Government and the state governments to contain the pandemic, there will be further restrictions on classroom teaching from Monday, November 09th, 2020, when stage III comes into force. From then on, all lectures are to be held in an online format - seminars, exercises, tutorials or practical courses can - where necessary - take place in classroom teaching under the applicable hygiene regulations.

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How can I register for attendance events?

Detailed information on the registration process for classroom teaching on the university campus can be found on the following page.

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Due to quarantine or travel restrictions, it is not possible to participate in classroom teaching events. Is the content provided?

No disadvantages should arise from non-participation. All course contents must be available in an online version without barriers. The respective teacher can decide on the format. Thus, different variants are possible - for example, a script, a podcast or a video. Please contact your lecturers and/or course directors if you have any questions or problems.

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What hygiene rules are existing?

Details of hygiene regulations for the winter semester 2020/21 can be found here.

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Can Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral examinations take place?

Bachelor's and Master's defences/colloquia can be held provided that only the student and the required number of examiners participate and that the necessary room size/spacing is provided (maximum number of participants up to 4 persons).
The university public of such examinations can be established via digital media e.g. a video conference, livestream or similar. The DSGVO must be observed. Students should contact their examiners and the responsible examination office by phone or e-mail.

Final examinations for PhDs, master's and bachelor's theses can be taken if all of the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • Only the student and the minimum required number of examiners may participate in the examinations (individual examination). Exams in seminar form are not permitted. The same applies to public attendance.
  • Both the examiners and the students must initially agree to the examination. In the event that students or examiners are not prepared to take the examination for health reasons, the examination must be postponed.
  • The examiners must ensure that the required safety distances are maintained. The minimum distance of two meters must be maintained between two persons.
  • Both examiners and students must not show any suspected symptoms of corona disease. Suspected symptoms are in particular:
    • a) influenza-like signs of infection, b) previous travel to risk areas, c) contact with infected persons
  • The hygiene concept and the currently valid level of the graduated plan must be observed.

All relevant service instructions must be observed.

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Will there be any changes with regard to the examinations in the winter semester 2020/21?

On July 15, 2020, the Senate of the University of Magdeburg passed resolutions on changes and amendments regarding the evaluation of examinations. They are valid for the winter semester 2020/21, but do not affect catch-up examinations from the winter semester 2019/20.*

  • The repetition of a module examination or a graded piece of work during the course of study is not tied to a specific semester or another determinable date. In concrete terms, this means that all repetition periods are interrupted for the winter semester 2020/21.
  • A written module examination (written exam) or an oral module examination (except for presentations in seminars and final seminars/colloquia), which is graded as "insufficient (5.0)", is considered a withdrawal from the examination - not a failed attempt. This does not apply, however, if the grade "not sufficient (5.0)" is due to an act of deception. The study programme for human medicine is exempt from the regulations.
  • Non-participation in examinations shall automatically be considered as withdrawal from the examination.

* Catch-up examinations, are all examinations that could not be written in the period from 13 to 31 March 2020 and for which new examination dates have been set.

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Are the examination offices open?

The examination offices are currently open. Please refer to the respective websites of the faculties for opening hours and contact persons or use the Service Point Exams. Please observe the hygiene regulations of the Campus Service Center!

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What information is available about using the university library?

Magdeburg University Library has been open to the public to a limited extent since May 4th, 2020. Please refer to the corresponding information on the University Library's website

Among other things, the University Library offers digital loans or the provision of semester materials. You can find more information about the library's services here.

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What information is available on how to use the IT Service Point and URZ?

Personal contact with the IT Service Point is possible from 19 October 2020, Monday to Friday from 07:00 - 17:00. All other areas of the University Computer Center will remain closed to the public until further notice. Further information can be found here.

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What information is available about using the facilities of the Studentenwerk?

The refectories on the unicampus and the Kellercafé will be open for direct consumption exclusively for students and university staff from Wednesday, November 4th, 2020. The same applies to the cafeterias. For guests of the university, only to-go consumption is possible here.

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What information is available on the use of the sports centre?

Unfortunately, the offers of the sports center cannot be used from 2 November 2020, including outdoor sports courses. However, the sports center currently offers online sports courses.

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What regulations are there for internships or traineeships that cannot be carried out?

Information on internships, traineeships, etc. is communicated via your student e-mail or via the websites of the examination offices of the faculties. Please save the website of your examination office as a bookmark and check it regularly for updates.

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Can I break off my studies abroad without any disadvantages?

In case of an Erasmus+ stay abroad:
Students who go to the regions concerned to complete an Erasmus+ stay and then abandon it, will receive their Erasmus grant for the days spent abroad or the costs incurred if they return early, even if the minimum duration is not reached.

If you are already abroad to study, please inform your examination office in case you wish to drop out and ask your questions about the possible recognition of subjects and grades in this special case. If you have any (travel) organizational questions, please contact the International Office. (E-Mail).

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Does Corona cause disadvantages with regard to BAföG payments?

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has assured that BAföG recipients will continue to receive support in the current situation. You can find information on this here. In addition, students who are demonstrably in acute need due to the Corona pandemic will be helped with a total of 100 million euros in grants. They are awarded through the student and student services. Online application here.

In addition, students can apply for interest-free loans of up to 650 € per month from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). You can find more information here. The staff of the Studentenwerk Magdeburg is available for personal advice.

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Do I receive financial support from the university?

As Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg we want to show that we are there for our students even in the current situation and that we understand their needs and take them seriously. Together with the Society of Friends and Sponsors of the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg e.V., the University of Magdeburg collects donations for an emergency fund to help students. From this fund, they can receive a one-time grant of 450 Euros to cover their living expenses so that they can be supported at short notice. Detailed information can be found here.

The OVGU's scholarship programmes also offer a possibility for financial support. The Germany Scholarship supports high-performing and socially committed students for at least two semesters with 300 euros per month. It is financed proportionately by the federal government and the sponsoring companies.

The Company Scholarship is advertised twice a year by companies in Saxony-Anhalt. These companies define the award criteria and support scholarship holders with at least 300 euros per month. Applications for both scholarships are currently possible from June 1 to July 15, 2020 via the scholarship portal.

The Family Scholarship supports OVGU students with families in the final semester with 300 euros per month for half a year. The application for the winter semester 2020/21 is possible until 15 July 2020 by e-mail to

Further information about the scholarships at the OVGU can be found here.

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What do I have to do when I travel to Germany from a risk area?

According to an order of the quarantine regulation of Saxony-Anhalt of 27.10.2020, the travel returnees/entrants must be quarantined for 10 days. A negative COVID-19 testresult on paper or an electronic document in German, English or French may be taken no more than 48 hours before entry or must be taken upon entry into Germany. This reduces the quarantine period from 10 to 5 days. Send the test by e-mail to . You must be in quarantine until you are notified by the Health Department. If you enter without a test result, the test must be taken at least five days after entry. You can take a free test in the "Fieberambulanz" (Brandenburger Str. 8, 39104 Magdeburg).

Please register your arrival on our quarantine form and we will inform the public health authorities. If you do not want to be tested the mandatory quarantine time remains 14 days.

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What should be done if there were contacts with infected persons (category I contacts)?

Category I contact persons include people who have been in close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 virus infection. Information about this can be obtained from the public health department, the infected person himself or herself or through the Corona Warning App (high risk level: red indicator).

Close contact means:

  • There was at least 15 minutes (cumulative) contact with the affected person in a closed room and face-to-face (e.g. conversation).
  • There was direct contact with secretions or body fluids of a confirmed Covid-19 case: for example, by coughing or sneezing.
  • During a flight with a confirmed Covid-19 case on board, passengers in the same row of seats and the two rows in front and behind the infected person are affected.

 Once the positive test is known, these persons must report urgently to the health authorities and restrict handling. If there are no symptoms, voluntary quarantine must be maintained until the test results are available, even without official instructions. If possible, mobile work should be arranged with superiors. If the test result is positive, the public health department will decide on further steps.

In this case please report the contact also via the mail  

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What rules apply if there was no close contact with an infected person or with a Category I contact person?

Persons without direct personal contact with a Covid 19 infection case are referred to as Category II contact persons. These persons are advised to reduce contact with other people, to pay particular attention to hygiene rules, to wear more mouth and nose cover to protect others and to contact their family doctor and/or health authorities immediately if symptoms indicate a Covid-19 infection. If an infection is nevertheless more likely, mobile work can be arranged for employees to interrupt any chains of infection.

If contact has only been made with a Category I contact person, it is important to keep a close eye on whether symptoms are developing. Otherwise, no further measures are necessary. The special hygiene rules should be observed even more meticulously than before. If possible, home offices can be arranged for employees in coordination with their superiors. The risk assessment depends on the extent and intensity of the contact.

These regulations also apply if the Corona-Warnapp indicates a low risk level (green or yellow).

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Last Modification: 01.12.2020 - Contact Person: Peer Niehof