FAQ for students

Last modification: 23.10.2020 / 2:00 pm

Will the start of the 2020/21 winter semester be postponed?

The 2020/21 winter semester at the OVGU starts as usual on October 1st, 2020. Please take the details from the academic year schedule.

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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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In which form do the courses take place in the winter semester?

The OVGU is university with classroom teaching. This remains the desirable standard, supplemented and enriched by digital formats with which innovative teaching and learning goals are pursued. However, assuming that the current pandemic-related contact and distance regulations apply from the winter semester 2020/21, a not inconsiderable proportion of digital teaching will still be unavoidable.

In particular, however, students in the 1st Bachelor's semester should preferably be given the opportunity to attend classroom lectures; students in higher semesters or Master's students should be given a minimum number of classroom lectures.

The OVGU is currently planning the coming winter semester 2020/2021, details of which will be available on the website at the beginning of September.

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What hygiene rules are existing?

At present, the disinfection of classrooms for attendance courses/examinations with more than 15 participants* is ensured by the Building Services Department (K51). K51 must be informed accordingly. For face-to-face events with less than 15 participants the disinfection is the responsibility of the organisers. This also applies to the use of premises by third parties. Surface disinfectant is provided by K51. If necessary, disposable gloves and mouth-nose covers will be made available by the Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (K43) for participation in face-to-face events.

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

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When will the examinations of the winter semester 2019/20 be made up?

On July 15, 2020, the Senate of the University of Magdeburg decided on changes and adjustments regarding the grading of exams. They are valid for the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/21. Catch-up examinations from the winter semester 2019/20 are not affected! Catch-up examinations are all examinations which could not be written in the period from March 13 – 31, 2020 and for which new examination dates were set.

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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 summer semester 2020 and 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 current summer semester 2020 and 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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Do examinations and written examinations take place?

Since 4 May 2020, examinations may in principle be held at the university again. However, these will only be allowed to be carried out under strict hygienic conditions, which are still being developed. The examination dates will be organised by the faculties. For more information, please refer to the corresponding portals, the websites of your faculties or your examination office. We ask for your understanding that examinations can only be organised gradually and that we cannot make any more concrete statements at present.

Specific hygiene standards must be taken into account when conducting tests. These can be found in the information sheet for teachers and students.

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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.
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

All relevant service instructions must be observed.

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Are there oral examinations?

Oral examinations can be held in sufficiently large rooms in compliance with the rules of distance. Only the student to be examined, the examiner and the assessor take part in the examination. For examinations from the winter semester 2019/20, which could not take place so far due to the Corona Pandemic, students must be informed promptly whether their registration for the examination still exists or whether they have to re-register for individual examinations.

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Do I have to deregister myself from registered examinations?

Examination registrations remain legally valid, but there are changes to the procedure for the current summer semester 2020 and the following winter semester 2020/2021: Non-attendance of examinations will automatically be considered as withdrawal.

However, also in the interest of sustainability, we would like to encourage you to contact your examination office if you wish to withdraw from an examination.

Changes will be communicated via your student e-mail address 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. Changes will be communicated via your student e-mail address 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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Where can I submit applications for study organization?

Students can drop applications for enrollment or de-registration and other written correspondence regarding the organization of their studies in the mailbox in front of building 9 (Security). Attention: Please use the red mailbox with the Otto-von-Guericke logo, not the letterbox of the Biberpost! In addition, you can also send these applications by post to the relevant institutions.

Please try to meet the deadlines 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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Where can I hand in my homework or final papers?

Due to the current situation, theses can no longer be handed in personally at the examination offices, Campus Service Center or the security service. They should be handed in primarily by post and addressed directly to the responsible examination office of the faculty. If it is not possible to send the thesis by post, it is possible to drop the thesis or study documents in the red mailbox in front of building 09. These will then be forwarded to the responsible offices.

Attention: Please use the red mailbox with the Otto-von-Guericke logo, not the mailbox of Biberpost! In addition, you can also send these papers by post to the relevant examination offices. Please try to meet the deadlines set! You can find further information on the Campus Service Center website.

For the submission of final theses please contact your local examination office in advance!

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What information is available about using the University Library?

The University Library oft he OVGU has been open to the public to a limited extent since May 4, 2020. Please observe the prescribed hygiene measures. 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 about using the facilities of the Studentenwerk?

canteen:

Currently, guests of the UniCampus and Mensa Herrenkrug refectories can again take a seat in the building and enjoy their meals. Pier 16 on Magdeburg's UniCampus continues to offer a mobile food service for self-pickup. All other university catering facilities will remain closed until further notice. Please observe the hygiene regulations of the respective refectories and find the opening hours on the respective websites.

InfoPoints:

At the moment we have opened the InfoPoint of the UniCampus canteen as follows:

  • Tuesday - Thursday between 11:00 - 13:00

Office for the Promotion of Training (BAFöG Office):

No personal office hours until further notice. BAföG staff can be reached by telephone at the following times:

  • Mon. and Thurs. 9.00 - 15.00 hrs, Tues 9.00 - 18.00 hrs, Fri. 9.00 - 13.00 hrs

Living:

No personal office hours until further notice.

You can find more information about the services offered by the Studentenwerk Magdeburg on the website.

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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 on how to use the sports centre?

The Hochschulsport Magdeburg offers indoor as well as outdoor sports. The basis is a hygiene concept, which also applies to third party users. Extract from the hygiene concept:

  • The stay in the sports facility is to be reduced to a minimum.
  • Disinfection of the sports equipment immediately before and after use by the sports club or sports group must be cleaned with disinfectant provided.
  • Changing rooms and showers can be used again if the rules of distance are observed.
  • Attendance lists are still kept.
  • Competitions and point games may take place in compliance with the regulations of the top professional associations; spectators are not allowed in the course or training facilities.

Enrolment will take place with a new course and administration software. Further information is available here.

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What effects will these postponements have on examinations in the summer semester 2020?

The examination schedule for the summer semester 2020 has already been worked on and planned for months. Information on deadlines will be 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. All information is subject to resolutions/changes by the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digitization and the University of Magdeburg. For the examinations of the summer semester 2020, it can be assumed until further notice that the examination periods will essentially be adhered to as provided for in the 2019/2020 academic year schedule.

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Are the deadlines for term papers and theses extended by postponing the semester?

There is currently no general extension of deadlines for term papers. Should you not be able to complete your final paper/thesis through no fault of your own, we will try to find an individual solution. If necessary, please contact your lecturers or your responsible examination office, for example, if you have questions about obtaining literature.

Please also note the information regarding the submission of term papers and theses!

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Can I validate my student card?

You can still validate your student card.

You will find further validation stations in the following buildings:

  • Building 06 (entrance area)

Important: Due to the location at the University Hospital, students of the Medical Faculty are also requested to visit the main campus for validation.

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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 Federal Ministry of 29.09.2020, the travel returnees/entrants must be quarantined for 14 days. The quarantine is not necessary if you, as a returnee, submit a negative corona test, which should not be older than 48 hours, to the public health department upon entry. Send the test by e-mail to einreise-risikogebiet@ga.magdeburg.de. You must be in quarantine until you are notified by the Health Department. Furthermore, you can take a free test within 10 days 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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Can final theses be registered at the examination office?

Yes, registration is possible. At the examination offices, registration is currently only possible by post or e-mail. A list of the examination offices can be found here.

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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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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 ovgundfamilie@ovgu.de.

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

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Are the semester fees refunded?

No, the semester fees are a fixed rate. Furthermore, the semester is temporarily held online, so there is no need for a refund.

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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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Last Modification: 23.10.2020 - Contact Person: Peer Niehof