Study­ing in times of the Coronavirus pan­demic

For all stu­dents

How does Corona affect the examination period?

The examination period begins on 25.01. and ends on 5.2.

If circumstances require, the examination period can be extended by up to two weeks.

Information on the examination period can be found in the Academic Calendar.

How can subject counselling appointments take place?

Until further notice, specialised student advisory services can no longer be carried out in person. If you have already made an appointment, please contact your specialised student advisory services office. Telephone consultations are still allowed.

Click here to find the relevant specialised student advisory services office.

Is the HNU library open?

The library is closed until further notice, but can be reached by phone via +49731/9762-2706 and by email via bibliothek[at]hnu[dot]de: Mon-Thu: 9am-4pm; Fri: 9am-1pm.

In addition, the library will again provide media in the lockers.  Please proceed as follows:

  1. Send the list of desired media, sorted alphabetically by signature, by e-mail to bibliothek[at]hnu[dot]de. (In the case of pick-up notifications for reserved media and interlibrary loans, you can also reply directly to the notification e-mail).
  2. You will receive a reply e-mail from us as soon as the media are ready for collection. In this reply email you will find the locker number and the PIN.
  3. Collection is possible from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. You can enter Building A through the outer door near the library.

You can also find all current information on the library's page.

Are the cafeteria and mensa still open?

Who can I turn to, if I find it difficult to cope with the mental stress caused by the corona crisis?

Please feel free to contact Christoph Giebeler at the BIZEPS Family and Social Counselling Service Office.

Counselling services are also provided by the pastors of the student church ministries (opens in a new window): Stephan Schwarz (Protestant) and Michael Zips (Catholic).

For many courses "Zoom" is used as a video conferencing solution. In the media there is currently much criticism of this software. Why does HNU use it anyway?

The university administration in Bavaria are basically convinced that there is no technically viable alternative to Zoom in the current situation.

You can find further explanations on the page of our data protection commissioner.



Will the Corona pandemic postpone the application deadlines?

That depends on the degree programme you want.

Start of the application period

For almost all degree programmes, the application period begins as usual on 15.11.

For Bachelor's degree programmes with restricted admissions, the application period does not begin until 1 December.
This concerns:

  • Physician Assistant
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Business Psychology

End of the application period

The application period for all Bachelor's degree programmes ends on 15 January 2021.

If the application deadlines are extended or postponed, it will be communicated to the affected degree programmes. You can find an overview of the application deadlines here.

For the degree programmes Information Management in Health Care and Business Informatics, the application process runs via THU and the deadlines there apply.

Will the start of studies for first-year students in the 2021 summer semester be postponed?

As before, lectures will most likely start in mid/late March. The exact date will be announced in the Academic Calendar.

This also applies to the two cooperative degree programmes Industrial Engineering and Industrial Engineering/Logistics.

For the timetable for the degree programmes Information Management in Health Care and Business Informatics, please contact THU.

For my degree programme, I have to do a pre-study internship. But at the moment it's hard to find internships. What can I do?

Nevertheless, please make every reasonable effort to obtain a pre-study internship.

Please also check whether you have already gained practical experience that can be fully or partially credited as a pre-study internship. You can find the requirements for this on the website of the degree programme in the FAQ on the pre-study internship.

If you still cannot find an internship, please contact studium[at]hnu[dot]de.

Prac­tical semester

During my practical semester, there will be work stoppages and/or short-time work in my company. What does this mean for my practical semester?

Activities that you carry out in the home office also count towards the practical semester.

You can also complete your practical semester "in stages".

If both is not possible, please ask the responsible examination board to postpone your practical semester.

What happens if my practice company stops working altogether or ends my internship?

You can apply for a postponement of the internship semester if the internship company breaks off the internship.

The decision on the postponement of the practical semester is made by the responsible examination boards. If approval is granted, participation in courses and examinations is possible. Any practical days already completed will then no longer be taken into account.

You will find the appropriate forms on the intranet (you must be logged in there). (opens in a new window)

What happens if my employer orders home office? Does this also count as attendance time?

Home office days are considered attendance days. In principle, a maximum of 35 days may be provided in the home office. You must then submit a certificate for the home office portion.

You will find the appropriate forms on the intranet (you must be logged in there). (opens in a new window)

Can other practical activities also count towards the practical semester (e.g. working student activity, studies with deepened practical experience, social projects ...)?

If less than 70 days in the practical company are possible, then practical activities related to the occupational field (working student activities, training activities, etc.) can be recognised to the extent of a maximum of 35 days.

Social projects in times of Corona can also be recognised, as far as this is justifiable.

In principle, a maximum of 35 days can be recognised from other work-related activities and home office. Conversely, this means: Of the 70 days of the practical semester, you must have actually been on site at the company for at least 35 days.

You apply for recognition with the relevant evidence to your practice officer.

You will find the appropriate forms on the intranet (you must be logged in there). (opens in a new window)

Do all practice activities have to be carried out at the same company?

The internship may also be carried out in different companies.

Can I make up parts of my practical semester later?

The internship may also be completed in several sections. Continuation of the internship "after Corona" is possible, also during a subsequent semester.

If I interrupt or break off my practical semester, can I then also write exams in the first attempt?

  • If internship periods are recognised for you in the summer semester 2020, you may in principle only take part in repeat examinations.
  • If the internship must be interrupted due to the current situation, and if this must or can only be completed in the lecture-free period or in one of the following semesters, then you may participate in lectures and examinations of the current semester. However, the prerequisite is that capacities are available and that there are no other important reasons against this. The respective lecturer decides whether participation is possible.

Do the special regulations also apply if I have to terminate my internship of my own accord due to the current situation and this does not originate from the company?

In this case, you can also apply to your practical officer to complete your practical semester according to the special regulations. It is important that you then also submit a letter of justification in addition to the application.

You will find the appropriate forms on the intranet (you must be logged in there). (opens in a new window)

I would have to complete my internship semester in the summer semester of 2021, but I can't find a job due to the Corona crisis. What can I do?

You can then apply for a postponement of the practical semester.

The decision on postponing the practical semester is made by the responsible examination boards. If approved, participation in courses and examinations is possible.

You will find the appropriate forms on the intranet (you must be logged in there). (opens in a new window)

To which degree programmes do these regulations apply?

The regulations were passed by the Senate for all degree programmes.

Only for the degree programmes "Information Management in Health Care" and "Business Informatics" do the regulations of the THU apply.

How long do these regulations apply?

These regulations apply as special regulations only for the summer semester 2020.


What happens if I cannot submit my thesis on time due to the current situation (library closure, etc.)?

In cases like this, you may request an extension. Please present your reasons clearly and comprehensibly, including corresponding evidence where appropriate. Please be advised that you must submit this request without undue delay (as soon as you are aware of the delay and its cause), but no later than two weeks before the deadline for submission.

You can find the corresponding contact person in the Examinations Office here.

I am not able to get my thesis printed or bound due to the fact that the copy shops are all closed. What do I need to do in order to meet the deadline?

In this case, you may initially submit your thesis in digital form (via email to your supervisor and to studium[at]hnu[dot]de) and then hand in your printed copies as soon as possible. Please be advised that you may not change your thesis in any way following the submission of the digital version. It must be printed as is.

How can I hand in my thesis, now that the HNU is closed to the public?

At present, theses may only be submitted by post.

Please be sure to email a copy of your thesis to your supervisor as well so that the evaluation can begin without any delay.

The corona crisis has thrown my original plans for my studies into disarray (e.g. a semester abroad cannot be taken up). Could I therefore bring forward my final thesis and only then take the examinations that are still open?

Your final thesis doesn't necessarily have to be the last exam of your studies. As soon as you have fulfilled the requirements for registering your thesis, you can do so. You can find out exactly what the requirements are in your study and examination regulations or you can contact your examinations office.



When will I get access to my HNU email account?

Some of you have not been able to log in to our systems (e-learning, webmail or the student affairs portal).  We have checked all accounts again and made adjustments where necessary. All functions should now be available.

Please note that in the future you will only receive information via your HNU email account.

If you are having problems with your HNU email account, please contact studium[at]hnu[dot]de.

Is there going to be any welcome event?

The Vice President Prof. Dr. Kormann will welcome you via video at HNU.
From Monday, 20.4.2020, 10am, the corresponding video will be available on the HNU YouTube channel.

Go to the YouTube channel of the HNU:

How will the business simulation be played?

The business simulation will be held as an eLearning event via Moodle. You hreceived an email to your university email address with more detailed information on 20.4.

If you didn't receive the email, please contact your exams office.

Are there introductory events for the individual courses of study?

Each degree programme handles the introduction of the courses of study on its own. Some degree programmes have already implemented the introductions, others are still in planning. If you have not noticed anything about an introduction, please contact your head of programme.

Will cancelled preparatory courses be held at a later date?

No, unfortunately they will not.


What do I need to be aware of when studying in a cooperative degree programme? What examination periods apply here?

No on-campus lectures will be held at either of the local universities of applied sciences, the HNU or the THU, until 20 April 2020. We currently have no concrete information regarding the examination periods. Please check your HNU email account prior to the start of the on-campus lecture period in order to find out about examination periods and e-learning offers.

What regulations apply for the continuing education programmes?

In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, on-campus lectures at the HNU are currently not taking place, including the continuing education courses. All of the current continuing education programmes have been suspended for the time being and are scheduled to resume on 20 April.

Will the timeframe for the practical semester (university internship) for the Physician Assistant programme be affected in any way?

No, the university internship will take place at the previously scheduled time.

In case of ill­ness or quar­ant­ine

What happens if I become ill with COVID-19 or am in quarantine during the examination period? Can I take the exams on alternative dates or will I have to wait until the following semester?

If you fall ill with corona or are in state-ordered quarantine, this constitutes grounds for inability to take the examination. In such a case, you would take the exams in the following semester. At present, no alternative examination dates have been planned.


What will the exams be like this semester then?

As a special regulation, other forms of examination than those provided for in the corresponding study and examination regulations may also be used this semester.

When will the exams take place?

Scheduled examinations take place during the examination phase (see academic calendar). The examination phase could be extended. Please inform yourself regularly.

In the case of forms of examination such as seminar papers or presentations, the dates of submission or presentation will be arranged individually with the examiners.

Other examination papers during the course of study (e.g. components of a portfolio examination) may also be held during the semester.

Will on-site examinations take place at the HNU?

Under consideration of the required safety measures (especially compliance with the minimum distance of 1.5 m), tests can also be carried out on site.

Masks are compulsory for examinations that take place on site.

However, since the space required for this would far exceed the capacities available at the time of the examination, HNU relies on a mix of digital examination forms and on-site examinations.

What alternative forms of examination are permitted?

In digital form are possible, for example:

  • Take-home exam
  • Oral examination
  • Student research project
  • Speech / Presentation
  • ePortfolio / Learning diary
  • Discussion forum
  • Bachelor / Master Colloquium

Can I have exams cancelled (as I did last summer semester)?

No, not as a rule. This possibility was an exception for the summer semester 2020.

Cancellation is only possible in two special exceptional cases (and those exceptions are NOT applicable to the cooperative degree courses with the THU):

  • You have children
  • You have persons in your household who have had to be cared for due to the Corona pandemic.

In this case, please contact your examination office.

Can I deregister from exams at short notice?

Yes, you can withdraw from an exam at the latest on the day before the exam. In this case, please inform the exam office and the examiner.

As long as the reason for the withdrawal is related to the Corona pandemic, you can even withdraw on the exam day or three working days after.

This is the case, for example, if you:

  • are in quarantine
  • have to look after your own children
  • take care of relatives

You cannot withdraw from exams you have already taken.

If you are ill yourself, please use the form for examination inability.

Can I have deadlines from the examination regulations (e.g. ECTS deadlines) extended because of the Corona Pandemic?

If you are enrolled in your degree course since summer semester 2020, all course-related deadlines, i.e. ECTS deadlines, deadlines for the basic subjects, deadlines for exceeding the standard period of study ... are automatically extended by two semesters. You do not have to submit an application for this. This also applies to the deadlines for taking repeat examinations (second and third attempts).

If you are enrolled in your degree course since winter semester 2020/21, all course-related deadlines, i.e. ECTS deadlines, deadlines for the basic subjects, deadlines for exceeding the standard period of study ... are automatically extended by one semester. You do not have to submit an application for this. This also applies to the deadlines for taking repeat examinations (second and third attempts).

Do the regulations apply to all study programmes?

Yes, with the exception of the cooperative degree programs that are administrated by the exams office of the TH Ulm.

These programs are:

  • In­form­a­tion Man­age­ment in Health­care
  • Business Information Systems

Where can I find these regulations?

Who can I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions, please contact your examination office.