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FAQ (last update: 4 October 2022)

Courses

How will teaching be conducted in winter semester 2022/23?

  • Classes in winter semester (start of lectures: 10 September 2022) will take place in person.
  • Lecture halls can be at full capacity.
  • Changes (relaxation of regulations) are possible depending on the incidence of infection.

Vaccinations have been shown to be an effective way to protect yourself and other students from becoming infected with the corona virus. The City of Halle’s Corona webpage    lists which private doctors are offering Corona vaccinations and where there are other vaccination opportunities.

Is there a mask mandate at the University of Halle?

Since 7 June, mouth-nose protection no longer has to be worn in the lecture halls, corridors, staircases, etc. In other areas with public traffic (General Student Counselling Service, university library) different rules may apply.

However, since corona infections still cannot be ruled out, we still generally recommend wearing surgical masks or FFP2 masks.

Which method does the University of Halle use for providing proof and contact tracing?

None any longer! The 3G rule and contact tracing (“check-ins”) are no longer required for any university event in accordance with legislation.

For medical reasons I cannot be vaccinated and due to personal circumstances (vulnerable group, chronic illness, etc.) I do not want to risk attending class in person. What are my options?

Our instructors are aware of such individual circumstances. Please discuss your case directly with your respective instructors.

We would also like to refer you to our numerous counselling centres, which are listed (in German) on the General Student Counselling Website   .

I have been invited to a video conference in Stud.IP. How do I participate and what do I need to bear in mind?

Our instructors are using various video conferencing systems that all work in a similar fashion. Here is a quick guide to the technical requirements and how to conduct yourself in a large video conference or webinar.

Exams

With the start of the winter semester 2022/23, we have temporarily removed this chapter. Whether and to what extent special regulations from previous semesters will apply again is not yet known. Please check back here again in due course.

Everyday student life

There are still some restrictions to everyday life. How does this affect student life and the services offered by the Studentenwerk?

Incident rates determine whether in-person activities can be held at the University’s Sport Centre and the Collegium Musicum. Please check their websites (Sport | Music) and look out for emails containing information.

The current regulations also affect the services provided by the Studentenwerk. A special page on the Studentenwerk website    explains what applies in their cafeterias and café bars, whether facilities are open or closed (day care centres, counselling centres), and what you need to know about BAföG.

The Corona situation is troubling me so much that I am having considerable doubts as to whether I can cope with my studies and whether the path I have chosen is even the right one. What can I do?

First things first: You are not the only one experiencing such feelings - neither under normal conditions and certainly not under the current situation.

As student counsellors, we are currently seeing an above-average number of such misgivings in a wide variety of forms. Don’t delay in speaking with a counsellor.

Due to the current situation, I have fallen into financial hardship. What can I do?

Studentenwerk Halle provides advice on financing issues and has set up a special Corona webpage   .

The bridging aid for students    previously offered during other phases of the pandemic ended on 30 September 2021.

Due to the corona pandemic my parents are no longer able to financially support me like before. What options do I have?

You can apply for BAföG. The local Studentenwerk is responsible for consultation and processing. More detailed information    can be found on its corona page.

If you are already receiving BAföG, you can apply to update your application with information about your parents’ reduction in income to allow you to qualify for a higher BAföG rate this year.

In the meantime, the planned extension of the standard period of study aims to extend the length of BAföG payments (see below).

Where can I find current information about the ULB and its branches?

The University and State Library (ULB) provides information about the current situation on its website and in FAQs.

Organisational matters

I have tested positive. What should I do now?

First and foremost, we hope that your symptoms are mild and wish you a speedy recovery! If you have to suspend your studies for a longer period of time, the same rules apply with regard to organising your studies as those which apply to longer illnesses (possibility of a leave of absence). We provide information on special exam regulations in a separate section.

I’ve been noticing that I have typical symptoms.

Depending on the season, cold symptoms are a common occurrence and can have many different causes. It has always been important to minimise or avoid contact with other people if there is a risk of infection (also with other diseases).

This has become even more important in light of the Corona pandemic, which is still ongoing. Therefore, when typical symptoms occur, we strongly recommend taking a rapid test or a self-test as an added safeguard.

Have the service and student counselling centres reopened?

Most of the service centres were contactable at the height of the pandemic but were not allowed to offer in-person student counselling. Currently, many service and student counselling centres are returning to normal operations - but without a fixed, university-wide schedule. Therefore, please check directly with the respective offices to find out if and when in-person visits are possible (e.g. exam offices | student counselling listed by study programme).

The Infothek in the Löwengebäude – and thus also the Student Service Centre    including General Student Counselling and the Admissions Office – is currently open for in-person consultations.

The opening hours of the BAföG office can be found on the corresponding page of the Studentenwerk’s website   .

Did the exceptional circumstances lead to an extension of the standard period of study?

Yes. Students who were enrolled in one or more of the semesters listed below and did not take a leave of absence can add the corresponding number of semesters to their standard period of study:

  • Winter semester 2021/22
  • Summer semester 2021
  • Winter semester 2020/21
  • Summer semester 2020

This particularly affects BAföG payments, which may be granted for a longer period of time as a result. You can find out more from the Studentenwerk    as the body responsible for this.

There will be no further extension of the standard period of study for the summer semester 2022.

What happens if I have started a master’s programme but am still unable to submit my bachelor’s certificate? How much time do I still have to do this?

As of the summer semester 2022, there will no longer be any corona-related deadline extensions.

Students who start their master’s studies in October on a conditional basis must therefore submit the certificate qualifying them for enrolment by (once again) the regular deadline of January 31.

My question isn’t included here – what should I do?

Please write to – we would be happy to answer your individual questions. These FAQs will be expanded if necessary. We will also promptly publish the latest developments here.

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