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Questions and answers: Information for students


What is the scheduling for the summer semester? Will the lecture period be postponed?

We are aiming to provide online teaching starting on 6 April when lectures were scheduled to begin.The start of face-to-face teaching in summer semester will be postponed for now until April 20. Should this deadline be extended again, we will notify you of this here.

When will e-learning be offered?

The university has already started making specific plans (e.g. providing video recordings of lectures scheduled for the summer semester). Where possible, this could be gradually made available online (StudIP, ILIAS) as early as 6 April – the date for the original start of lectures.

Where can I find courses online?

As usual through Stud.IP. If your course remains blank, please contact the respective instructor.

Which exams will be cancelled?

All exams and courses taking place at the university will be affected, including individual oral exams, defending final dissertations/doctorates, laboratory internships, experiments by individual students for their final dissertations, and excursions.

Is it possible to take exams in a different way?

Yes, individual oral exams can be conducted via a video conference. It is also possible to choose another exam form that does not require the student to by physically present at the university. This could be writing a term paper instead of taking an exam. This requires that all parties involved agree to this, i.e. the examiners as well as the students concerned.

Do I have to unregister for an exam I am currently registered for?

No, you do not have to unregister for exams for which  you are registered. These are now cancelled.

When will make-up exams be held?

Make-up exams will be offered during the summer semester 2020. Unfortunately, we are not yet able to provide more detailed information on this.

What about deadlines for term papers or dissertations?

Work on terms papers and dissertations will initially be suspended until 19 April 2020. This is due to the closure of the ULB by the State of Saxony-Anhalt until that date. Deadlines will only be reinstated once exams restart. If you would like to hand in your finished papers before then, you are welcome to do so. It is also still possible to start working on new, i.e. newly assigned, homework. However, the period for working on this, as mentioned above, has been suspended until April 19.

I should actually have taken my last exam in March and then graduated, but that is not possible now. I haven’t registered for the summer semester. What should I do now?

If you still want to use the semester ticket or simply want to retain your student status, you can still register for summer semester as long as you pay the semester fee. You will not be charged 10.30 euros for the late registration. Since you are not at fault for the delay in graduation, you do not have to pay any tuition fees for the summer semester (long-term studying or second degree fees).

If you do not want to register for the summer semester, e.g. because you are no longer in Halle and no longer need student status, you can take your last outstanding exam without needing to enrol at MLU. Please decide what is best for you under the current circumstances

I am transitioning from doing my bachelor’s to my master’s and was supposed to present my bachelor's certificate to the Admissions Office by 31 March. This is not possible now because my last exam was cancelled. Will I now be unenrolled from the master’s programme?

No, due to the current situation, the deadline for submitting bachelor's certificates has been extended to 31 July 2020. No tuition fees will be due in the summer semester for the unplanned extension of your bachelor’s degree.

If I unenroll during the summer semester, will my semester fee be refunded?

The semester fee can only be refunded if you unenroll by 30 April 2020. After that date, only the unused portion of the semester ticket can be refunded. The semester fee is a solidarity fee which the Studentenwerk Halle relies on to finance its year-round services.

Will office hours be held?

There are no office hours at the Exam Offices, as well as in the Department of Studies and Teaching (Student Service Centre with the Admissions Office and General Student Counselling, Department 1.3 - Tuition Fees). Wherever possible you can and should deal with your concerns by telephone, e-mail or post.

The BAföG  Office will only hold office hours for urgent matters as of now. For more information, please go to the Studentenwerk Website   .

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Can I still validate my student ID card?

The Löwengebäude on University Square is currently open weekdays from around 6:30 am to 6 pm, so that you can still use the validation stations there. If you are unable to come to the Löwengebäude, please have your non-validated student ID card, a printout of your proof of enrolment for summer semester 2020 downloaded from the Löwenportal, and an official photo ID on hand as proof of your entitlement to travel. This show of goodwill by MDV will apply from 1 April 2020 until further notice.

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

Studentenwerk Halle will offer financial support to the extent that it is able. Please contact the social counselling service    at Studentenwerk Halle