Corona update: Specific lockdown regulations for students

Dear University members,

as already announced we would like to inform you about the more detailed corona regulations for the operation of the University from December 16, 2020 to January 10, 2021. The basis for this is the „Verordnung über besondere Maßnahmen zur Verhinderung der Ausbreitung des Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 an Hochschulen", in German (pdf).


There will be no attendance courses from December 16, 2020 to January 10, 2021. The lecturers will inform the students whether the courses that have been held in presence will be continued in an alternative format during this period. The already known regulations for online courses apply.


The attendance examinations planned for the period from December 16, 2020 to January 10, 2021 will be postponed or provided in an alternative format. The students concerned will be informed as soon as possible by the responsible examiners/lecturers. In justified individual cases, attendance examinations that have already been scheduled may be held after consultation with the respective dean's office.

If there are restrictions due to possibly closed laboratories etc., it is possible to apply for an extension of the processing time for final papers, homeworks or similar at the responsible examination office.

In order to meet the deadline, final papers can also be submitted to the responsible examination office as a PDF file by stu-mail as long as printing and binding is not possible due to the closure of copy shops. The printed and bound version in the prescribed form and number must be submitted as soon as this is possible again. The digital file submitted within the deadline must be identical to the subsequently submitted printed and bound version.
If you have printed copies, these can be sent by mail (post) or handed in at the main gate during the period up to January, 10.

Getting in contact

At present, attendance at the examination offices, institutes and chairs is considerably restricted. Therefore, contact should be made via stu-mail.

Libraries and workplaces (Update: 18.12.2020)

The aim of the federal state and the University is to avoid delays in the completion of studies and the writing of research papers as far as possible, despite the currently intensified Corona measures. In order to ensure this during lockdown, however, the following library services will be maintained exclusively for members and affiliates of Kiel University:

  • Lending a maximum of 3 books per day within the following opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-18:30 and Saturday 11:00-16:30.
  • Books can be returned during lending hours or via the letterbox at the Central Library.
  • Individual workstations and carrels are available from December 16 (by prior online reservation only) for:
    • students in cases of hardship, for the preparation of student theses and term papers to be written during the course of study (a case of hardship exists, for example, if no suitable private workplace is available),
    • exclusively to members and affiliates of CAU for the preparation of research papers including dissertations and postdoctoral theses,
    • university teachers for the preparation of courses.
  • The service desk is still open Monday to Friday 9:00-18:30 and Saturday 11:00-16:30.

For the scope of the current services in the subject libraries of the faculties, seminar and institutes, please refer to the websites of the respective institutions.

Schools and kindergartens / Students

If it is not possible or only possible to a limited extent to attend a course that requires attendance due to the lack of childcare facilities, it is possible to apply for compensation for disadvantages. It is also possible to apply for an extension of the processing time for term papers, writing theses or similar. A copy of the child’s birth certificate must be submitted as proof.

This news reaches the University at a point where all of us are in in the middle of the semester. Please be assured that the teaching staff and all other employees of Kiel University are doing everything possible to maintain studies under the current conditions during this time. To ensure that this phase lasts as short as possible, we must all observe the applicable regulations at the University, but especially in our private surroundings, and reduce our contacts to a minimum. Only then it will be possible to sustainably reduce the infection figures and to return to studies in all areas.

We also thank you very much for your support in so many places. We are very impressed by how well you are mastering your studies under these difficult conditions and that you are working together with us.
We expect that in the first week of January it will be possible to assess whether the current lockdown will be maintained beyond January 10, 2021 and we will inform you as early as possible on what impact this may have on University operations and your studies.
Now we wish you all a wonderful Advent season, a Merry Christmas and a healthy start to the New Year!
Yours sincerely,
Prof. Dr. Markus Hundt
Vice President for studying & teaching, continuing professional development