Dear students,

Due to the current spread of the so-called coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to inform you about the latest developments and the measures which have become necessary. The common goal must be to slow down and contain the pandemic. The most important thing for us in all decisions is the health and safety of our employees, students and guests.

Teaching and examinations

As an initial step, Kiel University (CAU) has cancelled all lectures with attendance until 19 April.  In addition, examinations are postponed until further notice. Excluded from this measure are examinations which do not require attendance, as well as individual examinations. The basis for restricting university operations is a  decree  by the Ministry of Health to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19 infections.

For the upcoming examination period, this means that only examinations which do not require attendance (e.g. term papers, theses, etc.) and individual examinations (e.g. oral examinations) will take place. All other examinations are postponed until further notice. At present, no statement can be made on when the regular teaching activities can be resumed, or when postponed examinations can be rescheduled. We will make every effort to minimise the resulting disadvantages. Examinations that do not take place as planned may possibly be replaced by alternative, equivalent forms of examination. You will be informed about this by the departments responsible.

Where compatible with the nature of the course, digital teaching/learning formats and guided self-study or similar measures will be used where possible, to compensate for the cancellation of attendance as much as possible. You will be informed at the appropriate time.

Travellers returning from risk areas

In the state of Schleswig-Holstein, a decree has been issued to deal with travellers returning from risk areas and areas particularly affected by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The decree stipulates that persons who have returned from current risk areas within the last 14 days must take contact-reducing measures. This also means that travellers returning from risk areas or areas particularly affected by the spread of the coronavirus may not enter certain public institutions, including universities, for a period of 14 days after their return. This also applies to the CAU campus. If you are among this group of people affected, or if people in your social circle have become ill, we encourage you to adhere to this ban in the interests and for the protection of all members of the university!

The list of risk areas is updated regularly on the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) website (German only).

If you have returned from a region that has been declared a risk area, perhaps only recently, and have already attended events at the CAU within the 14-day time period, please inform your lecturer immediately, so that other participants at the event you attended can be informed that they had contact with a returning traveller, and can bear this in mind if any symptoms appear. If you cannot reach your lecturer, please contact

Note: The number 116117 is a medical emergency number for people who have symptoms of a (corona) illness. If you have returned from a risk area and experience symptoms that are similar to a cold, please call this number.

We will continue to keep you updated about current measures at the CAU, including those related to teaching and examinations.  Please check the CAU website regularly. The  FAQ section  there will be updated on a regular basis. If you cannot find the answer to your question here, please contact the central e-mail address:

With kind regards,
The University Board at the CAU