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Information for students

Dear students,

International applicants who begin their studies at Kiel University must note information regarding entry into the Federal Republic of Germany due to Corona.

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Information for Students

Students receive up-to-date information about teaching, examinations and regulations concerning their studies during the Corona Pandemic.

General rules of conduct

When present on the campus, various measures to reduce the risk of infection must be strictly adhered to:

  • "AHA+L Rules": For your own protection and in the interest of everyone, we recommend that you observe the known hygiene measures (regular hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, wearing mouth and nose protection ) and, taking into account energy-saving measures, ventilate sufficiently.
  • Minimum distance: It is recommended to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons on the entire university campus of the CAU - if possible - inside and outside the buildings.
  • Mouth-nose protection (medical mask or FFP2 mask): It is strongly recommended to wear mouth-nose protection (medical mask or FFP2 mask) in all CAU buildings, including libraries, Botanical Garden greenhouses, museums and sports facilities, if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained.
  • Ventilation: Ventilation must be provided regularly during courses and examinations, unless ventilation is provided automatically by ventilation systems.

Compulsory attendance

Compulsory attendance is determined by the requirements of the respective degree-specific examination regulations.

Lecturers must be informed if students are unable to attend one or more lecture dates due to acute illness or COVID-related quarantine/isolation, etc. Please submit suitable proof, e.g. proof of a positive test, a medical certificate, depending on the requirements of the subject.

If students miss any lectures, the first thing to do for lectures with compulsory attendance is to clarify with the lecturer whether the absence can be excused as part of the rules on absence provided for in the degree-specific examination regulations. The lecturers are entitled to decide on the offer of any substitute achievements or other compensatory measures, under consideration of the legal requirements, the learning objectives for the respective module and the organisational options. Please also see the notes on compensation for disadvantages.

ATTENTION: In the case of state examination degree programmes, the respective state regulations apply, such as the regulations of the Judicial Examination Office or similar.

Stays abroad and travel returnees or people entering from abroad

ERASMUS activities

If students, teachers or other employees are in affected regions with the support of the Erasmus+ programme (all lines of funding), then any costs arising or already incurred due to changes in the travel plans of affected persons are regarded as "force majeure" and are thus fully refundable. Affected regions are those designated as such by the respective national authorities, so in Germany those on the  list of the RKI (German only)  and/or the Foreign Office (German only).

For the assessment of the situation and the planning of further steps, all travel information on the pages of the Federal Foreign Office (German only) on the coronavirus, both travel warnings and entry and quarantine regulations for travellers from Germany in numerous destination countries, must be observed and documented in detail. Furthermore, German citizens are strongly recommended to register in the electronic registration system of the Federal Foreign Office by Germans abroad "Elefand" (German only).

Other stays abroad

Staying in virus variant and high-risk areas is strongly discouraged. With regard to planned stays, further developments should be closely monitored. For further questions, please contact the colleagues at the  International Center  are available to help with any other questions.

DAAD informs about funding programmes | Information for scholarship holders and applicants

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) provides important information about programmes and for individual target groups, which is updated regularly.  Please keep yourself informed. Detailed information is also available on the webpresence of the ERASMUS+ programme (all funding lines) (German only).

Note: The links refer to FAQ's of the DAAD, which are always updated

Advice Centres

The CAU offers information and advice about studying under coronavirus conditions. The CAU crisis team is still available at for corona-specific questions that could not already be clarified in the faculties or subjects.

Standard period of study ("free semester")

  • For the semesters that were counted as free semesters according to the Higher Education Act (summer semester 2020 to winter semester 2021/22), CAU does not count the corresponding semesters as subject semesters in the case of higher education regulations that are linked to the standard period of study or the number of subject semesters (e.g. invitation to compulsory study counselling).
  • The subject semester count is continued on the CAU certificates (e.g. course of study certificate). CAU provides a certificate for download for the winter semester 2021/22 via the CAU portal (Zum HISinOne-Portal) in accordance with § 103 (2) HSG. This certifies that studies may be delayed due to the Corona pandemic. It can be attached to the study progress certificate if required.
  • The exemption regulation also applies to regulations under education funding law that are linked to the standard period of study or the number of subject semesters. If you have any questions regarding the procedure, evidence to be submitted, etc., please contact the Office for Educational Funding (BAföG Office) or your scholarship-granting institution.

Compensation for disadvantages

Who can submit an application?


  • in special circumstances (pregnancy, raising children under 14, caring for relatives)
  • with chronic illnesses/disabilities, incl. belonging to a risk group due to a chronic illness/pre-existing condition/disability (with a medical certificate)

have the option to apply for compensation for disadvantages for lectures and examinations in accordance with the Examination Procedure Regulations (PVO).

How does the application work?

Please report your concern in good time (if possible well before the lecture/exam date) to the responsible offices named below and inform yourself about the exact procedure:

After this, please submit an informal application – also in good time – to the responsible office (see above), in which you describe your restrictions. Please enclose evidence and, if possible, also doctor’s recommendations for suitable compensatory measures. This will help the chairperson of the Examination Board and the lecturer to identify a suitable compensatory measure for the disadvantage.

The responsible office will consider the equivalence to the usual requirement and its feasibility when reviewing whether a suitable compensatory measure for the disadvantage can be offered. This can mean that it may not always be possible to offer a suitable, in particular equivalent, and organisationally feasible measure.

In the case of positive decisions, the organisational details are to be discussed with the lecturer.


Attendance examinations

  • Face masks: In all CAU buildings, including the libraries, greenhouses at the Botanical Garden, museums and sports venues, we recommend wearing a face mask (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) if the minimum social distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
  • If students have to go into quarantine or isolation on the basis of the corresponding valid ordinance, there is a ban on admission to the university campus. For exam withdrawals, the relevant proof must be submitted to the Examination Office (official proof of positive PCR test or rapid antigen test result (test centre).

Risk groups and pregnancy

Members of risk groups

Procedure for staff (student assistants):

The Occupational Health and Safety Service must be informed if staff show their supervisors that they belong to a risk group. The supervisor and the Occupational Health and Safety Service must produce an individual risk assessment with documentation of any measures.

The option of working at the office will be determined by the supervisor on the basis of the risk assessment. In addition to the health impairments, the work situation (design of the workplace, spatial situation; see risk assessment) must be carefully analysed. Cooperation with interfaces, external colleagues and other colleagues must be taken into particular consideration and clarified jointly with the staff member.

Presenting a medical certificate is initially not necessary. Should it become necessary to submit an additional statement from a GP or specialist consultant as part of the risk assessment, the staff member must do so.

The supervisor must involve the representative body for the disabled accordingly about the risk assessment undertaken and the organisational work measures derived from it in the case of severely disabled employees or those with equivalent status.

Procedure for students

If students belong to a risk group, they can contact the lecturer for their course and submit a request for compensation for disadvantages. A medical certificate must be submitted to the lecturer in good time to prove that the person is part of a risk group. The lecturer will analyse the situation in the lecture (spatial environment, number of people, any lab activities, etc.) and take suitable individual measures. The lecturer can contact the Central Unit: Safety Engineering for advice in this regard. If it is not possible to arrange suitable measures on site which enable an uninterrupted lecture and participation by the student in the risk group, then compensation for disadvantages should be granted where possible. For more information on this, see the FAQ entry about compensation for disadvantages.

If students are unable to follow the path described above via their lecturer, please contact the central COVID advisory service for students by e-mail to:

Severely disabled students or those with equivalent status can also contact the officer for students with a disability/chronic illness, Ms. Streicher:

  • Minimum social distancing: On the entire CAU campus, both indoors and outdoors, we recommend maintaining a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres to other people wherever possible.

If you are pregnant, you should report it to the responsible office and to the teacher responsible for the respective course in accordance with § 15 paragraph 1 MuSchG. Particularly in the context of the current, dynamic pandemic situation, special precautionary measures may be necessary during attendance events. In order to be able to ensure compliance with these measures and to exclude any possible risk to pregnant women and/or unborn children as far as possible, please make use of this obligation to report. Even if you have already made the notification, please also contact the responsible teacher directly in good time before you plan to take part in classroom teaching.

  •     Pregnant women have the option of applying for compensation for disadvantages. You can find further information under the point "Nachteilsausgleich".
  •     Students with children under the age of 14 can apply for compensation for disadvantages in accordance with the PVO. You can find further information under the point "Compensation for disadvantages".