Information for Students at the CAU

For the preparation of the coming winter semester, which will further be affected by Corona, the University Boad has established guidelines. These base on the assumption that the winter semester will mainly be designed in digital form. In addition, attendance lectures for practical teaching units and for first semester students will be made possible. These have to take into account the current distance and hygiene rules as well as the the obligation to wear masks. 

International applicants who wish to begin their studies at Kiel University in the winter semester must note important information regarding entry into the Federal Republic of Germany due to Corona. Should you enter Germany from a risk area (a list of risk areas can be found here), you are subject to strict quarantine rules. Since quarantine is very difficult to carry out in Kiel, no more "presence certificates" are currently issued for students from crisis areas.

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Students receive up-to-date information about teaching, examinations and regulations concerning their studies during the Corona Pandemic. Update: On-site services in the Central Library

Advice Centres

Accessibility of CAU advice centres

All counselling institutions at the CAU are closed to all members of the public with immediate effect, initially until 19 April 2020. Counselling should take place by phone and by e-mail until further notice. The heads of the affected institutions will ensure adequate availability by phone. List of CAU's advisory and service offices (German only)

University outpatient clinic for psychotherapy (HPK) at Kiel University

The restrictions to our daily lives caused by the coronavirus pandemic are resulting in many people feeling unsure and suffering from psychological stress. This is why the university outpatient clinic for psychotherapy (HPK) at Kiel University has set up a telephone helpline under the number  0431/22180024, in addition to its existing therapy services. As from Monday 30 March, from 9am to 11am on Mondays to Fridays, you can speak to psychological psychotherapists on the telephone, and they will help you deal with topics such as disease anxiety, the tendency to worry, a loss of social contact, discontinued everyday structures or stress and conflict situations.


Schedule of the examination periods

After weighing up all the advantages and disadvantages with the participation of various stakeholders, the following was determined for the examination periods of the Bachelor's and Master's programmes:

  • A period of three weeks is set for the examination periods. This is necessary because the hygiene and protection measures in this semester require considerably more space and time. 
  • For the postponed examinations from the second examination period of the winter semester 2019/20, an additional period will be offered during the lecture-free period.
  • The registration periods will be shortened to two weeks and will each begin approximately four to five weeks before the respective examination period. These will be communicated as soon as possible on the central information pages of the examination administration. 
  • The end of the lecture period is followed by a two-week special period (6.7 - 17.7.2020) in which face-to-face courses which could not be replaced by digital formats and which can only begin successively in the next few weeks (practical exercises in laboratories, practical sports exercises etc.) can take place.
  • Due to the hygiene and safety measures and the resulting prolongation of classroom teaching, it will not be possible to completely avoid overlapping with the examination periods. The principle applies here that participation in examinations has priority and the resulting absences from classroom teaching may not be disadvantageously credited.

Examination periods in the summer semester 2020:

  • 1st examination period summer semester 2020: 3.8.-22.8.2020
  • an additional examination period for winter semester 2019/2020: 7.9.-26.9.2020
  • 2nd examination period summer semester 2020: 5.10.-24.10.2020

The examinations are scheduled within these periods and, if possible, in coordination with the cooperating subjects. In special exceptional cases, individual examinations can be offered outside the above-mentioned periods. You find an overview of the examination periods on the central information pages of the Examination Office (in German).

The following faculties/institutes schedule their examinations differently from the central periods mentioned above:

1. Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

  • 1st examination period Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences: 6.7.-18.7.2020
  • additional examination period for winter semester 2019/2020 for the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences: 24.8.-6.9.2020
  • 2nd examination period Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences: Use of the central 2nd examination period from 5.10.-24.10.2020

2. Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

  • an additional examination period for winter semester 2019/2020: 6.7.-18.7.2020
  • Examination period summer semester 2020: 7.9.-17.10.2020

3. Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

  • individual examinations from 6.7.-18.7.2020
  • for further information please visit the website of the examination office.

4. Faculty of Theology

  • examinations (especially examinations of the diploma programme) in the period from 6.7. to 18.7.2020

5. Medicine and dentistry

  • are determined separately and published as usual on the websites of the study programmes.

6. law course of studies

  • about which you will be informed as usual

Online invigilation

  • Online examinations can be invigilated with the help of a video conference tool.
  • Video invigilation is only possible with the students’ consent.
  • Substitute options will be offered in due time if consent for online invigilation is not granted.
  • Students must have a camera, for example on their laptop or smartphone, as well as a stable Internet connection for online invigilation. If you do not have the necessary technical equipment or if there are foreseeable problems with the Internet connection, please contact the invigilator in good time and, if necessary, make a prompt application for compensation for disadvantages.
  • Invigilating an examination using a video conference tool is only sensible for a limited number of people. It may be necessary to divide the examinees into several groups and have several invigilators and video conference rooms.
  • Identity checks can be carried out by showing the CAU Card.

The withdrawal procedure (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes) in the summer semester 2020, including for the make-up examination period

Important note beforehand: Due to the current situation, examination room planning is subject to difficult conditions, so please only register for written attendance examinations that you really want to sit. By doing so, you will help your institutes and examination offices with their planning and organisation of examinations.

The withdrawal procedure for attendance and online examinations

The usual cancellation and withdrawal options are available to you:

Online examinations:

  • If technical problems occur before an online examination which result in you wishing to withdraw from this exam, please submit the above-mentioned withdrawal application, and for technical problems please tick the box "other valid reasons". Please send us a short written explanation of the problems together with the application. Proof of the technical problems is not required. See also the note below.
  • If technical problems occur during an online examination, please immediately inform the invigilator(s) by phone or e-mail, so that any issues, such as questions about the e-learning platform or what to do next, can be resolved as quickly as possible. You will receive further contact details before the examination. If you withdraw from the examination due to the technical problems, please also submit the above-mentioned withdrawal application within three days, including a written explanation, and please refer to the contact with the invigilator.


Please submit applications for compensation for disadvantages (possible reasons: chronic illnesses, childcare, coronavirus-related disadvantages (e.g. quarantine, risk group, lack of technical equipment, etc.) to your Examination Office in good time and as early as possible before the examination so that, if possible, an equivalent substitute, a separate examination room or other compensation measure for disadvantages can be arranged.

Tests without obligatory attendance and individual tests

For the upcoming examination period, only examinations without obligatory attendance (e.g. homework, final papers, etc.) and individual examinations (e.g. oral examinations) can take place. The faculties determine whether and how individual examinations may take place. Teachers have received appropriate instructions for conducting examinations under the current corona restrictions. Students are requested to contact their lecturers or the Dean of Studies of their faculty directly if they have any questions or problems.

Note: Different regulations may apply to state examination courses.

Free attempt regulation

The regulation for a free attempt can be found in Section 105 (6) HSG.

  • Granting a free attempt is not the usual course of action and it is much more reliant on the prerequisite that the teaching, learning or examination conditions are or were significantly hindered by the restrictions to on-site operations. Faculties can make their own regulations in accordance with Section 105 (6) HSG.
  • A free attempt may only be granted for failed examinations, not for resitting a passed examination to get a better grade.
  • The regulation differentiates between students with children under 14 (see below) and other students.
  • The free attempt regulation is not designed to compensate individual disadvantages for students when preparing for exams or taking exams – except for students with children under 14 – rather it is to intercept the significantly more difficult conditions in on-site operations, which could affect all students from a degree programme or module.
  • The free attempt cannot be granted for a certain person, but only for a certain examination (except for students with children, see below).
  • The decision by the Dean’s Office responsible for the department offering the examination is relevant for granting a free attempt in all import/export constellations.
  • In order to combine students’ indications and in the interest of a transparent and traceable decision, the elected department representatives should be given the opportunity to apply for granting a free attempt. In this case, they must present the Dean’s Office with a plausible explanation of how the situation is significantly difficult.

Please find this out in good time by checking the faculty websites to see which regulations on free attempts have been decided:

Students with children under 14

  • Students with children under 14 years who meet the requirements for a free attempt will have failed examinations assessed as such.
  • Students with children must inform the Examination Office if they wish to take advantage of the free attempt regulation. To do so, they only need to present the birth certificate of their youngest child (a scan is sufficient) - if this is not already recorded in the Examination Office’s file.

Note: Please find this out in good time by checking the websites of the respective faculties and the CAU website.

Information of the faculties to the winter semester 2020/21

Faculty of Theology

Faculty of Theology

At the Faculty of Theology the courses are primarily offered digitally. If conditions permit, the digital offerings can be supplemented by individual presence elements. In the interest of joint academic work, the introductory course for first semester students is likely to be made possible, as well as teaching and learning in presence in smaller seminars and exercises and on a voluntary basis. Information on selected courses taught in classroom format can be found in the course catalogue of the Faculty of Theology, current news on the winter semester can be found on the Faculty's website.

Department of Law

Department of Law

Information on courses taught in classroom format will be available in the course catalogue and on the homepage of the Faculty of Law.

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Medicine

In order to meet the special needs of the study of medicine and dentistry, face-to-face teaching will be offered in addition to digital teaching. Rules of hygiene have a priority. Lectures are offered purely digitally as stream and/or remote video. Seminars, practical courses and examination courses take place in hybrid form with attendance parts in small groups and digital parts. The patient-oriented teaching is supplemented by exercises on the model and with digital learning courses. In addition, various digital discussion forums have been set up.

Faculty of Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy

The winter semester 2020/21 will continue to be held digitally. In the Faculty of Humanities, the Dean's Office develops criteria for presence elements within this digital teaching together with the subjects. In the future, presence teaching can take place in individual cases, even if online teaching is possible. Students will receive information with the concrete notes on the respective course.

Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

In all of the German and English language courses of study offered by the faculty, lectures and large seminars are realised in the winter semester as digital teaching-learning events. Detailed regulations and information are available on the Corona pandemic information page on the website of the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences: or in English.

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The lectures, seminars and exercises mostly take place in digital form (synchronous or asynchronous). Practical training in the laboratory, in the field or during excursions can take place in attendance, regarding the current rules of hygiene. These forms of practical exercises are an essential part of scientific teaching. The individual subjects provide information on their respective websites about the modules with practical contents (small groups).

Central Corona website of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (in German)

Websites of the subjects:

Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences

Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences

At the Faculty all lectures are offered digitally. individual presence elements are possible, if the conditions allow it. In the interest of joint scientific work, teaching and learning in presence may be made possible in smaller seminars and exercises and on a voluntary basis. We therefore ask you to pay attention to the announcements of the individual courses in UnivIS und in OpenOlat zu beachten.

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

In the coming winter semester, the TF offers a mixture of online teaching and classroom teaching. In particular, lectures and large exercises will be conducted as online courses. Especially for first semester students, we will also offer classroom teaching for cohorts as far as hygiene requirements allow it. With this we want to enable new students to get to know each other and to develop an identification with their place of study. In addition we are planning a comparable online offer for first semester students, especially to enable people who belong to the risk group or who cannot attend attendance teaching for other reasons to study. Laboratory internships will also be held as face-to-face courses for students in higher semesters.



Specialist libraries

Some libraries of the faculties, seminars and institutes are still closed for students and guests due to the space available. Please refer to the websites of the faculties for further information. 

University Library (Central Library)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Library and the Medical Library have limited access. The following on-site services are currently available:

Central Library:


Integrated printers / copiers / scanners, lifts, lockers, sanitary facilities and vending machines for beverages and snacks are available throughout our opening hours. The microfilm room can be used by prior appointment via on Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. - 4.15 p.m.

Please note the hygiene and safety rules and the information about currently unavailable on-site services.

Please do not hesitate to contact the colleagues of the University library if you have any further individual concerns under:

Medical Library:

Scan service for Reserved Collections

The Central Library of the UB Kiel supports digital teaching at the CAU in the SoSe 2020 with a free scan service: Within the framework of § 60a UrhG (German Copyright Act), the library provides teachers in the SoSe 2020 with scans of printed texts from the holdings of the Central Library on request via the CAU cloud. Lecturers can then make these scans available to the closed circle of course participants in their electronic Reserved Collection in OLAT or in the CAU cloud. Further information and order form

New e-book package "Academic Complete"

The Kiel University Library uses central CAU funds to provide a comprehensive range of mostly English-language titles up to publication year 2016 with campus-wide access in the Discovery Service and General Catalogue. Currently, the portfolio includes approximately 183,000 e-book titles from most of the renowned academic publishers that are not yet available on campus. The package is initially available until 30.9.2021.

Your access to e-media from home

All members and affiliates of the CAU have access to all electronic journals, databases and e-books licensed by the university via VPN access for access from home. Please note that for licensing reasons the regulations for F.A.Z.-BiblioNet differ. Juris, Beck-Online and Beck e-Bibliothek can be used via VPN in exceptional cases until the end of 2020 (for the use of Beck-Online and BEck e-Biblithek there is a registration required).

Additional temporary e-media offers

During the Corona crisis, some providers and publishers are opening up parts of their e-media offers to all members and relatives of the CAU for temporary access via VPN access , without any licence agreements with the CAU. Our linked list of these providers and publishers will be continuously updated as new offers become available.

Purchase suggestions for e-books

You belong to the CAU and need a specific book title that is not yet available here? Suggest it to us for licensing as an e-book so that we can make it available immediately to all members and relatives of the CAU via campus-wide access. We ask for your understanding that in view of the total volume of 35,000 euros for all faculties, only low- and medium-priced titles can be considered for selection.


Obligatory attendance

Compulsory attendance is defined in the degree-specific examination regulations and, in principle, applies to both online and face-to-face lectures. In detail, the following must be noted:

Face-to-face lectures

  • Due to the possibility of non-attendance being authorised if the student has symptoms of sickness, more lenient rules on absence are to be agreed. For this purpose, existing rules on absence are to be applied more leniently. The Examination Board can waive any upper limits in accordance with the Corona-Satzung (coronavirus rules).
  • Teachers or lecturers are to monitor compulsory attendance.
  • If a student misses a single lecture due to respiratory symptoms, no note/certificate is required; if a student misses several lectures, an appropriate note/certificate may be required depending on the details of the case, e.g. doctor’s note (GP or specialist) if the student belongs to a risk group [further information to follow in the handout].
  • In the case of applications for compensation for disadvantages, the possibility of substituting attendance with comparable academic achievements is to be checked; Section 13 of the Corona-Satzung defines compensation for disadvantages also in coronavirus-related situations, e.g. members of risk groups, quarantine, ban on entry to Germany, lack of a visa for coronavirus-related reasons, etc. In cases where attendance cannot be substituted with a comparable examination prerequisite, the student cannot be admitted to take the examination.

Online lectures

  • Due to the possibility of technical problems, more lenient rules on absence are to be agreed. For this purpose, existing rules on absence are to be applied more leniently, e.g. students will be registered as present at the lecture even if their internet connection is interrupted for a short time. The Examination Board can waive any upper limits in accordance with the Corona-Satzung (coronavirus rules).
  • In the case of applications for compensation for disadvantages, the possibility of substituting attendance with comparable academic achievements is to be checked; Section 13 of the Corona-Satzung defines compensation for disadvantages also in coronavirus-related situations, e.g. long-term technical difficulties. In cases where attendance cannot be substituted with a comparable examination prerequisite, the student cannot be admitted to take the examination.
  • Compulsory attendance can be monitored by calling a register or if available, by web camera. Unlike in examinations, students may use a virtual background to prevent any unauthorised invasion of personal rights.
  • In accordance with Section 5 of the Corona-Satzung, compulsory attendance in a module can generally be substituted with the requirement for alternative examination prerequisites. See explanations on the Corona-Satzung and handout in OLAT

Spaces for student learning

Since June 29, Kiel University offers the possibility to study online in designated rooms on campus and to prepare for the exam.

The rooms are as follows:

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 11a

from Wednesday, 26.08.2020 until Thursday, 24.09.2020
Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 18:00

  • R.EG.001
  • R.EG.009

Leibnizstraße 1

from Wednesday, 26.08.2020 until Friday, 23.10.2020
Mondays to Thursdays from 08:00 to 15:00
Fridays from 08:00 to 12:00

  • R.206
  • R.209b

Note: In summer, we expect strong heat in room 206. The above mentioned rooms in LS1 are not available in the time frame from 29.9.2020 to 02.10.2020.

Olshausenstraße 40

from Wednesday, 26.08.2020 until Thursday, 22.10.2020
Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 18:00

  • R.13

Note: Room R.13 in OS40 is not available on: Wednesday, 16.09.2020

Olshausenstraße 75

from Wednesday, 26.08.2020 to Friday, 23.10.2020
Mondays to Thursdays from 08:00 to 15:00
Fridays from 08:00 to 12:00

  • S2/R.167
  • S2/R.168
  • S3/R.31

Note: Room S2/R.168 in OS75 is not available on: Tuesday, 06.10.2020

Times of use

The rooms are available for free studying in the periods mentioned. Please note the mentioned time restrictions. Spontaneous changes are possible. You will be informed accordingly here.


In order to ensure traceability of the users, please log in with the janitor before using the rooms in Leibnizstraße 1 and Olshausenstraße 75, and before using the rooms in Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 11a and Olshausenstraße 40 with the main gate (CAP1, in front of the Skyscraper) with your name and the beginning of the period of use and log out again after use.

There are numberings on the tables. Please only use the numbered tables so that the hygiene distance can be maintained.

Please note that due to the hygiene requirements, we must also take measures if you do not follow the guidelines regarding registration and keeping the safety distance as described above.

Thank you very much for your understanding, also towards the persons (security service and janitors) who are supervising and enforcing these requirements.

Good luck in learning and preparing for the exams!

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

Stays in the risk areas are strongly discouraged. Some of the partner universities there are currently closed anyway. Further developments should be awaited regarding planned visits, for example those which should begin in the autumn. Flight bookings etc. should not be made yet. 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

Persons returning or entering from abroad

With the State Ordinance on Quarantine Measures for Incoming and Returning Travelers to Combat Corona Virus of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (in German) of 8 October 2020 (valid from 9 October 2020), the state government has issued binding orders:

This applies to persons entering and returning to Schleswig-Holstein by land, sea or air and who have stayed in a risk area at any time within 14 days before entering the country (list of risk areas is available on the RKI website). The definition of risk areas may change frequently. Therefore, it is advisable to consult the RKI website on risk areas before departure.

Persons who are obliged to undergo quarantine must go directly to their own home or other suitable accommodation immediately after entry and stay there permanently for a period of 14 days after entry; this also applies to persons who have travelled from another state in the Federal Republic of Germany. These persons may not leave the accommodation/flat during this time (even purchases of daily necessities are thus prohibited). They are not permitted to receive visits from persons who do not belong to their own household during this period. Visiting a test facility on the day of entry or with the permission of the local health authority is permitted. Once the classification as a risk area is lifted, the obligation to quarantine is no longer applicable.

In such cases, the local health department must be informed immediately upon entry into Schleswig-Holstein. In case of symptoms that indicate an illness with COVID-19 as per the current criteria of the Robert Koch Institute, the local health department must also be notified immediately. During the period of isolation, persons in quarantine are subject to observation by the local health authority. 

The quarantine period can be shortened if a second negative test result from a sample taken not less than five days after the first test sample is presented. Quarantine is mandatory until two negative results can be presented and can only be lifted by the local health department.

With the amendment pronouncement (§ 60 para. 3 sentence 1 LVwG) of the State Ordinance amending the Corona Quarantine Ordinance and the Corona Control Ordinance (in German) of 8 October 2020 (valid from 9 October 2020), the designation of domestic risk areas in the Quarantine Ordinance was abolished.

Further information for domestic and foreign travelers entering and returning to Germany can be found (in German)



Further information:

Term papers


Term papers and similar papers that can be done from any location. These are examination papers that are usually not postponed. Due to the closure of (departmental) libraries, however, the processing of these examination papers is often only possible to a limited extent. Extensions of time limits can be granted. Please check the websites of the faculties for information on the respective faculty-specific regulations.

Submission of term papers and theses

Main gate

The  main gate is constantly manned, so that theses and so on can be handed in on time here.

Digital submission

In order to adhere to a deadline, theses can also be submitted to the relevant Examination Office as a PDF file via stu-Mail, as long as it is not possible to print and bind the theses because the copy shops are closed. The prescribed type and number of printed and bound copies are to be submitted later, as soon as this becomes possible again. The digital file submitted before the deadline must be identical to the printed and bound copy handed in later.

Winter semester 2020/21

The lecture period of the winter semester 2020/21 begins in accordance with § 101 Para. 3 Hochschulgesetz on 02.11.2020 and ends on 26.02.2021 (examination weeks: 15.2. - 27.2.21). The week before lectures begin (26.10. - 30.10.2020) can be used by lecturers as a preparation week and, for example, for voluntary introductory programmes with tutors.