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Information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-COV-2) 

The crisis committee of the University of Bayreuth has been operative since February and remains in daily contact with authorities. It is staffed by representatives from all areas of the University. We are observing the situation very closely and readjusting our measures continuously. Besides our contribution to containing the spread of the virus, the protection of students and employees is our top priority.

In order to stem the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible and for your protection, the University of Bayreuth has decided to take further steps to reduce public operations. The following measures currently apply on the Campus of the University of Bayreuth.

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  • Winter Semester 2020/21 at the University of Bayreuth will be a "physical presence semester interlaced with an individual share of digital learning". All departments of the University of Bayreuth involved are working hard to make the necessary arrangements. Priority will be given to first-year students who we wish to welcome on site, in as far as the hygiene standards applying in autumn allow. Meanwhile, emphasis will still be on practical courses that require special laboratories or work rooms. Physical presence on the Bayreuth campus should also be afforded to students enrolled in their last semesters before final exams.
  • We would like to ask for your understanding in refraining from any further inquiries about the exact schedule for the winter semester. The official channels of the University of Bayreuth will be used to provide comprehensive information to all stakeholders and target groups.
  • The start of lectures for Winter Semester 2020/2021 is to be postponed from October 12 to November 2, 2020, and accordingly, the end of lectures will move from February 5 to February 12, 2021.

  • Orientation weeks for first semester and international students:

    • We will offer our first semester students introductory events especially tailored to their needs in the week before the start of the lecture period on 2.11.2020, i.e. in the period from 26.10. to 30.10.2020 (calendar week 44).
    • Our orientation week for international students will take place in face-to-face form (including some digital components) from 14 to 23 October, 2020. International students will receive information on registration and the course of events in good time via Welcome Services
  • All regular dates and deadlines linked to the standard period of study are automatically extended/postponed by one semester. To the press release of the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences and Arts (in german language).
  • For the current summer semester 2020, the end of lectures will be shifted from 24 July 2020 to 7 August 2020. Examinations taken in the summer semester 2020 will be fully credited. State examinations are subject to special regulations. Find details in our FAQ section / Examinations. Please find further information on our website about digital studies
  • Applications for bridging assistance for students in pandemic-related emergency situations totalling 100 million euros, provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, can be submitted from 16 June 2020! Detailed information on how to apply for the grant online can be found in the FAQs of the Studentenwerk Oberfranken.


  • Once orderly University services can be assured, members of staff are to be permitted to continue teleworking / working from home on request, and if technically possible, especially for office work. The respective supervisors will decide whether this is possible in individual cases, in consideration of work requirements. For Central University Administration (ZUV) staff, this has gone into effect at 2 p.m. on Friday, 20.03.2020.
  • Since 26.3.2020, the following regulation applies to time recording: Employees, whether in home office or on site or in mixed forms, do temporarily not have to record their working time from 26.3.2020 until further notice. This means that, for the time being, it is not necessary to clock in or out at the University. Please take note of our occupational health and safety requirements.

Reopening of the greenhouses of the Ecological-Botanical Garden on Sunday, July 5, 2020
Further information can be found on the website of the ÖBG (in german language)

Opening of the outdoor facilities for general university sports from 01.07.2020
Further information on opening hours, prices, access authorisation and booking can be found on the university sports website (in german language).

The updated version of the Bavarian Ordinance on Infection Protection Measures (status 22.06.2020) is online
Among other things, the holding of small seminars to supplement online teaching is  permitted under conditions relating to infection protection. Please note: The university management of the University of Bayreuth, also in agreement with the students' parliament, has decided against the option of admitting small seminars with a maximum of 30 participants and continues to refrain from holding classroom courses in addition to those listed under no. 6. of the Bavarian Ordinance.

Limited re-opening of the University Library: From 11.5.2020, the Law, Business & Economics Departmental Library will open its doors, followed a week later by the Central Library, and the Geo, NW I, and NW II Departmental Libraries.
Reading and work places will be provided to a limited extent and subject to particular conditions. Further information can be found on the website of the University Library

Catering: From 11.05.2020, Frischraum has been opening its doors again (as the only cafeteria facility run by Studentenwerk Oberfranken in Bayreuth): Monday to Friday, 10a.m. – 2p.m. Sandwiches, various bakery products, coffee, drinks, and (from 11a.m.) two lunchtime meal choices will be provided. Please respect the known distance rules and wear a mouth and nose mask!

Returning travellers: The relevant quarantine regulations apply (see entry quarantine regulations of the Bavarian State Chancellery, from 15.6.2020).

Visits to the University: should be avoided as far as possible. 

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