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Summer semester 2021 - information for students

We are currently again seeing a sharp increase in coronavirus infection numbers. That is why, in order to protect the health of all members of the University and to help contain the coronavirus pandemic, studies and teaching at the University of Cologne will take place virtually for the time being and until further notice. In accordance with federal, state, and municipal resolutions, the following policies apply:

  1. Until further notice, teaching will be conducted online only. This does not include exams and internships that require physical presence.
  2. Physical presence on campus is only permitted if it does not pose a threat to others and is absolutely necessary to ensure the successful continuation of studies during the fall semester.
  3. Libraries will continue to offer lending services. However, all workstations in libraries will remain closed for the time being.
  4. Work in research and the administration continues. However, whenever possible it is carried out from home.
  5. Recreational activities such as university sports, music rehearsals, or theatre, on the other hand, are unfortunately not possible at the moment.

All of these temporary measures are aimed at slowing down the exponentially developing infection rates and are absolutely necessary.
The university headship is currently developing a test strategy to allow for certain events to take place responsibly in hybrid formats (on campus and virtually) as soon as possible, while adhering to strict hygiene and infection control measures.

Finding your way

Central corona information website

Please check the university’s central information website on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) every day for currently applying regulations.

Information of the Faculties and the Centre for Teacher Education 

On the Information pages of the Faculties about the coronavirus and the pages of the examination offices you will find up-to-date information on the effects and changes in teaching and examinations. Please get the latest information from these pages!

Student Guidance and Counselling Service

The Student Guidance and Counselling Service provides digital information for first-semester students, instructions on how to create a timetable, tips on studying during the corona crisis, and of course contact persons to whom you can turn if you have any questions.

Digital Education

The central information site on digital teaching and learning explains the available tools, support, and advice. The site is aimed primarily at teachers, but also offers students an insight into the many possibilities.

Homepage of Cologne University and City Library

Information on the gradual opening of the USB, the regulations for lending services, references to digitally available teaching material and much more can be found on the homepage of the University and City Library.

AStA and Studierendenwerk

The Kölner Studierendenwerk provides a lot of information on its homepage about financial aid and the currently applying regulations concerning the coronavirus. Current announcements and information from the student council (AStA) can be found on its homepage.

Students with children

Students with children can find support offers and contact persons here.

Mental health in the digital semester – psychosocial counselling

Students face special and particularly great challenges this semester – especially those who are starting their studies, who came to Cologne from another city or perhaps another country, or those who wanted to complete their studies this semester but are now uncertain whether this is even possible. Other students are wondering how things will go on at all. Increased demands and fears about the future – combined with already existing burdens – can put anyone off balance. Here are some counselling services the University of Cologne offers.

The Psychosocial Counselling Centre of Studierendenwerk Köln is an important contact point. The counselling service is currently available by phone, email, or in an online chat.

The Servicezentrum Inklusion at the university has compiled a series of tips (tips on coping with everyday life, dealing with anxiety and stress, etc.).
Nightline Cologne, the advice and counselling hotline by students for students, can be reached during the lecture period on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays between 9 p.m. and midnight at 0800-4703500 (calls are free of charge).

In crisis or emergency situations, the outpatient departments of the psychiatric clinics can be reached at all times. An overview of the clinics and their reach of service in the city of Cologne can be found here.

You also have the opportunity to seek advice at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at Cologne University Hospital.

Further useful tips:

The German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Neurology (DGPPN) offers concrete recommendations for how to cope with the situation, which can be easily implemented.

Further useful tips for coping with everyday life are provided by Deutsches Studentenwerk in Berlin.
The Professional Association of German Psychologists has set up a corona hotline for people who are psychologically stressed by the current circumstances. Daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 0800-777 22 44 (calls are free of charge).

The helpline ‘Violence against women’ offers chat, online and also telephone counselling: 08000-116 016 (calls are free of charge)
In situations of acute danger, please call the emergency service on 112 or the police on 110.
University sports offers in the digital semester

Offers for a home workout and fitness courses at home can be found on the homepages of Hochschulsport and Unisport.

Students with children

Students with children can find support services and contact persons here

Digital Education

The central information page on digital teaching and learning explains the available tools, support and advisory services. The site is aimed primarily at teachers, but also offers students an insight into the many possibilities.