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Information on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Here you will find information provided by the Rectorate of the University of Cologne on current measures taken in regard to the coronavirus ( SARS CoV-2 ). This page is updated regularly.

The Rectorate urges you to take a reasonable approach to the current situation and to be sensible and non-discriminatory when addressing the topic and dealing with each other.


The University is taking measures to reduce the risk of infections

  • The summer semester 2020 will take place with online teaching.
  • In the winter semester 2020/21, teaching will be ‘hybrid’: Some courses will take place in the classroom, in compliance with the hygiene and infection prevention measures, while many other courses will still take place online.
  • Personal presence is permitted for necessary attendance tests, lending services, and workstations in libraries as well as practical courses, especially laboratory training, and research work in the laboratory.
  • The hygiene and infection prevention measures of the University of Cologne apply to all planned face-to-face events as well as working on campus.
  • The University premises are reserved for attendance examinations, classroom teaching and other events required for various official purposes until the end of the winter semester (12 February 2021). Until then, no rooms within the university can be made available for other face-to-face events (especially those with external participants, e.g. conferences, meetings, workshops).
  • House bans apply to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Working from home is the rule at the University. Physical presence at the University is only possible for important reasons and in agreement with supervisors. Hygiene and infection prevention measures must be observed.
  • In all cases of physical presence at the University, the legal regulations regarding contact tracing according to Section 2a of the Corona Protection Ordinance (Coronaschutzverordnung) apply.
  • Business trips and excursions within Germany can be approved by the Dean or the management of the central institution. Business trips and excursions abroad will not be approved until further notice. The Dean or the head of the central institution will decide on exceptions. The Chancellor decides for all cases in the central administration.

Information office

The university has set up an information office for university members and staff. It can be reached via the following e-mail address: