FAQ for international students

Last modification: 15.12.2020 / 2:00 pm

Which hygiene regulations currently apply at the OVGU?

The hygiene measures that have been announced since the beginning of the pandemic still apply. These include:

  • Maintaining a minimum distance of 1.50 metres,
  • Frequent hand washing,
  • Regular ventilation in closed rooms,
  • Cough and sneeze label,
  • Abstention from shaking hands and hugs,
  • Wearing of mouth and nose coverings suitable for everyday use in all public buildings and for students during face-to-face events. The obligation to wear masks will be extended to the following outdoor areas: Cafeteria and library forecourt, Denhardt-Strasse (street from Campus Service Center until building 22). Even outdoors, it is important to keep your distance and wear a mask if distances cannot be maintained.
  • From December 16th, 2020, all face-to-face teaching will be suspended until at least January, 10th, 2021. Courses are to be offered exclusively online or virtually. Examinations in presence may take place in step 4 in strict compliance with the rules from the hygiene concept.
  • Classroom events outside of teaching and research activities do not take place. Included are events offered by student initiatives, university sports, clubs and university music.
  • In addition, committee and commission meetings must be held online; this also includes meetings of student groups. Group formations on the entire campus area are to be avoided. 
  • Meetings and gatherings must be digital from 5 persons upwards. A switch to digital formats is recommended.

It is still recommended that patients with symptoms of infection be isolated in their own homes. If it cannot be ruled out that those affected have been infected with the corona virus, a test should always be carried out in cases of doubt (fever centre). Those affected and their superiors can decide on their own responsibility what measures are to be taken. An example of a differentiated approach is, for example, a known allergy that regularly manifests itself through snuff-like symptoms (hay fever). In such cases, it must be jointly agreed which measures are appropriate.

If you have had contact with a confirmed corona patient or have received a positive result yourself, please report this immediately to  

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What should I do if I have a serious suspicion of Covid-19 disease or have been informed of a suspected case in my family, flat share, study or work?

Please contact the public health authority in Magdeburg (Tel. 0391 540-6001) or your family doctor and make an appointment for a test. As long as you are waiting for the test result, you must be in domestic isolation. If the test result is positive, you must follow the instructions of the Public Health Authority. You should also inform the university about your test result, the quarantine instructions, your last contact persons and send an email to .

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How will teaching be structured in the summer semester of 2021?

Teaching arrangements for the 2021 summer semester are currently being planned. Information will be communicated through your student email or through the university websites.

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In which form do the courses take place?

From December 16th, 2020, all face-to-face teaching will be suspended until at least January, 10th, 2021. Courses are to be offered exclusively online or virtually.

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Which events can take place?

Depending on the valid level of the gradual plan, there may be different proportions of presence. The design of the classroom teaching can be completely different, e.g. division into several small groups or one group in attendance and the other virtually connected.

Currently the University of Magdeburg is in level 4.

From December 16th, 2020, all face-to-face teaching will be suspended until at least January, 10th, 2021. Courses are to be offered exclusively online or virtually. Examinations in presence may take place in step 4 in strict compliance with the rules from the hygiene concept.

Presence events outside the teaching and research environment do not take place. Included are events offered by student initiatives, university sports, clubs and university music. Courses in the context of sports studies may take place under particularly strict hygiene conditions.

In addition, committee and commission meetings as well as meetings of any kind must be held online; this also includes meetings of student groups. Group formations on the entire campus area are to be avoided. 

University rooms will no longer be made available for external events.

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How can I register for attendance events?

Detailed information on the registration process for classroom teaching on the university campus can be found on the following page.

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What hygiene rules are existing?

Details of hygiene regulations for the winter semester 2020/21 can be found here.

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Can I defer my admission to the coming summer semester 2021?

You can defer your admission for a non-restricted study programmes to the summer semester of 2021 if the programme also starts in the summer term. Please contact before 15 January 2021.

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Can I defer my admission to the next winter semester 2021/22 because my desired study programme only starts in winter semester?

You can defer your admission for a non-restricted study programmes to the winter semester of 2021/22. Please contact before 15 January 2021.

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Will the winter semester 2020/21 be exclusively digital?

No, there will be a mixture between digital offerings and face-to-face events.

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I would like to travel to Magdeburg, but I do not have a rental contract or the possibility to go into quarantine. What can I do?

Please contact the Studentenwerk Magdeburg () and sign a rental contract for the quarantine period. During the quarantine period you will be provided with food by the dormitory tutors of the Studentenwerk Magdeburg. The costs for accommodation and food have to be paid by yourself. Please keep cash on hand for the provision of food. Please contact the following e-mail for information about accommodation after the quarantine.

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What do I have to do when I travel to Germany from a risk area?

According to an order of the quarantine regulation of Saxony-Anhalt of 27.10.2020, the travel returnees/entrants must be quarantined for 10 days. A negative COVID-19 testresult on paper or an electronic document in German, English or French may be taken no more than 48 hours before entry or must be taken upon entry into Germany. This reduces the quarantine period from 10 to 5 days. You need to complete this Digital Registration on Entry so that the local health authority can check whether you're staying in quarantine.  You must be in quarantine until you are notified by the Public Health Authority. If you enter without a test result, the test must be taken at least five days after entry. You can take a free test in the "Fieberambulanz" (Brandenburger Str. 8, 39104 Magdeburg).

If you do not want to be tested the mandatory quarantine time remains 14 days.

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Do all travellers from risk areas have to be tested?

If you are travelling from a non-risk country or non-risk area, you do not have to be tested and you do not have to go into quarantine.

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What are risk areas?

A risk area is a state or region outside the Federal Republic of Germany for which there is an increased risk of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 at the time of entry into the Federal Republic of Germany. The Robert Koch Institute continuously updates a list of risk areas.

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What does a 10-day quarantine mean?

You may not leave your apartment or room. Persons who live with you in your flat/ room are not allowed to leave the flat either. They are not allowed to receive visitors. You'll find more informations here.

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Do I have to do the self-isolation in Magdeburg or can I do that in another City in Germany?

Yes, you can self-isolate in another city. Please contact the public health department in the city where you are conducting the quarantine.

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If I have a negative test result from my home country, will I still have to be quarantined for 10 days?

No, if the test result is negative, the quarantine is reduced to 5 days. You need to complete this Digital Registration on Entry so that the local health authority can check whether you're staying in quarantine.

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How can I get food during quarantine?

If you have to take care of the food supply yourself, you can use Magdeburg-liefert.de. They deliver basic grocery needs which you can pay by card or cash. Products are delivered within 30-90 minutes and delivery is free of charge if you spend at least 5 EUR. Additionally, Lieferandoprovides delivery options for many restaurants offering various food styles.

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My residence permit expires and I cannot come to the University of Magdeburg. What can I do?

Please write an e-mail to the Aliens Department Magdeburg () as soon as possible and apply for the extension of your re-entry permit. For this purpose you have to submit the following documents by e-mail:

  • informal application (with a description of which residence title has expired and for what purpose you were abroad and want to re-enter)
  • complete passport copy (all pages)
  • current address in the home country of the applicant
  • Applicant's contact telephone number
  • Name of the embassy where the document is to be collected (location)

The Aliens Department then sends the documents by courier to the desired German embassy.

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I want to renew my residence permit but I cannot book an appointment at the Foreigners’ Office in Magdeburg. What can I do?

Please apply for the renewal of your residence permit via email preferably 8 weeks before your current permit expires. You must send the application for a temporary residence permit an all necessary documents to auslä.

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What information is available about using the university library?

The University Library will be closed to the public from 16.12.2020, borrowing and returning of media is possible and can be done by appointment. The University Library offers, among other things, a digital lending service or the provision of semester apparatuses. More information about the library's services can be found here.

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What information is available on how to use the IT Service Point and URZ?

Personal contact with the IT Service Point is possible from 19 October 2020, Monday to Friday from 07:00 - 17:00. All other areas of the University Computer Center will remain closed to the public until further notice. Further information can be found here.

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What information is available about using the facilities of the Studentenwerk?

The canteens and cafeterias will be closed from 16 December 2020 - 10 January 2021.

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What information is available on the use of the sports centre?

Unfortunately, the offers of the sports center cannot be used from 2 November 2020, including outdoor sports courses. However, the sports center currently offers online sports courses.

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Can Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral examinations take place?

Bachelor's and Master's defences/colloquia can be held provided that only the student and the required number of examiners participate and that the necessary room size/spacing is provided (maximum number of participants up to 4 persons).
The university public of such examinations can be established via digital media e.g. a video conference, livestream or similar. The DSGVO must be observed. Students should contact their examiners and the responsible examination office by phone or e-mail.

Final examinations for PhDs, master's and bachelor's theses can be taken if all of the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • Only the student and the minimum required number of examiners may participate in the examinations (individual examination). Exams in seminar form are not permitted. The same applies to public attendance.
  • Both the examiners and the students must initially agree to the examination. In the event that students or examiners are not prepared to take the examination for health reasons, the examination must be postponed.
  • The examiners must ensure that the required safety distances are maintained. The minimum distance of two meters must be maintained between two persons.
  • Both examiners and students must not show any suspected symptoms of corona disease. Suspected symptoms are in particular:
    • a) influenza-like signs of infection, b) previous travel to risk areas, c) contact with infected persons
  • The hygiene concept and the currently valid level of the graduated plan must be observed.

All relevant service instructions must be observed.

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Will there be any changes with regard to the examinations in the winter semester 2020/21?

On July 15, 2020, the Senate of the University of Magdeburg passed resolutions on changes and amendments regarding the evaluation of examinations. They are valid for the winter semester 2020/21, but do not affect catch-up examinations from the winter semester 2019/20.*

  • The repetition of a module examination or a graded piece of work during the course of study is not tied to a specific semester or another determinable date. In concrete terms, this means that all repetition periods are interrupted for the winter semester 2020/21.
  • A written module examination (written exam) or an oral module examination (except for presentations in seminars and final seminars/colloquia), which is graded as "insufficient (5.0)", is considered a withdrawal from the examination - not a failed attempt. This does not apply, however, if the grade "not sufficient (5.0)" is due to an act of deception. The study programme for human medicine is exempt from the regulations.
  • Non-participation in examinations shall automatically be considered as withdrawal from the examination.

* Catch-up examinations, are all examinations that could not be written in the period from 13 to 31 March 2020 and for which new examination dates have been set.

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Are the examination offices open?

The examination offices are currently not open, but can be reached by phone or email. Please refer to the respective websites of the faculties for opening hours and contact persons or use the Service Point Exams. Please observe the hygiene regulations of the Campus Service Center!

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What should be done if there were contacts with infected persons (category I contacts)?

Category I contact persons include people who have been in close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 virus infection. Information about this can be obtained from the public health department, the infected person himself or herself or through the Corona Warning App (high risk level: red indicator).

Close contact means:

  • There was at least 15 minutes (cumulative) contact with the affected person in a closed room and face-to-face (e.g. conversation).
  • There was direct contact with secretions or body fluids of a confirmed Covid-19 case: for example, by coughing or sneezing.
  • During a flight with a confirmed Covid-19 case on board, passengers in the same row of seats and the two rows in front and behind the infected person are affected.

 Once the positive test is known, these persons must report urgently to the Public Health Authority and restrict handling. If there are no symptoms, voluntary quarantine must be maintained until the test results are available, even without official instructions. If possible, mobile work should be arranged with superiors. If the test result is positive, the Public Health Authority will decide on further steps.

In this case please report the contact also via the mail  

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What rules apply if there was no close contact with an infected person or with a Category I contact person?

Persons without direct personal contact with a Covid 19 infection case are referred to as Category II contact persons. These persons are advised to reduce contact with other people, to pay particular attention to hygiene rules, to wear more mouth and nose cover to protect others and to contact their family doctor and/or health authorities immediately if symptoms indicate a Covid-19 infection. If an infection is nevertheless more likely, mobile work can be arranged for employees to interrupt any chains of infection.

If contact has only been made with a Category I contact person, it is important to keep a close eye on whether symptoms are developing. Otherwise, no further measures are necessary. The special hygiene rules should be observed even more meticulously than before. If possible, home offices can be arranged for employees in coordination with their superiors. The risk assessment depends on the extent and intensity of the contact.

These regulations also apply if the Corona-Warnapp indicates a low risk level (green or yellow).

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Do I receive financial support from the university?

As Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg we want to show that we are there for our students even in the current situation and that we understand their needs and take them seriously. Together with the Society of Friends and Sponsors of the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg e.V., the University of Magdeburg collects donations for an emergency fund to help students. From this fund, they can receive a one-time grant of 450 Euros to cover their living expenses so that they can be supported at short notice. Detailed information can be found here.

The OVGU's scholarship programmes also offer a possibility for financial support. The Germany Scholarship supports high-performing and socially committed students for at least two semesters with 300 euros per month. It is financed proportionately by the federal government and the sponsoring companies.

The Company Scholarship is advertised twice a year by companies in Saxony-Anhalt. These companies define the award criteria and support scholarship holders with at least 300 euros per month. Applications for both scholarships are currently possible from June 1 to July 15, 2020 via the scholarship portal.

The Family Scholarship supports OVGU students with families in the final semester with 300 euros per month for half a year. The application for the winter semester 2020/21 is possible until 15 July 2020 by e-mail to

Further information about the scholarships at the OVGU can be found here.

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Last Modification: 15.01.2021 - Contact Person: Peer Niehof