Information for students

Last modification: 17.08.2020 / 8:30 am

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic poses a challenge to both employees and students of the OVGU and brings with it particular burdens. It is therefore all the more important that all students, teachers and staff in the individual areas treat each other in a spirit of solidarity and fairness and find solutions together wherever possible. In this sense, the rectorate also appeals to all students to adapt their behaviour to the special circumstances and to master everyday student life with a sense of proportion and the necessary sensitivity.

Based on the currently valid Containment Ordinance of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, the Otto-von-Guericke University has developed a concept for study and teaching for the winter semester 2020/21. The concept envisages a combination of classroom-based courses and digital teaching, with classroom-based courses primarily intended for first-year students to ensure a successful start to their studies even in times of corona. Detailed information can be found in the OVGU's current service instructions and in the FAQs.

Frequently asked questions

The Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg answers frequently asked questions from students in a separate FAQ area. The page is updated regularly.

Information for students coming from abroad

  • In principle, it is currently possible to enter Germany regardless of the country of origin under certain conditions. Studying at the university is recognized as an urgent reason for entry, if the personal presence of the students is required. Students who are not German citizens may in this case enter or commute to Germany for their studies. Especially for first-time entries, proof of the university that personal presence is absolutely necessary must be presented. In addition, students entering Germany must present proof of accommodation.

  • Students returning or coming from risk areas are obliged to present a recognised negative corona test result after entry. The proof must be provided by a medical certificate. The test may be taken no more than 48h before entry or must be taken within 72h after entry, e.g. directly at the airport. Upon return, all travellers who have not tested negative must go directly to their destination. Until a negative test result is obtained, they must isolate themselves at home for up to 14 days (domestic quarantine). Within these 14 days, students should avoid going on campus, to the library or to the cafeteria. This should slow down the possible further spread of the corona virus. The list of risk areas is published and regularly updated by the Robert Koch Institute.

  • This regulation must be observed consistently in the interest of all students and teachers. The faculties are asked to support the students so that no further disadvantages arise from the downtime.

Protection against infection

  • To protect against infections, the general coughing and sneezing etiquette and the observance of personal hygiene, in particular the regular proper washing of hands, are generally referred to. Sufficient distance must be maintained to other persons (minimum distance: 1.50 metres). In personal contact with each other, please take care to avoid physical contact (e.g. shaking hands).

  • It is generally recommended to wear a mouth-and-nose cover when in contact with third parties. This is mandatory when visiting the University Library, the Campus Service Center, and where minimum distances are not observed. In the University Library, however, it is possible to do without a mouth-nose cover when working at the respective reading/workstation.

In order to be able to do without wearing masks during an examination or a course, it must be ensured that the seating arrangements allow a minimum distance of 1.50 metres between two adjacent persons. Please follow the respective regulations, which will be pointed out to you by the instructors. These measures apply with immediate effect. Against the background that the situation of the spread of infection in Europe and Germany is developing dynamically, the measures may have to be adjusted at short notice.

Last Modification: 23.10.2020 - Contact Person: Peer Niehof