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10.08.2020

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.

General Information regarding COVID-19, updates on the current situation as well as advice for students and staff with regard to health measures can be found here.


Information about the coronavirus in Germany:

The information on the websites of the Robert-Koch Institute, the WHO, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Health is updated on a daily basis. The University of Bayreuth provides information on its website and in these FAQs, but also by e-mail and via its social media accounts!

Information for prospective international students

Are there any changes to the application deadlines for the Winter Semester 2020/21? (updated on 24.07.2020)
Due to the coronavirus crisis, the application deadline for the following courses of study has been extended until 20 August 2020:

  • undergraduate programmes (Bachelor, State Examination, Teacher Training)
  • Media Culture & Media Economy master’s programme

The deadline for applications for preparatory college remains 15 July 2020. Applications received after this date will count for the 2021 summer semester. 

The application deadlines for all other master's programmes remain unchanged.

Are there any changes to the Preliminary documentation review (VPD) process for programmes which require an application via uni-assist? (updated on 24.07.2020)
For the time being, applicants for Winter Semester 2020/21 are not required to send in their documents to uni-assist by post. The preliminary documentation review will be carried out on the basis of the digital copies you uploaded.

Applications for preliminary documentation review (VPD) for undergraduate programmes can be submitted to uni-assist until 20 August 2020. 

Prospective students who are planning to apply for the 2021 summer semester and require preliminary documentation review (VPD) for this purpose can now apply for this at uni-assist.

Is it possible to submit the evidence of proficiency in German at a later point? (updated on 24.07.2020)

  • For degree programmes whose deadlines were extended to 20 August: your language certificates demonstrating the relevant proficiency level (B2) must be available by 20 August.
  • For degree programmes with an application deadline of 15 July: subsequent submission of German language certificates after the deadline is permitted if you submit a certificate of participation by 15 July including registration for the language examination demonstrating that you will be able to submit the required certificate (B2) by 9 August 2020.

Is it possible to submit the evidence of proficiency in English at a later point?
Please contact the programme coordinator of the degree programme for which you are interested in applying.

Will the DSH-examination for the 2020/21 Winter Semester take place? (updated on 24.07.2020)
Due to the coronavirus crisis, the University of Bayreuth will be offering an internal German language exam in Winter Semester 2020/21, which entitles students to study at the University of Bayreuth. This has the level of the official DSH exam. No registered DSH certificate is issued for passing the exam.

The German language test will take place in the following period:
28 October  - 6 November 2020

Only those who have received preliminary admission to study at the University of Bayreuth can participate. From the end of July 2020, an application form and an information sheet will be e-mailed to all applicants who need to take the German language test as an enrolment requirement.

Preparation material is available on the internet and in bookshops. Please also note the online-courses offered by IIK Bayreuth.

Registration deadline for the internal German language exam is 1 September 2020.

Further information on the examination will be published here in good time.

I have questions about my visa (updated on 17.07.2020)
Information on entry and visa matters can be obtained from the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Please make sure to contact the German embassy or consulate responsible for you or the local Foreigners' Office in Germany.

If you have any other questions, please contact welcomeservices@uni-bayreuth.de.

Information for Students, Exchange Students, International Guests, Researchers and Global Partners

For what period has the lecture period of the 2020/2021 Winter Semester been fixed? (updated on 27.07.2020)
The start of lectures for the winter semester has been postponed until 2 November, 2020. Thus, the originally planned end of lectures has also been postponed until 12 February, 2021. All other important dates concerning the winter semester can be found here .

Is it already clear in what form courses will take place in the 2020/2021 Winter Semester? (updated on 27.07.2020)
It is our desire and our goal to make it possible for you to study, as far as possible, on site in Bayreuth in the coming winter semester, facilitated by varying degrees of digital learning.

So please prepare yourself for being at your place of study in person, and plan accordingly, as the case may be, to secure accommodation.

Nevertheless, prioritisation by user group will be necessary. Especially those beginning their studies at the University of Bayreuth in the winter semester will need the opportunity to find their way around campus, and to learn the University's way of living and working on site.  This applies to both bachelor’s and master’s students in their first semester. They will have the highest priority in planning, and be integrated as far as possible into courses of study with physical attendance.

Will there be an orientation week in the 2020/2021 Winter Semester? (updated on 27.07.2020)
Yes! Similar to a normal semester’s lecture schedule, 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.

Will the 2020 Summer Semester count towards the standard period of study or the maximum duration of studies?  (updated on 27.07.2020)
On 8 July, the Bavarian State Parliament passed an amendment to the Bavarian Higher Education Act. According to this amendment, the 2020 Summer Semester will not be considered a semester of study with regard to the regular dates and deadlines laid down in university examination regulations. This also means that in the event of a failure to sit for examination, no opportunities to resit will be lost. In addition, the introduction of the individual standard period of study removes obstacles to BAföG funding.

Neither will the 2020 Summer Semester count towards the maximum duration of study. This means that students can study the maximum duration of studies plus one additional semester without having to apply for an extension of the duration of studies.

Further information can be found on the homepage of the Bavarian State Ministry.

Where can I obtain confirmation of compulsory physical attendance in the winter semester for submission to a German mission abroad? (updated on 27.07.2020)
Newly admitted students receive this document together with,or a few days after, admission via CampusOnline.

Students who are already enrolled can contact Welcome Services by e-mail to receive the corresponding written statement.

What do I have to keep in mind if I still wish to travel to Bayreuth for classroom instruction in the current summer semester? (updated on 17.07.2020)
As before, students from non-EU countries may only enter Germany if they have a valid reason to do so. This is the case if you return to your place of residence to continue your studies. When entering the country, students must furnish the appropriate documents (e.g. a rental agreement, a certificate of registration, as well as confirmation that it is necessary for you to attend in-person courses). In any event, please observe the present quarantine regulations and review the information carefully before entering the country! We also recommend contacting the International Office.

Can I get a personal appointment at the Welcome Services?
Due to the current situation, our offices are currently closed and we are not able to offer personal appointments. Of course, you can always reach us via phone or email (contact information can be found here) and we can help with all questions and problems.

Is there any possibility to get to know other (international) students and network on Campus even in this situation?
Yes! Enactus Bayreuth, a student initiative, started an Instagram account where all student initiatives and organizations have the possibility to present themselves and publish upcoming (online) events. Especially for international students, ESN offers an interesting programme with different events every week – ranging from a Language Stammtisch to a language tandem program. All information and further details can be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Additional Information:
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the current situation, please contact us at welcomeservices@uni-bayreuth.de. Enquiries are answered on a daily basis.

Rest assured that we will do everything in our power to prevent you from suffering any academic disadvantage due to the current situation.

We will keep you informed about any updates as soon as new information becomes available and we very much hope to welcome you to our beautiful campus in the future.




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