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Information regarding COVID-19


The crisis committee of the University of Bayreuth has been operative since February 2020 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 Preliminary documentation review (VPD) process for programmes which require an application via uni-assist? (updated on 01.02.2022)
For the time being, applicants for winter semester 2022/23 and summer semester 2023 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 at uni-assist. Prospective students who are planning to apply for the 2022 summer semester and require preliminary documentation review (VPD) for this purpose can now apply for this at uni-assist.

Will there be a DSH exam for Summer Semester 2022? (updated on 20.12.2021)
Currently, it is not possible to give a binding answer.

A German language exam will take place from

  • 20 April to 21 April 2022

Depending on the regulations due to infection protection measures the University of Bayreuth will offer either a DSH exam or an internal German language examination in replacement. The internal language examination has the same requirement level as the official DSH examination. However, it only entitles you to study at the University of Bayreuth. A registered DSH certificate will not be issued. Only those students who have received (provisional) admission to a degree programme at the University of Bayreuth and have registered for the exam by the deadline of 15 March 2022 can take part.

You will receive more detailed information and the registration form by e-mail with your (provisional) admission.

Should you have any questions, please find further information following these links:

I have questions about my visa (updated on 15.07.2020)
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.​

Where can I get a confirmation of compulsory attendance to present to the German embassy? (updated on 14.07.2021)
Since Summer Semester 2021, it has been possible to waive the requirement to submit a certificate of attendance. Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research has stated the following: "Entry for the purpose of taking up studies as well as study visits for individual semesters are possible. Proof of this must be provided with the corresponding notification of admission from the higher education institution. Proof of compulsory attendance is not required, as the higher education institutions regularly conduct a mixture of online and in-person teaching."

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

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

What is the lecture period in Summer Semester 2022? (updated on 09.02.2022)
Lectures in Summer Semester will begin as planned on 25 April 2022. All other important dates concerning Summer Semester can be found here.

Is it foreseeable in which form courses will take place in Summer Semester 2022? (updated on 09.02.2022)
For teaching in the summer semester 2022, the University of Bayreuth will implement an in-person semester as standard and use digital components as a valuable, supplementary building block of classroom teaching. Seminars and lectures offered exclusively online are only planned as individual exceptions in teaching.
The University of Bayreuth is aware that the current Omikron wave is causing a rapid increase in the number of infections. On the way back to in-person university, the university will, of course, closely examine and consistently implement the applicable coronavirus regulations before the start of the semester in order to fulfil our teaching and research mandate, and at the same time protect the health and safety of our community.

Will the orientation week take place in Summer Semester 2021/22? (updated 09.02.2022)
Yes! Our Orientation Week for international students will take place from 11 April to 22 April 2022. Welcome Services will provide international students with information on registration and the schedule as soon as possible.

Can I come to Welcome Services for a personal consultation? (updated 09.02.2022)
Due to the current exceptional situation, our counselling offices are unfortunately closed until further notice. You can of course reach us at any time by phone or e-mail (contact information can be found here) and we can help with any questions or problems in these ways.

Is there a way to meet other (international) students and to network on campus despite the current situation?
Yes, an initiative of the university group Enactus Bayreuth has created an Instagram account that gives the various university groups the opportunity to introduce themselves and announce upcoming events. Especially for international students, ESN Bayreuth also has a diverse programme to offer in this special situation - from language get-togethers to a tandem programme. The latest information can always 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.

Here you can go directly to further information on COVID-19 at the University of Bayreuth.

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