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Coronavirus: information for students

Last update July 10

We have compiled all important information on the current situation for you on this page.
Please check this website regularly for information.

Accessibility of the university buildings

From Monday, July 13, 2020, the restrictions on access to the Viadrina buildings for employees will be lifted.

The main building of Viadrina and the University Library will again be accessible via the main entrance from Monday, July 13th.

The Audimax is open Monday to Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm during office hours of the service point for students and for validating ID cards.

The bistro in the Gräfin-Dönhoff building is open with a snack offer, from Monday to Friday, 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Credit for cashless payments in the bistro in the Gräfin-Dönhoff building can be topped up from Monday to Friday, 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

With these exceptions, all Viadrina buildings will remain closed to the public and will only be accessible for meetings with members and members of the university on agreed dates.

Study and teaching in the summer semester 2020 

Teaching for the entire summer semester 2020 will take place as online teaching.
According to the current state of deliberations in the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal States in the Federal Republic of Germany, the summer semester 2020 will be counted as a regular semester for universities of applied sciences and universities. However, care will be taken to ensure that disadvantages caused by corona-related delays in the course of studies are compensated. Wherever the Viadrina can regulate this itself, appropriate regulations are being worked on.

  • Tips for digital studies
  • Consultation hours take place by e-mail, telephone or with prior appointment. Please inform yourself about the availability on the applied websites. Consultation hours in presence are also possible by prior appointment.
  • The lecture period ends on July 24th 2020

Study and teaching in the Winter Semester 2020/21

The lecture period in the winter semester 2020/21 begins on November 2, 2020.

Teaching in the Winter Semester will take place both online and live. We are currently in the process of planning the Winter Semester. More detailed information will be available soon on this website and in the course catalogue for the Winter Semester 2020/21.

Information for prospective students

The deadlines for application and registration have been extended.

Please contact the Admissions Office ( with any questions regarding the application and enrolment process, including situations caused by the pandemic.

Applicants with international school or university degrees should contact Viadrina International Affairs (

If you have any questions regarding the content or subject matter of the respective study program (here directly to our study program), please contact the program coordination or the student advisory service. You will find their contact persons on the respective websites:

Hygiene measures for restricted operation

To reduce the risk of infection for employees or students in the Viadrina buildings, the hygiene measures at the Viadrina were adapted:

  • In all office and seminar rooms, lecture halls, sanitary areas and corridors, door handles and light switches are disinfected once a day, as are handrails in all stairways, lifts and public photocopiers.
  • Separate rules apply to the University Library, such as the wearing of a mouth-and-nose protection when using the reading room outside of the permanent workplace. In the University Library, the counter area and other circulation areas such as door handles and handrails are disinfected daily.
  • Separate cleaning of the rooms takes place before examinations. Students who write repeat exams will receive detailed information about hygiene and behavioral measures during exams with the confirmation e-mail of their exam registration.
  • For your own protection and the protection of others, a minimum distance of 1.50 metres should be observed. Where this is not possible, mouth-and-nose protection should be worn. This applies in particular to the use of lifts. If possible, use the staircases to ensure that lifts are available for people with disabilities.
  • The most important measure - and you have this "in your own hands" - remains regular hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds.

We kindly ask you to observe the current instructions of the Federal Centre for Health Education (in German).

If you have symptoms of illness, please stay at home and contact a doctor and/or the public health department if necessary.

Examinations, term papers and theses

Written examinations (Klausuren) 

  • All (retake) exams, originally scheduled for the Winter Semester 2019/20, have been made up since May.
  • The Studentenwerk offers snacks and drinks in the bistro of the Gräfin-Dönhoff building

Oral exams

  • Please contact your examiner. Provided that all parties involved agree and hygiene precautions are observed (maximum of three persons in a sufficiently large room), oral examinations can be held.

Term papers and written papers

  • Arrangements for the extension of term papers and other written examinations (except examinations) are made by the responsible examination boards.
  • Written theses (Bachelor and Master) can be submitted by post to the examination office, prior to appointments or according to the opening hours of the Service Point. A personal submission of theses is only possible after making an appointment by telephone with the Service Point. As soon as the Service Point is reopened, personal submission will be possible again.

Arrangements for examinations, written term papers and theses here: 

University library

Use of the reading room
The University Library is expanding its services and will be open from 13.07.2020 from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. for members of the University and registered users. Lending is not possible on Saturdays.

A maximum of 150 people may use the reading room at any one time. An electronic registration procedure will be used to register user data in order to be able to trace chains of infection in the event of a proven infection. Please bring your user card with you.

For general questions please contact, for questions regarding interlibrary loan please contact

Library of the Collegium Polonicum
Lending and return of media during the closing of the reading room (in German and Polish)
Ordering electronic copies from the stocks (in German and Polish)

Special workstations for online teaching

In the basement of the reading room (training room) nine workstations are available for online teaching. The use of headphones with microphones is permitted in this area. An efficient WLAN connection is available for students.

Please observe the rules of distance and hygiene when visiting the library.

Rental equipment (notebooks) for students
From now on it is possible for Viadrina students to borrow a notebook including headset for the duration of an exam, a project or the summer school. The loaned equipment will be handed out in the Lodge House after making an appointment and drawing up a loan contract. Please contact for this purpose.

Validation for student ID cards (Semesterticket) | Charging station for cashless payments

The validation of student IDs is possible at the validation station in the Gräfin-Dönhoff building from Monday to Friday, 8.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m. The Audimax is open Monday to Thursday from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. for the validation of student IDs.

If validation on site is not possible for students, it can exceptionally be done by post. Students can send in their student ID with a stamped envelope and have it validated by Viadrina staff.

European University Viadrina
Department 1
Große Scharrnstraße 59
15230 Frankfurt (Oder)

It is possible to top up credit for cashless payments in the bistro at the top-up stations in the main building and in the Gräfin-Dönhoff Building (Monday to Friday, 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.).

Psychological counselling and pastoral care for students

Stressful situations while studying, anxiety, or depression? Psychological challenges do not pass unnoticed in times of corona. Therefore, our psychological counsellors are still available. While face-to-face exchange is not available until further notice, telephone and email services can still be contacted.

Emergency Aid Programme of the Ministry of Science

The Federal Ministry of Education provides bridging assistance for students in pandemic emergency situations (in German).
Students who are entitled to BAföG but have not yet applied for BAföG should apply for BAföG.
Students who do not meet the BAföG criteria (e.g. exceeding the standard period of study, second degree) can apply for a student loan from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) as well as grants distributed by the Studierendenwerke.

The Studentenwerk Frankfurt (Oder) provides advice in financial emergencies. 
Further information and your contact person can be found at

Information and advice centres
Quarantine regulations of the State of Brandenburg

Please inform yourself about the current Quarantine regulations of the State of Brandenburg.

If you have any questions or are looking for support, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Useful links:

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