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Coronavirus: information for students

Welcome to the hybrid winter semester 2020/21 at the European University Viadrina. On this page you will find all important information about studies, teaching and university life in the current situation. Please check this website regularly.

Up to date:
Since Monday, 2 November, a new containment regulation has been in force in Brandenburg: Universities remain open as important educational institutions.


Cross-border study - quarantine regulation

Students resident in Brandenburg or Poland who regularly have to cross the border between Poland and Brandenburg for compulsory study purposes (border commuters) are exempt from the quarantine obligation in accordance with the Brandenburg quarantine regulations.In Poland there is no quarantine obligation for EU travellers.

For students residing in Berlin who commute for study purposes between their place of residence in Berlin and their place of study in Poland, the analogous exemption regulation of the Berlin infection protection ordinance applies.

This means: Students who live in Poland can travel to Brandenburg for necessary attendance courses and examinations to their place of study in Frankfurt (Oder) without having to go into quarantine.

The exemption from the quarantine obligation also applies if students have to commute for study purposes between their place of study in Poland (Collegium Polonicum) and their place of residence in Berlin or Brandenburg. Please note: Due to the current containment measures in Poland, courses and examinations will not be held in attendance at the Collegium Polonicum in Slubice (Poland) until further notice.

Please note that in other federal states other quarantine regulations may apply. If you have any questions, please contact

Extension of the standard period of study

In order to mitigate the negative consequences of the corona pandemic on the course of studies, the state of Brandenburg has decided to extend the standard period of study. For students who were enrolled in the 2020 summer semester, the standard period of study is extended by one semester for each individual student.

BAföG recipients whose maximum funding period (standard period of study) ended with the 2020 summer semester can receive training support until the end of the 2020/21 winter semester. Those who have not yet applied should do so immediately. The submission of the certificate of achievement is also postponed by one semester.

Please note that these regulations do not apply to Staatsexamen degree programmes. Their standard period of study is not covered by the Brandenburg Higher Education Act.

Hybrid Winter Semester 2020/21

The lecture period in the winter semester 2020/21 began on 2 November 2020 and ends on 19 February 2021.

The Winter Semester 2020/2021 will be a hybrid semester in which courses will be offered online, as blended learning and classroom formats. Here you will find information (in German) on digital studying.

The course catalogue for the hybrid winter semester 2020/21 is available in viaCampus. There you will find information on each course, whether it is planned in online or attendance format. Whether an online course is synchronous or asynchronous can be found in the corresponding Moodle course.

The most up-to-date information on the format and schedule of a course can always be found in the respective Moodle course.

With the entry into force of the Containment Regulations of the State of Brandenburg on November 2nd 2020, the obligation to wear a mouth-nose cover at a fixed seat during the classroom teaching applies.

In courses in which the clearly articulated spoken word is particularly important (e.g. lectures, courses with lecture character, hybrid courses), teachers may be exempted from the obligation to wear the mouth-and-nose cover. In language courses, both teachers and students may waive the requirement to wear the mouth and nose cover.

Information on barrier-free implementation of infection control measures (in German).

Due to the distance regulation, a maximum number of persons is defined for all teaching rooms of the Viadrina. Please note that participation in a classroom course is therefore only possible after prior registration (usually via Moodle) and up to the maximum number of participants.

In order to be able to trace chains of infection, teachers are obliged to document attendance at face-to-face events. This is usually done by means of an attendance list for each attendance appointment, which is destroyed after a four-week retention period.

Special workstations for online teaching and rental equipment (notebooks)

Student workstations are available on campus and in the university library for participation in online teaching.

It is now possible to borrow a notebook including headset for a limited time. Please contact for this purpose.

Events, consultation hours and committee meetings on site

Essential working meetings, committee meetings and consultation hours with students and invited external participants are possible by prior individual appointment, subject to the hygiene and distance regulations on site.

This also applies to scientific events (e.g. colloquia, research conferences, etc.), which can be held with Viadrina members and invited participants on site in compliance with the rules of hygiene and distance.

Until further notice, no (public) events and meetings can be held in presence at Viadrina. Events aimed at the interested public can only be carried out digitally/online.

Information on your degree programme

Please contact the Admissions Office ( if you have any questions regarding the application and enrolment process.

Applicants with international school or university degrees please 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. Contacts can be found on the corresponding websites:

Information for newly arriving international students

You are coming to Frankfurt (Oder) soon to start your studies or your semester abroad at Viadrina?
Please note the important hints and information regarding the arrival from risk areas, quarantine regulations and support offers of the Studentenwerk and Viadrina.

If you have further questions, please contact the team of the International Office.

Examinations, term papers and theses

Oral exams are carried out in compliance with the rules of distance and hygiene. During the oral examination, the obligation to wear a mouth-nose cover does not apply to persons directly involved in the examination

Arrangements for examinations, written term papers and theses: 

Access to university buildings

All university buildings are open from Monday to Friday from 9. am to 8 pm (the Gräfin-Dönhoff building until 4 pm) for members of the university only.

The University library is open Monday 9 am to 7 pm as well as Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm for university members and external guests carrying a library card. 

The cafeteria (Mensa) in the Gräfin-Dönhoff building is open from Monday to Friday, 11.30 am to 2 pm.The Coffeebar in Viadrina main building is open for public guests daily from 10 am to 3 pm with a take-away offer.

Events and meetings are also possible with external guests, provided that distance and hygiene regulations are observed.

When planning public events with external guests, it should be checked whether the aim and target groups can also be reached through an online format. If possible, plan your public events in online format. For the purpose of tracing chains of infection, the contact details of participants and guests must be entered in a form (available in German).

Access to Viadrina buildings is prohibited for persons who have contracted the virus or are suspected of having contracted it.

There are no restrictions for students on their way to university - even for commuters from Berlin districts that exceed the seven-day incidence of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

The Collegium Polonicum is accessible subject to special residence rules (information in German).

University library

Use of the reading room
The University library is open Monday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for university members and external guests carrying a library card.

When visiting the library, please observe the rules of distance and hygiene. Wearing a mouth and nose protector at the workstations in the reading room is compulsory.

An electronic registration procedure is used to register user data in order to be able to trace infection chains in the event of proven infection. Therefore, please make sure you bring your user ID with you.

For general requests please contact, for requests 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)

Financial support

Depending on your personal situation, you can take advantage of the following support:

  • Bridging assistance for students in pandemic emergency situations
    Students in acute financial need can apply for a grant between €100 and €500 per month as a bridging allowance. In addition, the federal government's measures include a temporary exemption from interest on the KfW Student Loan until the end of March 2021 and the opening of the KfW Student Loan for foreign students.

  • Hardship fund of the State of Brandenburg (Information in German)
    The state of Brandenburg supports students whose applications for federal subsidies were unsuccessful, but who can prove that they are in need according to the criteria of the hardship funds, with one-off subsidies of 300 euros. Furthermore, interest-free hardship loans of up to 500 euros can be applied for.

In all cases please contact the Studentenwerk Frankfurt (Oder). Further information and your direct contact person can be found at

Information and advice centres

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the service points by telephone or e-mail:

Hygiene measures at the Viadrina

To reduce the risk of infection for employees or students in the Viadrina buildings, the following hygiene measures apply:

      • Please keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres. 

      • Wearing a mouth-and-nose protector is mandatory in all Viadrina buildings. With the entry into force of the Containment Regulations of the State of Brandenburg on 2.11.2020, this also applies at a fixed seat during the course. Under certain conditions, teachers and students may be exempted from the obligation to wear the mouth and nose cover during the course (see Hybrid Winter Semester 2020/21).

      • Regular hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds is one of the most important hygiene measures.

      • The ventilation systems in all Viadrina buildings are operated in accordance with current infection protection standards

      • In all offices 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 (available in German) apply to the University Library. Outside the workplace, the obligation to wear a mouth-nose cover applies in the reading room.

      • Separate cleaning of the rooms takes place before examinations. Students who write exams will receive detailed information about hygiene and behavioral measures in a confirmation e-mail before their exam.

      • We kindly ask you to use the Corona Warning App of the Federal Government. The app helps to identify chains of infection and supports the health authorities in containing the pandemic.

Information on barrier-free implementation of infection control measures.

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

Correct behaviour in case of disease symptoms and suspected cases

Please stay at home if symptoms of illness occur and contact your family doctor.

Primary contact:
In the case of direct contact with a person who has been proven to be infected with the corona virus (i.e. a positive test has been performed), the guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Health apply: You must stay at home and report immediately to the responsible health authority (Health Office Frankfurt (Oder), Health Authorities Berlin). The Health Office will inform you about all necessary steps.

If you, as a Viadrina student, are affected, please send a short message to If you have planned to attend classroom lectures, please contact your teachers to agree on how you can make up for missed lectures and, if necessary, compensate for academic achievements.

Secondary contact:
In the case of indirect contact, i.e. in cases where no direct contact has taken place but where, for example, a family member is the primary contact person or a suspected case due to acute symptoms, the public health department does not normally impose quarantine.
If there are no compelling reasons that require your presence on campus, e.g. an important meeting at a seminar or an examination, we recommend that you stay at home until a test result is available. If the primary and secondary contact person is symptom-free and no test is carried out, up to five days of precautionary staying at home can serve as a guideline. In this case you should also contact your teachers.

Quarantine regulations of the state of Brandenburg
Please inform yourself about the current quarantine regulations of the state of Brandenburg ( in German).

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

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