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Coronavirus: information for students

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

The main building of Viadrina and the University Library are accessible via the main entrance.

The Audimax is open Monday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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

Hybrid Winter Semester 2020/21

The lecture period of the coming Winter Semester 2020/2021 has been postponed by two weeks and will begin on 2 November 2020. In anticipation of a change in the state regulation binding for the length of the lecture period, the Senate has decided that the lecture period in the Winter Semester will be shortened by one week. Subject to the entry into force of the corresponding ordinance, the lecture period will thus end on 19 February 2021.

In the coming semester, we would like to enable you to study and teach on site as much as the applicable hygiene and safety regulations and the available room capacities allow. Therefore, the Winter Semester will not be a pure online semester, but a hybrid semester in which courses will be offered online, in blended learning format as well as in classroom format.

The planning and preparations for teaching in the Winter Semester are currently underway and will be completed in September. You will be able to find out from the course catalogue in ViaCampus in time before the start of lectures which format you can expect for a specific seminar, lecture or exercise and which platforms and digital tools will be used in each case.

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:

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

The University Library and the reading room are open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm and on Saturdays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm for members of the University and for 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. Please observe the rules of distance and hygiene when visiting the library.

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.

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.).

Financial support

You have the possibility, depending on your personal situation, to take advantage of the following support:

  • Bridging assistance for students in pandemic emergency situations
    Students in acute financial need can apply for a grant of 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 that can be reached by telephone or e-mail:

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.

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:

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