Corona virus: Current measures
The Covid 19 pandemic has proven to be a great challenge for all of us, one which can only be met by our university if we work together. We will use this website to keep you up to date with the latest information on all precautionary measures and arrangements intended to protect the university and its members.
Winter semester 2022/23
The Winter semester 2022/23 will take place as a face-to-face semester and all courses are scheduled with full room occupancy. Until further notice, there is no masking obligation as well as no 3G status proof obligation at Osnabrück University.
It is always possible to protect oneself with an FFP2 mask. The option of wearing masks should be addressed in the courses and solidarity should be shown if fellow students express concerns about not wearing masks. Be considerate of each other so that everyone can feel comfortable!
During the week leading up to Christmas, December 19 to 23, 2022, seminars and lectures will be held digitally only. All teaching buildings will be closed and unheated during this time to save energy and reduce the potential for Corona contagion before the holidays. The libraries and student center will be open until December 22, 2022, so the university will not be a closed place for you during digital week.
Info especially for teaching staff
Dear Students of Osnabrück University,
we try our best to keep you up to date with information and to answer some of the questions affecting many of you. Should you require additional information about your department or about the university library or University Sports, please address your questions directly to those facilities.
Frequently asked questions
Studying in general
Yes, applications can be submitted via e-mail. If forms are available for the respective applications (e.g. for leave of absence) digitally, they must be used, signed and sent in pdf- format as an e-mail to email@example.com.
Currently, the Campuscard can be validated or issued at the Student Service Center by prior appointment only. Appointments can be arranged by calling the Info Line (0541 969 7777).
Students must observe the safety measures in place in Student Service Center.
Disability or serious illness: What kind of documentation do I need if my illness or disability is likely to extend the duration of my studies and I want to apply to have my long-term tuition fees waived?
By obtaining an official medical certificate. If you have a degree of disability of 50% or above, presenting your disability card is sufficient.
For information on the topic of long-term tuition fees, please refer to the webpageCosts of studying.
The emergency childcare is a basic offer of the University's Equal Opportunities Office. During corona-related restrictions in daycare or school, the offer remains bookable for you (free of charge) while studying and attending online lectures.
While you are studying, the caregiver will come to your home and look after your child/children, in strict accordance with the current safety and hygiene measures. The emergency childcare can be booked up to two days in advance and be claimed of for a maximum of three consecutive days. Please note that you do not have a legal entitlement to obtain childcare, the caregivers are placed on a „first-come, first-served“ basis.
Should the current situation regarding the Corona-pandemic change or the measures be adjusted by the government, please note that the emergency childare service could be accordingly limited or stopped.
Please understand that you will not be able to make use of emergency childcare, if you or your children have symptoms of illness. Furthermore, the childcare service cannot be offered if you or any family members are in quarantine. Please act responsibly.
If you are not registered yet, please feel free to register. In case of any questions or concerns, please contact the Equal Opportunity: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +49 541 969 4686
Since June 2022, there has no longer been a requirement to wear a mask in the buildings of Osnabrück University. However, when significant numbers of people gather in one place, it remains advisable to voluntarily wear a face covering. Wearing an FFP2 mask is always an option for protecting yourself. You should talk to your professor or lecturer about wearing a face covering in your lectures and seminars and come to a solution that suits everybody, especially when some of your fellow students express concern about not wearing a face covering.
Established medical practices offer vaccinations with a variety of vaccines. If you need assistance getting a vaccination or have any questions, please contact the university medical officer apl. Prof. Dr. med. Henning Allmers. (Tel.: +49 541 969-3329 / E-Mail: email@example.com)
International students: Where can I find helpful information regarding the entry in Germany, arrival in Osnabrueck and the beginning of my studies?
Students who cannot be vaccinated because of a disability or chronic illness and suffer from increased health risks should contact Christine Kammler, Representative for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses with questions relating to the organization of their studies.
Tel.: +49 541 969 6366
Osnabrück University will offer taster studies for prospective students from the summer semester 2022 onwards. For questions about studying at university and choosing your study program, please contact the Study Counseling Service.
The opening hours of the libraries can be found on the library website.
The 3G detection & masking requirements have been waived at the university since June 1. That also affects the library. However, the urgent recommendation to continue wearing effective mouth-nose protection applies to high-traffic areas such as service & information desks, booking machines, checkrooms. In the reading rooms at all locations, there will still be a manageable number of workstations with mandatory masks in place to provide a safe environment for individuals with increased protection needs. Mandatory FFP2 masks will also remain for participation in certain training and counseling formats.
Information by the university departments and institutes
At this point we have bundled up links leading to specific information by our university departments and institutes (in German). Is there some important bit of information missing? Please send a link via e-mail to the online editing team.
- FB 1 Prüfungsamt Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften
- FB 1 Kunsthistorisches Institut
- FB 1 Historisches Seminar
- FB 1 Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
- FB 1 Textiles Gestalten
- FB 3 FAQ-Liste Erziehungs- und Kulturwissenschaften
- FB 3 Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft
- FB 3 Institut für Evangelische Theologie
- FB 3 Institut für Islamische Theologie
- FB 3 Institut für Musikwissenschaft und Musikpädagogik
- FB 3 Fachgebiet Sachunterricht
- FB 3 Institut für Sport- und Bewegungswissenschaften
- FB 4 Physik
- FB 5: Biologie/Chemie
- FB 6 Mathematik/ Informatik
- FB 7 Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
- FB 7 Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
- FB 7 Institut für Germanistik
- FB 8 Institut für Gesundheitsforschung und Bildung (IGB)
- FB 8 Institut für Psychologie
- FB 9 Wirtschaftswissenschaften
- FB 10 Rechtswissenschaften
- Institut für Kognitionswissenschaft (IKW)
Information and downloads especially for teaching staff
The Winter Semester 2022/23 will take place as an attendance semester and all courses will be scheduled with full room occupancy. Since June 1, 22, you can enter the buildings of the university again without a mask. Also, proof of 3G status is no longer required.
In the week before Christmas from December 19-23, 2022, lectures and seminars will be offered exclusively online. All teaching buildings will be closed during this period. They will not be heated in order to save on energy and to reduce the COVID-19 infection risk in the run-up to the holiday period. The libraries and the Student Center will remain open until December 22, 2022.
Conferences and travels can be considered again (considering the destination).
Virtual courses can be continued in the winter semester 2022/23, provided that they are a useful addition to classroom teaching. It is not possible to offer all courses both in person and digitally. The teaching formats will be bindingly defined at the beginning of the semester.
Notes on the use of digital teaching as an alternative to classroom teaching were communicated to teachers on March 13, 2020. You can find further advice and up-to-date information on the corresponding consulting and training offers on the websites of the University Computer Center and the Center for Digital Teaching, Information Management and Higher Education Didactics (virtUOS).
Information for all university staff
The administrative buildings in which there are no teaching activities will remain closed until further notice. As of June 2022, you do not have to wear a mask anymore. If possible, employees working on-site shall be assigned individual offices as in the past.
The so-called "home office obligation" (Section 28b (4) IfSG) has ceased to apply as of 20.03.2022. Explicit reference is made to the service agreement on the regulation of mobile working dated 03.02.2022 and the resulting possibilities for mobile working outside the premises of the UOS.
For business trips and entry restrictions for guests of the university, the respective federal or state regulations as well as the service directive dated September 8, 2021 (PDF, 127 kB) (in German) apply until further notice.
Further information can be found at the:
Finanzdezernat (in German)
Personaldezernat (in German)
The University's administrative buildings will remain closed, subject to existing security precautions. Since June 2022 you do not have to wear a medical face covering anymore. You are required to observe regulations on social distancing and hygiene. Special information posters are available which provide information on specific codes of behavior in the rooms and corridors which can be used as required.
The state of Lower Saxony provides its employees with lay rapid tests twice a week free of charge as an occupational health and safety measure. Employees of Osnabrück University can order the kits for self-testing via Stud.IP. These are distributed by the management of the organizational units. This is a voluntary measure aimed at employees who carry out their work on site and are not exclusively in a home office. They can take the self-test at the University or at home before starting their commute.
Panel meetings may be held in a presence even if the distance requirement is less than 1.5m.
You have cold symptoms and are unsure what to do as an employee of Osnabrück University? Our flyer (PDF, 62 kB) gives you an overview of your options. If you have to enter a period of quarantine, please return to work at Osnabrück University only after you are free of symptoms and you have confirmed this (if possible once 7 days have elapsed) by taking COVID-19 tests.
From October 25, 2021 onwards, face-to-face job interviews can resume as long as they are conducted in accordance with the strict guidelines covering personnel selection procedures.
Telefon-Vorabfragebogen UOS (PDF, 482 kB) (in German)
National and international funding organizations have reacted to the coronavirus pandemic by taking a number of steps to account for the limitations young academics are facing with their research. Some donors have decided on blanket measures; other donor organizations will require decisions to be taken on a case-by-case basis. It is for this reason that cases will be examined and assessed individually. It is therefore recommended that young academics talk to their superiors and their project supervisors to identify the individual options available to them if their work has been delayed by the pandemic. In addition, questions about extensions to externally funded projects can be addressed to the university’s research consultants.
The PhD/Postdoc Career Center (ZePrOs) provides support regarding all non-subject specific questions concerning the doctorate, PhD financing options, different qualification paths in the Postdoc phase, strategic career planning and further topics. Furthermore, the ZePrOs team offers information and consultation in the case of conflicts in the context of work or research or during doctoral examination procedures.
The Equal Opportunities Office offers comprehensive consultation services on equal opportunities and sexual harassment as well as on various forms of discrimination.
The team of the Organisational Development Division accompanies divisions and teams through change processes, helps build teams, advises employees on a wide range of topics related to their professional roles and responsibilities and offers trainings tailored to their needs as university employees. In addition the team supports and advises international members of staff on language, cultural and administrative issues arising from adapting to life and work in a new environment.
The International Office advises and takes care of international students, PhD students and visiting scholars.
The service of the Center for Information Management and Virtual Teaching (virtUOS) includes information and technical support regarding digital teaching.
The ombudsperson for good scientific practice is the contact person for questions concerning the safeguarding of good scientific practice.
The Staff Council (Personalrat) is the contact institution for all matters relating to employment relationships.
The upper time limit for positions leading to a qualification has been extended again by half a year
The upper time limit for academic and artistic employees who are in their qualification phase has been extended again by the length of time by which university and scholarly activity has been disrupted.
If you have any questions about coronavirus and how to reconcile professional and family life, then please contact the Equal Opportunity Office which can also provide you with information about various programs and support services.
At regular intervals, staff members will receive an update in the form of a newsletter informing them about internal regulations and services as well as providing reports about people’s experiences and individual stories from the UOS. All members of the university are cordially invited to participate and to contribute their thoughts and ideas.
In order to provide university staff with constant updates on the work situation at the current time, the Office for Personnel and Organizational Development has developed a specialist program of continuing education and staff development as well as individual coaching sessions. It has also set up the #UOSMiteinanderReden program [#UOS-talktoeachother] for colleagues to share their experiences to help them deal with the many and varied challenges they face in the current circumstances.