Current information from HFU about the Corona virus:

Corona virus FAQs

Status: 19 October

Information for students and prospective students as well as teaching and administrative staff can be found below.

Who can I contact if I have any questions about my study programme?I am experiencing financial difficulties. Where can I find assistance?
  • The BW-Nothilfefonds (BW Emergency Funds) provide bridging loans for students who ineligible for, or do not receive enough, other funding. This opportunity is open to matriculated students who can prove they are in an emergency situation as a result of not being able to work, and do not receive sufficient income from other sources such as BAföG or scholarships. The emergency funds provide an interest-free loan of up to €450 for the months of April and May (a maximum of €900 in total) for students who can provide evidence that they have had no income from their part-time job since April. Applications should be made to Studierendenwerk Freiburg.
  • The Studienkredit der KfW (KfW Academic loan) is a programme run by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). Students are eligible for up to €650 per month – regardless of their income or that of their parents. German students can apply for a bridging loan from 8 May 2020. The interest on the loan will initially be paid by the Ministry of Education and Research. Foreign students living in Germany can apply from 1 June 2020. Further information can be found here:

(Last updated: 4 May 2020)

Access to and participation in lectures is not permitted for persons who…

  1. … have tested positive for the corona virus. This applies until proof of a negative test result is provided.
  2. … are or have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for the corona virus within the last 14 days.
  3. … are showing the typical symptoms of a corona virus infection, namely a temperature, dry cough and loss of taste and smell.
  4. … are not wearing a mask which covers both mouth and nose. Exceptions must be accompanied by a doctor’s note.
  5. … have returned from a risk area as defined by the Robert Koch Institute or the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration within the last 14 days.
    Anyone who has returned from a risk area must immediately self-isolate at home or in another suitable accommodation and inform the local police authorities (town council, town hall) / health authorities that they are in quarantine.
    This also applies if the person was tested upon their return. The quarantine ends as soon as a doctor’s note, or confirmation by a testing lab run by qualified doctors, with proof of a negative test result can be provided. No further permission from the authorities is then required.

Procedures to follow

  • The instructions of the health authorities must be followed.
  •  Staff who are affected should immediately contact the University Operations Centre by email: to clarify any legal issues related to their employment. Please include your phone number in the email.
  • Students who are affected should contact the Examinations Office (Prüfungsamt) and the contact person in your Faculty by email or phone to find solutions which will minimise the negative effects on your studies. In case of infection, additionally by email to

Access to Rooms

  • A minimum distance of 1.5 metres from all other persons must be maintained.
  • A mask covering both mouth and nose must be worn in all public areas.
  • All students must register in the Attendance List of lecture rooms, study rooms and the library by means of the QR code or URL posted at the door of the room.

(Last updated: 2 October, 2020)

Opening hours

Are canteens and cafeterias open?

The dining hall (mensa) in Schwenningen will open on Monday, 5 October 2020. Lunch will be served from Monday to Friday from 11.30am to 1.30pm. Meal choices 1 and 2 will be available.

The cafeteria in Furtwangen will open on Monday, 5 October 2020. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Because the dining hall (mensa) in Furtwangen will remain closed until further notice, meal choices 1 and 2 will be served in the cafeteria between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

(Last updated: 28 September 2020)

Are the libraries open?

Current opening hours for the 3 libraries can be found on theInternal link opens in the same window:library webpages.

Hygiene instructions

Download file:HFU-Hygiene notes
(Last updated: 30 September, 2020)

Contact: Operations Centre

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Operations Centre by email at: lagezentrum(at)

Additional information

Additional information on current developments and how to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus can be found on the website of the World Health Organization.