The proposed semester dates for the Winter Semester 2020/21 below, which have been put forward by the vice-presidents of academic affairs of the universities in Baden-Württemberg, have not yet been commented upon nor confirmed by the Ministry of Science, Research and The Arts. Therefore they should only be regarded as plans - and there could be further changes:
- maths course 5 to 9 October, 2020
- first semester block week 5 to 9 October, 2020
- start of lectures 12 October, 2020
- end of lectures 5 February, 2021
- examination period (2 weeks) 8 to 19 February, 2021
- start of lectures Summer Semester 2021 15 March, 2021
(Last updated: 25 May, 2020)
- 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: www.kfw.de/studienkredit-coronahilfe.
(Last updated: 4 May 2020)
One-off change of mode of teaching or examination
If one-off changes of the mode of teaching or examinations is necessary, this will be listed in Lists of courses and examinations. In addition, the faculties are required to inform their students of this separately.
Withdrawal from examinations
In Summer Semester 2020 it is possible to withdraw from an examination or examinations without providing any reason, even if this is not the first registration for the examination. Application must be made to the Examinations Office at latest one day before the examination in question. If the examination is composed of several parts, withdrawal after taking part in the first part is no longer possible. The deadline for withdrawal from such an examination is the day before the first part of the examination.
Viewing of examination papers
Viewing of examination papers in the University is not possible until further notice, and at earliest when face-to-face lectures restart. The examiner can be contacted to find out whether it is possible to discuss papers by telephone or video conference.
Oral examinations are not possible until further notice, and at earliest when face-to-face lectures restart. We are currently checking whether it is possible to carry out oral examinations online. If you have an oral examination coming up in the near future, please contact your dean of studies or the examiner in question regarding this.
(Last updated: 23 April 2020)
Effective immediately, applications of any type should be sent digitally.
- An application for accreditation cannot be submitted until lectures begin and documents can be examined. This must be carried out by each individual lecturer and therefore cannot be done until lectures begin.
- Recognition of credits is possible in the first 3 weeks of lectures.
- The signed application for leave of absence (scan or mobile phone photo) should be sent by email to the dean of studies and the Examinations Office (Prüfungsamt) at latest by the end of the first week of lectures (currently by Friday 24 April 2020). The Examinations Office will send an acknowledgement.
- For Applications for leave of absence for Summer Semester 2020 generally: approval from the dean of studies is not necessary.
- The signed application for a repeat semester (scan or mobile phone photo) should be sent by email to the Examinations Office at latest by the end of the first week of lectures (currently by Friday, 24 April 2020). The Examinations Office will send an acknowledgement. Approval from the dean of studies is not necessary.
- Applications to bring forward lectures can be submitted within a period of 2 weeks after lectures begin (currently until Thursday, 30 April 2020). The form which must be used for this must be signed off by the dean of studies.
- Electives and languages can be registered for within a period of 2 weeks after lectures begin (currently until Thursday, 30 April 2020).
The timetable for Summer Semester 2020 is online: https://stundenplan.hs-furtwangen.de/
Select your study programme and your semester in order to see your courses.
Please note that there may be some changes to the timetable due to the fact that the timetable had to be planned very quickly.
The rooms given on the timetable are not relevant until normal face-to-face lectures are possible again.
(Last updated: 8 April 2020, 11.30am)
A course for every course of lectures offered in the Summer Semester has either already been set up on our learning platform FELIX (http://felix.hs-furtwangen.de ), or will be in the next few days. Please register with your HFU access codes in FELIX! FELIX is the information hub and control centre for your digital lectures.
Look for your courses in the catalogue either through „Courses“ – „Catalogue“ – „[your faculty]“ or by „Courses“ – „search“ over the search button.
Register yourself in all courses.
If you cannot find a course yet, it will be set up at latest by 20 April.
There is important information on the first page of every course including answers to the following questions:
- When will the lecture take place? (synchronous or asynchronous)
- Where will the lecture take place? (URL of the virtual meeting room)
- How will the lecture take place? (Tools and communication channels)
(Last updated: 8 April 2020, 11.30am)
Please register by email with the Department Office of your faculty if you require a workplace on the university premises. Students with a bad connection, or no internet connection at all at home, can use the University Wi-Fi to attend digital lectures. Your faculty will inform you in which room you are allowed to work.
Only a limited number of workplaces are available. These workplaces are set up at a sufficient distance to each other (a minimum of 2 metres). A headset must be worn to avoid disturbing other students. Facemasks must also be worn (please bring your own). Students with respiratory symptoms or fever are not permitted to enter the University buildings.
(Last updated: 5 May 2020)
No. The libraries on all three campuses have been closed on all three campuses since Wednesday, 18 March 2020.
- The full range of digital services offered by the libraries can also be used at home (search for books and media).
- Please send enquiries by email to:
- or directly over the service desk
- We can be reached by telephone under the following numbers:
- Furtwangen Campus: 07723-920-2207
- Schwenningen Campus: 07720-307-4770
- Tuttlingen Campus: 07461-1502-6321
- For urgent enquiries, the libraries can be contacted over Whatsapp at 017665821965
- Borrowing periods for all media have been extended until 29 June 2020
- For advice on services, please contact the libraries by email or by sending a ticket to the service desk.
- Please contact the library if you require a publication. We will provide you with the requested media either digitally, or in print with pick up by arrangement
- We will check for you whether inter-library loans are possible
(Last updated: 26 May, 2020)
The central stores and printing shop in Furtwangen have normal opening hours again:
- Monday - Thursday: 7.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 4.00pm
- Friday: 7.30am - 12.30pm
Central stores in Schwenningen:
Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 12.00 noon
In emergencies call the technical hotline at: 07720 307-4296
(Last updated: 6 May 2020)
- HFU remains closed to the public until further notice.
- A minimum distance of 1.5m to another person must be maintained.
- A maximum of 5 persons are allowed in closed rooms while maintaining the minimum distance to another.
- It is recommended that face masks covering both mouth and nose are worn as soon as more than one person is in a room.
- Special regulations for the libraries are in place.
(Last updated: 20 April, 2020 12.00 noon)
After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; after using public transport; after contact with railings, door and other handles, before and after meals; before putting on a face mask and after taking it off, after going to the toilet, ...by:
- washing hands with liquid soap for 20 - 30 seconds (see also https://www.infektionsschutz.de/haendewaschen/) or, if not possible,
- hand disinfection: correct disinfection of hands is appropriate if it is not possible to wash hands properly. To do so, an adequate amount of disinfectant must be applied to dry hands and massaged into the hands for approximately 30 seconds until they are completely dry. Please ensure that you cover the hands completely (see also https://www.infektionsschutz.de/hygienetipps/desinfektionsmittel.html).
While at University, your mouth and nose should always be covered, if it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5m (better is 2m) and if there is no barrier available: this reduces the risk of infecting others through coughing, sneezing or speaking. It is not necessary to wear a face mask during lectures if the required safety distance is observed, however it is allowed. Instructions on the correct use of face masks are listed in this information from the Ministry of Social Welfare: https://sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/presse/meldung/ pid/auch-einfache-masken-helfen/
Don't touch your face especially your mucous membranes, i.e. your mouth, eyes or nose, with your hands. Don't touch, hug or shake hands with anyone. If at all possible, avoid touching things that are normally touched with hands, such as door handles or buttons in lifts. Use your elbows instead. At the entrances to the University there are paper towels available which can be used to open doors and afterwards thrown away in the rubbish bins provided. Instructions on what to do are taped to the doors.
Physical distancing: a distance of 1.5m must also be observed in classes. This means that the tables in lecture rooms must be separated from each other and as a result far fewer students than normal can be permitted in each room. The maximum size of groups depends on the size of the room.
This rule must be observed during teaching and during examinations. No partner and groupwork is allowed. During activities where close bodily contact cannot be avoided, a facemask covering both mouth and nose must be worn.
Regular and correct airing of the rooms is particularly important. This must be carried out several time daily, at least once an hour, by opening the windows or doors fully for several (a minimum of 5) minutes. When doing so it is important to be careful not to create further risks by touching the window handles with the whole hand or the fingers. A paper handkerchief or a paper towel should be used.
Sufficient liquid soap and cloth or paper towels must be available in all toilets and refilled regularly.
In toilets every second sink will be blocked off and cannot be used. In the men's toilets every second urinal will be blocked off and cannot be used to increase the distance between individuals. Face-to-face lectures will be organised so that only one person of each sex can go to the toilet at any time.
Toilet seats, taps, sinks and floors should be cleaned daily. After removing contamination by faeces, blood or vomit with a surface disinfectant on a disposable cloth, a specific disinfection must be used. Strong rubber gloves must be worn.
Changing tables should be disinfected immediately after use.
Certain groups of people carry a higher risk of suffering severe COVID-19 symptoms (see information from the Robert Koch Institute https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogruppen.html).
These include specifically those with pre-existing conditions such as:
- diseases of the heart and circulation systems (e.g. coronary heart disease and high blood pressure)
- chronic lung disease (e.g. COPD)
- chronic liver disease
- diabetes mellitus
- a weak immune system (e.g. as a result of an illness which weakens the immune system, or regular medication which affects and possibly lowers the immune system, such as cortisone).
It is important to ensure that not all students use the same corridors between the lecture rooms and the exits to the campus at the same time. To separate them lines can be put on the floors or the walls, for example. If it is not possible to separate students enough, facemasks covering the mouth and nose must be worn.
As far as possible, the starting times of the various lectures, and in particular those of examinations, should be staggered in order to avoid large groups of people at peak times.
Students must be aware that distancing and hygiene rules must also be observed at bus stops and while waiting for public transport.
Due to the high number of COVID-19 corona virus cases, for the protection of everyone at Furtwangen University you are urgently requested to follow the instructions below:
- Anyone who has tested positive for covid-19 is not permitted to enter University premises until they can provide proof that they are no longer infectious.
- Anyone who was, or is, in contact with a person infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus are not permitted to enter the University for 14 days following contact.
- University employees affected should immediately register by email at lagezentrum(at)hs-furtwangen.de to clarify their employment situation. Please ensure that you include a contact phone number in this email.
- Any students affected should contact the Examinations Office (Prüfungsamt) and the contact person in the relevant faculty by email or phone to find solutions which avoid or minimise any detrimental effect on your studies.
- All those who have recently returned from abroad are subject to the quarantine regulations of the Ministry of Social Affairs.
We would like to emphasise once more that we consider these measures to be absolutely essential to protect all concerned.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at: lagezentrum(at)hs-furtwangen.de