Current information from HFU about the Corona virus:

Corona virus FAQs

Last updated: 27 July 2021

We are keeping a close eye on the situation and will inform you as soon as there are any new regulations affecting the University.

Last change: Studying in Winter Semester - on campus as much as possible

Studying at HFU in Winter Semester 2021/22 – safely and on campus as much as possible

Studying is not just about acquiring knowledge and skills. Studying is also experiencing, getting to know, meeting on campus - other students, the professors, and other university staff. After three semesters characterised by online teaching, our goal is that Winter Semester 2021/22 will not only meet all health protection requirements, but that it will also be a semester in which as much experience and learning as possible can take place in person.

Currently, nobody can say with certainty what form the lectures will take in the Winter Semester of 2021/22. If the situation permits, courses at Furtwangen University will take place in person, following, as always, current Corona regulations.

Even during the most difficult times of the pandemic, most HFU events took place, and semesters and exams were completed as normal.

If there are restrictions, we are well-prepared. We have developed different scenarios and offer a mix of face-to-face events, online teaching and streaming, adapted to the respective situation. We will use all the digital experience we have gained - to offer outstanding teaching and learning.


"As a way out of the pandemic, vaccination is of crucial importance," Science Minister Theresia Bauer emphasized in a circular to universities on July 21, 2021. Like the State of Baden-Württemberg (External link opens in a new, Furtwangen University also regularly forwards information about vaccination initiatives - including for students.

Inform yourself! Help us leave the pandemic behind and return to normal life and studying.

All statements are subject to the continuously changing pandemic situation. If changes occur, we will inform students, faculty and staff as soon as possible.

President Prof. Dr. Rolf Schofer
Head of Administration Andrea Linke



Where can I print something out at the university?

The document must be a PDF on a USB stick.
Pay directly with your HFU card at the copier.

Furtwangen Campus

  1. A Building: in the lobby in front of the Examinations Office
  2. B Building: in the Central Stores (Magazin) (during opening hours)
  3. C Buidling: in the lobby in front of room C 1.20 - bring your own paper
  4. G Building: in the lobby on the ground floor
  5. O Building: in the lobby on the ground floor

Schwenningen Campus

  1. A Building: in the Central Stores (Magazin) (during opening hours)
  2. A Building: in front of the Central Stores (Magazin)
  3. C Building: C 2.13 and C 3.13
  4. F Building: 2nd floor

Tuttlingen Campus

B Building: BE.03

(Last updated: 2 July 2021)

I need a study room with WiFi at the University - what should I do?

Study places are available for our students on all three campuses. In accordance with the Corona Regulations (§ 2 Abs. 3) you must register for the use of a study room.

Please log in here for:

(Last updated: June 2021)

What's new with BAföG?

The individual standard period of study, on which the duration of BAföG funding depends, will be extended to the Summer Semester of 2021. For students enrolled in this semester, this will increase the maximum duration of support for all degree programmes by one (additional) semester.

However, this cannot be implemented until the legal regulations which are currently being drafted, have been passed by the Ministry of Science.

(Last updated: 14 June, 2021)


I am experiencing financial difficulties. Where can I find assistance?

In 2021, students facing financial hardship due to the pandemic can continue to submit an online application for federal bridging assistance. Bridging assistance has been extended for the entire 2021 summer semester, allowing students to apply for any month up to and including September 2021. Students who already submitted an application in May can now submit a follow-up application for June 2021. Those who have not yet applied for bridging assistance may submit an initial application.

The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing financial aid to students who have experienced financial hardship due to the Corona pandemic. Depending on proven need, between €100 and €500 can be provided as a non-repayable grant.

The conditions for receiving support are specified by the BMBF and apply uniformly throughout the Federal Republic. Applications are processed by Student Services Freiburg.

Further information and online application:

German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Hotline for bridging funds:
Telephone: 0800 26 23 003
Email: Email application is started:ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende(at)

(Last updated: 14 June, 2021)

Who can I contact if I have any questions about my study programme?As a student am I insured - also during online teaching?

The Baden-Württemberg Accident Insurance company has published the key points and information sources in this flyer (in German): Download file:Accident insurance coverage for students.

Further information (in German): Download file:Accident insurance coverage during participation in online teaching.

(Last updated: 12 January 2021)

Opening hours

Are the libraries open?

All 3 HFU libraries will be open again from Monday, 14 June 2021.

Further information can be found on the Internal link opens in the same window:library webpages.

(Last updated: 10 June 2021)

Are canteens and cafeterias open?

The dining halls and cafeterias in Furtwangen and Schwenningen will remain closed until further notice.

(Last updated: 2 November 2020)

Is the Clock Museum open?

The German Clock Museum, which belongs to Furtwangen University, opens again on 18 June, 2021.

External link opens in a new window:Opening hours

(Last updated. 14 June, 2021)

Update on face-to-face teaching

The regulation in the Infection Protection Act stipulates that face-to-face teaching approved by the University Executive can be resumed if the 7-day incidence is below 165 for five consecutive days in the region concerned.

The Executive has decided to permit approved face-to-face teaching to resume from May 31, 2021, subject to sustained incidence values below 165.

This applies exclusively to specific, approved classes. All other general in-presence study operations are still suspended in principle in accordance with Section 15 (3) Sentence 1 of the Corona Ordinance.

(Last updated 19 May 2021).


We strongly urge you to use SARS-COV-2 rapid anti-gen tests. A rapid test will provide additional safety. And they help prevent chains of infection from developing. The tests are valid for up to 48 hours.

How can you get a free rapid test? Please use the so called Bürgertests (citizens‘ tests) to which each resident in Germany is entitled once a week. For all of you who are unable to go to a Bürgertest or who are physically at HFU more than once a week, we offer an alternative: you can take a self-administered test at one of the new HFU-test rooms set up on the Furtwangen, Schwenningen and Tuttlingen campuses.

Where can I take a Bürgertest?
The local authorities are currently expanding their test capacities. To our students: Please make use of such Bürgertests to the extent that they are available where you live.

If you live elsewhere, please consult your town or district website for such a list.

Where is the Selbsttest@HFU available from?
In the week prior to Easter, we ran pilot projects. The insights gained from this at three HFU campuses were entirely positive.

For all HFU members who do not have a current Bürgertest result (see above), we offer a self-administered test: Selbsttests@HFU.

  • Furtwangen Campus: Monday to Thursday 9.00 to 11.00am, ground floor dining hall (Mensa). Start: Tuesday, 20th April 2021.
  • Schwenningen Campus: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7.30 to 10.30am and Wednesday 7.15 to 10.30am, two rooms in G-building (G 0.01 and G 0.02).
  • Tuttlingen Campus: Tuesday and Thursday 12.00 to 2.00pm, Vortragsraum (presentation room) A-E0.1. Start: Tuesday, 20th April 2021.

(Last updated: 15 April 2021)

Meeting the challenges caused by the pandemic

The current pandemic situation has brought up a range of issues. As is often the case with challenges, even if you deal with them well, they may still have negative side effects. While one person might be drowning in emails and overwhelmed by non-stop video-conferences, someone else might be sitting alone at night in their small apartment with nobody to talk to.

Here are a couple of tips and tricks you can use to reduce the psychological stress. (External link opens in a new window:See poster)

Above all you‘ll need to look after yourself and develop new strategies for dealing with the situation. Here are some ideas:

  • Use one of the online Alfaview rooms, which isn’t currently being used for teaching, to meet up for a virtual cup of tea or coffee.
  • Set a fixed deadline for stopping work in the evening, for example to watch the evening news.
  • Be brave and ask for help. For students your first point of contact will be your study programme coordinator, your Dean of Studies or Central Academic Counselling at the University. You can also contact qualified counsellors for psychological help. You’ll find the list below.

Students of the Applied Health Sciences programme have put together the following information about External link opens in a new window:"Psychological stress in the workplace" (in German only).
Additional information can be found on this External link opens in a new window:information sheet put together by the DHBW (Cooperative State University, Villingen-Schwenningen), who have kindly agreed to share it with us.

For students: Psychological counselling by Student Services

Furtwangen Campus
Henning Ross – certified psychologistTel: 0173 61 72 638
Email: Email application is started:hross66(at)

Gabriele Sander-Bauer - certified psychologist
Tel: 0157 38 55 12 63
Email: Email application is started:kontakt(at)

Schwenningen Campus
Open consulting hours (currently by telephone)
Every Monday 11.30am – 1.30pm
Ulrike Timm certified psychologist
Tel: 0151 10931684
Susanne Rettinger – certified social worker
Tel: 0179 1957228

Tuttlingen Campus
Psychological Counselling, Protestant and Catholic churches
Kerstin Prinz and Tobias Ilg
Tel: 07461 6047
Email: Email application is started:info(at)

At HFU: Emergency contact for students in a crisis situation and for members of staff involved and who have questions

External link opens in a new window:Prof. Dr. Birgit Reime

For staff and students

Click here for a list of External link opens in a new window:counselling organisations in Villingen-Schwenningen organised by the type of help offered (in German only).

A detailed overview of help available can also be found on the Internal link opens in the same window:HFU assistance webpages.

A broad range of assistance can also be found on the External link opens in a new window:website of the Baden-Württemberg government (in German only).

(Last updated: 14 April 2021)

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

  1. with a positive PCR-corona-test result. Such persons are not permitted to enter university premises until the isolation (“Absonderung”) requirement has been withdrawn.
  2. …with a positive self-administered / rapid test result. Such persons are not permitted to enter the university for 14 days or until they have a PCR-test result.
  3. … anyone who is subject to an isolation requirement relating to the corona virus (Absonderungspflicht).
  4. … are showing the typical symptoms of a corona virus infection: shortness of breath, newly occurring cough, high temperature, loss of taste & smell.
  5. … are not wearing a mask (medical, in German often called OP-Maske, certified in accordance with the German DIN EN 14683:2019-10 norm or similar standard, or protective mask with FFP2 = DIN EN 149:2001, KN95, N95, KF94, KF99 or similar)
  6. … have returned from a risk, high incidence or virus-variant area outside of the federal republic of Germany as defined by the Robert Koch Institute (cf. German website The requirements of the relevant corona regulations regarding entry quarantine (Corona-Einreiseverordnung) as issued by the federal health ministry (Bundesgesundheitsministerium) have to be observed.
  7. … who when attending any session subject to a test requirement, cannot show either a negative rapid test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery.

Procedures to follow

  • The instructions of the health authorities must be followed.
  • Staff who is affected should immediately contact the university operations centre by email: to clarify any legal issues related to their employment. Please include a phone number.
  • 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 negative effects on your studies. In case of infection, students should also send an email to and include their phone number.

Access to Rooms

  • A minimum distance of 1.5 metres from all other persons must be maintained.
  • In all buildings, at least a medical mask has to be worn.
  • All students must register using the attendance list for lecture rooms, study rooms (pre-registration via FELIX online portal) and the library using either the QR code, URL posted at the door of the room or the paper version.

These regulations apply from 17th May 2021 for all Furtwangen University grounds and buildings. Current Baden-Württemberg and federal corona regulations (Corona-Verordnungen) must be observed.

(Last modified: 17 May 2021)

Hygiene measures

Contact: Operations Centre

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

News updates

No news available.

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.