Current information from HFU about the Corona virus:

Corona virus FAQs

Last updated: 12 April 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.

Pandemic situation and psychological stress

The current pandemic situation has brought up a range of issues. As is often the case with challenges: you can master them well but they can have negative effects. One person might be drowning in emails and overwhelmed by non-stop video-conferences, while 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.
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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.

Detailed information can be found on this External link opens in a new window:information sheet put together by the DHBW, the 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 psychologist
Tel: 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)

For staff and students

A list of counselling organisations organised by the type of help offered can be found here: detailed overview of help available can also be found on the University website


(Last updated: 9 April 2021)

Pilot tests

Furtwangen University is planning to add another component to the existing safety and hygiene concept for classroom teaching: external and internal corona self-tests. This will lead to a further increase in the level of protection for all members of the institution.

To this end, we will test different testing strategies on all three campuses after the Easter break. These pilot-tests will show how students, teaching and other staff can protect themselves even more by using voluntary corona self-tests. With the pilot-tests, we are focusing on getting information allowing for smooth and safe processes.

The start of the pilot programme will be different for the three HFU campuses. It is also intentionally different as far as formats and processes used are concerned:


  • Furtwangen Campus
    • concact: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kallmann
    • pilot concept in brief: The pilot will take place during a laboratory session on 18 students and two teaching staff.
  • Schwenningen Campus
    • contact: Prof. Dr. Markus Egert
    • pilot concept in brief: Rooms G0.01 and G0.02 in G-building will be set up as self-testing areas. These will be available from Wednesday, 7th April 2021, each morning between 7:30 and 10:30am. HFU will provide the self-testing kits. Any HFU-member who was unable to visit another testing centre prior to their practical session or other face-to-face appointment (which should be the norm however) can test themselves here.
  • Tuttlingen Campus
    • contact: Prof. Dr. Michael D‘Agosto
    • pilot concept in brief: On Wednesday, 7th April, we will set up a room between 12 and 3pm to accompany a specific classroom event on this campus. A support person will be on site here during the self-test administration.


The HFU hygiene regulations in force will apply for all pilot sessions – the self-tests will provide additional safety for all concerned. The pilots are a testing option which is free of charge for anyone taking part in the self-tests.

Following the pilots, we will evaluate what we have seen and learned. With what we have learned, the team will be able to arrive at a comprehensive concept which ideally can be adjusted to suit HFU’s various needs, from laboratory events and research to administrative operations. Thus we hope to develop a unified HFU testing strategy.

Thank you for your support and stay healthy.

Best regards

Your Test@HFU task force

(Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kallmann, Prof. Dr. Markus Egert, Prof. Dr. Michael D’Agosto,
Jörg Fischer, Marcel Schmider)

(2nd April 2021)


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. G Building: in the lobby on the ground floor
  4. 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: 12 April 2021)

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

In accordance with the Corona Regulations (§ 2 Abs. 3 CoronaVO Studienbetrieb) you must register for the use of a study room.

Please log in here for:

(Last updated: 22 March, 2021)

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

Bridging funds are available throughout the Summer Semester 2021 for students who require emergency assistance as a result of the corona pandemic. Applications for subsidies of up to €500 / month can be made online.

Students must be resident in Germany at the time of application and not currently taking leave of absence. Both foreign and German students are eligible and there are no age restrictions.

More information can be found on the website of Student Services Freiburg:

(Last updated: 19 March 2021)

Which type of mask do I have to wear?

Students are obliged to wear a medical mask – in German often referred to as OP-Maske – (preferably certified according to the German DIN EN 14683:2019-10 norm) or a protective mask fulfilling FFP2 (DIN EN 149:2001), KN95, N95 or comparable standards whenever on university premises. Such masks offer significantly better protection than the so-called fabric „community masks“ or other mouth-and-nose-coverings. Masks with a breathing vent are not permitted.

This applies as soon as you enter the university buildings and throughout the exams. The only exception are rooms where health and safety at work provisions prescribe a different type of masks (e.g. masks protecting from acids).

This means: You have to bring an appropriate mask from home!

(Last updated: 29 January 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)

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 or the isolation (“Absonderung”) requirement has been withdrawn.

  2. … are or have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for the corona virus within the last 14 days.
    Those whom the health authorities (Gesundheitsamt) have informed that they are considered category 2 contacts (Kontaktperson der Kategorie 2) are allowed to attend the university (and any lectures, events etc. held in person) freely.

  3. … are showing the typical symptoms of a corona virus infection: high temperature, dry cough, loss of taste & smell.

  4. … are not wearing a mask (medical, in German often called OP-Maske, preferably certified in accordance with the German DIN EN 14683:2019-10 norm, or protective mask with FFP2 = DIN EN 149:2001, KN95, N95 or similar standard)

  5. … have returned from a risk area outside of the federal republic of Germany as defined by the Robert Koch Institute or the Baden-Württemberg ministry for social affairs and integration (Ministerium für Soziales und Integration) within the last 10 days. The requirements of the relevant corona regulations regarding entry quarantine (Corona-Verordnung Einreise-Quarantäne) as issued by the Baden-Württemberg ministry for social affairs and integration have to be observed.

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.

  • In all buildings, a mask (medical, in German often called OP-Maske, preferably certified in accordance with the German DIN EN 14683:2019-10 norm, or protective mask with FFP2 = DIN EN 149:2001, KN95, N95 or similar standard) 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.


(Last updated: 8 March, 2021)

Opening hours

Are the libraries open?

All 3 HFU libraries are still closed. Click & Collect is available.

To order media (books, inter-library loans, reservations) to be picked up outside the libraries, please send an email with:

  • your user number, the book number and the requested pick-up date.
  • The media will be booked from your user account and can be picked up on the date requested.

Or order over the library catalogue External link opens in a new window:BOSS or External link opens in a new window:OPAC:

  • Click on the detailed view of the required book on the "Order/Reserve" button and log in with your HFU account. Detailed instructions on how to place orders in BOSS and OPAC can be found in German here: Bestellen/Vormerken eines Mediums
  • You will receive an email when the book is available for pick-up.
  • Please arrange a pick-up date with your campus library.

Returns can be made in Furtwangen, Schwenningen and Tuttlingen over the returns boxes. Returns are not currently necessary. During the period that the library is closed, normal reminders will not be sent. Please note the current return dates in your account overview in BOSS or in OPAC.

The various online services are available throughout this period. Over 200,000 e-books are as always available for study and examination preparation.

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

(Last updated: 8 March 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)

Hygiene measures

Download file:HFU Hygiene measures

(Last updated: 5 February, 2021)

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.