Current information from HFU about the Corona virus:

Corona virus FAQs

Last updated: 26 February 2021

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

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)

I'm taking an exam in a hall/in the Eschle building. Where is it?

In Furtwangen the "Eschle building" is located in Bregstraße 35, 78120 Furtwangen

In Furtwangen the Jahnhalle (Jahnsporthalle) is being used for exams.

Address: Jahnstraße 1, 78120 Furtwangen

on Google Maps

In Schwenningen the Neckarhalle is being used for exams.

Address: Neckarstraße 30, 78056 Villingen-Schwenningen

on Google Maps

(Last updated: 1 February 2021)

Do I need a pass to be able to drive to HFU during lockdowns?

Currently a pass or similar is not required due to the ban on going out. According to the government of Baden-Württemberg, giving a reason will suffice. If you are stopped by the police and they doubt your reason for travelling, please show them your HFU card and your timetable (printed or digital).

Who can I contact if I have any questions about my study programme?I am experiencing financial difficulties. Where can I find assistance?

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will once again provide assistance to students who can provide evidence that they are in an acute state of emergency as a result of the corona pandemic. Emergency funds in the amount of €100 million in total are available immediately during the time period from November 2020 until March 2021. Applications for bridging funds must be made online over Student Services Freiburg:

(Last updated: 2 February 2021)

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 sit classroom exams.

  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: 5 February, 2021)

Opening hours

Are the libraries open?

All 3 HFU libraries are still closed. Click & Collect is possible from 11 January 2021.

In accordance with the Baden-Württemberg Corona Regulations the HFU libraries will remain closed until 7 March 2021. To order media (books, inter-library loans, requests) 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 urgently necessary: all return dates will be altered so that borrowed media do not have to be returned until after 7 March 2021. 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: 12 January 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.