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Everyday life at the university

  • Mask requirement

    Due to the currently strong increase in the number of infections, the Rectorate has the following to protect students and employees Expansion of the mask requirement decided:

    • for students and lecturers in courses,
    • for speakers and participants in other events,
    • within the building on all traffic routes and areas, in communal facilities and in waiting areas in front of buildings,
    • in meetings.

      In all rooms of the UDE, since November 2nd, 2020, there has been a general obligation to wear mouth and nose protection (z. B. medical disposable surgical masks) or a mouth and nose covering (e.g. everyday masks made of fabric, tightly woven cloths or scarves) to wear. This obligation also applies in particular.

      Exceptions to this principle apply

    • when staying at the workplace, on condition that the specifications of the operational measures concept (Paragraph II.1) can be complied with there,
    • for tests in which a special hygiene concept is applied,
    • in the context of practical training z. B. in laboratories, workshops, art studios or in sports, if it is determined by those responsible that z. B. Due to special circumstances or regulations, wearing a mask is not possible or necessary,
    • in the childcare facilities of the UDE.
  • Is the university open again and face-to-face events take place?

    Most of the courses continue to run as distance learning formats. Selected events in the introductory phase as well as events with special spatial requirements (e.g. laboratory internships) are offered with a reduced group size. Safety and hygiene measures must be taken into account.

  • What about the supply at the university?

    In the U-Café in Duisburg and the Gelben Cafete in Essen there is currently a pure to-go offer. The two main canteens in Duisburg and Essen are reopened with restrictions from 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. From November 30th In the coffee bar insgrüne on the Duisburg campus, food and drinks are available for on-site consumption from Monday to Friday. More information at:

  • Will the shuttle bus between Duisburg and Essen run again?

    The shuttle bus has been running since October 26th. again at the usual times. It is compulsory to wear mouth and nose protection while driving.

  • How will the postponements due to Corona affect the semesters? I have to adhere to the standard period of study.

    The individual standard period of study is for those students who are enrolled in a university course or in a course that is completed with a state or church examination in the summer semester 2020 and who are not on leave of absence, or who are doing such a course as a second student § 52 Paragraph 2 of the Higher Education Act or § 44 Paragraph 2 of the Art Academy Act are increased by one semester.

  • Is the university library open?

    The specialist libraries are open as follows:

    Specialized libraries GW / GSW, LK: Mondays - Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    MNT specialist library: Mondays - Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Medical library: Mondays - Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    In the specialist libraries GW / GSW and LK 123 and 103, respectively, in the specialist library for medicine 52 and in the specialist library MNT 40 learning workplaces are released. University members can book the places online. Bookings can be made for the time slots from 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. or 1:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. There are also a limited number of PC workstations available. You can use these workplaces without posting. The workplaces are cleaned before each change of user. There is a visitor registration at the entrance - users must bring their library card with them.
    In all specialist libraries there is a mask requirement: the Mouth and nose protection may also be used at the individual and PC workstations not filed become.

  • At you also have access to the databases of digital literature offers. The University Library continues to work on making many texts available in digital form.



  • Are there any delays in issuing diplomas?

    Due to the restricted presence, there may be delays in signing certificates, as not all professors are regularly present at the university.

  • My last bachelor's examination was canceled, so I am still missing my certificate and I cannot enroll for my planned master's degree. What can I do?

    You can prefer Master’s degrees. Up to now this was possible with up to 30 CP. You now have the opportunity to prefer further master’s degrees. Please contact the central examinations department for this purpose.

  • Early enrollment in the master’s program

    The deadline for submitting evidence of the Bachelor's degree has been extended: Subsequent submission is possible until December 4, 2020.


Teaching and technology

If you have technical problems with your hardware or software or with online events, please contact the ZIM team (The Center for Information and Media Services):

Laptop rental for students

  • To support the students in their digital teaching, special funds were made available in order to provide laptops to students who lack the financial means to purchase their own device. This is to ensure that students who do not have their own hardware can also take part in the digital courses.

    The devices can be borrowed from the ZIM with a corresponding authorization letter from the AStA.

    You will receive such a letter of authorization by sending a corresponding application by post to the AStA at the following address:

    Financial department of the AStA of the University of Duisburg-Essen
    Universitätsstrasse 2
    45141 Essen

    The following documents must be enclosed with your application:

    • your university email address (
    • List of costs with your monthly expenses (e.g. rent, food, insurance) and income (e.g. maintenance, wages, BAföG, scholarship)
    • Bank statements for the last three months of all accounts (current account, credit card ...)
    • Current certificate of study

      If you have a monthly income higher than 1200 euros, please briefly explain why you would like to use the laptop rental. Please indicate if your account is a blocked account.

      The Social Policy Department will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
      More here and here.

  • I don't have access to a laptop / no WiFi / I don't have the technical means to take part in virtual events. What can I do?

    Your teachers are asked to provide you with at least materials for script-based self-study (e.g. via Moodle or DuEPublico). They should also prefer so-called asynchronous teaching formats, i.e. if possible no live broadcasts, etc., in order to enable you to study flexibly under the currently difficult conditions. The UDE does everything in its power to avoid disadvantages for you!

  • I am attending an interdisciplinary course that will also be attended by major students this semester. Do I now have more work than if I attend the course in another semester?

    Please contact your lecturer. Lecturers are encouraged to keep their range of courses flexible and can, if necessary, offer different examinations.


  • The exam format provides for group work and the presentation of results (audio, video, podcast, etc.). What if I can't do it?

    Ask your teachers whether an alternative exam format is possible. All lecturers are asked to enable you to study flexibly under the currently difficult conditions. The UDE does everything in its power to avoid disadvantages for you!

  • I can't find any information about my event on the website of my faculty / institute / lecturer / in the LSF? Whom can I contact?

    Contact the lecturer or his / her secretary directly.

  • Why is it not possible to send the information on the chair and faculty pages to the students?

    Since we are in an extremely dynamic situation that can change quickly, sending emails all the time would be very time-consuming. Please continue to inform yourself regularly on the central homepage about the current situation at the UDE in connection with the coronavirus.

  • I need more than the provided material to understand the content. How do I get textbooks etc. to familiarize myself with?

    The University Library has resumed operations, albeit in compliance with strict safety and hygiene rules. At you also have access to the databases of digital literature offers.

  • I have not received a password to take part in an event online and can now not attend the course (Zoom / Moodle / Jitsi, etc.). Whom can I contact?

    Please ask your lecturers. The access data should then be made available to you or your lecturer will add them if necessary.

  • I don't have space to download the event attendance programs. Is it also possible to participate via the browser?

    The programs Zoom, Jitsi and Big Blue Button can also be used browser-based.



  • I have questions about slides etc. and wrote an email to the lecturer. I am referred to Moodle, but would like to protect my personal data and not allow any conclusions to be drawn about my person. How can I ask an anonymous question in Moodle?

    Teachers can set up anonymous forums in Moodle in which no conclusions can be drawn about the writers. Suggest the establishment of such a forum in the course. Certainly, the anonymous question option also relieves your fellow students.


Information on the exams for the winter semester 2020/21

You can find current information on exams in the Examinations section here:

The examination phase of the winter semester takes place from February 13th, 2021 to April 10th, 2021.


  • Presence remains an absolute exception

    Wherever possible, face-to-face exams at the University of Duisburg-Essen should be replaced by distant exam formats. In-person examinations remain an exception and, like examinations postponed, must be well justified.

    It is essential for students to take the exams required to continue or complete their studies, even under the difficult conditions of the current semester. The UDE has therefore prepared itself for various scenarios in order to be able to carry out tests both on site and at a distance, depending on the situation. According to the current infection situation and the current resolutions of the federal and state governments, universities are required not to conduct examinations in person until at least mid-February.

    Against this background, the university management recommends - where not already done - to plan distant examination formats and at the same time only postpone the examination dates in exceptional cases. (As of January 28, 2021, message from the UDE here.)

  • Specific conditions apply to state examination courses: Please note the information on the corresponding website of the Medical Faculty.https: //

    You can find current information on exams in the Examinations section here:


  • What protective measures does the UDE take? for written and oral face-to-face exams?

    Please adhere to the measures in the leaflet for students for conducting face-to-face examinations in order to protect yourself and everyone present as best as possible.

    In addition, the examination rooms are ventilated, cleaned and disinfected for one hour after each use.

    Please note the current obligation to wear a mouth and nose covering.

  • Why is the withdrawal period from exams one week, that seems too long to me?

    The current regulation that resignations in the event of illness are also possible at short notice with a medical certificate, remains in place.

  • How will I be informed about my exam date and location?

    You will receive an email from the campus management system about a change in the relevant exam, whereupon please log in with your access data at in order to be able to see the schedule . In addition, the dates are announced on the respective websites of the examination department.

  • By when will I be informed about the termination at the latest?

    No later than two weeks before the respective exam
  • Can there be a change in exam format? How will I be informed about this?

    A change of exam format is possible up to two weeks before the respective exam. You will receive an email from the campus management system about a change in the relevant exam, whereupon please log in with your access data at in order to be able to see the format change .

  • Do I have to deregister regularly from the exam despite the free attempt rule? What is the cancellation deadline?

    Yes, you have to de-register. The de-registration deadline is one week before the respective exam. The possibility of short-term cancellation in the event of illness by means of a medical certificate remains of course valid.

  • What happens if I miss the exam without excuse?

    Attempts at examinations which are assessed as "failed" or "insufficient" due to an unexcused failure, an attempt to deceive or a breach of the regulations Not covered by the free trial regulation.

    Note: If you come to an exam and you have not registered beforehand and are therefore not registered on the registration list, you are not allowed to take the exam.

  • What happens if I cannot take an exam due to quarantine requirements?

    On the part of the examination system, a quarantine is treated like a sick note. Please contact your examination department.

  • Do I also have a free attempt for the exams from the winter semester 2020/21?

    Examinations during the course of study (first and repeat examinations), which were taken in the winter semester 2020/21 and failed or were rated “insufficient”, are considered not to have been taken.
    For more detailed information, please read the regulations for the implementation of the Corona Epidemic University Ordinance (CEHVO).

Submission of bachelor / master thesis

  • From Wednesday, December 16, 2020, it will again be possible to submit theses in purely digital form. The submission in electronic form is to be sent to the responsible office in the examination system and the examiners. The submission of the written theses in the usual (bound) form must be submitted no later than two weeks after the end of the lockdown and after the opening of the retail and copy shops.



  • Does the corona pandemic affect my BAföG?

    No. The Federal Minister of Education has promised that BAföG grants will continue to be paid during the closings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The precautionary measures will not result in any disadvantages for those receiving BAföG funding, this has been clarified by the BMBF in a decree to the BAföG offices.
    In addition, the increase in the standard period of study in North Rhine-Westphalia should also be accompanied by an extension of the maximum BAföG duration. Since the standard period of study is officially increased by one semester, students should receive BAföG for one semester longer.

    Further information at https: //www.bafö

    The BAföG entitlement is retained even if you are committed to the corona pandemic, so that additional earnings are worthwhile. Anyone who is involved in the fight against the current corona pandemic in the health care system, in social institutions or in agriculture will only receive additional earnings for the time of their activity. A corresponding change in the law was resolved. If, for example, students with medical knowledge get involved in the healthcare sector, that is a valuable contribution to overcoming the pandemic crisis.

  • Does the postponement of the semester and the examinations affect my BAföG?

    “In view of the current exceptional situation, Federal Minister Karliczek quickly and unbureaucratically ensured planning security and financial security in the interests of those receiving BAföG. The Federal Ministry has made it clear to the federal states responsible for BAföG implementation and their training subsidy offices that BAföG must continue to be paid in pandemic-related cases. Students who are dependent on services under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) should not suffer any financial disadvantages if lectures or lessons at your training facility are temporarily canceled due to the COVID 19 pandemic or the start of the semester is postponed entirely. " https: //www.bafö

  • Bridging aid from the BMBF can be re-applied for by students

    After the Federal Ministry of Education and Research allowed the measure to expire at the end of September, it will be possible to apply for financial aid again from November. More information here.


  • My study regulations require an internship in Germany. What do I do now?

    Please contact your course coordinator.

  • My study regulations require an internship abroad. What do I do now?

    Please contact your course coordinator.

First-year students

  • I'm new to the university. What information is there?

    Take a look at the UDE Erstiportal:
    Your faculties and student councils will also inform you about subject-specific events.
    The myUDE app also provides you with the latest information on the events in your degree program.

Further questions

  • I look after children or relatives. Is there any support to make it easier for me to take part in my studies?

    Disadvantage-compensating regulations for students:
    In particular, we continue to focus on students who take on care tasks for underage children and relatives in need of care, as well as students who are pregnant, students with disabilities and students with a chronic or mental impairment. Individual compensation for disadvantages is intended to prevent these students from being disadvantaged in their particular situation, who are also often faced with particular challenges due to the effects of the corona pandemic, when providing study and examination performances. In principle, compensation for disadvantages is granted by the respective examination committee and should be addressed to them accordingly. Due to the special current situation, all departments of the university are requested and endeavor to find solutions for individual concerns as quickly as possible and with little bureaucracy. First, talk to your lecturer to see if there can be a helpful rule. Alternatively, or if you are unsuccessful, you can contact the dean of studies.

    The following offices offer further advice and information:

  1. Advice center for inclusion in the case of disabilities and chronic illnesses:
  2. Information portal for a family-friendly university:
  3. Studierendenwerk:
  4. Equal Opportunities Officer:
  5. Central ombudsman for students:
  6. Office for Occupational Safety, Health & Environmental Protection:
  7. General information on studying and maternity protection:
  8. ASTA department for social policy:
  9. ASTA presentation for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses:
  • Recommendations for action for inclusive learning in the digital world

    Diversity, equal opportunities and fairness in education are among the central self-commitments of the UDE. When it comes to implementation, the digitization of teaching offers opportunities, but also brings challenges. In order to counter these, it is helpful to be aware at the beginning of the semester of the challenges you can expect and which expectations need to be clarified for collaboration in the digital space. Here you will find a pdf with recommendations for action for inclusive learning in the digital world.

  • IOS language courses

    The Institute for Optional Studies (IOS) language courses take place in synchronous e-teaching formats (video conferences / Moodle). However, the final exams will only take place in person (presumably on the Essen campus). More information here.

  • What happens to the trial course?

    In the last few weeks and months, the demand from students has risen sharply. In order to be able to continue to give prospective students attractive insights into lectures at the UDE, a database is currently being set up in which lecture sessions from the breadth of the UDE courses are collected and through which prospective students can soon gain insight into their desired courses.

  • Are there credit points for volunteering in times of crisis?

    In the winter semester 2020/21, the IOS also offers an event in the field of method, personal and social competence (E1) in addition to the activities via UNIAKTIV, in which the individual engagements were raised as a subject of learning. The event "Commitment and learning in times of Corona: A practical seminar to recognize and reflect on social commitment" can be credited with 3 CP.
    More information here and here.