Information for International Students

We would like to inform everyone who is studying and working at TH OWL about the current status of the corona virus on this page. We have established a Corona-Action-Team, which coordinates the prevention measures at TH OWL and is in regular contact with the health authorities. You will be informed about current decisions of the team here.

FAQ – Enrolled students

Current regulations for study programs and courses from December 01, 2020

From December 01, 2020, studies at TH OWL will be as follows:

  • In December, digital formats will still be given priority over in class lectures wherever possible. Your lecturers were asked to check whether all currently planned events planned, must be carried out in attendance or whether digital formats can be selected.
  • Exceptions are courses in which presence is urgently required (e.g. courses that require special rooms, equipment or other special conditions, such as laboratories, work rooms, sound studios, filming, etc.). 

  • You will be informed directly by your lecturer about any change in event formats.

  • Courses in public spaces are still prohibited.

  • Unfortunately, it is still not possible to open student learning rooms.

  • Information on the examination period and the new version of the Corona Statutes of TH OWL will follow shortly.

In addition to the previous hygiene regulations, the following applies to face-to-face courses:

  • Access to the premises of the university is only permitted to people who have properly registered themselves: when entering and before leaving the campus, a check-in or checkout must be carried out using the QR codes or manually via the website. To do this, you have to set up your device in advance: all the necessary information is compiled here.
  • In every face-to-face course, without exception, teachers and students must wear a mask. The mask obligation does not replace the distance regulation. It is in addition to.
  • If it is necessary to remove the mask for longer speeches, the minimum distance must be four meters. This value results from the distance regulation for solo chants.

Events at the university for social reasons are not permitted.

Lecture breaks/ leisure time:

It is not permitted to stay inside the TH buildings between two events. Please contact your departments directly to see whether seminar rooms with supervision can be opened during breaks.

How does the winter semester 2020/21 work?

The winter semester 20/21 begins on September 1. Courses in the winter semester 2020/21 begin on September 28, 2020 for all students from the second or third semester upwards. Lectures for first semester students, on the other hand, will start on 02.11.2020. Master students will start on 12.10.2020.

  • For students in their first semester, as much face-to-face teaching as possible should be made possible in order to give them a good start to their studies with a variety of opportunities for networking with fellow students and teachers. For all other students, many courses will continue to take place digitally.
  • Members of risk groups are requested to contact the teachers or gesundheitsschutz(at)

Please also keep up to date through the websites of your departments.

Do I get my semester fee for the summer and winter semester back?

No, a refund of the semester fee for the current summer semester 2020 is not possible, as the amount is made up of running costs.

Thank you very much for your understanding.

What changes in the services of the university library?

The S(kim) Service-Point team will support you in all questions regarding our library and IT services and the provision of literature at all three locations. You can reach the telephone support at extension 2222 and the team is also available 24 hours a day via the "S(kim) Service-Point (Online)" or via e-mail at support(at) In addition to the significantly expanded stock of eMedia, which can be retrieved directly from the MIKA catalog, this also applies to physical media, which are provided at the locations contactless or by mail. Interlibrary loan is again possible for books and journal articles. Journal articles are made available to users as digital copies.

Please note that access to eMedia (eBooks, eJournals, databases) is only possible from the university network. To access these services, you have to install and configure the OpenVPN Client. The software and instructions provide you with the S(kim) via the documentation.

The libraries are still open in restricted service mode from 9.00 to 13.00 (Monday to Friday). During this time, media can be borrowed and scanners can be used. A longer stay in the premises is not permitted. The sending of media is still possible: please contact support(at)

It is still not possible to open the student work areas without supervision. The reason for this is also the legal obligation to trace infection chains. Your teachers will check in which form student workspaces can be made available under supervision. Please contact your dean's office directly.

Up-to-date information on the opening hours and services of the libraries can be found in the news section of S(kim).

My specialized internship has been postponed or cancelled. How do I deal with this?

Basically, students who are unable to complete their specialized internship/practical semester due to the current situation, or who may only be able to complete it at a later date, should not suffer any study-related disadvantages as a result. As a rule, the examination offices will grant pragmatic solutions, such as an extension of the deadline for the proof of studies, etc. Please check the homepage of your department or contact your local examination office!

Are there any foreign language offers?

Placement tests at the ZA Fremdsprachen do not take place; information about catch-up dates will be published on the language-learning center's website in due course. The start of the language courses has also been postponed. If you have any questions, please contact the ZA Fremdsprachen by phone or e-mail.

You will find a wide range of online language courses on Ilias/eCampus.

Where can I find digital learning opportunities?

The OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts provides its students with a comprehensive digital offer ranging from online documents, digital forums and self-tests to virtual lectures. The eLearning team and the learning centers actively support teachers and students in creating and using the online offerings.

The online offerings of the OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts are constantly being developed and expanded in order to offer the widest possible range of our courses to a large number of students in high quality.

Financial support for TH OWL students

If, due to the current situation with the corona virus, you find yourself in a financial emergency and you are no longer able to meet your living expenses, you can get help unbureaucratically through the emergency fund of the OWL e.V. Information about the emergency fund, the funding guidelines and details on the application process can be found here:

If you would like to support the emergency fund for students with a donation, look here:

I am a current student at TH OWL, who can I contact if the current situation overwhelms me and I am not feeling well?

We are currently in a special situation. The corona virus limits our social contacts and the opportunity to go to work. If you do research, study, teach or work at the TH OWL and you realize that you are overwhelmed by the situation or need mental support, do not hesitate to contact the following addresses:

Initial psychosocial counseling for employees

Telephone: +495231 975 823
Mobile: +49 160 3812387
Email: gerlinde.dingerkus(at)