Information for Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hochschule Offenburg remains closed to the public, and classes have continued to be held online for the most part. In-person classes and exams are only allowed with special protective measures in place, and only if they are absolutely necessary.  Such exceptions must be applied for by the responsible professor/instructor/supervisor and addressed to the Prorector for Academic Affairs.

On these pages we provide more information about virtual offerings and the respective software. If you have any questions or problems with the tools offered, please do not hesitate to contact us: z3.it-support@hs-offenburg.de

For further information, please check your department's website regularly and your email on a daily basis, in addition to announcements in your Moodle courses.

Official announcements and further directives can be found on the Rectorate's page for students and the University's social-media channels--Facebook: @HS.Offenburg / Instagram: @hochschule.offenburg

Online and Offline Classes

Online and Offline Classes

It is not yet foreseeable at this stage when full presence formats will be possible again, so that for events that enforce a presence format (for example, at certain laboratories), attempts are being made to create various options for filing them. For example, this could be in a block format immediately before the start of the winter semester. As far as possible, an attempt is made to take dependencies into account, such as the start of practical semesters. Those responsible are aware of this problem and are looking for solutions.

  • The start of the 2020/21 winter semester has been postponed to October 12, and catch-up appointments will principally be possible until the (delayed) beginning of classes.

  •  For the current semester, all automatic registrations for examinations (including second repeat exams) can be nullified with an informal application to the Registrar's office. Nevertheless, the required interview with the relevant examiner have to be held this semester, so that you can be registered for the exam (and can thus be exempted from it at all).

  •  To ensure that you can study and complete the courses in this semester as planned, alternative examination formats are currently being examined and may be installed for the summer semester. The departments will provide information on this in a timely manner.

  • The following applies to university operations as of 10 July 2020:
    - Public access remains suspended (the university library, however, is currently open again).
    - The PC pools are closed.
    - The student offices can still be reached by email.

  • No classes or examinations will be held between 10 August and 12 September 2020.

Information for New Students

Information for New Students

Please see the Moodle course "Informationen für Studienanfänger*innen" for all essential information for incoming students.

Online Lectures

Examinations

Examinations

Please find all information on the exam schedules and procedures here: https://www.hs-offenburg.de/studium/pruefungen/https://www.hs-offenburg.de/studium/pruefungen/

Exemption from automatic exam registrations

Exemption from automatic exam registrations

Note that the suspensive effect for exam registrations only applies in this semester, not for following semesters. For example, if you are currently in the second semester and are exempted from an exam of the second semester in this semester (SS 2020), you must still have successfully completed the 60 credits of the first two semesters after the fourth semester (§ 6 para. 3 StuPO). The suspensive effect does apply to students who are currently in their fourth semester.

Second Repeat Exams

Second Repeat Exams

The required interview for taking a second repeat exam ("Drittversuch") can be done via telephone or video conference. However, as an exception this summer semester, students can apply for an exemption from the second repeat exam by an email to the reponsible Registrar's Office.

MINT College Learning Center

MINT College Learning Center

If you have difficulties or questions about mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science or technical mechanics, you are not alone! The Learning Center is currently offering all its services remotely. Find out more on the Center's website at: https://mintcollege.hs-offenburg.de/angebote-fuer-studierende/lernzentrum/

Academic Advising

Academic Advising

The Student Advising Office continues to be available to you. You can contact us by email (klara.buchner@hs-offenburg.de), telephone (0781-205-4866) or online chat (Tue 10-11 am and Wed 2-3 pm at https://beratungszentrum.hs-offenburg.de/).

Scholarship Advising

Scholarship Advising

The MINT College at Hochschule Offenburg offers all current and prospective students free scholarship advising. While personal meetings cannot be held at present, email and telephone appointments remain possible, Tuesday through Friday mornings.You are welcome to arrange an appointment with our scholarship advisor, Jacqueline Obermann, by email to jacqueline.obermann@hs-offenburg.de.

The Scholarships page provides a good first overview and tips about scholarships, as does our Moodle course on "Stipendienberatung."

Course Scripts for Sale

Course Scripts for Sale

Wherever possible, we provide you the required course documents via the respective Moodle courses, as PDF files in most cases. If desired, our printing service can also print them out and send them to you for a fee. The easiest way to do this is to send the PDF file(s) in question to the printing service (see email address below) or to state the script title. We also require the following information:

* Your full name and postal address
* Number of copies desired
* Format
* Black/white or color print
* Special processing such as binding (if applicable)

You will then receive a price quotation - in most cases, for scripts, 5.00 EUR to cover printing costs plus 3.00 EUR for packaging and shipping (up to 500g - corresponds to approx. 100 pages in A4 format) - and a note on payment transfer.

At the moment only prepayment via PayPal is possible. Transfer the money via Paypal to the following email address: kreditoren@bod-lahr.de. Right aAfter receipt of payment, the script will be sent to you by postal mail.


In the same way you can purchase scripts that are only available in printed form.


Use the following email address to contact the printing service (Mr. Walter): hausdruckerei@hs-offenburg.de

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call at 0781-205-292 (Mr. Walter) or 07821-921-9933 (BOD Bad.Offsetdruck Lahr GmbH).

AStA Offerings

AStA Offerings

AStA (Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss) is a student committee representing students' interests. If you have questions about HSO, the campus, facilities, life and culture in Offenburg and Gengenbach, or even legal issues, AStA is the right contact!

Find more information in the current AStA Handbook for New Students

Career Center: Webinars on Virtualized Learning (in German Language)

Career Center: Webinars on Virtualized Learning (in German Language)

See the complete program at: career-center.hs-offenburg.de

Time Management Coaching

Time Management Coaching

The current circumstances may present you with special challenges, especially with regard to structuring your daily routine and organizing your studies self-dependently. We would therefore like to draw your attention to the offer of Ms. Evelyn Großhans, who can support you with individual telephone advising in time management, self-organization and exam preparation, or even in dealing with exam anxiety.

If you are interested in a telephone consultation, you are welcome to contact Ms. Großhans by email at: evelyn.grosshans@hs-offenburg.de

Online-Teaching Media - Library Information

Online-Teaching Media - Library Information

Electronic resources by the Library:

To use any of the offerings above, you have to identify yourself as a student or other member of the University; either log in with the VPN Client (standard profile) or with your campus user ID via Shibboleth.

For more support, visit the Homepage of the University Library or contact the Library Team.

Financial Aid for Students in Acute Need

Financial Aid for Students in Acute Need

 

Safety net #1

The following measures have already been taken in recent weeks to provide financial support for students:

  1. BAföG recipients should not suffer any disadvantages if, for example, courses or examinations cannot take place due to the corona pandemic. If the parents earn less due to the pandemic, an application can be made for an update for the current BAföG approval period. The crediting rules in BAföG have been adapted: Those who support our society in the current crisis in systemically important sectors will retain their full BAföG support.

  2. The established student loan from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) also offers support to all students if they can prove that their earnings have been lost since April and they are not receiving other sufficient benefits, such as BAföG or scholarships. Applications can be submitted to the relevant student services (see https://www.swfr.de/corona-faqs for contact persons). These provide those affected with interest-free loans of up to 450 euros for the months of April and May - a total of up to 900 euros - as interim financing.

  3. Foreign students can also apply for the KfW student loan! This applies to citizens of non-EU countries and EU citizens who have been living in Germany for less than three years.

 

Safety net #2

The second block of aid is intended to support demonstrably needy students in acute emergency situations caused by the pandemic with a non-repayable grant.

  • Students in acute emergencies can apply for the bridging allowance on a nationally standardized online application page (English version available): https://www.überbrückungshilfe-studierende.de/start

  • Eligible to apply are students from Germany and abroad who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany. The number of semesters or age are not grounds for exclusion. The decisive factor is the proven, acute pandemic emergency.

  • The portal automatically forwards students' applications to the Studierendenwerk responsible for them. The applications are processed and paid out by the Studierendenwerk.

  • Depending on the proven need, between 100 euros and 500 euros can be paid as non-repayable subsidies. The transitional aid can be applied for the months June, July and August 2020. The bank balance on the day before the application is submitted is decisive. For example, if you still have 200 euros in your account, you can receive 300 euros in bridging assistance for the month in which you apply.

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