Information for Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hochschule Offenburg remains closed to the public, and classes continue to be held online, likely throughout the 2020 summer semester. All information on this page applies until further notice.

Classroom-based (in-person) classes and exams are only allowed with special protective measures in place, and only if they are absolutely necessary. The few exceptions that can take place are presentations of final papers as well as laboratory work in the context of projects, final papers, and in research. Such exceptions must be applied for by the responsible professor/instructor/supervisor and addressed to the Prorector for Academic Affairs. In some cases, necessary examinations may be approved to be held, under strict hygiene rules, before the actual examination period. This applies, for example, to repeat examinations from the past winter semester. These may take place as early as between June 2-30, 2020; you will receive information on this well in advance.

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

Classes in the 2020 Summer Semester

Classes in the 2020 Summer Semester

 

In accordance with the “Corona Ordinance,” classes continue to be offered only in digital formats, likely until the end of the semester--unless an attendance phase is absolutely necessary. 

Classroom-based (in-person) classes that require special laboratory or work rooms at the University and are absolutely necessary are only possible under special protective measures. Preparations for this are already underway. You will be informed if and when your class will take place in laboratory or work rooms on campus.

For the time being, however, there will be no classroom teaching at HSO during this semester.

Since it is still not possible to foresee how things will develop, the following options are being considered to enable students to be able to take the planned courses in the summer semester under the given circumstances:

- Courses that require a presence format (e.g. certain laboratories), attempts will be made to create various possibilities for students to file their papers. For example, this can also be in a blocked format immediately before the start of the winter semester. The possibilities are currently being examined in the departments and decisions will be made depending on developments. As far as possible, we are also accounting for dependencies such as the start of practical semesters. Those responsible are aware of this problem and are looking for solutions.

- At present, preparations are underway to ensure that events that must necessarily take place on campus can be held in compliance with all applicable safety and security regulations.

- The start of the winter semester will be postponed, so that catch-up appointments are also possible in principle until then.

- In the 2020 summer semester, students can have themselves exempted from examinations for all automatic registrations (including third attempt) with an informal application to the Registrar's office. However, the third-attempt interviews must be conducted in the 2020 summer semester so that students can be registered for the exam and thus be exempted from examinations at all.

- To ensure that students can study and take the planned courses in the summer semester 2020, alternative examination formats are currently being assessed for the summer semester. Students will receive timely information from their departments directly.

- The previously class-free week after Pentecost Weekend (2-5 June 2020) will now be used for regular classes.

- If necessary, Saturdays will be used additionally for block courses.

- In the period between 10 August and 12 September 2020, no courses or examinations will be held.

- Concrete regulations for the examination phase are to be decided depending on developments, so that no binding regulations can be specified at this stage. In principle, however, an attempt will be made to complete the examination phase by the beginning of August (8 August 2020), but in lower semesters (first to third) examinations may also be possible in a later period from 14 September 2020.

- Public access to the Hochschule remains suspended.

- The PC pools are closed.

- The university library on the Offenburg Campus is reopening on 25 May 2020. Please see their rules in place for the time after reopening. The library on the Gengenbach campus remains closed.

- The student offices can still be reached by email.

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

Certain necessary examinations will be approved under strict hygiene regulations before the actual examination period. This applies, for example, to repeat examinations from the winter semester in courses of study that only start every second semester. These exams are scheduled for the early period from 2-30 June 2020. You will receive information on this in good time if affected.

We are making every effort to have the planned examination phase take place in July. Temporary StuPO changes to examination formats are possible this semester, however. You will be informed in good time.

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.

Interim Financial Aid for Students

The German federal and state governments have agreed on an interim aid program for students who have lost side-employment income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and now find themselves in financial difficulties.

From the beginning of May, those affected will be able to apply, online and without any red tape, for an interest-free loan amounting up to 650 euros per month from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

In addition, the State of Baden-Württemberg is setting up an interim aid fund through the student unions, providing eligible students with interest-free loans of up to 450 euros for the months of April and May (at a total of up to 900 euros). Students only have to prove that their earnings have been lost since April and that they do not receive any other sufficient benefits, such as BAföG grants or scholarships. They also have to be enrolled at one of the member universities of the Studierendenwerke Baden-Württemberg to be eligible. Applications can be submitted to the responsible Studierendenwerk and are promised to be processed as swiftly as possible.

If you have any further questions or wish to apply, please contact the responsible officers at the Studierendenwerk Freiburg, as listed here: www.swfr.de/en/corona-faqs/.

Entering Germany from France, Switzerland and Austria

Entering Germany from France, Switzerland and Austria

Border controls between Germany and France, Switzerland and Austria are still conducted on a sampling basis, at least through June 15. For " justified reasons," which includes attendance at an educational institution, it is possible to cross the border. However, the border guards must be presented with a corresponding document on request:

Commuters: Please fill out this PDF form and email it to: herde@hs-offenburg.de.Please indicate your student ID, study semester number and degree program in the email.

One-time entry: Please send an email including your student ID, study semester number and degree program to: herde@hs-offenburg.de. You will receive an appropriate document by email to carry with you.

When crossing the border into Germany, also make sure to have both your student ID and identity card or passport with you.

If you experience problems with the documents, or have to enter Germany from a country other than France, Switzerland or Austria, send an email to: hotline-studierende@hs-offenburg.de.Please include the instructor’s name responsible for the class you want to attend at the University.