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Updates on the Corona Situation

Esslingen University is committed to keeping its students and staff abreast of the Corona situation. On this page, we update all current information for you.

This page is continually updated. Last update: 4 April 2022

Please note: the content on this page is an English translation of the German Corona page. Only the German page, as well as the regulations of the Corona Statutes from 08 July 2021, are legally binding.

Summer semester 2022: face-to-face lectures

The general Corona regulations of the state will thus apply. This means the following for university operations as of Monday, April 04, 2022:

  • urgent recommendation to wear a mask indoors (preferably FFP2, at least a medical mask), especially in laboratories as well as in the front rows for the protection of other students and the lecturers
  • we would like to ask you to continue to wear the mask in all other parts of the university buildings and on the campus, as a matter of mutual consideration.
  • The obligation to present a 3-G certificate and the random checks carried out up to now will no longer apply to all university members.
  • due to the current high number of infections, we still ask all university members to betested regularly at the free citizen test centers (the test centers at the Hochschule Esslingen will remain in place)
  • in case of a Corona infection, students are required to immediately report the infection to the Corona Task Force (including name, faculty, program abbreviation and semester group as well as date of positive test/beginning of symptoms), data protection and confidentiality are of course ensured
  • furthermore, the general hygiene measures apply (airing, washing hands, disinfecting, etc.)

The latest information will be published on this page.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Task Force Corona.

Updated: 4 April 2022

FAQs on the Measures Taken during the Corona Pandemic

The Corona Task Force has created an FAQ catalogue to address questions as they arise. We ask for your understanding that not all open questions can be answered immediately, as we base our answers on current information from the Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts.

As the situation continues to be dynamic, our answers will be continuously updated.

The Corona Measures and the Information of the State of Baden-Württemberg give further information about state-wide measures in operation to subdue the Corona pandemic.

If you cannot find the answer to your question on this site, please contact taskforcecorona(at) .

General information

What is the procedure in case of illness, suspected illness and at-risk groups?


University members (students, professors, lecturers, and staff) who have tested positive for Corona should contact, preferably by email:

Annika Pfiz
Telefon 0711 397-3602

The following information should be included in this email: your name, address, faculty, date of detection, stay at the university (day, time, place) until two days before symptom onset or test result.

Updated: 03 November 2021

Which quarantine rules apply to people travelling or returning to Germany?

A new Coronavirus Entry Ordinance (Corona-Einreiseverordnung) has been in force since 30 July 2021, which governs the obligations to register, be tested and provide proof, and the rules on quarantine, for Germany as a whole. Since 1 August 2021 there have been only two categories: high-risk areas and areas of variants of concern. A list with the countries in these categories is published on the RKI website.

Since 1 August 2021, people entering Germany who are not vaccinated nor have recovered from COVID must produce a current coronavirus test. This applies regardless of where they are travelling from and how they arrive in Germany.

People entering from high-risk areas who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID are not required to quarantine on entry, neither do they require a negative test result. People entering from high-risk areas who are not vaccinated require a negative test result and must  quarantine  for ten days on entry. You may be released from quarantine after five days when you then test negative.

When entering from an area of variants of concern, the following applies: Everyone - including those who have recovered or been vaccinated - must present a negative test result and observe a 14-day quarantine. In this case, it is not possible to be released early from the quarantine requirement by virtue of a negative test.

You can find further information in the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance and on the website of the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).

If you are required to quarantine because you are entering or returning to Germany, please observe the following procedure:

  • Please do not enter any university buildings and stick to the information and instructions of the health authority responsible.
  • Staff and professors should please contact the university by phone and inform the Personnel Management Department.
  • Adhere to quarantine rules (even if you have no symptoms), (staff please see the “Employment legislation provisions").

Updated: 11 August 2021

What do the Corona Statutes regulate?

Are there going to be Corona Statutes in the summer semester 2021?

It is likely that there will be Corona Statutes applying to the summer semester 2021 that will define the manner in which the niversity deals with the Corona Pandemic in this time.

These Statutes will be discussed in the coming Senate Meeting and will be posted on this site.

Updated: 04 March 2021

What preventive measures are listed in the Health & Safety Protocol?

The Corona Health & Safety Protocol describes the practical implementation to control and prevent the further spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 at the Hochschule Esslingen. The basic protective measures taken for operational infection control are described.

Updated Esslingen University Corona Safety Protocols (new version from 03.04.22)

Updated: 4 April 2022

Further Information

More detailed information in English can be obtained from:

Updated: 08 August 2021

Questions about how the teaching will be organised

Will there be any hybrid classes?

Some seminar rooms and lecture theatres have the technical equipment needed for hybrid teaching. However, data protection provisions mean that only certain teaching formats can be offered at the moment. This means that this possibility will be used only in specific cases. Your faculty will tell you whether this applies to your classes.

Will course material continue to be posted online?

It may be possible for students who are in a high-risk group or who can provide proof they live with someone in a high-risk group to access course material online so that these groups can be protected. Again, your faculty will provide you with the information you need.

Questions about protecting your health

I do not want to attend face-to-face classes for personal safety reasons/ to protect myself - are there any alternatives?

Please contact your faculty for further information. It may be able to offer you some alternatives.

I am in quarantine – how can I access the course material?

Please contact your faculty to see if any alternatives are available in such a situation.

Where can I be vaccinated?

It is now possible to be vaccinated at a vaccination centre without having to make an appointment. Your GP and other specialist medical practitioners also now have greater capacity again for giving vaccinations. And Baden-Württemberg is now regularly organising vaccination campaigns. Click here for more information.

Questions regarding the summer semester 2022

Which dates have been set for the summer semester 2022?

The following dates have been set for the summer semester 2022:

  • 01.03.2022: Start, summer semester 2021
  • 14.03.2022: Classes begin for all bachelor's and master's programmes, including those for first-semester students
  • 29.06.2022: Classes end
  • 04.07.2022 to 15.07.2022: Examinations
  • 01.09.2022: Start, winter semester 2022/2023
  • 26.09.2022:  Classes begin in the winter semester 2022/23

Overview of all dates in the summer semester 2022

Updated: 04 March 2022

Will the international exchange programmes take place?

Applications for a semester abroad are taking place as usual and are possible for the 2022/2023 academic year. It is, however, clear that student exchanges could be affected by the pandemic. Exchanges could be made difficult or even prevented by travel warnings, cancellations of on-campus events and postponement of semester dates. In addition, restrictions such as mandatory tests and quarantine must be considered.

Should there be a current travel warning for the country travellel to, the University strongly advises the travel be cancelled. In this case, the partner university should be contacted and the possibility of an online start into the semester, and a later travel to the country be discussed. Please see details at Regelungen zum Rücktritt oder möglichen Verschiebung.

All further details should be discussed with the International Office direkt per Mail. The IO has WebEx-Office-Hours Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Updated: 4 April 2022

Access to Facilities and buildings

Is the library currently open?

The libraries are open at the following times:

Flandernstraße: Monday - Friday | 09:00 - 19:00

Göppingen: Monday - Thursday | 09:00 - 17:00

Stadtmitte: The book distribution is open from Monday - Thursday 13:00 - 13:30.

Further information can be found on the libraries' homepage.

You can contact the libraries in person or by phone or email during opening hours.

Last updated: 4 April 2022

How can I contact the Student Counselling Service?

You are welcome to contact the Student Counselling Service (ZSB) via the online contact form, by email or by phone.

Zentrale Studienberatung
E-Mail: zentralestudienberatung(at)
Tel: 0711 397 3212

General office hours - no appointment needed

During the semester, you can come along to our virtual office hours without an appointment at the following times:

  • Office hour via video meeting:  Mondays 13:00 - 14:00
    You can find the link at 
  • Face-to-face office hours: We hope to start offering general face-to-face office hours again on all our campuses from November 2021 onwards.

When lectures begin again, we intend to offer individual appointments as face-to-face or video meetings

Simply ask for an appointment by email or use the online form. From 27 September onwards, we will provide advice as preferred - either face-to-face in our offices in Building 17.208, or we will arrange a video meeting with you.

Updated: 4 April 2022



Is the cafeteria currently open?

The cafeterias on our three campuses - Flandernstrasse, Esslingen City Centre and Göppingen will reopen March 14 2022.

Opening hours at Campus Stadtmitte: Monday - Friday: 07:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Opening hours at Campus Flandernstraße: Monday - Friday: 08:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Opening hours at Campus Göppingen: Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Further information from the Student Services Organisation Stuttgart

Last updated: 29 March 2022

What should I pay attention to in the dorms?

The Studierendenwerk Stuttgart has put all information about specific questions for the dorms regarding the Corona-Virus on a special page.

Further information of Studierendenwerk Stuttgart

Update: April, 16 2022

Can I contact University employees?

All service departments and institutions of the Esslingen University are available vie telephone and E-Mail.

Update: 27 September 2021

Miscellaneous Questions

Where can I find an apartment or a room in Esslingen or Göppingen?

The best place to hunt for an apartment or a room in Esslingen or Göppingen is in the Internet or the newspaper. Rooms are also still available in the student accommodation run by the Student Services Organisation Stuttgart. Please contact the Student Services Organisation directly if you need any help.

How can I apply for the winter semester 2021/22?

Esslingen Graduate School

The application period for the Esslingen Graduate School programmes can be found on their website.

Bachelor's degree programmes

Applications can be submitted from 15 April to 31 July 2021.

Bachelor degree programmes at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

Updated: 3 March 2021

Which special regulations apply to BAföG (student grant) recipients?

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) has decided to extend the standard duration of the individual degree programmes for each “coronavirus” semester (summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/2021 and summer semester 2021). When you were enrolled for all or part of this period, your individual maximum period of BAföG funding will increase accordingly. 

Students at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences should contact the Student Support Office at the Student Services Organisation Stuttgart directly with any specific questions they may have.

The Student Counselling Service at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences will be happy to provide help and support in relation to any financial worries you may have, or you can also contact the Social Counselling Service at the Student Services Organisation Stuttgart.

Updated: 23 September 2021

Can I use my student ID card for public transport despite the missing validation?

As the University buildings are closed due to the Corona pandemic, students do not have the opportunity to validate their student ID cards. They are therefore unable to prove their student status in the case of public transport ticket checks.

The Studierendenwerk Stuttgart has reached a solution with the Stuttgart Transit Office (VVS) and the NALDO. Until further notice:

Students can use public transport as needed. For travel between Monday and Friday, 6 pm to 5 am on the following day, as well as all day on weekends and holidays, students can use their ID cards in combination with their matriculation certificate for the summer semester 2020. With this, students are also able to purchase a VVS-Student ticket.  

Further information from the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart

Updated: 1 December 2020

Is there a flexible offer with which the VVS reacts to the uncertainty regarding the attendance times?

According to information from Studierenwerk Stuttgart, a flexible validity start date for StudiTicket and Anschluss-StudiTicket will generally apply from August 1, 2020. This means that these tickets will be valid from the first of each month for a period of six months. They are no longer bound to the term of the semester.

Further information of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart

Updated: 06 August 2021

Who can help and support me when I get into financial or personal difficulties?

The Student Counselling Service will be happy to support you when you need help or advice to resolve a difficult situation and plan your next steps. The service is confidential!

E-Mail: zentralestudienberatung(at)
Telefon: 0711 397 3212 
Online Councelling

Further points of contact for students experiencing financial difficulties and worries

  • Federal bridging aid
    Students who find themselves in financial difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic may apply for financial assistance until the end of the summer semester 2021 (applications may be submitted on a month-by-month basis).
  • KfW student loan
    In the current coronavirus situation, KfW student loan disbursements for May 2020 to the end of 2021 are interest free.
  • Information relating to BAföG student grants is available by clicking the question: Which special regulations apply to BAföG (student grant) recipients?

Personal matters and issues

Last updated: 23 September 2021 

Can students play their part in combatting the corona pandemic?

An effective statewide test and trace system during the coronavirus pandemic can only be achieved if the public health departments have sufficient staff. The Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration has therefore issued an urgent appeal for people to support the staff in the public health departments who are engaged on test and trace.

The spread of the infection demands our concerted action, which is why Esslingen University is passing on this important request for help to you.
The hours of work will amount to at least 50% and remuneration will be paid.

Further information about the opportunity to work in the public health departments is available via the “Studis4GÖD” platform.

Updated: 23 March 2021

Regulations for university staff

Employment legislation provisions

All information on the current employment legislation provisions and the organisation of work can be found in the intranet.

Last updated: 4 August 2021

Apply for winter semester 2022/23!

Attention, the application phase only runs until July 15th 2022.

Apply now