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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: 15 July 2021

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 25 March 2021, are legally binding.


Winter semester 2021/2022: We plan to hold face-to-face lectures

The Corona infection figures in the districts of Esslingen and Göppingen are on a low levell and the vaccination programme is making good progress. This means that measures can be further relaxed in the university context as well.

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is therefore planning to revert to face-to-face teaching in winter semester 2021/22. As of 27 September, current and future students will experience their lectures, professors, the other students and campus life in particular ‘for real’ and not simply via their computer screens. After three semesters of working and living life in online mode, it is anticipated that students will again be able to study and experience campus life in person in the winter semester. 

The latest information on the regulations which will be necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic will be published on this page.

Further information on attendance at the university

Further information on examinations in presence

Updated: 08 July 2021


 

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)hs-esslingen.de .

General information

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

PLEASE NOTE

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

Annika Pfiz
Telefon 0711 397-3602
 taskforcecorona(at)hs-esslingen.de

The following information should be included in this email: your name, faculty, date of the Corona test, places you were in on campus as well as the date and time of being on campus.

Please also let us know if you are a contact person of the 1st or 2nd degree and have been on campus within 14 days of this being determined.

In the new Corona Statutes of 8 March 2021, the prohibited from taking part in any on-campus activity if you have had contact with a person who is infected with the Corona virus has been extended to 14 days again.

Until 14 days from this contact have passe, you are prohibited from coming to the university. We ask you to respect this.

Please note that, due to the high number of current cases, it can take several days to receive an answer from the Health Authorities. In this case, we suggest that you self isolate until the Health Authorities notify you.

Procedures for those who are ill, suspected cases and at-risk groups

  • University members who have tested positive for the Coronavirus
    • Inform the University immediately (see above)
    • Follow the required quarantine
    • Discuss further proceedings with your doctor, call in sick and send in a doctor's note
  • University members with suspicious symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, headaches)
    • Inform the university immediately
    • Avoid unnecessary contact and try to stay home (for employees see “Provisions under Employment Legislation”)
    • Discuss further health procedures with your family doctor
  • UPDATE 21 January: University members WITHOUT symptoms who have travelled / returned to Esslingen from a risk area
    • Conform to the regulations stipulated by the Corona Measures on travel and quarantine (please note that there is a difference between risk areas, high-incidence areas and virus-mutation areas)
    • For questions, please contact the health authorities
    • Stay at home for 10 days after returning to Germany (for employees see “Provisions under Employment Legislation”)
  • UPDATE 21 January: University members WITH symptoms who have travelled / returned to Esslingen from a risk area
    • Inform the university immediately
    • Respect all quarantine regulations and avoid contact
    • Telephone their doctor and inform them about their travels
    • Stay at home (for employees see “Provisions under Employment Legislation”)
  • University members WITHOUT symptoms who have come into contact with an infected person
    • Inform the university immediately (see above)
    • Inform the Health Authorities immediately
    • Avoid unnecessary contact and try to stay home (for employees see “Provisions under Employment Legislation”)
  • University members WITH symptoms who have come into contact with an infected person
    • Inform the university immediately (see above)
    • Inform the Health Authorities immediately to arrange a Covid test
    • Avoid unnecessary contact and try to stay home (for employees see “Provisions under Employment Legislation”)

Updated: 11 March

February: What are the Quarantine Requirements when entering Germany?

Persons entering the country from a "normal" risk area must observe a 10-day quarantine, which can be nded at the earliest with a negative test result on or after the fifth day of quarantine. Travellers must also now be tested upon arrival. This test can be replaced by a test taken within 48 hours of travel. In this way, travellers from a "normal" risk area can choose between a 10-day quarantine and a further test, in so far as no symptoms have arisen. Travellers with symptoms must stay in quarantine until these symptoms have been completely gone for at least 48 hours.

Persons returning from a high-risk area or an area with virus mutations must bring a negative test when re-entering the country. In addition, it is not possible to reduce the length of the quarantine. Persons travelling from a high-risk area must all, without exception, observe a 10-day quarantine, those travelling from an area with virus mutations must observe a 14-day quarantine.

In addition, travellers who have been in a risk area, a high-risk area, or an area with virus mutations must register on  https://einreiseanmeldung.de before their arrival in Germany and must carry the proof of this registration with them when travelling. Please note that, when entering the country from high-risk areas, as well as from areas with virus mutations, further measures are to be observed. Please read details on these sites: the Federal Foreign Office, the Robert Koch Institute, or the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Further regulations and exceptions thereto can be found in the Verordnung Einreise-Quarantäne des Sozialministeriums.

The current list of risk areas is published by the Robert Koch Institute:
Informationen zur Ausweisung internationaler Risikogebiete durch das Auswärtige Amt, BMG und BMI

Should you require quarantine, please follow these steps:

  • Contact the University
    • Employees and professors should inform the HR Department, 0711 397-3602 (Frau Pfiz)
    • Students should inform Student Services 
  • Inform the Health Department
  • Observe the qarantine regulations (even if no symptoms appear). For employees see “Provisions under Employment Legislation”

Updated: 25 January 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 gives university members a list of precautions to observe throughout the duration of the Corona pandemic.

Update 22 January: The 3-Step-Plan of the Corona Health & Safety Protocol specifies a staggered opening of university buildings and the possible forms of teaching. It orients itself on the level of infections in the Esslingen region and the current government regulations.

The Health & Safety Protocol regulates:

  1. Central health & safety measures
  2. Indoor health & safety: lecture and seminar rooms, PC pools, labs, common rooms and corridors
  3. Health & safety in washrooms
  4. Health & safety during breaks
  5. Persons at risk
  6. Routes through the University and event organisation
  7. Labs
  8. Exams
  9. Oral exams, results, meetings and other events
  10. Reduced on-campus presence: administration and technological support
  11. Obligation to report

Updated Esslingen University Corona Safety Protocols (new version from 19.04.21)

Updated: 19 April 2021

What is going to happen in winter semester 2021/2022?

The coronavirus infection rates in Esslingen and Göppingen continue to fall and the vaccination programme is making good progress. This means that measures can be further relaxed in the university context as well.

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is therefore planning to revert to face-to-face teaching in winter semester 2021/22. As of 27 September, current and future students will experience their lectures, professors, the other students and campus life in particular ‘for real’ and not simply via their computer screens. After three semesters of working and living life in online mode, it is anticipated that students will again be able to study and experience campus life in person in the winter semester. 

We will of course tell you as soon as we can about what exactly will happen in the winter semester and the courses which will be provided.
The following continues to apply: All plans depend on how the pandemic develops and the legal stipulations applicable to the university.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Coronavirus Task Force taskforcecorona(at)hs-esslingen.de.

Update: 8 July 2021

Further Information

More detailed information in English can be obtained from:

Updated: 28 August 2020

Registration for face-to-face classes

Why is registration necessary?

Being able to trace chains of infection plays an important role in fighting the pandemic. The university is required to exercise the greatest possible care here. The following information therefore applies to all face-to-face classes (such as laboratory courses, advisory sessions, post-exam reviews, examinations, etc.) at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences: When a case of infection is confirmed, the tracing of an unbroken chain of all contacts must be initiated as soon as the situation becomes known, and the university must immediately make available all the data of all course participants to the public health department. This also applies at weekends and outside the office hours of the administration.

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is legally required to record contact data for face-to-face classes pursuant to the Coronavirus Regulations of the State of Baden-Württemberg. This safeguards traceability if a case of infection occurs, i. e. lists of participants must be generated for every face-to-face class and kept for 4 weeks.

Updated: 12 April 2021

How does Esslingen University of Applied Sciences safeguard traceability for face-to-face classes?

A booking system has been in operation at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences since Monday, 22 March 2021 which students must use to register for face-to-face classes (e.g. time slots for lab. work). Students may not attend a face-to-face class unless they are registered.
This “anny” system is being used as a digital alternative to the previous manual recording of the data  of class participants, and allows more efficient tracing and notification. Students attending a face-to-face class on campus have to register for each separate class via the platform https://booking.hs-esslingen.de

Updated: 12 April 2021

How does the system work?

The link https://booking.hs-esslingen.de takes you directly to the booking page of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. You can enter the room in which your face-to-face class will take place via the search box. When you have found the room, you can register via “Platz buchen (book place)”. You are then presented with a calendar overview where you can select the desired period. When booking a ticket, you must confirm that you are conversant with the hygiene concept of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, especially the rules relating to the ban on entering certain places and participating in certain activities pursuant to  §7 of the Corona Regulations of the State of Baden-Württemberg if you are showing symptoms of the illness or have been in contact with a person who has tested positive. You can then enter your data or use your existing account to register. You do not have to create a user account but you can do so if you wish.

After successfully making your booking, you will receive a booking confirmation by email.

Important: You must bring this ticket with you to the face-to-face class either as a hard copy or in electronic form. It is your proof of registration and without it, you will not be allowed to enter the room and attend the face-to-face class. You can find further information in our Instructions.

Please note: You may register for a face-to-face class 10 days beforehand at the earliest. The class registration will not be opened any earlier. If you are subsequently unable to attend a face-to-face class, please cancel your booking.
On the day of the class, please also check you meet the conditions that you have neither been in contact with an infected person nor have any symptoms of the illness.

If you experience difficulties with the booking system, an emergency solution is available: print out and complete the registration form and take it with you to the face-to-face class and you will then be able to attend. You can also register on site via QR codes, see question: “Where do I find the QR codes when I have forgotten to register in advance?”

Updated: 12 April 2021

Who must register for a class with face-to-face teaching?

All students who attend face-to-face classes in the university buildings, visit the library or want to use a study workstation, must register for this date and time via the booking platform https://booking.hs-esslingen.de. Your faculty will tell you which face-to-face classes etc you have to attend (time and room number)  (e.g. via Moodle, email, etc.).

Updated: 12 April 2021

Who has access to my data?

The system is hosted by the university computer centre. The portal is used exclusively for contact tracing in accordance with the current Coronavirus Regulations. If there is a case of infection, the Coronavirus Task Force has access to your data, which may be passed on to the public health department, where necessary.

Updated: 12 April 2021

What happens to my data?

The data which are recorded via the system are processed for the booking/reservation of resources at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences (e.g. laboratory places, study workstations) and for the recording of contact data in accordance with the Coronavirus Regulations of the State of Baden-Württemberg and notification of the public health department or the local police.

The contact data recorded are communicated to the public health department on demand so that chains of infection can be traced. The system does not generate attendance lists for the classes.
Since the university has a special duty of care towards its students and staff, it uses the email addresses of the persons concerned to inform them immediately about a case of infection of which it has become aware which is connected with the class attended.

Further information on data privacy

Updated: 12 April 2021

Where do I find the QR codes when I have forgotten to register in advance?

If you have forgotten to register in advance, you can still do this on site, e.g. via the QR code in the laboratory. The QR code you need can be found in the rooms/laboratories or via the direct link for the class (https://booking.hs-esslingen.de/book/labors15101 for the laboratory in Building 15 room 101).

Updated: 12 April 2021

What happens when a positive case is reported?

If the Corona Task Force is notified of a positive case, all persons who were present in the same room at the same time and therefore are possible contact persons can be identified via the system. The relevant contact data are determined from the separate master database and passed onto the public health department  in accordance with  § 6 of the Coronavirus Regulations of the State of Baden-Württemberg. This process is coordinated by the Corona Task Force of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

Updated: 12 April 2021

Information for First Semester Students in the winter semester 2021/22

Will it be possible to have on-campus classes?

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences hopes that the courses in the winter semester 2021/2022 will be mainly face-to-face meetings. An important precondition for this is that the rules on the social distancing which must be maintained at the university are relaxed, so that we have the necessary room capacity available. On the basis of the current Coronavirus Regulations, the low incidence rates and the progress being made with vaccinations, we can already start to plan more face-to-face courses.

We will of course tell you as soon as we can about the definite measures in the winter semester and the courses which will be provided.
The following continues to apply: All plans depend on how the pandemic develops and the legal stipulations applicable to the university.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Coronavirus Task Force taskforcecorona(at)hs-esslingen.de.

Last updated: 10 June 2021

How can I get my Student ID Card?

Your Student ID card will be sent to you by mail.

Updated: 4 February 2021

Questions regarding the summer semester 2021

Which dates have been set for the summer semester 2021?

The following dates have been set for the summer semester 2021:

  • 01.03.2021: Start, summer semester 2021
  • 15.03.2021: Classes begin for all bachelor's and master's programmes, including those for first-semester students
  • 30.06.2021: Classes end
  • 05.07.2021 to 30.07.2021: Examinations
  • 01.09.2021: Start, winter semester 2021/22
  • 27.09.2021:  Classes begin in the winter semester 2021/22

Overview of all dates in the summer semester 2021

Updated: 04 March 2021

Will meetings and events that are not in the curriculum take place?

Due to the currently high number of cases, all on-campus events and meetings that are not part of the curriculum will be cancelled until 28 February 2021 inclusive. This decision is based on the Corona Statutes of Baden-Württemberg.

The following cannot take place on campus:

§ 9 of the Current Corona Statutes allows for faculty and university committees and commissions to take place in the form of a web conference. Resolutions can be made in en votes by a show of hands using the conference tool, by chat or by individual poll. Secret ballots will be used subsequently by mail. Circular resolutions are possible if necessary.

Updated: 8 March 2021

Will the international exchange programmes planned for the winter semester 2020/2021 take place?

Applications for a semester abroad are taking place as usual and are possible for the 2021/22 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.

Students who have arranged an exchange in the winter semester 2021/22 at one of our partner universities must register at the International Office of their guest country with an Online Arrival Check a maximum of 5 days after arrival.

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 12 to 1 p.m.. 

Updated: 4 March 2021

Does the University give assistance to students in their final semester who are having problems finding jobs or thesis places?

The Career Centre's project "Time for Plan B: Let's Make the Best of This - Together" is geared towards supporting students in their final semester. The project began in the winter semester 20/21 and will continue into the summer semester.

"Time for Plan B" gives students the possibility to further qualify themselves in interesting topics, through participation in lectures from all faculties. They can also gain a more professional qualification in foreign languages, application and career, and various soft skills.

Full information on gap learning, as well as registration can be found at Time for Plan B.

Updated: 5 February 2021

Special regulations for the summer semester 2021

What do the Corona Statutes Regulate?

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

It is foreseeable that there will be Corona Statutes for the 2021/22 summer semester, to regulate behaviour during the Corona pandemic.

It will be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the Senate and then posted on this site.

Updated: 4 March 2021

Which rules apply to course work and examinations?

The examination period for the summer semester 2021 is planned for 05 - 30 July 2021.

UPDATE 10 June: According to the current legal situation and the current incidence of coronavirus infections, coronavirus tests will not be mandatory for the examinations. This situation notwithstanding, students must still bring a coronavirus recovery confirmation certificate (Gesundheitsbestätigung) to the exams and hand it in. We nevertheless appeal to everyone to test yourself for your own protection and the protection of others, or be tested at one of the public testing centres before the date of each exam. If the result of the test is positive, students must notify the Examinations Office immediately. This will be recorded as an approved withdrawal from the examinations concerned. The faculties are requested to facilitate repeat examinations with minimum delay in this case.

The new Coronavirus Statutes from 25 March 2021 regulate in §3 the following exceptions for the course work and examinations in the summer semester 2021:

  • Electronic exam submission
    Exams can be submitted partially or completely in an electronic form.
  • Changes to course work and exam formats
    • As adopted by the Faculty Board and the Academic Affairs Committee, the type or format of course work and exams required for a course can be changed within the first 3 weeks of the semester (15 March to 30 July 2021) as communicated by the President’s Office on resolution by the Faculty Board and the Academic Affairs Committee, (e.g. a written examination may be changed into course work) for the current semester.
    • In the course of the semester, the type or format of the course work or examination which has been stipulated may be changed, especially for those who are in an at-risk group or have a chronic illness or disability, and also for those students who are subject to maternity protection measures, have children, or have dependants requiring nursing care, by decision of the appropriate examination board.
    • In summer semester 2021, a type of course work or examination forming part of any of the Degree Programme and Examination Regulations of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, can be used for all Degree Programme and Examination Regulations of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. (See Coronavirus Statutes § 4 para. 2 in conjunction with the annotations to the Coronavirus Statutes)
    • For all degree programmes, the Faculty can resolve that up to one quarter of an examination can already be taken during the semester (midterm exams). Corresponding decisions must be announced generally within the university within the first five weeks of the semester (15 March 2021 to  30 June 2021) (see Coronavirus Statutes § 4 para. 5).
  •  Earlier dates for exams
    Lecturers can schedule individual exams before the examination period. This requires the authorisation of the Examination Board. 

Support for students with special/individual needs or experiencing hardship

Withdrawal from Examinations

Persons who do not feel well, or who have symptoms of an illness on the day of an exam or in the preceding days should inform the Examinations Office (pruefungsamt(at)hs-esslingen.de) as soon as possible, at the latest on the day of the exam by email. Written notification with reference to the coronavirus pandemic, according to §16.2.1 of the SPO Bachelor, is sufficient. A doctor's note is not necessary in this case, as this is a precautionary measure taken in order to minimize the risk of infection. The exam is then considered not to have been taken.

Failed examinations and hardship

  • UPDATE 29 January: In cases where a candidate does not pass an examination, the grade for this examination is placed on file. There is no opportunity to retake the exam in this case.
  • UPDATE 25 January: Students who are working in a care home, a medical institution, or in another key area and who do not pass individual examinations because of the considerable serious  challenges they are experiencing can apply for support according to §4.5 of the Esslingen University Coronavirus Statutes.

Special regulations for oral exams

  • Oral exams can be taken by video conference if the student is not on campus.
  • The student only has a right to do this if they would otherwise experience extreme hardship (i.e. because they are a person at risk, chronically ill or have a disability).

Current Corona Statutes (in German)

Updated: 29 January 2021

Special rules for oral coursework and examinations held as an online video conference

  • It is no longer necessary to apply to hold an online oral examination as a video conference. An online oral examination may be held as a video conference according to the legal stipulations.
  • Holding an online oral examination as a video conference is still a voluntary option.
  • Students must be informed that an online oral examination is being held as a video conference.
  • Only electronic information and communication systems operated by the university or by third parties on behalf of the university, e.g. Cisco Webex and Moodle, may be used for online oral examinations held as a video conference. The use of private terminal devices remains unaffected.
  • The university allows students to try out the general aspects of any online oral examination to be held as a video conference, such as the technology, equipment and location.
  • Before the start of the online oral examination which is being held as a video conference, the students must prove their identity by presenting an official photo ID card.
  • To prevent cheating, students must activate the camera and microphone functions of the communication devices being used for the invigilation. The images and audio may not be transmitted to third parties. Students are permitted to leave their seat for a short time.
  • An online oral examination being held as a video conference may not be recorded, nor may the image or audio data be saved, unless this is necessary. The connection data must be deleted immediately. The rules of the Examination Regulations remain unaffected.
  • The examination is deemed not to have been held when the transmission of the examination task, the completion of the examination task, the transmission of the finished examination task, or the video monitoring, is proven to have been disrupted at the time of the examination. The examination is then terminated at the relevant stage.
  • If the image and audio transmission is proven to be temporarily disrupted during the examination, the examination shall continue after the disruption has been rectified. If the disruption continues so that the examination cannot be properly continued, the examination is deemed not to have been held.

The precise rules can be found in § 5 of the Coronavirus Statutes (in German).

Which safety measures and other regulations apply to on-campus exams?

Update 24. June: From 5 to 30 July 2021, written exams are taking place on campus. In addition, some exams will be early exams.

During examinations, the university will implement the following rules, in addition to the Health & Safety Measures (§8 applies to examinations on campus). The following regulations apply to all examinations during the entire examination period from 05.07. to 23.07.2021. Please note that the hygiene regulations in particular are also valid for examinations that have been brought forward.

BEFORE THE EXAMINATION / PREPARATION

  • For the examination, it is mandatory that you complete a health certificate and hand it over to the examination supervisor BEFORE the examination begins
    Confirmation of Health for On-Campus Exams and Rules of Conduct
  • All persons must wear a medical face mask (surgical mask, KN95/N95 or FFP2) in the building AND during the examination. You are NOT allowed to enter the buildings without wearing a medical mask.
    UPDATE 29 June: You are no longer required to wear a mask at your seat while maintaining the minimum distance of 1.5 metres. As soon as you have taken your seat in the examination room, you may remove your mask. When leaving the seat, the mask must be put back on.
  • Students must bring their own pencils / pens.
  • Please do not forget your student ID. Without a student ID, you CANNOT take the exam.
  • If you wish to take a voluntary self-test prior to the examination, please contact your faculty. You will be informed of the issuing modalities by the contact persons within the faculty.
  • UPDATE 29 June: The university buildings will be open during the examination period from 05.07. to 23.07. inclusive between 7.30 am and 6 pm. You can enter them WITHOUT scanning your student ID (chip card) at the corresponding entry points. Please arrive at the premises no more than half an hour before the start of examinations.
  • Please find out the building and room number of your exam in advance of the exams. Please note that each examination must be written in several rooms.
  • Please note that the examination offices as well as the Student Secretariat are closed. It is therefore NOT possible to identify students without a student ID. You will NOT be able to take part in the examination without a photo ID.
  • In oral examinations, the mask requirement does not apply provided that all those present maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between each other. This distance must be maintained at all times.

BEHAVIOUR ON THE UNIVERSITY PREMISES DURING THE EXAMINATION

  • Please disinfect your hands immediately after entering the university building or before entering the examination room. Disinfectant is provided in the entrance areas and in front of the examination rooms. The examination room is to be reached quickly by the shortest route along the markings on the floor. Please also observe the requirements of the Health & Safety Measures of the Hochschule Esslingen.
  • Please do not enter your examination room until the invigilator is also present. The seating arrangement will be announced by the invigilator. A booking via the anny booking system is NOT necessary.

AFTER THE EXAM

  • Please leave the university campus swiftly after completing the examination. As a matter of urgency, we would like to draw your attention to the current Corona rules outside the university campus as well, including the number of people allowed in public spaces for meetings, distance rules and the obligation to wear a mask. Even if the need for exchange after examinations is understandable, larger group formations are to be avoided at all costs, not only on the university grounds but also in the vicinity of the university.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Persons who are exempt from wearing a mask should contact the Examinations Office (pruefungsamt(at)hs-esslingen.de) by 25 June at the latest, submitting an appropriate certificate (as an e-mail attachment). The facts will be passed on to the faculty and an attempt will be made to offer you an alternative solution for taking the examination.

  • In principle, the examination board of the relevant faculty can provide students who have already submitted an application for disadvantage compensation with various options. These range from changing the examination format, e.g. into a term paper, to an oral examination, which can be taken via Webex if necessary. Which options your faculty can offer you should be clarified with the respective examination board.

  • If you do not feel well on the day of the examination or already in the period before or even show symptoms of illness, please report this as early as possible, but no later than on the day of the examination, by e-mail to the examination office (pruefungsamt@hs-esslingen.de). A written notification in accordance with § 16 Para. 2 Sentence 1 of the SPO Bachelor is sufficient for this purpose with reference to the Corona pandemic. A certificate is not required in this case, as it is not a matter of an inability to take an examination that needs to be certified, but rather a precautionary measure in the context of preventing infection of others. An approved withdrawal will be deposited in the Examinations Office.
  • Should you sit for an examination and fail, this mark will be entered as regular. There is NO provision for a "free pass". Students who work in system-relevant areas can apply to the examination board of their faculty for a hardship in the event of a fail in accordance with § 4 Para. 5 Corona Statutes (https://intranetportal.hs-esslingen.de/de/he-portal/mein-studium/studien-und-pruefungsordnungen.html ).
  • In contrast to the summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21, the summer semester 2021 is NOT a deadline-neutral additional semester. The summer semester 2021 is regularly counted as a full-time semester and is therefore included in the maximum duration of study for the first study stage of the Bachelor's degree programmes and the overall study programme. Only with regard to the BAföG payment do exceptions come into effect.
  • If you have to be quarantined during the examination period or are subject to a segregation obligation in connection with the coronavirus, you will be banned from entering the university premises. In this case, you will not be able to take any examinations. Please deregister at the Examinations Office (pruefungsamt(at)hs-esslingen.de) for all examinations that are affected by the segregation period. You will not suffer any disadvantages as a result. An approved withdrawal will be deposited and you can make up the exam in the following semester at the latest.

Students arriving by public transport should plan sufficient time, as public transport is running less frequently at the moment.

Update 4 February: All information and regulations about the exams can be found in the intranet (in German):

Informationen zum Prüfungsablauf im Sommersemester 2021

Updated: 24 June 2021

Additional Semester

UPDATE 31 May: According to the current legal position, the summer semester 2021 and/or the winter semester 2021/2022 are NOT planned as additional semesters. Should the State Higher Education Act Baden-Württemberg (LHG) be amended in this respect, we will change this entry accordingly.

The change in the Baden-Württemberg Higher Education Act of 1 January 2021 defines in §5a the winter semester 2020/21 as an additional semester.

Because of this, the winter semester 2020/21 does not count in the maximum time allowable to complete your degree. This is extended automatically.

Update 9 February: The 19-CP Regulation for individual faculties has been extended.
The regulation for some programmes stipulating that a minimum of 19 module credit points must be achieved by the end of the second semester does not apply in the winter semester 2020/2021.

Update 26 January: Owing to the correlation between the maximum duration of state subsidies (BAföG) and the regular duration of the study time, this also leads to an extension of the regular duration of the study time.

  • Those students who received BAföG subsidies in the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/21 will receive an extension of the subsidies of 2 semesters.
  • Those students who received BAföG subsidies in the winter semester 2020/21 will receive an extension of 1 semester.

For questions about applying for extensions, please turn to your contact person in the Student Services Organisation Stuttgart.

Update: 31 May 2021

How do the the "Coronavirus Statutes" from 25 March 2021 help our students?

The Coronavirus Statutes should help to reduce the negative impacts of the coronavirus crisis on the success of our students’ studies, so that as many courses and exams as possible can be completed during the winter semester 2020/21.

The “Coronavirus Statutes” regulate the study programmes in the following areas.

  • Leave of absence
  • Course work and examinations
  • Online oral exams
  • Online courses
  • Practical study semester
  • Study abroad
  • Alternative learning formats, content and course formats
  • Meetings and resolutions in committees and commissions
  • Guest student status to bridge the gap.

This applies to all bachelor's and master's programmes, with the exception of the part-time master's programmes at Esslingen University.

Current Coronavirus Statutes (in German)

Updated: 11 May 2021

Are alternative learning formats and content allowed?

In cases where individual modules or parts thereof cannot be provided as laid out in the Study and Examination Regulations, these can be replaced by alternative formats or content, insofar as these lead to students reaching the required level of competence in the given field. The faculties, together with the Academic Affairs Committee, decide which alternative formats and content are permissible in each case.

In cases where no alternative formats or content can be found, the programme can be modified so that 30 credit points can be achieved in each semester and graduation is possible in the normal given time. The Faculty Council decides whether modification of the programme is possible.

Current Coronavirus Statutes

Updated: 11 January 2021

Under what circumstances can I request a leave of absence for the winter semester 2020/2021?

Students of all programmes (with the exception of the part-time master’s degrees) can take leave of absence from their studies, in accordance with the Coronavirus Statutes of 18 August 2020, if they are:

  • actively engaged in a health-care or medical institution or in an institution that is primarily concerned with the professional care of people in need of assistance.
  • actively engaged in an agricultural business, a key business or in a business that is primarily concerned with the basic needs of the public. 
  • at high risk of severe health problems if exposed to a coronavirus infection.
  • caring for dependents who are at high risk of severe health problems if exposed to a coronavirus infection.  
  • international students remaining in their home countries, as long as travel to Germany is not possible or not recommended.
  • experiencing severe financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which requires them to take up work. This is also possible for first-semester students.

Leave of absence for any of these reasons cannot exceed 3 semesters.

Apply for a Leave of Absence

Updated: 7 September 2020

Can I take a leave of absence from my studies if I need to take care of my child due to the coronavirus pandemic?

According to § 10.2.5 of the Admissions and Matriculation Regulations, parents can request leave of absence if they need to care for their child at home due to the closure of schools or daycare facilities (daycare, kindergarten) because of the coronavirus pandemic, as long as the child's facility remains closed for the majority of the lecture period.

According to § 10.8. ZIO, examinations may be taken during this period.

Updated: 7 September 2020

Can I use an emergency childcare service for my child?

All students are entitled to use the emergency childcare service for their children when this is absolutely necessary, i.e. when care cannot be guaranteed in any other way.

The emergency childcare service is provided under the known and established criteria. Those entitled to use an emergency childcare service are therefore children and young persons

  • for whom emergency childcare is necessary to ensure the child’s welfare,
  • whose legal guardians are both key workers (this can also be the case in home office) or who are studying for a degree or attending a school and are thus prevented from caring for them
  • who are dependent on emergency childcare because of other serious circumstances.

The emergency childcare service is usually available for the same times as the facilities it replaces. It takes place in the facility attended previously and is provided by its staff and in groups which are small and stay the same, if possible. Exceptions are only permissible in special cases, for which special justification must be provided.

Link to the FAQ of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports:

To clarify individual cases, please get in touch with the contact persons in your department or facility.

If you wish to obtain advice and support on study-related issues and/or personal matters and concerns in these challenging times, you are welcome to contact the Student Advice Centre.

Contact
Email: zentralestudienberatung(at)hs-esslingen.de
Phone: +49 (0)711 397 3212 

Updated: 11 May 2021

Can I take part in courses or exams in spite of my leave of absence?

Students given leave of absence in accordance with §2.1 of the Coronavirus Statutes are allowed to take part in courses and exams, and to use University facilities.

Current Coronavirus Statutes (in German)

Updated: 11 January 2021

What about excursions?

There will be no excursions in the winter semester 2021.

Updated: 7 September 2020

Can students who belong to risk groups obtain support?

Students who belong to risk groups and can therefore not attend classes or exams on campus can apply to the Examination Board for support.

 

Update 25 January: Applications for support for persons belonging to a risk group according to the  RKI (https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogruppen.html) can be submitted to the Examination Board.

Update 22 April: The Baden-Württemberg Higher Education Act contains a new regulation which states that students in certain situations, especially students who are subject to maternity protection measures, have children or have dependants requiring nursing care, are also entitled to appropriate disability compensation.

According to §10.3 SPO, students studying for a bachelor's degree who have children who are minors can apply for support.

The application form can be found in the internet.

Updated: 11 May 2021

What effects do this have on dual-study programmes?

Please clarify these questions with your department and company. We are confident that, together, you will be able to find a good solution under these uncommon circumstances.

The contact person for your department is listed in the following.

Updated: 7 September 2020

What regulations apply for students during their practical semester?

The new Coronavirus Statutes of 18 August 2020 provide additional options for the recognition of the winter semester 2020/21 practical semester:

Taking regular courses from later semesters:
Students who, due to the coronavirus crisis, cannot begin their practical semester as planned, are allowed to take courses from later semesters instead. For example, moving up into a later theoretical semester or individual module.

Recognition of Working From Home:
Days on which students can work from home as part of their contractually planned working time can be counted as days present. The head of their Internship Office can advise them about this recognition.

Reduction in number of days required to be present:
As long as the necessary competence can be acquired, it is possible to reduce the number of days students are required to be present to 50 working days. The recognition of the practical semester depends on the level of competence achieved and demonstrated to the head of the Internship Office during this time.

Update 7 December 2020
The following exceptions apply to students in the Faculty of Social Work, Health Care and Nursing Sciences:

A reduction in the number of days students are required to be present is not possible, as this conflicts with the degree requirements. Practical days that are completed at home cannot be counted towards the degree.

Current information and further FAQs can be found in the Moodle courses (please see: "Praxisamt Praxissemester")

Splitting of practical semester:
The practical semester can be divided into different parts with various internship employers. The individual parts can be completed any time until the end of the winter semester 2021/22.  The head of their Internship Office decides about the minimum scope of the individual parts and the recognition thereof.   

Current Coronavirus Statutes (in German)

Updated: 7 December 2020

What about study abroad?

The new coronavirus Statutes of 18 August 2020 stipulate:

  • Students who planned to study abroad during the coronavirus pandemic may continue studying at Esslingen University as usual.
  • Students of the B.Sc. in International Industrial Management who planned to study abroad planned during the coronavirus pandemic are required to do so at a later date. If this is not possible without extending the duration of their studies or poses serious difficulties for the student, the Faculty's Examination Committee can determine a substitute for this study abroad according to § 34.2.1.5 SPO of the Study and Examination Regulations. Corresponding applications and decisions can still be submitted or made after the end of the summer semester 2021. (See Coronavirus Statutes § 12 para. 1.3)

Current Corona Statutes (in German)

Applications to study abroad can currently be submitted. Applications for the summer semester 2021 can be submitted up to the end of November.

Further Information

Updated: 11 May 2021

Do you have further study-related questions?

CONTACT PERSONS

Please consult your department should you have further questions related to your study programme. You will find the contact persons in the FAQs (below).

 

facultY Corona INFORMATION SITES

Updated: 11 May 2021

Special regulations for the winter semester 2020/2021

Does the winter semester 2020/2021 qualify as an additional semester?

The change in the Baden-Württemberg State Education Regulations of 01.01.2021 defines in §5a the winter semester 2020/21 as an additional semester.

Because of this, the winter semester 2020/21 does not count in the maximum time allowable to complete your degree. This is extended automatically.

Update 9 February: The 19-CP-Regulation for individual faculties has been extended.
The regulation for some programmes stipulating that a minimum of 19 module credit points must be achieved by the end of the second semester does not apply in the winter semester 2020/2021.

Update 26 January: Due to the correlation between the maximum duration of state subsidies (BAföG) and the regular duration of the study time, this also leads to an extension of the regular duration of the study time.

  • Those students who received BAföG subsidies in the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/21 will receive an extension of the subsidies of 2 semesters.
  • Those students who received BAföG subsidies in the winter semester 2020/21 will receive an extension of 1 semester.

For questions about applying for extensions, please turn to your contact person in the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart.

Update: 9 February 2021

Access to Facilities and buildings

Is the university planning to start gradually opening up?

UPDATE 10 June: From Tuesday, 8 June 2021, § 21 para. 5a CoronaVO comes into force and the districts can transfer directly into Reopening phase 3 so that further relaxations are possible in the university context as well.

All events during the summer semester which are not absolutely necessary will continue to take place online as a matter of principle. For individual special events which can be approved by the President's Office, the legislator stipulates mandatory tests (“Schnelltest” (rapid tests)). You will be made aware of this, if applicable.

For all approved face-to-face events and courses, all stipulations of the hygiene concept continue to apply and access to our buildings is restricted accordingly.

As of 31.05.2021, the library at the Flandernstraße campus grants restricted access for borrowing media and studying.

The same applies to the planning of the winter semester 2021/2022.

Last updated: 10 June 2021

Are face masks mandatory?

Face masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn in all university buildings at all times. This applies to students at a study station and during examinations.

A face mask ist not necessary for employees at the work place if the necessary safety distance is observed.

The following kinds of masks must be work on university grounds: a medical mask (certified DIN EN 14683:2019-10) or an FFP2 (DIN EN 149:2001), KN95, N95 or one of a similar standard.

Masks with a valve are not allowed on university grounds.

Updated: 04 March 2021

Are the university buildings open?

UPDATE 15. June: All events during the summer semester which are not absolutely necessary will continue to take place online as a matter of principle. For individual special events which can be approved by the President's Office, the legislator stipulates mandatory tests (“Schnelltest” (rapid tests)). You will be made aware of this, if applicable.

For all approved face-to-face events and courses, all stipulations of the hygiene concept continue to apply and access to our buildings is restricted accordingly.

Classes in the summer semester 2021 will begin on line. University buildings on all 3 campuses will be partially open with strong restrictions.

Exceptions

A few classes will, however, take place on campus, in compliance with the Health & Safety Measures. On-campus labs are possible at all 3 campuses; lab experiements, project work and research can therefore take place.

UPDATE 23. March: A booking system has been in operation at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences since Monday, 22 March 2021 which students must use to register for classes etc which take place face-to-face (time slots for lab. work and also exams and advisory sessions and post-exam reviews which are arranged in advance). You may only attend face-to-face courses if you register via this system.

You can find the portal to register for face-to-face courses etc at this link: https://booking.hs-esslingen.de/esslingen

The links below provide a brief introduction and further information on data protection:

Note: If you experience difficulties with the booking system, an emergency solution is available: print out and complete theregistration form and take it with you to the face-to-face course and you will then be able to take part.

The libraries are closed. Media can be borrowed through the mail. It is not possible to study in the libraries. You will find further information on the home page of the libraries: https://www.hs-esslingen.de/en/university/services/library/

The following groups are allowed access to University buildings: University members, members of a Steinbeis Transfer Centre, GründES! teams, FTAG, Rennstall, E.Stall, Rally-Stall, Research scholars, as well as external companies necessary for the functioning / renovation of the buildings.

Apart from these groups, the buildings are closed to students and external persons. Students should avoid being on the campuses during November and only come to the University when absolutely necessary. Please contact your lecturers and colleagues by email, phone of Webex.

Updated: 29 March 2021

Is testing mandatory before entering buildings?

UPDATE 10 June: From Wednesday, 9 June 2021, the mandatory tests for absolutely necessary face-to-face courses and events are no longer necessary.

We nevertheless appeal to everyone’s sense of responsibility, and ask you to regularly test yourself or be tested at one of the public testing centres. The Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts will make a certain number of self-administered tests available for students who have to participate in mandatory face-to-face courses and events. These will be distributed via the faculties. Please find out how  your faculty is dealing with their distribution.

All events during the summer semester which are not absolutely necessary will continue to take place online as a matter of principle. For individual special events which can be approved by the President's Office, the legislator stipulates mandatory tests (“Schnelltest” (rapid tests)). You will be made aware of this, if applicable.

For all approved face-to-face events and courses, all stipulations of the hygiene concept continue to apply and access to our buildings is restricted accordingly.

UPDATE 06.05.: The compulsory testing will come into effect from 10 May 2021.

The rapid test must not be older than 24 hours and can therefore be performed the day before the event.
According to the current Corona Test Ordinance and the Infection Protection Act, every citizen is entitled to at least one rapid test per week, therefore several tests per week are also possible.

  • For the required test certificates, we would like to refer you to the nearby citizen test centres and recommend the test centre at the Esslingen train station
  • Please remember to make an appointment in advance. In Esslingen, approx. 60 tests per hour can be carried out. Appointments are made at one-minute intervals. According to our information, there is sufficient capacity.
  • After 15 minutes, the tested persons receive the test result in electronic form on their smartphone or in written form.
  • Please show the confirmation of a negative COVID-19 (not older than 24 hours) rapid test together with your room booking to your responsible lecturer before the start of the event.
  • Persons who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, as well as persons who have recovered from a COVID infection (persons who have already tested positive with a PCR test and are no longer subject to a segregation obligation based on this and whose proven infection occurred no more than six months ago), are to be equated with persons with a negative COVID 19 rapid test and must show corresponding proof (vaccination documentation or PCR test).
  • Please note that according to §13 (3) of the Corona Ordinance, self-tests carried out at home are not permitted.
  • A positive rapid test result must be verified in the next step by a PCR test. In this case, please do not enter the buildings of the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, but go into self-isolation. If possible, make an appointment for a PCR test on the same day. You can make an appointment for a PCR test by calling the relevant Corona specialist practices, Corona test centres or the relevant public health department. For further information, please contact your family doctor or call 116 117.
  • If the PCR test is negative at that time, you can attend the next attendance event. In the event of a positive PCR test, please inform the Task Force Corona by e-mail taskforcecorona(at)hs-esslingen.de

The presence of a negative COVID-19 rapid test does not replace the hygiene and distance rules. All participants must continue to adhere to these rules.

You can find all information on data protection in this matter under the following link: https://www.hs-esslingen.de/datenschutz-booking

Further information on data protection (in German)

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the health management annika.pfiz(at)hs-esslingen.de or the Task Force Corona taskforcecorona(at)hs-esslingen.de.

You can find further information on the intranet

Last updated: 10 June 2021

Is the Student Affairs Office open?

The Student Affairs Office can be contacted by email at studierendensekretariat@hs-esslingen.de

For further information, please see: https://intranetportal.hs-esslingen.de/de/he-portal/mein-studium/informationenformulare-fuer-studierende.html

Contact
The office can also be reached by phone on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 – 11:30, as well as Tuesdays from 9:00 – 15:00 at 0711 397 – 3050

Updated: 11 March 2021

Is the library currently open?

Since 31 May 2021, both librarys will allow restricted access to borrow media and to study.

A booking is MANDATORY before you can visit the library in person.

Information on the booking procedure and the opening hours are available on the libraries’ home page.

This page will always have the latest information and any changes.

The non-contact pickup of ordered media continues to be possible at both locations. You can still order media to be sent to your home via the order form.

Update: 15 Juli 2021

Are the laboratories open?

Since 26 October 2020, access to university labs has been possible (e.g. for lab work and experiments, project work and research etc.).

UPDATE 23 March: A booking system has been in operation at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences since Monday, 22 March 2021 which students must use to register for face-to-face classes etc (e.g. time slots for lab. work). Students may not attend a face-to-face course unless they have registered.

You can find the portal to register for face-to-face courses etc at this link: https://booking.hs-esslingen.de/esslingen

The links below provide a brief introduction and further information on data protection:

The procedure for registering for face-to-face courses etc is as follows:

  • Students may register for a face-to-face course 10 days beforehand at the earliest. The courses will not be opened any earlier.
  • On booking/registering, students receive a ticket, which is their “admission ticket” for that particular course. Students may not attend face-to-face courses without a registration ticket.
  • When booking a ticket, you must confirm that you are familiar with the hygiene measures at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, especially the rules relating to bans on entering and taking part in courses etc pursuant to  § 7 of the Corona Regulations of the State of Baden-Württemberg, when you have
    • coronavirus symptoms or
    • have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • Please check the two aforementioned conditions on the day of the course etc as well.
  • If you are unable to attend the face-to-face course, please cancel your booking.

Note: If you experience difficulties with the booking system, an emergency solution is available: print out and complete the registration form and take it with you to the face-to-face course and you will then be able to take part.

If a member of the university (student, lecturer or member of staff) tests positive for coronavirus, they must inform the person responsible on the Corona Task-Force (preferably by e-mail):

Annika Pfiz
Telephone 0711 397-3602
taskforcecorona(at)hs-esslingen.de

Lab work should be organized in such a way that not more than 10 participants are in the room. Face masks must be worn at all time in all places on campus.

The lab or project supervisor will meet the students at a given meeting point and bring them to the room. Lingering in the building is not allowed.

Updated: 29 March 2021

Do I have to register for on-campus events?

Tracing the chain of infection plays a huge role in the fight against Covid. The University is taking every care possible in this regard.

UPDATE 23 March: A booking system has been in operation at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences since Monday, 22 March 2021 which students must use to register for face-to-face classes etc (e.g. time slots for lab. work). Students may not attend a face-to-face course unless they have registered.

You can find the portal to register for face-to-face courses etc at this link: https://booking.hs-esslingen.de/esslingen

The links below provide a brief introduction and further information on data protection:

The procedure for registering for face-to-face courses etc is as follows:

  • Students may register for a face-to-face course 10 days beforehand at the earliest. The courses will not be opened any earlier.
  • On booking/registering, students receive a ticket, which is their “admission ticket” for that particular course. Students may not attend face-to-face courses without a registration ticket.
  • When booking a ticket, you must confirm that you are familiar with the hygiene measures at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, especially the rules relating to bans on entering and taking part in courses etc pursuant to  § 7 of the Corona Regulations of the State of Baden-Württemberg, when you have
    • coronavirus symptoms or
    • have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • Please check the two aforementioned conditions on the day of the course etc as well.
  • If you are unable to attend the face-to-face course, please cancel your booking.

Note: If you experience difficulties with the booking system, an emergency solution is available: print out and complete the registration form and take it with you to the face-to-face course and you will then be able to take part.

If a member of the university (student, lecturer or member of staff) tests positive for coronavirus, they must inform the person responsible on the Corona Task-Force (preferably by e-mail):

Annika Pfiz
Telephone 0711 397-3602
taskforcecorona(at)hs-esslingen.de

Updated: 29 March 2021

How can I contact the Student Advisory Services?

The Student Advisory Services (ZSB) are available online during this time. The ZSB Team is happy to help you online via our contact form, by email or telephone.

Zentrale Studienberatung
E-Mail: zentralestudienberatung(at)hs-esslingen.de
Tel: 0711 397 3212
Online-Beratung

Updated: 10 September 2020

Is the Mensa open?

As classes at Esslingen University are currently on line, the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart has closed all Mensas due to minimal demand. The  Mensa in Stuttgart-Vaihingen and the new Mensa Central in Stuttgart are open and provide take-out meals.

Further information of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart

Updated: 11 March 2021

Is there a university sports programme?

Due to the restrictions of the Corona pandemic, there are currently no on-campus events at Esslingen University. To give our students, professors and staff access to a health and sports programme, the university is giving online courses during the summer semester.

When the situation allows, and the incidence of Covid is beneath the legal limit, additional activities will be offered on campus.

Esslingen University has published an online course programme  for all university members during the winter semester 2020/21.

The online sports programme starts mid-March 2021 on Webex.

Registration

After registration, participants will be given the link to the WebEx course rooms.

Updated: 8 March 2021

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 2020

Can I contact University employees?

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

Update: March 13, 2020

Questions regarding online classes

What technical requirements do I need for online learning?

The following technical requirements are necessary for online learning:

  • Cisco WebEx: The video-conference system Cisco Webex has been made available for e-learning to all University members. This can be used for video-conferences, online meetings, events and trainings, to share screens and chat.

    Cisco WebEx Instruction Manual
     
  • Moodle: Moodleccourses are available to everyone with a University email address and password. You will receive an invitation to courses given via Moodle from your department head or teacher.

    Moodle Instruction Manual
     
  • VPN: For access to certain University services, you will need a special software on you device in addition to your username and password. This specialized software (OpenVPN) creates a secure connection between your device and the University network.

    OpenVPN Instruction Manual
     
  • Library: You will require OpenVPN for unlimited use of the online-library, which is available 24/7.

    Library Instruction Manual

Please see the question: "Which rules should I follow when taking part in online classes?"

Updated: 26 August 2020

Which rules should I follow when taking part in online classes?

Due to the Corona pandemic, classes in the winter semester 2020/21 will be primarily on line.

Please assist us in ensuring successful online studies by observing the following rules:

  • Property / trademark rights
  • Behaviour in online classes
  • The necessary "something"
  • Netiquette

Download presentation "Digital studies - Do's and Dont's"

This and further information are explained in the Moodle course "Digitale learning at Esslingen University for Students".

Updated: 9 September 2020

What measures have been taken to make digital learning accessible?

Accessible learning: In order for all students to have an equal opportunity to participate in online learning, Esslingen instructors must ensure the following prerequisites:

  • Good sound and video quality when on line.
  • Availability of additional clear, barrier-free written texts in Moodle, along with the recorded course, in the form of lecture notes, a print copy of any “whiteboards”, powerpoint presentations, scripts, etc.
  • The written scripts must be available on Moodle at least until the end of exams and re-examinations.
  • Opportunities for further questions about the course and material.

Notice: Students with disabilities and students with chronic illnessness can request further accessbility through their Faculty's Examination Committee.

Updated: 21 April 2020

How can I study effectively on line?

The Corona situation requires students to study from home, and most of the summer semester 2021 in Esslingen will take place on line. The manner of studying has changed entirely and this can be very challenging. Studying from home requires good time management, structure and motivation.

Counsellors from the Student Advice Centre are there to help students with tips, information and coaching. You can contact them online, so that your studies can continue successfully in spite of Corona.

Contact our councellors or simply read the guidelines in the intranet:

Moodle course "Studying and Networking"

Guidelines on "Studying in a structured and motivated manner"

Updated: 8 March 2021

Miscellaneous Questions

How can I apply for the winter semester 2020/21?

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 following applies to all students who receive BAföG:

  • Students who rely on a BAföG student grant shall not suffer financial disadvantages when classes and lectures at their place of training are restricted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • It has been decided to extend the standard duration of the degree programme for students in Baden-Württemberg who were enrolled in the now finished summer semester 2020 and/or winter semester 2020/2021. The extension of the standard duration of the degree programme will also apply to summer semester 2021, and hence  for students enrolled in this semester, the maximum period for which BAföG is payable for all degree programmes is thus extended by one (further) semester. The postponement of deadlines associated with an extension to the standard duration of the degree programme, e.g. for the submission of a performance record, will be retrospectively implemented in BAföG. A statutory regulation of the Ministry of Science and Research is still required to implement this, and this is currently being drafted.

Further information

who can help answer questions?

Studierendenwerk Stuttgart

If you have any further questions, students at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences can contact the responsible Amt für Ausbildungsförderung at the Student Services Organisation.

Student Affairs Office

The team at Esslingen's Student Affairs Office is always available to assist you.

Student Affairs Office

Contact Student Affairs Office
E-Mail: zentralestudienberatung(at)hs-esslingen.de
Telefon: 0711 397 3212 

Updated: 15 June 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 the public transport ticket (VVS) valid for the summer semester 2020?

According to the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart, the public transport ticket normally valid for the summer semester 2020 is extended until 31 October 2020.

The following are also valid until 31 October 2020:

  • The StudiTicket

  • The Connection StudiTicket

  • The rules for travel from Monday to Friday between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. as well as weekends and holidays.

Please note: As students may have problems renewing their student ID cards, they should always carry a valid certificate of immatriculation with them (Immatrikulationsbescheinigung). They can print these out through the LSF . This will enable them to buy a VVS-StudiTicket.

Further information of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart

Updated: 28 July 2020

Who can help if I am in personal or financial distress because of the Corona crisis?

The Corona crisis causes uncertainty in many aspects of life, both in and beyond your studies. If you need advice and help during this difficult situation, or to plan your next steps, the team from Student Affairs is here for you. You can contact us in the following ways:

Online Councelling

Contact
E-Mail: zentralestudienberatung(at)hs-esslingen.de
Telefon: 0711 397 3212 

You can rest assured that all counselling is strictly confidential. Further information about our services can be found here: www.hs-esslingen.de/zentralestudienberatung

You also have the opportunity to contact:

Information about the BAföG support can be found in the question: "Which conditions apply to BAföG support?"

Updated: 16 September 2020

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

Labour Regulations

Due to the current health situation, Esslingen University's labour regulations are being expanded and amended. The goal is to enable as much of our staff as possible to work from home and, in cases where this is not possible, to minimize their contact to other people. We ask all supervisors and all staff to support these goals.

The exceptions named below are valid immediately until at least 28 February 2021.

All information about the exceptions to the usual labour regulations are available in the intranet.

Updated: 24 September 2020

Apply for winter semester 2021/22!

The application period for our bachelor's degree programmes runs to 31 July 2021.

Apply now