Acting in a responsible and coordinated way

Minimum operation / risk minimisation

UDE follows the current guidelines to restrict public life and minimise social contacts as a protective measure. The university is therefore significantly reducing its operations. The necessary precautions in the Corona crisis result in a situation where, in many areas, only essential services can be maintained (‘minimum operation’).

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Status quoWhat will become of this semester?

Will it be possible to start teaching in classroom form on 20 April, including physical presence? This question currently concerns both students and teaching staff. The University Board has informed us that it cannot yet be answered for certain and requests that everyone involved be prepared that classes may have to be held remotely during the entire semester, i.e. using online and e-learning formats. However, UDE will remain an on-campus university, and for good reason.

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[23 March 2020] Ban on personal contact in NRW

For the sake of your own health and that of other people, we explicitly request that you adhere to the contact ban issued by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. This means that a maximum of two persons may be in close proximity to one another on the campus grounds and within buildings. Please also refrain from any kind of avoidable visit to university buildings and campuses.

[26 March 2020] Access to university buildings

From 27 March to, probably, 19 April 2020 the entrances to UDE buildings will be closed. You can gain access using your access media such as keys, coins or cards. If you have any questions about access in Essen, please contact the porter’s lodges in buildings S05 and R12. In Duisburg, the janitors (Mondays to Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Kötter Security service are at your service.

[13 March 2020] Start of lectures postponed

In consultation with the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rectorate has decided to postpone the start of lectures until 20 April 2020.

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[20 March 2020] Examinations

Written examinations and face-to-face oral examinations that are subject to university regulations will not take place at UDE up to and including 19 April 2020.

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[20 March 2020] Final theses / seminar papers

Deadlines, digital submission, avoidance of disadvantages

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Canteens and cafeterias closed

[18 March 2020]
All canteens and cafeterias will cease operations for an indefinite period from 19 March 2020.

[18 March 2020] Libraries closed

All libraries in Duisburg and Essen will remain closed to the public until 20 April 2020.

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[17 March 2020] ZIM hotline / e-points

The e-Points of ZIM are closed. The ZIM hotline can only be reached by e-mail.

[20 March 2020] Shuttle bus

The bus service between the campuses will be discontinued from 23 March to 19 April 2020 to begin with.

[25 March 2020] Mail service

This week, the in-house mail service is open daily, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. From 30 March 2020 and until further notice, it will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

[25 March 2020] Printing centre

At both campuses, the printing centre will be closed until further notice. Print jobs that cannot be postponed can be submitted via the ‘UDZ online portal’.

[25 March 2020] Transport service

For the protection of the drivers and for your own protection, no passenger transport will be carried out until further notice. Transport of goods can still be requested by e-mail:

[Updated 16 March 2020 - 2 p.m.] Consultation / Opening hours

In view of the current situation, the Registrar’s Office and the International Office will be closed to visitors from 16 March 2020. Please refer to the pages listed below for information on how to contact staff and submit documents:

Contact persons

Please contact the Registrar's Office with any questions regarding examination matters, registration or admission
and contact the respective examiner.
All other questions should be addressed to the International Office:


The current information of the Studierendenwerk on services and counselling offers can be found at:

General information about the coronavirus

Important general information on the coronavirus in English is provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, an agency of the European Union.

Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Situation on the ground: Continuous information from the cities (only in German)