Information for Students in Their First Semester During the Corona Pandemic

You probably pictured the start of your studies a little differently

Because of the corona pandemic, the semester was postponed, orientation events were cancelled, and you may not be able to get to know the campus or meet other students personally until later in the semester.

Despite all this, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz!

Here you will find the most important information to starting your studies during the corona pandemic.

Organizing your Studies

Unfortunately, due to the current situation, no events can take place on campus during orientation week this semester. The general and program-specific orientations for new students will be substituted with online introductory presentations, which are constantly being updated and can be found at www.studium.uni-mainz.de/einfuehrungsveranstaltungen.

You can find information for the start of your studies and the necessary first steps at www.studium.uni-mainz.de/studienbeginn. Current information regarding your studies during the corona pandemic can be found at www.studium.uni-mainz.de/corona.

The period of distributing the remaining spots will be extended to April 30, 2020 (9 pm). It started on April 14, 2020.

Exceptions and individual regulations for certain subjects can be found on the JOGU-StINe website.

Exchange students: The Gutenberg International School will soon provide you with more information on how to register for courses.

Students in joint or integrated degree programs: In case of doubt, please always contact the coordinator of your program to get information on the form and content of the offered courses.

The responsible ministry has postponed the start of the 2020 summer semester for all of the universities in the State of Rhineland-Palatinate to April 20, 2020.

We are off to a digital start of the 2020 summer semester and there will be no on-campus teaching until further notice.

According to current plans, the lecture period of the 2020 summer semester will end on July 11, 2020, and the medicine and dentistry programs will end on July 18, 2020.

We are off to a digital start of the 2020 summer semester and there will be no on-campus teaching until further notice.

At the moment, it is unclear whether on-campus teaching will be possible during the summer semester. This depends on the development of the pandemic and decisions of the state government in view of the contact ban. We will, of course, inform you as soon as we obtain new information on this matter (here and on JGU’s central website).

Yes. Please check your faculty’s website regularly for new information and updates.

More information on the digital courses offered in your subject(s) will be made available in JGU’s course catalogue in JOGU-StINe, likely beginning on the 14th of April. The digital courses will be marked with an relevant JGU logo. You can also use the search function in the course catalogue to find all of the digital courses.

Please note that this offer is still in the developmental phase and will be updated daily. The individual course descriptions provide more detailed information on the course contents and materials as well as links to learning platforms such as moodle or the JGU reader. JOGU-StiNe Services will help you with any questions about JOGU-StINe

The Data Center has compiled some tips on studying and working at home. In addition, the “Skype for Business” app has been made available for all students (see www.zdv.uni-mainz.de/telefonie-und-skype-for-business).

Starting on April 14, 2020, there will be a moodle course for all JGU students on how to study online.

In addition, the Data Center has compiled some tips on studying and working at home.

Unfortunately, the Data Center cannot provide rental devices at the moment. However, if available, you can access many of the digital teaching offers with your smartphone for the time being. In addition, there are significant discounts for students if you purchase devices via the Data Center. Please contact the Data Center’s hotline for more information.

The aid fund of JGU’s AStA is not tied to specific purposes. In financial emergencies that occur through no fault of your own, the aid fund can also be used to support the purchase of hardware necessary for your studies.

The Studierendenwerk Mainz can help in financial crises through its Emergency Aid Fund, as well. You can find information for quick help and financial support during the corona crisis here. It’s best to take up contact to the Studierendenwerk via e-mail:
• For subsidies, contact schreiber@studierendenwerk-mainz.de
• For loans and advice on student loans, contact junga@studierendenwerk-mainz.de

Upon completing their enrollment, all new students will have their PUK and TAN mailed to the postal address indicated in their application.

In this case, please notify the ZDV hotline per e-mail (hotline@zdv.uni-mainz.de). You will be expected to provide your:

  • date of birth
  • Student ID number (see student ID)
  • account name (if you know it)

The documents will be sent to the address saved on JOGU-StINe.

You can find more information on the Data Center’s website

Information for International Students in their First Semester

Unfortunately, due to the current situation, no events can take place on campus during orientation week this semester. The general and program-specific orientations for new students will be substituted with online introductory presentations, which are constantly being updated and can be found at www.studium.uni-mainz.de/einfuehrungsveranstaltungen.

Information for Exchange Students:

You will receive all necessary information per e-mail from the GIS Services. You can also find a Special Edition Practical Guide for the 2020 Summer Semester at www.international.uni-mainz.de/infodays/.

International students can find helpful information on the Facebook page of the JGU’s International Office. Starting April 6, a new group will be made available for international students who will be starting at our university - "JGU Comes To You – Summer Semester 2020". In addition to various networking activities, this site will also provide information for starting your studies and inform you of campus-wide opportunities (e.g. the President’s Advisor for International Students, buddy programs, and more).

The period of distributing the remaining spots will be extended to April 30, 2020 (9 pm). It starts on April 14, 2020.

Exceptions and individual regulations for certain subjects can be found on the JOGU-StINe website.

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Exchange students: The Gutenberg International School will soon inform you on how to register for courses. A special edition of the Practical Guide for the 2020 summer semester is available at www.international.uni-mainz.de/infodays/.

Students in joint or integrated degree programs: In case of doubt, please always contact the coordinator of your program to get information on the form and content of the offered courses.

The Deutsche Bundesbank's Mainz branch is closed until further notice. Cash deposits can therefore currently only be made at branches of other banks. Please refer to the respective websites for information on the current restrictions.

International degree seeking students can send an email with their individual questions to service@international.uni-mainz.de

Exchange students can send an email with their individual questions to: gis@international.uni-mainz.de. You will receive all necessary information per e-mail from the GIS Services. You can also find a Special Edition Practical Guide for the 2020 Summer Semester at www.international.uni-mainz.de/infodays/.

Students in joint or integrated degree programs should contact the coordinator of their program directly.

Finances

In financial emergencies that occur through no fault of your own, JGU’s  AStA offers interest-free loans and subsidies through a relief fund for support paying the semester fee, for rent, or for health insurance, for example.

The Studierendenwerk Mainz can help in financial crises through its Emergency Aid Fund, as well. You can find information for quick help and financial support during the corona crisis here (link in German). It’s best to take up contact to the Studierendenwerk via e-mail:

You can find a number of part-time jobs using the employment agency’s job exchange. Those looking for work can also contact the job-seeker hotline +49-800-4 5555 00 or +49 6131-248 777. A search for employment can also be filled out online (link in German).

Many sectors, such as grocery stores, delivery services, or distribution centers are looking for temporary help especially now, during the corona pandemic.

Agricultural businesses, too, have called on students to work as harvesters. You can find relevant offers in the following job exchanges (in German):

www.saisonarbeit-in-deutschland.de

www.daslandhilft.de

www.land-arbeit.com

www.cleverackern.de

www.agrarjobboerse.de

JGU Central Institutions and Facilities

The university library is closed until further notice. However, you can reach the staff via info@ub.uni-mainz.de or by calling +49 6131 39-22633. They will be happy to help with any questions you might have.

You can find a summary of all of the editor offers available online here (in German).

The campus buildings have been closed to the public since March 24, 2020.

All of the cafeterias have been closed since March 23, 2020; even Mensa-Blitz has suspended its operations.

How to contact Student Services

The Student Service Center is currently closed to the public. However, your issues are still being processed. Please call the Student Service Center hotline +49 6131-39 22122 or write an e-mail to studsek@uni-mainz.de.

Service for International Students

You can send an e-mail with your individual questions to the following address service@international.uni-mainz.de

Because of the current situation, the International Office/Outgoings has shifted to digital advising until April 20, 2020 at the earliest. If you have questions on studying abroad, please send us an e-mail (please don’t send it to multiple e-mail addresses; if necessary, we can forward them to the relevant contact person). Please include your phone number in case we have further questions.

Counceling Services

Mental Health Services offers the option of counseling via phone call and has published tips for dealing with the corona quarantine.

Additionally, you currently have access to online modules with helpful tips and exercises on topics such as promoting relaxation, positive thinking, and stress management.

The University Chaplaincy Mainz’s team is at your disposal for conversations and advice on any of life’s questions (link in German). They are there for everyone who needs someone to talk to, no matter your nationality, religion, or worldview. They are happy to listen and offer support. Appointments for in-person conversations can be made via e-mail or phone call.

University Chaplaincy Team

You can reach the crisis line here: 0800-111 0 111, 0800-111 0 222 or by visiting www.telefonseelsorge.de – chat or e-mail is also possible (link in German).

If you are experiencing domestic violence, you can get free and anonymous help by calling 08000-116 016. Or by visiting www.hilfetelefon.de/en – or via chat or e-mail.

The Student Advisory Center  has adapted its advisory services according to the current situation (link in German). You can call us without an appointment here +49-6131-39 28608 (Mon, Tues, Thurs 9 am – 4 pm, Wed + Fri 9 am – 1 pm).
We’re also happy to help via e-mail (zsb@uni-mainz.de).

You can also contact your Academic Advisory Office directly for subject-specific questions (link in German).

Arrival in Mainz

All those who are interested can quickly and easily apply for a room or apartment of their choosing over the rental portal at https://www.studierendenwerk-mainz.de/ab/wohnen/apply/tenant-app/.

You can find more housing from other institutions and more general information under https://www.studying.uni-mainz.de/accommodation-2/.

Campus Mainz e.V. has created a group for new students (Erstigruppe) on Facebook. Simply search for “Erstis Uni Mainz Sommersemester 2020”. In the group you will find links to groups for the programs on WhatsApp.

The Student Council represents the student’s interests for the respective faculty. They normally organize the introductory events, pub-crawls, and parties for new students. Take a look at their web or social media pages (e.g. Instagram), to see if your Student Council is offering any online alternatives.

It is, of course, difficult at the moment to get settled in and become familiar with the Mainzer spirit. But maybe you can make it work from home.

Follow JGU on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

Follow the Mainz Campus on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

Take a virtual city tour, offered by the SWR, or take a walk to through the city to discover Mainz (Mainz für Studis).

You can get an initial impression of Mainz in the videos Welcome to Mainz and 6 things that you must see in Mainz.

On Mainz’s City website, you will find information about the city and helpful links, such as a list of Mainz’s online retailers.

Mainzgefühl offers a good insight into how you can experience Mainz from home. Here you will find a compilation of local delivery services of Mainz’s very own shops, cafes, and restaurants.

You can also get involved with the neighbourhood assistance and get to know the area.

Suspected of Corona Infection / Confirmed Information

If you have symptoms such as fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing and therefore suspect you might be infected with the coronavirus, you should first call the Rhineland-Palatinate 24-hour-hotline for fever departments (you can find a list of the Rhineland-Palatine fever departments here) by calling 0800 99 00 400. Alternatively, you can call Patient Services by dialing 116117 or contact your general practitioner. Links are in German.

For questions on the topic of the coronavirus, call 0800 575 81 00. Available on weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm and from 10 am to 3 pm on weekends.

In case of a confirmed coronavirus infection, you are required to inform the responsible health authority without delay. The health authority will then guide you through further steps.

Additionally, JGU’s chancellor should be informed (corona@uni-mainz.de) so further necessary and relevant measures can take place in consultation with the responsible authorities.

The city the relevant infected person is located in determines the responsible health authority. For Mainz, it is the Gesundheitsamt Mainz-Bingen. You can find information and contact details here: https://www.mainz-bingen.de/de/Aemter-Abteilungen/Gesundheit/Infektionsschutz.php (link in German).