Information for Students During the Corona Pandemic

The current situation is very challenging and uncertain for your every-day life as a student and the organization of your studies. Examinations have been postponed, libraries have been closed, stays abroad cancelled, part-time jobs terminated.

All of JGU’s staff and teachers are working hard to find solutions for you and provide you with the best possible support during this time.

You can find information and answers to questions concerning the organization of your studies during the corona pandemic here.

Organizing your Studies

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

Unfortunately, we do not yet have any information on this subject. As soon as there is new information, the respective faculties will inform their students accordingly.

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.

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

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.

For Student Services procedures, such as enrollment, re-registration etc. the last business day before the start of the lecture period is an important deadline.

The university management has stopped on-campus activities, including the start of the lecture period, until April 19, 2020.

As of now, the last business day before the start of the lecture period is April 17, 2020.

It is not possible to make any statement on this at the moment, as the answer to this question depends on numerous other aspects (travel possibilities etc.),which JGU cannot  influence. In these cases, JGU will have to find short-term solutions in consultation with its international partner universities.

Re-Registration, Academic Leave of Absence, Exmatriculation

The following deadlines are suspended until 30.9.2020:
Notification of repeat tests
Registration for the Bachelor or Master thesis
Fulfilment of conditions imposed on admission to the course of study.
Students who have taken up a Master's programme without a Bachelor's degree have one semester more time to submit their Bachelor's degree.

The re-registration deadline for the winter semester 2020/21 remains 15.07.

Should you not be able to pay the semester fee on time due to corona-related reasons, for example, because you are unable to take up your part-time job, please contact the Student Services by e-mail (studsek@uni-mainz.de).

The waiver of tuition fees due to the corona pandemic is not planned. One way to avoid the levying of tuition fees is to take a leave of absence from studies. The leave of absence from studies must be applied for before the beginning of the semester, the reasons for this must be proven when the application is submitted. Students on leave of absence do not pay any tuition fees, but they are not allowed to perform any study or examination work during the semester of leave of absence. A retroactive leave of absence for the summer semester 2020 is currently (July 2020) excluded, as corona-related reasons for leave of absence have been in existence for some time. However, a digital semester in itself is not a reason for a leave of absence. The reasons for a leave of absence must be related to the person (e.g. risk group, study under digital conditions demonstrably not possible in a meaningful way). The regular application deadlines apply.

In accordance with § 2, paragraph 4, no. 4 of the Partial Framework Examination Regulations of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz for the conduct of a predominantly digital semester (Corona Statute) of June 8, 2020, for students who are enrolled in the first Master's semester in the summer semester of 2020, the deadline for providing proof of a Bachelor's degree will be extended by one semester in the case of conditional admission to a Master's course of study; proof must now be provided by March 31, 2021.

A digital semester is initially not a reason for a leave of absence. The reasons for the leave of absence must be personal (e.g. risk group, study under digital conditions demonstrably not possible in a meaningful way). The regular application deadlines apply.

The semester fees do not go to the JGU, but to the Studierendenwerk and the AStA. The fees are collected from all students, regardless of the use of the services financed by the fees. The legal basis for the collection of fees is the contribution regulations of the constituted student body and the Studierendenwerk. The fees are used to finance advisory services provided by the AStA and the semester ticket as well as dormitories, advisory services and canteen services provided by the Studierendenwerk. These services are also available during the Corona Pandemic. To the knowledge of the JGU, neither the Studentenwerk nor the AStA plan to reduce or waive the fees.

If you can prove that you are in a financial emergency due to the pandemic, for example, because your part-time job has been lost and you have not been able to find a new part-time job, the Studierendenwerk can provide you with between 100 and 500 euros per month in government subsidies.

Transition to a Master's Program

If you have to submit proof of successful completion of your bachelor's degree to Student Services by March 31, 2020 but are no longer able to take the required examinations (oral or written on-campus examinations) scheduled for the period from March 16 to March 31 due to the cancellation of the examinations, please contact Student Services via email (studsek@uni-mainz.de). They will review your case in consultation with the responsible student advising office/registrar’s office and grant you an extension of the deadline for providing the necessary documents.

The same applies to the fulfillment of conditions by March 31, 2020 in the context of admission to a master’s program.

Please contact Student Services via e-mail (studsek@uni-mainz.de) using your student mail account. They will check whether the information regarding the successful completion of your degree has already reached Student Services by other means. If necessary, they will decide on an extension of the deadline if you can provide proof that you were unable to submit your degree on time due to the corona crisis.

Information for International Students

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.

Please check if you are sure you want to exmatriculate. Alternatively, you can apply for a leave of absence; if you do so, you can keep your student status and the leave of absence does not count as an academic semester.

If you wish to exmatriculate, you can apply for exmatriculation online via JOGU-StINe. In this case, you can only continue your studies if you apply again and are admitted again.

Exmatriculation is still possible until April 30. You can apply online via JOGU-StINe (under Services – Applications – Electronic Applications). It is also possible to get a refund of your semester fee until April 30. To get your refund, please write an email from your JGU mail account (…@students.uni-mainz.de) to Student Services (studsek@uni-mainz.de) with the following information (in German or English):

  1. Last name, first name
  2. JGU student ID number
  3. Planned date of departure or current whereabouts (if already departed)
  4. Bank account details:
    ) European bank account: IBAN, BIC, account holder
    b.) non-European bank account: account number, bank name, account holder, country (please note: transfer fees to non-European accounts will be deducted, so you might get a little less money back)
  5. Please include the following information in your email:
  6. „Due to the current Corona crisis I had to cancel my second semester at JGU and have already travelled home or will travel home soon. I hereby confirm that I have destroyed/will destroy my semester ticket when I leave Mainz.

It is possible to continue your exchange semester online. Please write an email to gis@international.uni-mainz.de and you will receive more detailed information. A special edition of the Practical Guide for the 2020 summer semester is available at www.international.uni-mainz.de/infodays/.

  1. Before travelling to Germany, please make sure to check with your home country’s foreign ministry whether it is currently possible to cross the border into Germany. From some countries, entry into Germany is not possible under any circumstances at the moment. If this is the case, you will have to postpone your stay in Mainz. From other countries, it may be possible to enter Germany if there is an important reason for travel. Your enrollment at JGU counts as an important reason. In order to facilitate your entry, we will upload additional entry certificates to JOGU-StINe. These certificates do not guarantee successful entry, but they may be helpful if you present them at the border together with your enrollment certificate.
  2. Please make sure to observe the following guidelines for restricting social contacts, which are valid in Germany until at least April 19, 2020:
    1. Citizens are required to reduce contact with people outside of their own household to an absolute minimum.
    2. Wherever possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters is to be kept from other persons in the public space.
    3. Staying in the public space is only permitted if you are alone, with one other person not living in the household, or in the company of members of your own household. Violations of the contact restrictions are to be monitored by the regulatory authorities and the police and prosecuted in the event of violations.
    4. Journeys to your place of work, emergency care, shopping, visits to the doctor, participation in official meetings, necessary appointments and examinations, help for others or individual exercise in the open air as well as other necessary activities remain possible.
    5. Groups of people celebrating in public spaces, in apartments or private facilities are unacceptable in view of the serious situation in our country.
    6. Restaurants are being closed. Pick-up and delivery services are excluded from this regulation.
    7. Services such as hairdressers, tattoo/piercing studios, massage studios, cosmetic studios etc. are closed, as physical contact is necessary to provide these services. Medically necessary treatments remain possible.
    8. In all businesses and services, especially those open to the public, it is important to comply with hygiene regulations and implement effective protective measures for employees and visitors
    9. These measures shall be valid for at least two weeks.

(source: https://corona.rlp.de/de/aktuelles/detail/news/News/detail/bund-und-laender-einigen-sich-auf-erweiterung-von-corona-schutzmassnahmen-1/, Link in German).

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You are an applicant with a non-European citizenship

For applicants* from abroad, this confirmation will be provided with the letter of admission in the download area in Jogustine. You do not need to submit an application.

You are a German or equivalent German applicant

Once you have been admitted, you can apply for a certificate of attendance at attendance events by e-mail to studsek@uni-mainz.de, quoting your application number.

You are a registered student and are in a foreign country

You can apply for the certificate via studsek@uni-mainz.de. Together with your request, please send a confirmation from your study office regarding your participation in classroom lectures in the winter semester 2020/21. The certificate will be available in the download area in Jogustine.

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

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

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).

Serving the Community During the Corona Pandemic

Please first contact the responsible Student Advising Office in order to check if your plan counts as a reason to step back from an exam registration that already exists for the summer semester or as grounds for a deadline extension. Following that, please submit an electronic application for a leave of absence for „Other reasons“ to Student Services and include relevant documents as proof for your reason of taking leave.

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).