Coronavirus: Effects on examinations

Coronavirus – How examinations are affected at FAU

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FAU has published regulations concerning deviations from degree programme and examination regulations and the doctoral degree and habilitation regulations due to restrictions to teaching and examinations imposed as a result of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Information about block seminars

You must inform us in advance of your intention to hold a block seminar. Please use the form on the German version of the website.

Information on university examinations

University examinations can be held again from 27 April 2020. A minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between all individuals at all times throughout the organisation of the examination and the examination itself. The FAU guidelines on hygiene must also be observed. Students must be informed of the new date for the examination at least 14 days in advance.

This also applies to all oral examinations for Bachelor’s and Master’s theses, which may also be held from 27 April 2020 . Oral examinations for Bachelor’s and Master’s theses may be attended in person providing a minimum distance of 1.5 metres is maintained between all individuals and the FAU guidelines on hygiene are observed. Oral examinations may also be held as a Zoom conference providing the requirements of the Coronavirus Regulations are met.

The regulations regarding withdrawing from or failing to attend examinations have been relaxed for examinations in the summer semester 2020.
Students can withdraw from an examination by not attending. A failure to attend will generally be counted as excused. However, please note that the results of examinations already taken will always count. If a student fails an examination, the result is annulled so that the examination attempt is not counted towards the number of attempts permitted according to the Examination Regulations. Sitting the examination again as an attempt to improve grades is not permitted. Due to the relaxed rules mentioned above, students are strongly advised to sit the examinations offered so as to prevent any delays to their academic progress.
Examination dates have been postponed accordingly due to the fact that the lecture period has been extended by two weeks for summer semester 2020. Registration for examinations in the summer semester will take place during the official registration period, which will also be postponed by two weeks and will now start on June 8 2020 at 12.01 am and end on 26 June 2020 at 12 noon.

Notification must be given for holding university examinations where attendance is required in person or for holding appointments for inspecting examination records. Please use this form on the German version of the website.

As stated in the letter from the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts dated 8 June 2020 (H112.0/10/5), legal concerns raised by the Bavarian Data Protection Officer mean that remote online examinations (written and oral) are not permitted or may only be offered as an optional alternative.

Oral examinations for doctoral degrees may be attended in person from 27 April 2020 providing a minimum distance of 1.5 metres is maintained between individuals at all times and the FAU guidelines on hygiene are observed.

The deadlines for all Bachelor’s and Master’s theses and project work have been extended by the time the University Library was closed. The Examination Office (L6) has sent an e-mail to the affected students, and students and supervising examiners can check the new deadlines in mein campus.
Any project work, and Bachelor’s and Master’s theses that have not yet been registered can now be registered. The deadline extensions above apply accordingly to all newly-registered projects.

Deadlines for written assignments can also be extended. Please discuss the details with your supervisor. Once you have come to an agreement, your supervisor can then enter the new submission date in mein campus.

Deadlines for completing the GOP or Bachelor’s/Master’s degree programmes which cannot be met due to the current situation will be automatically extended for two semesters (until the end of winter semester 2020/2021). There is no need to file a specific request. Please note: This automatic extension does not apply to degree programmes leading to a State Examination. You must apply for an extension in the usual manner in this case.

If the delay only has an effect later on (deadline expires after winter semester 20/21), delays caused by the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic shall be regarded by students as ‘reasons beyond their control’ and any applications for deadline extensions will be approved accordingly. However, this only applies insofar as students have made use of the options for taking examinations in summer semester 2020. Students are responsible for any delays due to decisions they have made not to take part in examinations in summer semester 2020.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has promised that there will be no disadvantages for BAföG recipients.
Students who have already de-registered with effect from the end of the winter semester 2019/2020, but whose examination will now take place during summer semester 2020 due to the postponements, will not have to re-enrol to take the examination. They can sit the examination and their result will count.

The deadline for examination achievements which are a prerequisite for admission to a Master’s degree programme which should have been completed by 31 March 2020 will be extended by one semester, the new deadline will be 30 September 2020. L5 will organise the change, there is no need to file a specific request.

In order to let them access the teaching materials they need to prepare for the examination which are available in the library and on StudOn, as well as all administrative functions in mein campus, these students will be allowed to continue using student services until 30 June 2020. All services affected are listed in the overview of services available in their IdM account.

If the relevant examination regulations specify that students must be enrolled in the relevant degree programme in order to complete their final examination achievements, this requirement shall come into force again for students completing their final examination achievements from winter semester 2020/2021 onwards.

Anyone entering Germany from a non-European country currently has to prove that they have a good reason. Students who are registered for examinations who are entering Germany from outside Europe can use the ‘Confirmation of registration for examinations’ to prove their need to travel. You can download this directly from mein campus under ‘angemeldete Prüfungen (registered examinations)’.

State Examinations and degree programmes leading to a State Examination

Examinations for the first State Examination in Teaching are cancelled with immediate effect until further notice (update 18 March 2020, 2:25 pm). Please read the current information on the website of the Examinations Office of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts!

Written assignments

An extension to deadlines for written assignments (Zulassungsarbeiten) in teaching degree programmes may be arranged in consultation with supervisors. Please note: The assessment (evaluation) must be submitted to the Examinations Office by the supervisor at least two working days before the student sits their first individual examination, as otherwise the student cannot be admitted to the State Examination. Please make sure that supervisors are aware of this when setting new deadlines in order to ensure that they have still enough time to correct the assignment and send the evaluation after the assignment has been submitted and before the examination is held.


The decision to close all schools in Bavaria from Monday 16 March 2020 also affects students completing their general or subject-related teaching placements at Grundschulen (primary schools) and Mittelschulen (lower secondary schools). The teachers supervising the students during their placement will keep them up to date with how to proceed.

Section M2: The decision was taken on 2 April 2020 that the planned M2 examinations in Bavaria are to be postponed and that the affected students can start their final year (clinical rotation) early in accordance with the Regulation Derogating from the Licensing Regulations for Physicians in times of a National Epidemic (Verordnung zur Abweichung von der Approbationsordnung für Ärzte bei einer epidemischen Lage von nationaler Tragweite).

Section M3: oral examinations are to be held as planned in May/June 2020.

First Science Examination (Naturwissenschaftliche Vorprüfung): Examinations have been cancelled. The examinations have not yet been rescheduled.

First Dentistry Examination (Zahnärztliche Vorprüfung): the practical prosthodontics part was discontinued on 12 March 2020. At the moment, it is not clear when the examination can be continued. Students affected are currently being invited to continue this examination by the Examinations Office (currently planned as of 27 April 2020).

State Examination: At present, this is to go ahead as planned and examinations are to be held by the end of May.

The examinations in the second part of the State Examination in Pharmacy have been cancelled and will not be held (update 20 March 2020 – 11:40 am).

At present, this is to go ahead as planned and examinations are to be held by the end of May. Individual examinations which were cancelled (pharmacology) are to be rescheduled and alternative dates found by the end of May.

With respect to the seminar papers which law students have to submit as part of their degree: all students are allowed to choose whether to return the topic they have been given or to complete the paper within the set deadline.

Please address any queries to the following central e-mail address for the Examinations Office:


12 March 2020

Coronavirus: Non-attendance at university examinations


 Students are no longer required to submit a doctor’s certificate (‘Attest’ in German) if they fail to attend university examinations registered for in winter semester 2019/2020 which are planned to take place from 12 March 2020. They will be considered to have been excused from the examination even without submitting a doctor’s certificate. The failure to attend will not be recorded as a failed attempt.  

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