Coronavirus: Information for students of the Faculty of Business and Economics

At the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, a crisis committee under the leadership of the full-time Vice-Presidents Prof. Dr. Norbert Lossau and Dr. Valérie Schüller coordinates and decides on the central measures of the University in connection with the Corona crisis. A steering group has also been set up to plan and coordinate teaching during the summer semester, whose members include Dean of Studies Prof. Dr. Stefan Dierkes. The start of the semester has been set for April 20, 2020. The Faculty of Business has converted its courses planned for the summer semester from classroom teaching to online teaching. If the situation eases in the coming months, the Faculty will switch back to classroom teaching or will offer additional classroom teaching.

The new situation brings many questions from all parties involved. The University, but also the Studentenwerk Göttingen and the Göttingen State and University Library, for example, have therefore created the following FAQ lists for students:

The examination office of the Faculty of Business and Economics bundles relevant information on examinations, certificates, credits and theses on its homepage (German version).

You can find contact persons for study and study abroad advice below. Both teams have recently started offering digital consultation hours via BigBlueButton:

In the following, you will find regularly updated information from the faculty about studying and teaching:

1 May to 15 June 2020: Application period for the Master's programmes of the faculty for the winter semester 2020/ 2021

18 May 2020: Exams
Information about exam dates can be found on the website of the examination office (German version) and in FlexNow.

13 May 2020: Statistical consulting for students is provided online
This semester, the statistics consulting service of the Centre for Statistics especially for students of the Faculty of Business and Economics will be provided online (via Skype): For more information please click here

29 April 2020: SUB: Resumption of lending and return operations
Starting next Monday, books and other media can be borrowed and returned in the Göttingen State and University library (SUB) and, for example, also in the Departmental Library of Economics and Social Sciences. Furthermore, it will again be possible to order via the Göttingen University Catalogue (GUK), to renew media online or to make reservations. The library can also send reminders for overdue loan periods. The workstations and reading rooms, however, will remain closed for use until further notice. More information

22 April 2020: Stud.IP section for video recordings of information events
The newly created Stud.IP section (no password required) "Infoveranstaltung WiWi SoSe 2020" contains video recordings (in German) of information events about studying. For example, the recording of the information event on the specialisation phase (3rd to 6th semester) of the Bachelor of Business Administration can already be accessed there. Further recordings, including information events on studying abroad and on the central allocation of seminar places in business studies, will follow.

21 April 2020: Connection to terminal servers via remote desktop apps
The computer center of the Faculties of Business and Economics and Social Sciences provides all employees and students of these faculties access to various applications and software (such as those of the CIP Pool - as far as this is possible for licensing reasons) via terminal server and RemoteApp services. All instructions on how to access the applications via remote desktop connections can be found here. For questions and suggestions, please contact

17 April 2020: Scan-and-Deliver Service of Göttingen State and University Library (SUB)
From 20 April 2020, students, teachers and staff can order the scanning of articles and book sections: In order to provide students, teachers and researchers with access to the SUB's holdings, which are exclusively available in printed form, the SUB Göttingen will provide a scan-and-deliver service for essays and sections of books starting April 20th. Up to five orders per day can be placed via our web form, which will then be accessible. The scans will then be sent to your e-mail address as soon as possible, depending on the workload. Orders used for teaching, e.g. via Stud.IP as well as orders essential for exams and theses will be prioritized over individual orders.

Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) is right now significantly reorganizing its services to support students, teachers and researchers during the current pandemic. The ban of public access to libraries in the state of Lower Saxony and the requirements of infection control for users and staff restrict operations and require a mindful reorganization of operations. As the SUB has made great strides in digitisation, many services are already available and are continuously being expanded. The Service Monitor provides an up-to-date overview.

8 April 2020: Application for the Master programmes of the faculty
Due to outstanding university decisions, the application deadline for the Master's programmes of the Faculty of Business and Economics for winter semester 2020/2021 will probably be postponed to 1 May 2020. The end of the application period is set at 15 June 2020. Further information will be published on this website as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

7 April 2020: Exams and repeat exams
From 22 April onwards examinations without presence can be performed. Examinations in presence and thus also written exams are not possible for the time being. At the moment it is not yet clear when written exams with how many participants will be possible. As it is currently not possible to write written exams, the repeat exams of the faculty will be postponed to the period from June 2nd (updated on 17 April). Online exams are not yet possible because their implementation must first be clarified at university level. Further information can be found on the website of the examination office (in German).

1 April 2020: Stud.IP: Courses for freshmen
In the study organisation system Stud.IP (access via eCampus) freshmen will find two courses for new Bachelor and Master students. You can register for these courses to receive information and documents (in German) on the digital orientation week:

Bachelor: "WiWi Bachelor Erstsemester 2020"
Master: "WiWi Master Erstsemester 2020"

Both events are password protected. You will receive the password from your tandem partner, during the math pre-course or from the Faculty’s student council (Fachschaft). Information on how you as a newly enrolled student can apply for your student card and student account can be found here (Account/Chip Card -> Question: I am newly enrolled for the summer semester 2020. How do I get my account set up and my new chip card (student ID card)?). Please indicate in your e-mail that you need a chip card AND a student account.

24 March 2020: Digital Orientation Week in Summer Term 2020
Your student representatives of the faculty together with the orientation week club in cooperation with the student advisory service have been working on a tandem program for first-semester students over the last few days. The tandems should help students to settle in at the University of Göttingen through personal, albeit digital, contact. The students who otherwise do the orientation week together with you, offer themselves as orientation tandem partners. There you can ask questions from student to student.

All information about the digital orientation week will be published here. If you would like to participate in the tandem program, please fill in the tandem program form. Your tandem partner will contact you at the beginning of April.

19 March 2020: Teaching in the summer semester 2020
Due to the corona pandemic, it can be assumed that teaching will not be able to be carried out in the usual form in the summer semester 2020. In order to achieve planning reliability at an early stage and to enable students and lecturers to prepare as extensively as possible, teaching at the Faculty of Business and Economics will be as completely online-based as possible in the coming semester and will not include classroom-based courses. Should the situation ease in the coming months, we will be happy to switch back to classroom teaching or offer additional classroom teaching.

This decision will certainly lead to many innovative forms of teaching in the coming semester at our faculty. In any case, we will try to find good solutions for your studies together with our student body and our students! Regarding the regulations for teaching in the coming semester, we would like to refer to the corresponding websites of the university as well as the examination office, the student advisory service and the study abroad advisory service.

Thomas Kneib and Stefan Dierkes
Dean and Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Business and Economics

16 March 2020
As the university announced on 13 March, teaching will be suspended with immediate effect. The start of lectures originally scheduled for 14 April 2020 will initially be postponed to 20 April 2020. The decision on a possible further postponement and the extension of the lecture period will depend on the further development of the corona pandemic. The introduction events ("O-Phase") for new students will be cancelled. It will be examined to what extent the most important introductory events can be made up for parallel to the start of the lecture period. The faculty is currently in intensive exchange with the university management regarding concrete regulations for examinations and homework/degree papers and will inform the students as soon as possible. Of course, students will not suffer any disadvantages. Up-to-date information on homework, examinations, issuing of certificates, credits, etc. can be found on the homepage of the examination office (link below).

12 March 2020
In order to prevent the corona virus from spreading, the examination offices of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Business and Economics as well as the Service Centre (study counselling and study abroad advisory) are closed until further notice. Furthermore, no open consultation hours are offered. Nevertheless, the staff will be happy to assist you by telephone and/or e-mail.

We will provide you with up-to-date information on the consequences of the Corona crisis for teaching at our faculty as soon as possible on this website as well as on the respective websites of the Examination Office and the Service Centre (German versions). Please understand that there is still much to be clarified at present: