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 first half of the "digital semester" has been completed, students and lecturers adapted quite well to online teaching, libraries and also the learning and study building are open again under certain conditions, the students now begin to prepare for the exams of the summer semester.
At university and faculty level, students have been asked about their experiences with the virtual semester so far. More than 800 students of the faculty participated in the survey of the faculty's student council ("Fachschaftrat Wirtschaftswissenschaften"). Almost 70 percent of the respondents rated the start of the virtual summer semester as rather good and better. Nevertheless, the faculty remains in close contact with the student representatives in order to continue working together on improvements in teaching. It has also suspended the review of deadlines and credit limits for all students in all semesters for one semester.
Unfortunately, for good reasons it will not be possible to offer classroom teaching this semester. However, the faculty is planning to offer both digital and face-to-face teaching for all students in the coming winter semester and will develop creative solutions for a "hybrid" winter semester 2020/ 2021 in the coming months.
Please continue to inform yourself on the corresponding websites:
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:
- FAQ list of the University of Göttingen
- FAQ list of the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB)
- FAQ list of the Studentenwerk Göttingen (in German)
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:
- Study Counselling: Digital consultation hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 to 12:00/ Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00 (https://meet.gwdg.de/b/ser-uuu-xrp)
- Study Abroad Advisory: Digital consultation hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 to 12:00 (https://meet.gwdg.de/b/aus-mt2-vt6) (German website version)
In the following, you will find regularly updated information from the faculty about studying and teaching:
13 July 2020: Important information about online exams
The amendment to the General Examination Regulations opens up the possibility of conducting online examinations instead of attendance examinations. The online exams are accessed via the FlexNow system and a supplementary online identification system (Exam Ident System).
Students who will be writing online exams in the summer semester 2020 have to inform themselves about the necessary steps to take before the respective exam and have to test their (technical) resources to check prior to the exam, whether identification via webcam (or smartphone) works properly. Two different types of online exams are offered:
- Online exam as download: Manual with information (PDF-Download/ in German)
- Online exam in Ilias: Manual with information (PDF-Download/ in German)
Questions will be answered by the examination office of the faculty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, you will also find comprehensive information on this website on how to conduct online exams (in English).
8 July 2020: Online information events on "Regulations on examinations and deadlines - Corona Update Summer Semester 2020".
- One information event has been offered for Bachelor students (in German) and one for Master students. The information event for Master students was held in German and English. The lectures took place on Zoom. The following contents were covered: examination attempts, repeatability, grade improvements, deadline regulations due to corona, cancellation regulations due to corona
- The presentations are available in the Stud.IP event "Infoveranstaltungen WiWi SoSe 2020".
6 July 2020: Göttingen State and University library (SUB): Virtual consultation via BigBlueButton
Get information and advice at the SUB's virtual information desk during the Covid-19 pandemic. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 advisors are available to answer your questions in a live video conference in a BigBlueButton room: More information
25 June 2020: Sunday opening of the BBWiSo
According to the Divisional Library of Economics and Social Sciences (BBWiSo), the library is open on the following Sundays from 9:00 to 21:00: 5, 12, 19, 26 July, 2 and 9 August 2020. In addition, it will be open again during the regular opening hours from 6 July 2020:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 to 21:00
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 to 21:00
15 June 2020: Studying in the Divisional Library of Economics and Social Sciences is possible again under certain conditions
From 15 June 2020, the libraries on campus will again be open for studying under certain conditions, including the Divisional Library of Economics and Social Sciences at the Oeconomicum. The borrowing of books/media of the library for a short period of time ("short loan/Kurzausleihe") will be stopped from next week on due to the opening of the library. Please also note the following information:
- In order to implement the safety and hygiene regulations, in particular the distance rules, the number of workplaces/seats and PCs provided has been reduced for the time being. Users must register on site (in the library).
- If you would like to study in the library again please bring your valid library card (student ID card) with you. For the ways in the library a mouth-nose-cover/ face mask must be worn, at the workplace/seat you can take it off. The allocation of workplaces/seats is done in the library. For studying in the library, please observe the currently valid and displayed rules of conduct and hygiene.
Opening hours of the Divisional Library of Economics and Social Sciences:
Mon-Fri 9:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 16:00 (100 workplaces/seats)
11 June 2020: PC workstations on the 7th floor of the computer centre can be used by students in special situations
From 15 June 2020, the Computer Centre of the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Social Sciences offers the possibility for students in special situations (computer use is not possible in a domestic environment, no internet available, no computer/notebook available etc.) to use individual workstations on the 7th floor of the Computer Centre, observing the usual hygiene and social distancing rules. The usage times in the computer centre are between 10:00 to 16:00.
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 Divisional 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 email@example.com.
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: